My name is Zaw Win, born in 1958.
I participate in the UPRISING -88. I was a
strike-leader, not as a student, but as joiner. In daily life I was making
In a country like Burma where a military
junta is ruling roughly, labour unions are not allowed.
I distribute secret news papers. Such a
task was very, very dangerous. A regime like that one in Burma will in every
possible way prevent informa-
tion about abuses against common people.
In 1989 persons from the security police
surrounded the house where I was hiding. They took me to prison and examined me
under torture. Then they put me in jail, the Insein prison in Rangoon, later on
in Tharawaddy prison.
I had to stay in prison for about 10 (11)
The International Committee of the Red
Cross visited me first time in 1999.
I was released on the 6th of
July 2005 and exiled the same year.
In Thailand I became a member of “Burma
Political Prisonors` Union” and worked for them with political affairs, focusing
democracy and human rights inside Burma.
The 27th of September 2007 I
arrived Hunndalen, joining my family !!!
Myo Aung`s story:
My name is Myo Aung. I was a soldier in
I finished state high school in 1978. It was
very difficult to find a job. I did not get a job in my mother-land.
Then I started service in the Army in 1979. I
was only 18 years old. My duty was from 8 to 4 o`clock. In the evening I
attend to University. I finished University in 1992. I had rank as a sergeant
in the Army. I served in the Computer department, at the office of the
military headquarter in Yangon. Yangon was the capital of Burma earlier; now
it`s Pyinmana about 40 Norwegian miles far north.
In August 1988 all Myanmar people
demonstrated for democracy in Burma. I demonstrated together with students and
other people. Two months later the military junta stroke back and has since
then held the country in an iron grip.
Then the military regime arrested all
demostrators. Thousand of students from all over Burma flee to the border of
My wife had a son and was pregnant.
I and all soldier-demonstrators were arrested
and punished. I got 5 years in jail from 1990 to 1995 in Insein jail. Insein
jail is a well-known prison in my mother land. Aung San Suu Kyi was sitting
there before she had to stay in her home in the University Street nr. 54.
Today she has been as a prisoner in her home for 12 years and 48 days!
In 1999 we tried to demonstrate again for
democracy. I was arrested once again. I was punished in months and put in
In October 2000 I fled to Thailand. I worked
for Burma Democracy Newspaper Office. I wrote political articles and news.
I hadn`t passport or Visa, so I was arrested
several times by the Thai police.
In November 2004 UNHCR and UDI helped me and
sent me to Norway. People of Norway are very kind to me and help me.
Now I am living in Hunndalen with my family.
That`s great! Thanks a lot!
- Arrestert første gang fordi han delte ut
flygeblader med politisk stoff i gatene i Rangoon i 1988. Det han
protesterte mot, var fortsatt stenging av skoler etter studentopprøret
i-88, men selvsagt også for demokrati og frihet. Da var han bare 14 år
- Han hadde det grusomt i fengslet, ble
torturert, fikk TUB og mistet håret, fikk lite og dårlig mat, ble nektet å
lese og skrive og hadde sjelden besøk av familien. Han satt først 3 år i
- 2. gangen han ble fengslet, ble han
fraktet langt hjemmefra, til Myincha. Der satt han i 6 år, og siden
foreldrene er meget fattige, kunne de bare besøke ham en gang på disse 6
årene. Da fikk de snakke med ham i 15 min.
- Røde Kors besøkte fengslet i 1999 og i
april 2000 ble han løslatt.
- Lin ville fortsette utdannelsen,men det
fikk han ikke lov til.
- Han begynte å jobbe for å hjelpe
familien sin, samtidig som han drev med hemmelig politisk virksomhet.
- Venner ble arrestert, og Lin flyktet
over grensa til Thailand.
- For ett år siden fikk Lin vite at en av
hans venner , Then Win Aung, fengslet i 1998 var blitt torturert til døde.
Broren, Pyone Cho, sitter i fengsel på 11. året.
- Lin har jobbet for radio- og TV-stasjonen
DVB i Oslo.
- 131 studenter har mistet livet i
burmesiske fengsler etter studentopprøret i 1988.