U Zawana, former political prisoner from Burma
U Zawana was arrested in 1993 after meeting with UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights Yozo Yokota and informing him of the dire human rights situation in Burma. He was sentenced to 29 years in jail. Upon his release in 2009 the authorities forbade him to return to monkhood so was forced to flee Burma in November 2009 and currently lives on the Thai-Burma border.
U Pyinnyar Wuntha is a colleague of U Zawana and a fellow monk currently detained in Insein prison.