Good news first: The regime in Burma has released the country’s longest-serving political prisoner. U Win Tin has spent 19 years behind bars. With him at least six more prominent democracy fighters were also set free. It looks like even this regime, one of the very worst, is responding to international and inside pressure.
But, as Benjamin Zawacki, Amnesty International ‘s Myanmar researcher, has pointed out: “While the release of U Win Tin and his fellow prisoners is certainly the best news to come out of Myanmar for a long time, unfortunately they don’t even represent one percent of the political prisoners there. These seven people should never have been imprisoned in the first place, and there are many, many more who should also be released.”
The Irrawaddy ‘s Kyaw Zwa Moe is afraid that this is just another Evil Game.
Win Tin has vowed: “I will keep fighting until the emergence of democracy in this country.” The international community should join him in his fight.