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Additional prison sentences imposed on journalists Win Tin and Myo Myint Nyein


**Updates IFEX alerts dated 10 January 1996 and 10 July 1995**


On 28 March 1996, Win Tin, the former editor of the "Hanthawati"
newspaper, and Myo Myint Nyein, editor-in-chief of the cultural
magazine "What's Happening", were given additional sentences of
five and seven years respectively. They were found guilty of
smuggling letters to Professor Yozo Yokota, the United Nations
Special Rapporteur for human rights in Myanmar, which detailed
ill-treatment and poor prison conditions. The trial took place in
camera in Insein Prison, were they are both serving sentences.
They had no legal counsel during the proceedings, which is a
contravention of international fair trial standards.

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Send appeals to authorities:
  • calling for the immediate and unconditional release of Win Tin
    and Myo Myint Nyein, who did not commit a crime punishable by
    such a prison term
  • expressing concern that the additional sentences may have been
    handed down solely in response to the journalists having
    exercised their rights to contact the outside world, as provided
    for in Articles 37 and 39 of the United Nations' standard minimum
    rules for the treatment of prisoners
  • pointing out that reprisals against those who provide
    information to representatives of United Nations human rights
    bodies are contrary to UN Commission on Human Rights resolution
    1994/70
  • calling on them to stop the ill-treatment of the two journalists
    and to provide them with proper medical care and access to their
    families





    Appeals To



    His Excellency General Than Shwe
    President, SLORC
    c/o Ministry of Defence
    Signal Pagoda Road
    Yangon, Union of Myanmar
    Telex: 2136
    Telegrams: General Than Shwe, Yangon, Myanmar
    Fax: +95 1 22 950







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