Man Zar Myay Mon - Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA)
On the morning of June 8, 2021, land and environmental rights defender Man Zar Myay Mon, member of the Myanmar Alliance for Transparency and Accountability (MATA) and of the Subnational Coordination Unit (SCU) of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), was arrested by Myanmar soldiers while he was attempting to flee Shan Htoo Village, Chaung-U Township, Sagaing Region, following a raid by security forces. The soldiers shot him in the leg while he was riding a motorbike, immediately captured him, handcuffed him, and blindfolded him. Man Zar Myay Mon has worked for many years to promote accountability of the extractive industries for the benefit of local communities. He led a regional mining investigation and helped inform the development of mining legislation in Sagaing Region. Throughout this process he helped uncover many instances of corruption among government officials. He was also active as one of the community leaders in the Letpadaung mine protests in Sagaing Region. Since February 2021, he led non-violent anti-coup protests in Chaung-U Township, Sagaing Region, and was charged with “incitement” in March 2021.