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Waihnin Pwint Thon Speaks for Burma and Political Prisoners at the UK Labour Party Conference


The issue of Political Prisoners and Burma has taken centre stage today at the annual British Labour Party conference being held in Manchester, UK. The short film made about this political prisoner work was shown as an introduction to the most incredible speech ever given in this country by anyone at any political conference or meeting about Burma. Waihnin Pwint Thon, daughter of jailed 88 Generation Student leader Ko Mya Aye, and one of the leading campaigners for Burma and political prisoners in her own right, gave an extraordinarily powerful speech that not only defied her young age, but deserved the lengthy standing ovation it received.

Dressed in white out of memory for her father and his colleagues of the 88 Generation Students, she brought back memories of the famous speech Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered at the west gates of the Shwedagon Pagoda on 26th August 1988. Today Waihnin delivered a powerful speech that elevated the issue of Burma to centre stage of the newly formed Labour Party at this most crucial time with elections fast approaching and on the day the UN General Assembly meets to discuss Burma.

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