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The November 2020 election resulted in a landslide victory for the National League for Democracy party, led by State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and President Win Myint. Yet in February 2021 the military dissolved Myanmar’s democratically elected Parliament. Many elected lawmakers are in detention. Others have fled the country or remain in hiding. In April, 2021, while evading arrest and persecution, representatives from the ousted civilian government formed the National Unity Government (NUG), to rival the military junta. U Aung Myo Min, Minister of Human Rights, and Naw Susannah Hla Hla Soe, Minister of Women, Youth and Children Affairs, will discuss the political objectives of the NUG, their vision for an all-inclusive federal government, the declaration of a national defense force, and their ongoing struggle to secure recognition and assistance from the international community.


Aung Myo Min

Minister of Human Rights, National Unity Government

Aung Myo Min was recently named Minister of Human Rights for the National Unity Government in Myanmar by the Committee Representing Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (CRPH). He is founder and previous executive director of Equality Myanmar, a leading human rights organization in Myanmar. He was awarded both the Celebration of Courage and the Felippa de Souza Award by the International Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Commission in 2001 and 1999. In 2017, he was awarded “Schuman Award” by European Union Delegate for his work on diversity and minority.


Susannah Hla Hla Soe

Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs, National Unity Government

Susannah Hla Hla Soe has a master's degree in Zoology from the University of Yangon. She began her career at World Vision, and in 2003 joined Karen Women's Action Group where she became executive director. After Cyclone Nargis, Susanna led an emergency relief team to resettle families and rebuild homes. She was named Woman of the Year in 2011 by Hotnews Media Group, and in 2012, received the InterAction Humanitarian Award for "extraordinary leadership."Susannah is chairperson of Women's Organizations Network of Myanmar, a steering committee member of Women’s Protection Technical Working Group, and president of Women's Peace Network. On 16 April 2021, when the National Unity Government was established, Susanna was named the Minister of Women, Youths and Children Affairs.


Moderated by Kenneth Wong.

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    65 minutes
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    United States
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    all ages