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The Freedom Collection Spotlights Burma: Cheery Zahau

February 11, 2013 1 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

In partnership with Goldman Sachs, the McCain Institute, and the Meridian International Center, the George W. Bush Institute is hosting a Women’s Leadership Delegation from Burma.  In honor of their visit, the Freedom Collection spotlights the bravery of countless Burmese dissidents working to free their country from tyranny.  Today we recognize the efforts of Cheery Zahau, a human rights activist from Chin State.  As a high school student, Zahau’s teachers warned that her intellectual curiosity would land her in serious trouble with the military junta.  She left Burma so that she could rally international support for protecting human dignity and expanding individual rights in her country. 

In her Freedom Collection interview, Zahau describes military abuses against the people of Chin State that include forced labor and rape, and the efforts of freedom advocates to resist the regime’s cruelty:

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Christopher Walsh
Christopher Walsh

Christopher Walsh serves as a Manager for the Human Freedom Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute.  In this role, Christopher manages communications, evaluation, and public policy research projects that advance freedom and democracy in the world. He also develops and implements efforts to make the Bush Institute a welcoming place for today’s generation of dissidents and democracy advocates, overseeing visits for training, inspiration, and insight. 

Prior to joining the Bush Institute, Christopher worked with the International Republican Institute in Washington, D.C. As IRI’s program officer for Central and Eastern Europe, he coordinated political party building and civic advocacy programs in the Balkans and Turkey.

A native of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Christopher is a graduate of American University with a B.A. in International Studies.  He currently lives in Dallas with his wife and three young children.

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