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Rohingya lawyer granted $1.1m Aurora Prize

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PRESTIGIOUS humanitarian accolade the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity has been awarded to Kyaw Hla Aung, a lawyer and activist in Burma (Myanmar) who has campaigned for the rights of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority for decades.

The awarding committee said in a statement that Kyaw Hla Aung had been recognised for “his dedication to fighting for equality, education and human rights for the Rohingya people in Myanmar, in the face of persecution, harassment and oppression.”

Kyaw Hla Aung personally received a $100,000 grant, as well as $1 million to donate to organisations of his choice. He elected to give the funds to Médecins Sans Frontières, Malaysian Medical Relief – MERCY Malaysia, and the International Catholic Migration Commission, all of whom work to provide medical aid and assistance to refugees in Burma.

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