Burmese activist awarded Student Peace Prize
Charm Tong, a peace fighter from Burma, is the Student Peace Prize laureate for 2007.The prize is awarded Tong for her work in Shan Women’s Action Network and her ability to reveal the violations of human rights in Burma through non-violent work.
The Student Peace Prize is awarded to a student or student organization who works for peace and human rights. All over the world students are working towards peace and democracy, often with the risk of their life, and the Student Peace Prize honor the importance of this work. The laureate receives the prize at a ceremony at the International Student Festival in Trondheim (ISFiT).
Don’t forget Burma!
This is the second time a Burmese activist is awarded the Student Peace Prize. In 2001, Burmese Activist Min Ko Naing was awarded the prize for his work in the All Burma Federation of Student Unions. Min Ko Naing was at that time still in prison, after being imprisoned for his political activism in 1989. Allthough Min Ko Naing was finally released in 2004, little has changed for the better in Burma since he was awarded the prize. The country is still ruled by one of the most brutal military regimes in the world. In addition to the direct consequences of the oppression, the Burmese people suffer from poverty because of the erratic economic politics of the regime. Hopefully, the Student Peace Prize this year will bring some attention back to one of the worst forgotten tragedies in the world, as well as give some hope to the brave people who still fight for freedom and justice in Burma.