Myanmar national nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Last Updated on April 24, 2024 3:18 am

For the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize, the citizen of Myanmar Dr. Mong Journey was nominated by Mairead Corrigan Maguire, a prominent Northern Ireland pacifist. He received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1976. Dr. Mong Jarni is currently living in exile in the UK. He is a Myanmar human rights activist. He specializes in genocide.

Maguire’s letter to the Nobel Committee highlighted Zarney’s contribution to democracy in Myanmar and his work in promoting non-violence for peace and freedom in Tibet, East Timor, Nigeria, India, Thailand, Palestine and the Jewish diaspora.

The Forces of Renewal South East Asia (FORSEA) and the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) jointly announced Maguire’s nomination to Mong Jharni this week on the eve of the Burmese traditional New Year. The nomination was based on Jarni’s work of ‘actively and tirelessly working for peace and harmony among different communities’ over three decades.

Zarney said the Nobel Prize has been deeply tainted by some of the awards. The most notorious of these was the late Henry Kissinger. “As a staunch anti-imperialist, I am very proud to be chosen by Maguire.”

Mairead Corrigan Maguire has long campaigned against imperialism. He has stood up for Israeli nuclear leaker Mordechai Vanunu, oppressed Palestinians and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. In the past he has nominated Edward Snowden, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange.

Mong, 60, is the co-founder and coordinator of several international networks and platforms, including Journey Free Burma Coalition (1995-2004), FORCES. Jarni currently serves as an advisor to The Karen National Union (founded 1947), Myanmar’s oldest ethnic resistance organization.

Jarni was born and raised in Mandalay, Myanmar in an army family. He was born to an academic mother and a socially conscious businessman father during the rule of General Ne Win’s ‘socialist’ military dictatorship. Learned community organizing from his parents as a teenager. His parents also led self-help community initiatives for their area.

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