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Coming Soon On The Freedom Collection: Burma's Zin Mar Aung and Khin Lay

Article by Lindsay Lloyd February 14, 2013 //   2 minute read

This week, the Bush Institute hosted a women’s leadership delegation from Burma in partnership with Goldman Sachs, the McCain Institute, and Meridian International.

As part of their visit, we had the privilege to conduct Freedom Collection interviews with Zin Mar Aung and Khin Lay.  Both are active in Burma’s emerging civil society and in Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party.

Khin Lay has been active in the NLD since 1995 and has also established two civil society organizations focused on youth training and women’s empowerment.  She was arrested and imprisoned for her anti-government activities. 

Zin Mar Aung was a leader of student demonstrations in the late 1990s.  She was arrested by the military and spent 11 years in solitary confinement as a political prisoner.  Since her release in 2010, she has established a school of political science and a women’s NGO.

Despite the high price both women have paid for speaking out against the military regime, both Khin Lay and Zin Mar Aung remain deeply committed to building a free and democratic Burma.  

Look for their remarkable stories on the Freedom Collection soon.

Burmese activist Khin Lay is interviewed for the Freedom Collection.


This post was written by Lindsay Lloyd, Program Director of the Freedom Collection.