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Aung Myo Min

Myanmar
“Creating understanding is a peaceful ideology.” This is the mantra of Aung Myo Min, a renowned human rights educator in Myanmar. Myo believes that his persistent planting of ideas and seeds of human rights education will reap a great harvest in the form of a lasting peace and human rights culture in his country.

Myo is the Director of Equality Myanmar (formerly Human Rights Education Institute of Burma). He has been conducting human rights trainings for years, building bridges and breaking down walls between ethnic groups in Myanmar. Working closely with women, youth, civil society activists, refugees, migrant workers, the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community and other minority groups, Myo has held over five hundred human rights and peace trainings with people and groups throughout the country.

In his work with women’s groups, Myo supports and coaches women to participate in regional and international human rights mechanisms and processes with the aim of progressing the goal of a nation free from all forms of violence against women. He has trained many women’s groups’ leaders to understand more fully the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), and works with ethnic minorities to promote peace. Myo has also collaborated with other non-government organizations to try and end the use of child soldiers in Myanmar.

Myo is the first ever reported openly gay activist who has so publically advocated against discrimination and homophobia in Myanmar. He set up the country’s first LGBT committee, which has now become a large network that promotes respect and non-discrimination for LGBT people throughout the country. He recently joined the Interfaith Women’s Group of Burma in their drafting of a position paper. Despite numerous death threats because of his support for this group, he has not been deterred him from raising his voice.

His personal philosophy is that “People should live peacefully. People don’t want war in Burma or anywhere in the world. We need to be more understanding and ethical. Civil Society organizations can do a lot to improve this. Good community organizing is the key.”

His groundbreaking work on human rights and peace was well-documented in the recently released documentary "This Kind of love" that focused on his commitment and love for human rights, peace and justice. It received tremendous popularity among the audience in many screenings in the country. 
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