Aid group to give political prisoners cash

Hanthawaddy U Win Tin Foundation – named after the veteran journalist and respected pro-democracy activist Win Tin – is set to give current and former political prisoners cash handouts on January 12.

Kyaw Aung, spokesperson for the foundation, said: “This time we’ll also aid the family of Major Kyaw Swar Win, from the military, who was jailed for signing a petition asking for the amendment of section 436. We are giving his family cash assistance in tribute to his act as we believe he was jailed unreasonably.”

Altogether Ks 5.2 million (US$5,200) will be given in aid to the families of two political prisoners, 20 ex-political prisoners, besides Kyaw Swar Win’s family, with a ceremony at the Tawwin Hninse restaurant. It is the foundation’s 18th handout.

In November the foundation gave Ks 5.7 million to the families of freelance journalist Aung Kyaw Naing (aka Par Gyi) who was killed by the military while reporting, five jailed reporters from Bi Mon Te Nay Journal, the activist Sein Than and 21 ex-political prisoners.

The foundation was formed in 2012 and dedicated to giving financial aid and other assistance to ex-political prisoners and their families every two months. A total of Ks 142 million has been handed out.

An expansion is also planned at the office on 50th Street, Pazundaung Township.