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Saturday, 12 April 2014


The Proham -GMM discussion on the Rohungyan issues on april 17, 2014 at 2pm at GMM brings 2 leading human rights activist from Myanmar .

Please join us for these discussions. They are:-


Ms. Wai Wai Nu is a Rohingya activist, law student, and former political prisoner. At 18 years of age, she was sentenced to 17 years' jail, along with her mother, sister and brother. Her father, U Kyaw Min, an MP-elect from the 1990 elections, was sentenced to 47 years' jail. She served 7 years in Insein Prison before her release in 2012

Since her release, Wai Wai Nu has been an active human rights defender, serving as a committee member and trainer at a variety of organizations including CISC (Culture Impact Study Club at the American Center in Yangon) and the PARTHENON Club of the Yangon School of Political Science.

In March 2013, Wai Wai Nu and a group of Rohingya women founded the Women Peace Network-Arakan (WPNA), a non-governmental organization that promotes women rights, peace, justice and equality in Arakan state and Burma as a whole. WPNA has a small training centre in Yangon that provides training in human rights and English. Wai Wai Nu currently serves as Director of WPNA, overseeing its Advocacy and Women's Empowerment programmes. She recently completed her law degree and formed "Justice for Women" a small network of multi-ethnic women lawyers providing legal aid for women.

Testimony of Rohingya Muslim Ms Wai Wai Nu
Published on Oct 5, 2013  
Across from United Nations discussing her 7 years as a political prisoner in Burma/Myanmar


Debbie Stothard is the Coordinator of the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma). and Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). She has been an active promoter of human rights in Burma and the ASEAN region since 1987.

During her 32-year career, she has worked as a journalist, community education consultant, governmental advisor and trainer in Malaysia, Australia and Thailand.

In 1996, she founded the Alternative Asean Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma). These activities led her to engage with UN and related mechanisms in Geneva and New York, ASEAN as a body, and governments in Asia, the Pacific, North America and Europe. She specializes in advocacy in difficult situations.

She is also a popular public speaker and trainer, having either spoken and/or delivered trainings throughout the world (Armenia, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Brazil, Burma, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, UK and the USA). This included events at Columbia University (New York), Sciences Po University (Paris and Strasbourg), the Graduate Institute of International & Development Studies (Geneva), Convocation House, Oxford University (UK), Uppsala University (Sweden) and the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Defence College.

Debbie Stothard was elected Secretary-General of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) in May 2013. FIDH is a 92-year human rights organization which now has 178 national member organizations in more than 100 countries.

UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, Dec 4, 2012
- Keynote Statement by Debbie Stothard 

Published on Dec 10, 2012

Keynote Statement by Debbie Stothard, Deputy Secretary-General of FIDH and Coordinator of ALTSEAN-Burma at the Opening Session of the 1st UN Forum on Business & Human Rights, Dec 4, 2012, Geneva.         

Free Burma Activist Debbie Stothard asks for solidarity.
Uploaded on May 26, 2009
Free Burma Activist Debbie Stothard asks for solidarity on behalf of Burmese political prisoners. Sign the petition for their release at

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