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Chit Min Lay

Chit Min Lay

Liberty and Leadership Scholar 2016 (Burma)

Chit Min Lay is deputy program head with the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society organization, where he focuses on human rights, the educational sector, transitional justice, and memorialization. He was arrested in 1998 for taking part in student demonstrations and pro-democracy activities and sentenced to 31 years in prison. After his release in 2012, he joined the 88 Generation Peace and Open Society and traveled across the country to assist in education reform efforts. He is also a founding member of the Myanmar Institute of Democracy.

Chit Min Lay has taken part in numerous trainings, exchanges, and activities promoting human rights documentation. In 2013 he participated in a one-month fellowship at the Documentation Center- Cambodia, and received intensive training in genocide education and documentation. He is currently involved in efforts to develop the 88 Museum and other memory projects in Burma.

A graduate of the British Council Active Citizenship and Capacity-Building programs, Chit Min Lay has conducted trainings to promote tolerance and understanding among people from different religious and ethnic backgrounds.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Yangon.

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