Lum Zawng is a lawyer and political activist from Kachin State in Northern Burma. He cofounded and now directs the Public Legal Education Department at the Kachin Legal Aid Network Group. In this role, he provides legal training in the areas of politics, rule of law, criminal law, and women’s rights. He is also a frequent lecturer on these and other topics.
As a university student, Lum Zawng was a member of the All Kachin Students and Youth Union (AKSYU), where he advocated for political and human rights in relation to the 2008 Constitution and the Myitsung Dam Project. In 2012, he was elected general secretary of AKSYU and now organizes youth political empowerment training, human rights advocacy, and political education across Kachin State. In 2015, Lum Zawng was elected General Secretary of the Kachin State Youth Network (KSYN), which is a branch of the National Youth Congress. After graduating in 2010 with a degree in law from Myitkyina University, he started an internship program on human rights and international law at the Burma Lawyer’s Council and the Peace Law Academy at Maesot.