Sep 17, 2012


NED announces press briefing with recipients of 2012 Democracy Award

DATE: September 17, 2012
CONTACT: Jane Riley Jacobsen 202-378-9700 or


WHAT: Lunch briefing for journalists by recipients of NED 2012 Democracy Award honoring the Democracy Movement of Burma
WHO: Activists from Burma including Aung Din, Hkun Htun Oo, Dr. Cynthia Maung and Kyaw Thu
WHEN: Wednesday, Sept. 19, 12 noon – 1:00 PM
WHERE: National Endowment for Democracy, 1025 F St, NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20004

Credentialed journalists who wish to attend must register with Jane Riley Jacobsen 202-378-9700 or

BACKGROUND: The National Endowment for Democracy is honoring the Democracy Movement of Burma with its annual Democracy Award. Five key activists from Burma are accepting the award on Sept. 20 at a Capitol Hill Ceremony on behalf of the entire movement. This briefing will be an opportunity for journalists to hear from the activists about the current situation in Burma and the challenges ahead for democratic reform and to engage in Q&A. Lunch will be served.

The recipients are:

  • Hkun Htun Oo, released from prison this January, is the chairman of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy and is known for his struggle for democracy and national reconciliation among Burma’s many ethnic groups.
  • Kyaw Thu is a famous film director and actor turned activist who heads one of the country’s most important civil society organizations, the Free Funeral Service Society.
  • Dr. Cynthia Maung is an ethnic Karen medical doctor who has for more than 20 years operated a health clinic for displaced people on the Thai-Burmese Border.
  • Aung Din was a leader of the 1988 student movement and a former political prisoner who is co-founder and executive director of the U.S. Campaign for Burma.
  • Min Ko Naing, a key leader of both the 1988 student movement and the 2007 Saffron Revolution, has spent most of the past 20 years as a political prisoner in solitary confinement until his release this January. (Min Ko Naing will not be in Washington but will accept via video message.)

Full bios and event details are available here.