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Burmese activist wins Human Rights Defender Award

September 18, 2008

Bo Kyi of the Burmese Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP) is one of five people to receive the 2008 Human Rights Defenders Award from international rights group Human Rights Watch.

Five advocates of human rights from Burma, Congo, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan have been awarded the 2008 Human Rights Defender Awards. One of the five, Bo Kyi, is honored with the reward for his heroic efforts to speak out against Burmese repression on behalf of those who are paying the price for criticizing the military government. Over the last 20 years, Bo Kyi has demonstrated unfaltering courage, first as a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) and later as one of the founders of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners (AAPP)

Bo Kyi participated in Burma’s 8888 Uprising, and spent seven years in prison for his political activism. He suffered repeated interrogations, beatings, shackling, and torture in prison, and upon his release, he helped to found the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners in Thailand.

– This award is not just for me, but for all the activists who are standing strong under many forms of torture in prisons across Burma, Bo Kyi told the Democratic Voice of Burma.

Support the work of Bo Kyi and the AAPP; sign the petition to free Burma’s political prisoners now!

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