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The Freedom Collection Spotlights Cheery Zahau

February 1, 2013 2 minute Read by Christopher Walsh

In honor of Burmese pro-democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi's historic visit to the United States, we are recognizing Burma’s brave freedom advocates featured in the Freedom Collection. Today we spotlight 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.  Cheery has delivered her message to several international bodies, including the United Nations.   She now resides in Thailand where she works with the Human Rights Education Institute of Burma to strengthen support for human rights in Burma. Hear Zahau describe military abuses against the people of Chin State that include forced labor and rape, and the efforts of freedom advocates to push back against the regime’s cruelty: 

This post was written by Christopher Walsh, Program Coordinator of the Freedom Collection.


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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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