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Myanmar’s new reality without Aung San Suu Kyi Deutsche Welle Sep 22, 2023
Speech at the World Expression Forum Norway May 24, 2023
Sexual violence in the fog of war Frontier Myanmar May 22, 2023
Myanmar military government offers cash rewards to defectors AP May 10, 2023
Many women in Myanmar doxxed and abused on Telegram by supporters of the military As Equals CNN Feb 2023
Myanmar coup anniversary: ‘Silent strike’ marks two years of military rule BBC News Feb 1, 2023
Myanmar’s pro-democracy women targeted with doxxing and hate speech BBC Newsnight Jan 26, 2023
Why military defections still matter to Myanmar’s revolution Oped Frontier Myanmar Dec 3, 2022
The U.S. Can Put Sanctions on Russian Gas to Punish Putin. I’m Asking It to Do the Same in Myanmar Oped New York Times Jun 23, 2022
Thinzar Shunlei Yi « Je me bats pour la dignité humaine et la démocratie» La Croix Apr 16, 2022
Meet the new generation driving Myanmar’s resistance PBS Mar 12, 2022
Myanmar Activist: We Want Our Own Script NewNaratif Feb 15, 2021
Yangon calm masks Myanmar’s pain 1 year after military takeover Nikkei Asia Feb 1, 2022
Myanmar’s deadly spiral: One year after coup, can civil war be avoided? France24 Feb 1, 2022
Myanmar’s Military Mindset The Diplomat Feb 1, 2022
Aung San Suu Kyi Falls, but Myanmar’s Democratic Hopes Move On NY Times Dec 7, 2021
Le portrait Thinzar Shunlei Yi, tordre le coup d’Etat Liberation Nov 25, 2021
Thinzar Shunlei Yi: «L’armée birmane doit être démantelée» Le Figaro Nov 23, 2021
The open-source investigators trying to bring justice to Myanmar FT Magazine Nov 18, 2021
Whats Happening in Myanmar Australian Broadcasting Corp Foreign Correspondent July 29, 2021
Sphere of Influence Vanity Fair July 2, 2021
‘We belong to the future’ The Weekend Australian June 26, 2021
‘Risking Everything.’ Myanmar Activist Talks About Her Fight Time Magazine Mar 23, 2021
Myanmar Protest Leader Wants The Military Out And Isn’t Interested In Negotiating NPR Radio Mar 12, 2021
A New Generation Takes the Lead in Myanmar Protests Wall Street Journal Mar 10, 2021
Myanmar security forces shoot and kill at least 34 pro-democracy demonstrators CBC News Mar 3, 2021
Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters defy rigid gender roles – and subvert stereotypes about women to their advantage quote in The Conversation May 12, 2021
A Pro Democracy Activist Explains What Went Wrong in Myanmar Video Vice World News Jan 22, 2021
Thinzar Shunlei Yi (@thinzashunleiyi) is a democracy activist and human rights defender who is campaigning globally against the Feb. 1, 2021 military coup in Myanmar. She is the advocacy coordinator for Action Committee for Democracy Development, a coalition of 12 community-based social and political networks comprised of diverse backgrounds established in 2013 to build a democratic federal state in Myanmar.
Her autobiography, Mon combat contre la junte birmane (My fight against the Burmese junta), was co-written with journalist Guillaume Pajot and published by Robert Laffont in the French language in 2022.
Thinzar was a TV host for Under 30 Dialogue, an online advocacy platform at Free TV Channel Mizzima TV for young people in Myanmar. The third season finished in January, 2021, and its future is uncertain. Under 30 Dialogue kicked off as a Live Event attended by nearly 100 young people to discuss the Rakhine State Crisis (2017, September) when the Myanmar military violently drove Rohingya people from their homes.
Under 30 Dialogue was a weekly program produced by Mizzima, sponsored by Parami Round Table in partnership with Yangon Youth Network. Mizzima Media was established in 1998 in New Delhi, India, by journalists and other veterans of Myanmar’s 1988 pro-democracy uprising.
Thinzar received a 2022 Magnitsky award that recognizes brave journalists, politicians and activists in the field of human rights. In 2016, she received the Emerging Young Leaders Award from the U.S. State Department.