Since his release from jail in 2008 he worked tirelessly for the NLD, traveling the country despite his poor health. He founded the U Win Tin Foundation to support and rehabilitate political prisoners and in almost every interview he called on the military to apologize to political prisoners and the families of those who died fighting for their rights. Like most Burmese, he did not press for the leaders and perpetrators of human rights violations to be punished, but he did want the truth to be known, above all else.
There is a word I always use in talking about the coup, which is that the bones will crow one day and tell the real story, because the truth can’t be hidden all the time.
– U Win Tin
U Win Tin was a man of the people, and will be much missed by the people – a principled politician of great integrity who suffered for his belief in freedom.
A wonderful video interview with him by Democratic Voice of Burma DVB last year (in English) can be viewed here: http://english.dvb.no/dvb-video/the-naked-truth-of-myanmar-a-portrait-of-u-win-tin/39771
Senior Advisor, Partners Asia