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Shan Leader to Receive Award from US Congress

31 May 2012

Hkun Tun Oo, the leader of the Shan Nationalities League for Democracy (SNLD), has been named the recipient of a US congressional award, according to a report by the Shan Herald Agency for News. However, the Shan leader, who was one of Burma’s most prominent political prisoners until his release prison on January 13, won’t be able to receive the award until he is issued a passport so he can travel to the US. The SNLD came second in elections held in 1990, claiming all of the seats in Shan State. It re-registered as a party on May 23.