Aung Kyaw Tun is a former political prisoner and a consultant for the Myanmar Institute for Democracy, an organization founded by activists and former prisoners from the 1996-1998 political movement. He also works as an implementation research data collector with the Mental Health Program initiated by the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPPB) and Johns Hopkins University. The program helps former political prisoners and their families heal from the trauma. Aung Kyaw Tun plans to open a youth network center to offer personal development and political literacy classes for young people in his native township.
He became a member of the All Burma Federation of Student Unions (ABFSU) as a student, participating in movements to support Aung San Suu Kyi‘s calls for political reform. In August 1999, he was arrested while planning to hold student-led demonstrations and sentenced to 7 years in prison in a military court hearing conducted at the Insein Prison compound. He served 5 years and 10 months of his sentence.
Since his release, Aung Kyaw Tun has been studying political subjects in the distance learning program offered by Indiana University in Bloomington and sponsored by the U.S. State Department. He recently joined Dagon University in Rangoon.