U Tin Oo Named ‘Hero of National Reconciliation’
24 February 2010: Burma’s recently freed vice-chairman of National League for Democracy (NLD), U Tin Oo, has been awarded ‘Hero of National Reconciliation’ by The Zomi National Congress (ZNC) in Rangoon this month.
The 82-year-old retired general was presented a certificate of honour in recognition of his courageous leadership, action and services in the struggle of democracy and freedom in Burma after he was released from prison and house arrest on 13 February 2010.
U Tin Oo was forced to retire from his position as commander in chief of the armed forces of Union of Myanmar in March 1976 and later sentenced to hard labour for treason by the military regime.
The former defence minister, a highly decorated general, had been either in prison or under house arrest since he was detained in 2003 along with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in an event, better known now as the Depayin Massacre.
A founding member of NLD in 1988, U Tin Oo was imprisoned in 1989 for three years.
The Zomi National Congress, founded in 1988, is a political party committed to restoring and establishing democratic government and federal union of Myanmar, with Pu Chin Sian Thang, an elected MP during the 1990 General Election, as its chairman.
Van Biak Thang