surgeon, writer, human rights activist, political commentator
Ma Thida is a Burmese/Myanmar writer, doctor, human rights defender and prisoner of Conscience. She spent more than a half decade in prison for her political activities against military junta. She once wrote a documentary fiction called The Roadmap under a pseudonym, Suragamika. She had won international prizes during her days in prison. In July 2016, the English translation of her prison memoir “Sanchaung, Insein, Harvard” was published worldwide with the title of “Prisoner of Conscience: My Steps through Insein”. She became the vey first elected president of PEN Myanmar in 2013. She was honored with the 2016 ‘Disturbing the Peace’ award given by the Vaclav Havel Library Foundation, for her humanitarian values and for having suffered unjust persecution for her beliefs.In 2016, she was elected to the board of PEN International at 82nd PEN International Congress held in Galician, Spain.