Ka Hsaw Wa Executive Director, EarthRights International

Ka Hsaw Wa is Co-Founder and Executive Director of EarthRights International and a 1999 recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize. A member of the Karen ethnic nationality of Burma, he was one of the student leaders in the 1988 nation-wide student uprising for democracy and freedom, and has been a human rights activist since he fled Burma in 1988. As well as the Goldman prize, Ka Hsaw Wa has received the Reebok Human Rights Award, Whitley Fund for Nature/Sting and Trudie Styler Award for Human Rights and the Environment, and the Conde Nast Environmental Award for his work in defense of human rights and the environment.