Burmese political prisoner dies in
DVB ( 2 Feb 2004 )
A Burmese political prisoner who had been detained beyond
his release date by Burma’s military junta State Peace
and Development Council (SPDC) died on 28 January at Taungoo
prison in central Burma.
56 year old U Shwe Tin from Thingangyun Township, Rangoon
was given a 10 year sentence along with his son in law Ko
Yan Linn in March 1994.
They were accused of having ‘illegal’ contacts
with members of the then already defunct Burma Communist Party
(BCP). They were executive committee members of People’s
Progressive Party which was forced to abolish by the military
U Shwe Tin had been suffering from cancer but the military
authorities made no attempt to treat him, and prison doctors
still have to inform his family members of his death. He is
the 85th political prisoner who died in detention since 1988.
Critics claim that the SPDC is systematically forcing political
prisoners to rot in prisons in an effort to eliminate all
the oppositions against the army without much expense.
Meanwhile, the Karen National Union (KNU) which recently
agreed a provisional ceasefire with the junta is demanding
the release of all its prisoners for a reunion with their