Min Ko Naing (Burma)

He is a leading Burmese opposition activist and dissident, winner of numerous awards including Homo Homini 2000, which he couldn’t personally receive until last year. He was a leading figure in the student movement of 1988 and he spent almost 15 years in jail for organizing student protests. After his release he was repeatedly arrested, and left the prison for good in 2012 thanks to an amnesty, he is left with serious health issues. The New York Times described him as “the most influential figure of the opposition movement after Aung San Suu Kyi”. Today, along with other activists, he is trying to raise the awareness of Burmese citizens about their rights, about politics, but also about their own responsibility.