Phyu Phyu Thin

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Phyu Phyu Thin
ဖြူဖြူသင်း
Phyu Phyu Thin.JPG
Phyu Phyu Thin makes a campaign speech in Yangon's Mingala Taungnyunt Township
Member of the Pyithu Hluttaw
from Mingalataungnyunt Township
Incumbent
Assumed office
2 May 2012
Preceded by Aung Kyi
Personal details
Born 1972 (age 41–42)
Nationality Burmese
Political party National League for Democracy
Military service
Awards Homo Homini Award (2007)
Phyu Phyu Thin

Phyu Phyu Thin (Burmese: ဖြူဖြူသင်း, IPA: [pʰjù pʰjù θɪ̀ɴ]; born 1972) is a Burmese HIV/AIDS activist and supporter of the National League for Democracy. On May 21, 2007, Phyu Phyu Thin was arrested by police in Yangon for organizing a prayer rally to call for the release of detained National League for Democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Never told what crime she had committed, she was held for more than a month, and was released on July 2, 2007.[1]

As an activist, Phyu Phyu Thin has been an outspoken critic of the State Peace and Development Council, which she says is understating the number of HIV and AIDS cases in Myanmar. She operates a clinic in Yangon that provides treatment, medicine and counseling to HIV and AIDS patients.[2][3]

On June 5, 11 AIDS patients, who were participating in prayer rallies, calling for the release of Phyu Phyu Thin, were detained at Waybargi Infectious Diseases Hospital. They were later released on June 8.[2][4] The United States Department of State also called for Phyu Phyu Thin's release.[1]

While in detention, Phyu Phyu Thin staged a hunger strike, taking only liquids for about one week.[1] Her family, which had not been told where she was being held, said it would file a missing person's case with police.[5][6]

Phyu Phyu Thin has previously been detained in 2000, after she and other Suu Kyi supporters were bundled away by police from a rally for Suu Kyi. She was held for a time in Insein prison.[3]

In 2007, People in Need awarded Phyu Phyu Thin, along with fellow prisoners Su Su Nway and Nilar Thein, their Homo Homini Award.[7]

As of February 2012, Phyu Phyu Thin announced that she is running for a parliamentary seat in the lower house (Pyithu Hluttaw)'s Mingala Taungnyunt constituency, in special by-elections, which will take place in April 2012.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Associated Press (2009-07-03). "Prominent Myanmar AIDS activist freed from detention". The Star (Malaysia). Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Burma Released HIV-Positive Activists From Hospital Confinement". Voice of America. 2007-06-08. Retrieved 2007-06-29. 
  3. ^ a b Mann, Naomi (2009-07-03). "A Brave, Caring Woman Now Also Needs Help". The Irrawaddy. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2007-07-03. 
  4. ^ Lae, Aye (2009-06-07). "HIV/AIDS Patients Detained in Rangoon". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 2007-06-29. [dead link]
  5. ^ Aung, Htet (2009-06-28). ""Free Suu Kyi" Campaigners Released". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 2007-06-29. [dead link]
  6. ^ Paung, Shah (2009-06-21). "Relatives of Missing HIV Activist Threaten to Sue Authorities". The Irrawaddy. Retrieved 2007-06-29. [dead link]
  7. ^ http://www.clovekvtisni.cz/index2en.php?id=549
  8. ^ "NLD AIDS activist to run for Parliament". Mizzima. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 9 February 2012.