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URCE Condoles the death of U Myint Thein
by Rohingya Human Rights
2008-04-04 09:15:17
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The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE) expressed deep shock at the death of U Myint Thein, the spokesman for Burma's National League for Democracy (NLD), the major opposition party which won landslide victory during the General Elections of 1990. U Myint Thein died on March 28.2008 in Singapore at the age of 62.

Since 1988 U Myint Thein had been active in the Burmese democracy movement when thousands of civilians were killed by the military after a democracy uprising and since 1990 elections where he won a parliamentary seat, the military regime detained him several times without trial. He was detained again in Burma's notorious Insein Prison on Sep 27, 2007 when anti-military protests led by the revered monks rocked the country which left at least 31 people dead and led to thousands of arrests.

U Myint Thein was born in 1947 and he was elected a Member of Parliament from Kyaikmayaw Township in Burma's Mon State – a region dominated by the ethnic Mon people. He became a leading member of NLD apparatus in the aftermath of the 1990 general election. As a close ally of the NLD leader, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, he was named the spokesperson of the NLD in 2004.

U Myint Thein's health deteriorated while he was in detention and he had to be hospitalised upon his release on Oct 30 last year. "He was formerly healthy and strong. Frequent detentions and lack of medical treatment and inadequate food in prison made him sick and infected some diseases," said Aung Din, executive director for the US Campaign for Burma.

Recalling the voice raised by U Myint Thein for the release of Rohingya Parliamentarian U Kyaw Min who is now in jail for 47 years term, the three sons of U Kyaw Min, namely Numan Maung Soe Naing, Hamdan Mg Kyaw Nain and Sadaat Mg Zaw Naing in Norway said, " As a classmate and as a close friend of our father U Kyaw Min, U Myint Thein also made cordial efforts for the release of our father, our mother, our two sisters and our one brother who are still languishing in jail in Burma. In different interview with foreign media like DVB and BBC, he mentioned the name of our father along with other political prisoners of Burma. We are deeply saddened to hear of his death and offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the bereaved.”

Stating the demise of this valiant democratic leader U Myint Thein as an irreparable loss for Burma as well as its pro-democratic forces, the URCE said," He had unflinching devotion to the cause of salvation of the people of Burma from the military tyranny and his death has created a big vacuum, but he would be remembered with high regards for his invaluable contribution as an dedicated leader for restoration of democracy in Burma."#

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Publicity & Information Dept, The Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe(URCE),
Address: Chatinka Guldbergs vei 12B, 2609 Lillehammer, Norway. Phone:+4761253851
Email: rohingyas.urce@gmail.com , rohingyas.urce@yahoo.com

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naing win2008-04-09 00:00:49
peoples can die but our struggle never die.

Asad2008-04-22 00:14:09
Insha Allah

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