Saw Eh Say (Myanmar)
“As a human being, every person has the right to protect their land or to protect their family, and also to protect their area. Impact to my friends and impact to my relatives, it is like impact to me.”
Saw Eh Say, an EarthRights School alumnus, is a land rights activist from Kayah State, Myanmar and co-founded Kayah EarthRights Action Network (KEAN). Saw Eh Say has seen earth rights abuses committed in his home community for decades, including land grabs to destructive mining projects.
Through his organization, he empowers his community and educates them about land laws, and hopes to stop the cycle of abuse and strengthen legal support for communal land use practices.
This is his story.