September 11th 2008
Seniro General Than Shwe
C/o Ministry of Defence
PEN International reports with alarm of their extreme concern over the health of veteran journalist and pro-democracy activist Win Tin, who has been imprisoned for over 19 years!
Reports suggest that his already poor health condition has worsened in the past few weeks.
PEN considers the cumulative sentences of over 20 years against Win Tin to be in violation of his right to freedom of expression and association as protected in the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights and is calling the authorities to provide him with medical treatment and demands his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.
We urgently appeal to Your Excellency to act upon this request and to see to it that Win Tin is treated humanely and that he receives adequate medical attention.
Primarily we urge that he is released from prison unconditionally at the first possible occasion.
member, Writers in Prison Committee, Norwegian PEN