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‘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.
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.
In 2016, Thinzar received the Emerging Young Leaders Award from the U.S. State Department.