Will you wear a blue shirt for Burma’s political prisoners?
Will you wear a blue shirt for Burma's political prisoners?
Tuesday 21st April is the first anniversary of the death of U Win Tin, a former political prisoner and a hero of Burma's struggle for democracy and human rights. On this day around the world, people will be wearing a blue shirt in memory of U Win Tin and all the political prisoners still in Burma's jails.
U Win Tin, a journalist and founding member of the National League for Democracy, was one of Burma's longest serving political prisoners, describing his time in jail from 1989 until 2008 as living in hell. On his release he refused to hand over his blue prison shirt, and pledged to wear a blue shirt every day until all political prisoners were released. He carried on wearing a blue shirt until his death.
As the first anniversary of his death approaches, at least 173 political prisoners remain in Burma/Myanmar's jails, with a further 316 activists awaiting trial. The number of political prisoners has risen by almost 600 percent since the start of 2014.
Wear a Blue Shirt for Burma's Political Prisoners on 21st April
On 21st April, we call on people to honour the memory of U Win Tin by raising awareness and taking action for the release of political prisoners still in jail.
Please wear a blue shirt or blue clothing and post pictures of yourself wearing blue on social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Let people know that there are still political prisoners in jail in Burma, and that they need our support.
Please use the hashtag: #blueshirt4burma
Share on Instagram using: @blueshirt4burma
"If there are no political prisoners … I will take off my shirt but up until now I haven't seen good indications."