Train Foundation: Political Dissidents in Burma


Civil Courage Prize award winner Min Ko Naing, is one of the most well-known political dissidents in Burma (Myanmar). A prominent student leader of the 1988 peaceful uprising against Burma's dictatorship, Min Ko Naing was imprisoned, held in solitary confinement and tortured for much of the next 15 years.

When he was released from prison in 2004, he was under constant surveillance and was unable to attend the Train Foundation's Civil Courage Prize ceremony in his honor.

As a result, EqualShot used its network to contact the Voice of America in Burma, which was able to evade government censors and reach him by telephone during the ceremony, enabling audiences throughout Burma to hear his thoughts on democracy for the first time in over a decade via VOA's live radio broadcast.

UPDATE: Min Ko Naing and several other ’88 student leaders have been released from prison and are now charting the path for a "new Burma."