(CAMBRIDGE, March 2021)—On March 3, Myanmar women human rights defenders Wai Wai Nu and Thinzar Shunlei Yi spoke virtually at Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, sharing their insights on defending human rights amid the military coup in Myanmar. Wai Wai Nu is a prominent Rohingya human rights defender, former political prisoner, and the founder of the Women Peace Network and the Yangon Youth Leadership Center. Thinzar Shunlei Yi is the Advocacy Coordinator of the Action Committee for Democracy Development, the winner of the U.S. State Department’s Emerging Young Leaders Award, and a 2019 Women of the Future Award recipient. The event was part of the Carr Center’s “Human Rights in Hard Places” series and was organized by Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center, with support from Fortify Rights CEO Matthew Smith, a former Fellow at the Car Center (2019-2020). It provided both women with an opportunity to share their respective insights and analysis on the military coup d’état in Myanmar.
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