Mr. U Kyaw Hla Aung, a 75-year old Rohingya human rights defender in Rakhine/Arakan State been ranked 28th on 2019 Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders.
U Kyaw Hla Aung is a lawyer and activist who worked for decades to appeal for basic human rights for the Rohingya people. He has also spent 12 years in prison as a result of his mission. He was selected as the 2018 Aurora Prize Laureate from 750 nominations submitted from 115 countries and has been recognized for his dedication to fighting for equality, education and human rights for the Rohingya people in Myanmar. He donated $1 million of the prize money to fund health care for the 700,000 Rohingya displaced by the recent crimes against humanity.
U Kyaw Hla Aung stated that “There are severe restrictions on my people. They have lost their courage and faith in themselves, have become illiterate, and, as a result, are penniless. It has been heartbreaking to see my community suffer from such discrimination.”