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Dialogue with Parliamentarians from Myanmar (Burma), July 1, 3:00PM

The Parliament in Myanmar

Photo: The Parliament in Myanmar, 2011

The Georgetown University
Master of Science in Foreign Service Program
INVITES you to come join an informal dialogue with
Members of Parliament and Staff
of the National League of Democracy party
in Myanmar (Burma)

3:00-4:30pm
Monday, July 1st

Intercultural Center
7th Floor Executive Conference Room
Georgetown University
3700 O Street, N.W.
PLEASE RSVP to Connor Lock at cal237@georgetown.edu
(Direct questions to Prof. Mark Lagon at lagonm@georgetown.edu)
With major thanks for the partnership of MSFS Adjunct Professor and alumnus Mickey Bergman, and the Richardson Center for Global Engagement, which has provided scholarships for these members of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party to receive training at the Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute in Madison, Wisconsin, the participants are listed below.

Please come have a discussion of political change and the role of the international community!
Participant Biographies

Myint Myint San

Member

Pyithu Hluttaw

National League for Democracy

Age 52

Myint Myint San (better known as Ma Cho) currently serves as a Member of Parliament. She ran in the 2012 by-election and was elected to the Pyithu Hluttaw [Lower House] of Parliament, as a representative of Wakema Township in the Ayeyerwaddy Division.

From 1984 to 1988, Myint Myint San worked as a researcher for the economic section at the research headquarters of the Myanmar Socialist Party.  In 1990, she became a member of the NLD.  Due to her political activities, she was held for over four months in Ye Mon Detention Center.  Beginning in 2001, she undertook her responsibilities on the Central Social Welfare Group of the NLD. In 2009, she was arrested under Article 17/1, which prohibits unlawful association, and was sentenced to three years in jail. She was released in September 2011.

She received a correspondence degree in zoology from Yangon University.

Aung Soe

Member

Pyithu Hluttaw

National League for Democracy

Age 52

Aung Soe is from Thayetchaung Township in the Thanintharyi region and serves as Member of Parliament representing the Long Lone District in the Pyithu Hluttaw [Lower House]. He was elected in the 2012 by-elections, receiving 82.4% of the vote.

Aung Soe’s political career started when he led the 1988 demonstrations in Thayetchaung.  At the time, he was a founding member of the local NLD youth group and, in 1989, became its leader. In 1990, he became a member of the Thanintharyi Regional Youth Program and its leader in 1991. In 1992, he was a recruiter for the state NLD Recruitment Committee, and became secretary of recruitment in 1996.  He served as a member of the Central Administration  and the Central Youth Planning and Implementation Committees where he carried out research and reporting activities and served as the spokesman. Due to his political involvement he was imprisoned on five separate occasions over the past 24 years.

Thein Swe

Member

Amyotha Hltuttaw

National League for Democracy

Age 46


U Thein Swe is a political activist who currently represents the Irrawaddy Division Constituency Number 10 in the Amyotha Hltuttaw [Upper House] of the Myanmar Parliament.  He was elected in the 2012 by-elections.

Thein Swe’s initial forays into politics include working for the Democratic Party for New Society in Phyar Pone Township as a general secretary, working for the All Burma Federation of Students Union (ABFSU) in Phyar Pone Township, and serving as the chairperson of the First Burma Student Conference, which was held in Mandalay in May 1989.  In late 1989, Thein Swe was arrested for participating in student protests.  He continued to campaign for the NLD in Phyar Pone Township in 1990. He was sentenced to ten years in prison due to participating in the Yangon University protest in support of Aung San Suu Kyi receiving the Nobel Peace Prize.  He was released in 1992 under a national amnesty agreement.

In 1996, Thein Swe served as a youth member for the NLD in various areas. Following that, he was sentenced for nearly four years imprisonment together with his father, Min Swe, who was elected in the 1990 election to represent Phyar Pone Township. After Thein Swe was released in 1999, he worked at NLD headquarters on security and youth matters until 2001 when, while traveling with Aung San Suu Kyi, they were blocked for nine days in Dala Township and detained under house arrest together for one month.  For participating in the 2007 Saffron Revolution, he was sentenced again to six and a half years in prison.  He was released in 2012 and given a position on the Central Election Committee for the NLD.

Thein Swe graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Yangon University in 1993. He recently married Thin Moe Moe Lwin.

Min Thu

Member

Amyotha Hltuttaw

National League for Democracy

Age 51

Min Thu is a Member of Parliament in the Amyotha Hluttaw [Upper House] representing the Oak Thara Thiri Township in Naypyitaw, Mandalay Region.

In 1983, he started a traditional gem business in Ye Bu village.  He was a leader of the Ye Bu Youth Social Team and was joint secretary of the village cooperative.  From 1988 to 1991 he was a member of the Central Committee of the Democratic Party for New Society and later served as township secretary.  He led the 1988 protests in Moe Goke Township.  From 1991 to1993, he served a prison sentence for organizing a Martyr’s Day celebration in 1989.  In 2002, he became an recruiter in Moe Goke for the NLD Youth Program.  He was sentenced to Mandalay Oboe prison for 13 years following the Depayin massacre in 2004 and the 2007 Saffron Revolution.  In January 2012, he was released under the amnesty agreement. He successfully ran for Parliament in the 2012 by-elections.

He received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Mandalay University. He has a wife and three children.  He grew up in and lives in Moe Goke in Mandalay Township.

Sitt Aung

National League for Democracy

Age 25

Ko Sitt Aung has been involved in the political movement since the 2007 Saffron Revolution protests.  His involvement includes serving as a National League for Democracy [NLD] liaison to a local township and working on social welfare issues for the party. In the 2012 by-elections he worked as Aung San Suu Kyi’s security detail during her travels throughout the country. Following the by-elections, he served as commissioner of the party reform conference in Pazandaung. He continues to work as Aung San Suu Kyi’s security in Naypyitaw and Yangon.

Aside from his political work, Sitt Aung worked as a DC officer on a ship for the East Wind Company in 2008 and as a Senior DC Officer at Sea Quest Company in 2011.

He studied geography at East Yangon University in 2004.

May Thu Myint

Legal Volunteer

University of Distance Education, NLD Law Office

National League for Democracy

Age 28

May Thu Myint is a volunteer for law students at the University of Distance Education. Through the NLD Law Office, she provides pro bono legal guidance to rural citizens on matters relating to land issues.

May Thu Mint did chamber reading under Advocate Sayar Aye Kyu in 2006 and was granted her lawyer’s license by the Supreme Court in 2007. She has practiced law under the auspices of Khin Maung Zaw.

May Thu Myint is from Mandalay and now lives in Naypyitaw.  She graduated from Taunggyi University in 2005 with a law degree.

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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