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Activist Wai Wai Nu at her office in Yangon, Myanmar, | Photo: Thin Lei Win

Wai Wai Nu is a former political prisoner working to end the persecution faced by her people, the stateless Rohingya Muslims in western Myanmar.


November 2013: The National Women’s Dialogue was organized by two Burma women’s groups—the Women’s Organizations Network and the Gender Equality Network—and the Civil Society Forum for Peace.


Interview by Courtenay Forbes: “Even in the refugee camps, it wasn’t safe for us. We were not allowed to leave the camps and it was more like a prison camp. We became stateless people without any ID or passport.”


Nov 2012: "Our legal system does not exist at all... Lawyers have to pay bribes to police officers. Corruption has got into everything." Ms. Than Than Nu, the daughter of the first Prime Minister of Burma, Mr. U Nu

Zoya Phan, Campaigns Manager at Burma Campaign UK, in 2011

When I was just 14 years old, the Burmese Army attacked my village with mortar bombs and air strikes. There was no warning. We fled for our lives.


For decades, Myanmar’s military rulers spent less on their citizens’ health - just US$2 per capita in 2010 - than almost any other country in the world.

As a result, the country has suffered from a chronic shortage of drugs, medical supplies, equipment and nurses.

Supporters of Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy (NLD) celebrate outside the NLD headquarters in Yangon on April 1, 2012. Photo: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

Aung San Suu Kyi has won a landmark election, now she faces the challenge of persuading the army to withdraw from politics


Nang San’s family fled after their village was burnt down and the livestock slaughtered by the Burmese Army.

They hid in the jungle for a month before arriving at this overcrowded camp close to Laiza, a border town near China.


Jan 2012: Aung San Suu Kyi said that the party will choose 48 candidates among its members, with priority given to youth, ethnic minorities and women...

Wai Hnin Pwint Thon

On Friday 13 January I was able to speak with my father Ko Mya Aye, a free man again after being jailed in 2007 for his role in organising protests against the Burmese dictatorship. I was shaking, so excited; I could hardly believe it was true.


Jan 2012: "I'm healthy and happy to be released and happy to see my baby," said activist Nilar Thein. Her husband, Kyaw Min Yu, known as Ko Jimmy, has also been freed...."


Jan 2012: Student leader Jimmy, aka Kyaw Min Yu, was released from Shan State Taunggyi Prison. His wife Nilar Thein was released from Tharyarwaddy Prison. Their daughter Phyu Chi Nay Min was four months old when they were arrested...