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Dr. Cynthia Receives the National Endowment for Democracy's 2012 Democracy Award
CPI extends congratulations and a warm welcome to Dr. Cynthia Maung, Founder and Director of the Mae Tao Clinic in Mae Sot, Thailand, who received this year’s Democracy Award, sponsored by the U.S.-based foundation, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
The award honored the Democracy Movement of Burma and was accepted by five key figures in the fight for democracy and human rights in the country: Dr. Cynthia, Min Ko Naing, Hkun Htun Oo, Kyaw Thu and Aung Din.
CPI Board President Dr. Tom Lee was in attendance at the ceremony on Sept. 20 in Washington D.C., where Daw Aung San Suu Kyi — in the U.S. to receive the Congressional Gold Medal — addressed the award recipients and audience.
CPI is thrilled that Dr. Cynthia has been awarded this recognition of her work in providing crucial health care services and advocating for the rights of displaced people on the Thai-Burma border. The events in Washington this week are particularly significant for Dr. Cynthia as she has the chance to meet with U.S. government officials and for the first time meet with Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
According to a statement issued by the Mae Tao Clinic, during her week in Washington, Dr. Cynthia will be raising her concerns regarding international attention turning from the humanitarian situation on the border towards the political changes in Rangoon and Naypyidaw, which have not yet resulted in any improvements in the lives of displaced people, especially in terms of health and education. Dr. Cynthia hopes that this award will be an opportunity to highlight the continuing human rights abuses and displacement that hundreds of thousands are facing in Burma’s ethnic areas and in particular in Kachin State.