Monday, September 25, 2006

Burmese Woman Wins Rights Prize

On Aug.31, Su Su Nway of Burma was awarded the 2006 John Humphrey Freedom Award by the Canadian NGO Rights & Democracy. She was chosen from a field of 100 candidates nominated by human rights groups around the world. Su Su Nway, 34, first drew international attention for challenging the ruling junta for forcing her and her neighbors to repair a road without pay. "This award has given me strength," she said in an interview with RFA’s Burmese service. "I hope the people of Burma...whose rights have been violated...are also encouraged, and they will be able to decide courageously what they should do and what they would do." Read the entire article.

Hat tip: Radio Free Asia.

Category: Burma.