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Young Burmese Receives Human Rights Award


A young Burmese woman is among the recipients of the Reebok Human Rights Award, given to young people who risk their personal safety to fight injustice.

Charm Tong, a 23-year-old ethnic Shan, fled to Thailand as a small child to escape ethnic persecution in Burma.

She became a human-rights activist in her late teens. She has co-founded a network of human rights monitors on the Thai-Burmese border, established a school for other Shan refugees, and helped produce a documentary on the Burmese military's use of brutality against women.

Other recipients of the 2005 award are Zarema Mukusheva, a Chechen human rights monitor; Carlos Rojas, a Mexican documentary-filmmaker; and Aloysius Toe, a Liberian human rights activist.

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