The Schuman Awards are named after Robert Schuman, a former French foreign minister and one of the visionaries who contributed to the foundation of the European Union.
Nang Pu, Director of the Htoi Gender and Development Foundation and founder of the Kachin State Women’s Network, dedicated her life to the fight for women’s rights and peace in her native Kachin State. A steering committee member of the Alliance for Gender Inclusion in the Peace Process and tireless advocate for a meaningful participation of women in the peace process, Nang Pu speaks up for justice for the many women survivors of sexual violence in conflict and works with internally displaced people across Kachin State advocating for their access to basic services and humanitarian assistance. She founded the Htoi Gender and Development Foundation to empower women to claim equal treatment in their communities and to defend their rights. Htoi works with survivors of human trafficking, often assisting in the women’s rescuing, offering psychological counselling and legal support, and providing vocational training to help them re-build their lives.
On 7 December 2018, the Myitkyina township court convicted Nang Pu, along with lawyer Lum Zawng, and Zau Jat of the Kachin National Social Development Foundation, of defaming the Myanmar military under Section 500 of the Penal Code for their involvement in peaceful protests that called on the Myanmar government to end the decade-long conflict in Kachin State and to assist civilians trapped in the conflict zone. The three activists were sentenced to six months in prison and each fined 500,000 MMK. Nang Pu is currently serving her prison sentence in Myitkyina.
The European Union in Myanmar is honoring Daw Nang Pu’s outstanding commitment to peace and women’s rights with the 2019 Schuman Award, recognizing her immense personal sacrifices and tireless efforts in standing up for some of the most vulnerable members of society. The Schuman Award has been handed over to Daw Nang Pu's representative, her sister-in-law Daw Nan Bawk, by the Ambassador of Denmark, H.E. Mr John Nielsen.
Robert Sann Aung, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Hygienic Legal Clinic in Yangon, is an activist, former political prisoner and human rights lawyer who dedicated his career to the fight for justice for victims of human rights abuses. Since 1974, Robert Sann Aung has himself been imprisoned no less than six times for his peaceful political activism. He has been disbarred from 1993 to 2012, physically attacked numerous times, and he continues to this date to face threats against his life for his courageous human rights activism. He has provided legal services to and defended, often pro bono, Myanmar’s most marginalised, including political protestors, child soldiers and student activists. Robert Sann Aung does not shy away from high-profile cases and defending clients on sensitive issues concerning child labour or the unlawful confiscation of land. A long-standing advocate for rule of law and democracy, Robert Sann Aung has proven to be one of Myanmar’s loudest voices for positive change and equal rights for all.
The European Union in Myanmar is recognizing U Robert Sann Aung’s outstanding merits in defending human rights and promoting justice and the rule of law in Myanmar over more than four decades with the 2019 Schuman Award. The Schuman Award has been handed over to Robert Sann Aung by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Mr Jaroslav Doleček.
Aung Kyaw Moe, Founder of the Centre for Social Integrity (CSI), is a Rohingya human rights advocate and strong proponent for peace among the conflict affected communities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. After spending years as a humanitarian worker in Afghanistan, Thailand and Liberia, Aung Kyaw Moe returned to Myanmar in 2016. His non-governmental organization CSI promotes diversity, pluralism and inclusion by training Rohingya, Rakhine and other ethnic youth to become peace builders and help foster sustainable socio-economic development in their communities. A strong voice for inter-community dialogue, Aung Kaw Moe offers platforms for reconciliation and helps build a network of young changemakers among the next generation who lead their communities towards a more peaceful coexistence where diversity is seen as an opportunity rather than a threat.
After the 2017 violence in northern Rakhine, Aung Kyaw Moe’s CSI delivered humanitarian assistance to thousands of affected families, stepping in for larger aid organization that were blocked from accessing the area.
The European Union is paying tribute to Aung Kyaw Moe’s outstanding engagement for peace, human rights and non-discrimination in his native Rakhine State with the 2019 Schuman Award. Through his visionary work with youth from different ethnic communities Aung Kyaw Moe gives hope for lasting peace and a more prosperous future to a young generation that has long been suffering from poverty and conflict. The Schuman Award has been handed over to Aung Kyaw Moe by the Ambassador of Italy, H.E. Mrs Alessandra Schiavo.