Dr Cynthia is to be awarded the Sydney Peace Prize in Sydney, Australia on 7th November.
Previous recipients of this eminent award include Sekai Holland, Noam Chomsky, Mohammad Yunus and Desmond Tutu.
Professor Stuart Rees, Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation said: “What Dr Cynthia has achieved against the odds really impressed the jury. Her selflessness and the notion that justice is about not financially penalising people for being sick, that healthcare shouldn’t be a commercial proposition, affected them greatly.”
Dr Cynthia is honoured to be receiving this award, noting that: “The prize is a way of bringing international attention to the plight of Burma. It highlights that the peace process needs to be monitored by the international community. It’s not going to be a gift.”
The Sydney Peace Foundation, which administers the award each year, was founded in 1998 in order promote public discussion about peace with justice and universal human rights so as to influence public interest. More information can be found on their website.
We thank the Sydney Peace Foundation and Professor Stuart Rees for offering Dr Cynthia and her work at Mae Tao Clinic this prestigious honour.