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Interviews with Wai Wai Nu

Interviewed July 15, 2024

For me freedom… Everyone should be granted their fundamental rights, equally, with respect and dignity. What freedom means to me is: everyone’s basic rights are granted equally with full respect and with dignity regardless of differences.

The first thing is… I myself faced injustice in my life.

When I was 18 years old I was arrested and sentenced for 17 years and I had lost my education… and our future. I don´t want any other young people in Burma to face that kind of situation again.

Also, when we look at the changes in Myanmar [Burma], we don´t see… we are not sure if it is real change to democracy or not.

[In 2011, Burmese President Thein Sein began enacting a reform agenda that has eased government restrictions on civil liberties and opened more political space for opposition parties.]

And we see a lot of human rights violations and problems that need [to be] solved in Myanmar [Burma].