|The 2022 Gwangju Prize for the Human Rights Laureate, Myanmar Doctor Cynthia Maung|
|Date : 2022-05-03 Hit : 68|
The 2022 Gwangju Prize for the Human Rights Laureate,
Myanmar Doctor Cynthia Maung
Founded the Mae Tao clinic Located in a Refugee Camp, Protect a Refugee Community,
and Promote a Future of Myanmar
The 2022 Gwangju Prize for the Human Rights Award Ceremony at 18:00 on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, in the MAY 18 Democracy Square
First Outdoor Citizen Participation Event with Awards Ceremony and Celebration Performance
The May 18 Memorial Foundation and the 2022 Gwangju Prize for the Human Rights Selection Committee have selected a Myanmar doctor "Cynthia Maung," who has protected a refugee camp for Myanmar people for 30 years, as the recipient of the 2022 Gwangju Prize for the Human Rights (GPHR).
On May 3, the May 18 Memorial Foundation and the 2022 GPHR Selection Committee had a press conference to announce the 2022 GPHR recipient (individual or organization) in the May 18 Democracy Square. The 2022 GPHR Selection Committee announced that a Myanmar doctor Cynthia Maung, who founded and leads the Mae Tao Clinic located in a refugee camp on the border of Myanmar and Thailand, while working for the bright future of the Myanmar refugee community, has been selected as the recipient of the 2022 GPHR.
The 2022 GPHR Selection Committee (Seonggu Kan, the 2022 GPHR Selection Committee Chairperson) revealed the recipient selection reason while saying, "Cynthia Maungs continuous dedication and effort for the pro-democracy and human rights movement and humanitarian practice, despite the oppression of the Myanmar military regime and threats to her personal life, have become a great example for human rights activists and citizens around the world who aspire for a democratic society." The Committee added that "we hope that our attention and support help the tough journey toward the democratization in Myanmar," and appealed to international societys support, cooperation, and solidarity.
Cynthia Maung, born in 1959, is from Karen, a minority tribe in Myanmar. She graduated from medical school at the University of Yangon, Myanmar, in 1985. Cynthia Maung participated in Myanmars 1988 Democratic Uprising, known as the 8888 Uprising, but she moved to Mae Sot on the Myanmar and Thailand border to avoid the Myanmar military regimes massacre. In 1989, Cynthia Maung founded the Mae Tao Clinic, also known as the students hospital, in the Mae Sot region, and she has offered medical aid to Myanmar refugees who fled to the Thai border due to the brutal oppression of the Myanmar military regime for free. In addition, Cynthia Maung has actively engaged in diverse activities to protect and promote the human rights of women, children, immigrants, and other marginalized people. As her contribution to democracy, human rights, and peace has been recognized and honored, Cynthia Maung received many awards, such as Magsaysay Award for community leadership and Catalonia International Prize, and she was also nominated as a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
Meanwhile, the May 18 Memorial Foundation will hold the awards ceremony for the 2022 GPHR at 6 p.m. on May 18 in the May 18 Democracy Square.
This 2022 GPHR will be held outdoors for the first time. It hopes that all human beings can be respected without discrimination and have their rights. The 2022 GPHR awards ceremony will have two parts, one will be an opening ceremony, and the other will be the celebration performance. It will be enjoyed with Gwangju citizens together.
Now, this year’s laureate, Cynthia Maung, will attend this award ceremony. So it will be broadcasted live via the official channel of the May 18 Memorial Foundation on Youtube.
Regarding the laureate selection, Jung Dongnyun, the Chairperson of the May 18 Memorial Foundation, says, “I would like to respect the great activities from Cynthia Maung and all staff at her clinic. I think they try to overcome their difficulties in finance and the social system, and turn thousands of isolated refugees into the main subject changing their lives spontaneously. I am willing to support her future walk.”
Kim Bohyung, +82-62-360-0524
Department of international affairs
The May 18 Memorial Foundation
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