Stephen Nyein Han Tun



Stephen Nyein Han Tun finished his degree in 2019. In early 2020, he volunteered as a humanitarian worker to help relief for the marginalised ethnic groups amongst hill-tribe lands. He also helps the local CSOs for writing the proposal, strategic planning workshop, translation and edition for the fund proposals, concept note, M&E supervision and research training.

He is an indigenous person from the highlands of Northern Shan State and originally from Namhsan township which is the capital of tea agriculture in Myanmar. He has many International experiences, for example, attending scientific writing workshops (IRD), Regional Land Forum and KNOTS Conference for Customary Land Rights and Ethnic Women’s Land Rights. He has also volunteered as an assistant Professor at Capacity Building Workshop for the Professors of Anthropology, International Relation and Law Department. 

He has written a MA Thesis and articles regarding tea farming society, tea economy, land and environmental relation, livelihood security, the bundle of rights, human rights, land rights, and socio-politics. 

He has also participated in Cambridge University Southeast Asian Society’s online webinar with young scholars to talk about human rights abuses during Covid-19 pandemic period in Myanmar. Through this chance, he has the opportunity to write two articles and publish at Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Research (SHAPE-SEA). Now he is writing many articles regarding human rights, election, gender, customary land tenure rights and peace research with SHAPE-SEA, IRD and Tea Leaf Center, Chiang Mai. 

With a Country Anthropologist position, he also worked for a medical humanitarian action organisation in Myanmar and lived many months amongst Rohingya peoples, marginalised ethnic groups and vulnerable populations. It was anthropology research and medical service development.

He also addressed the rights of health care access of marginalised/vulnerable groups. He has an ability to engage with professional relationships, gentleness, kindness and respects the different identities, and he always prioritises responsibility, transparency and humanity. He is also planning for PhD Studies in 2024. He is working at a Leading Human Rights Foundation in Southeast Asia. His position is Development Manager. He is also an expert in social research, policy development, project and program activity designing and tailoring, supervision for project monitoring, evaluation, learning and Reporting (MEL), project management,  human rights, women rights, land rights, Freedom of Religion and Belief (FORB)  and environmental justice for the marginalised and excluded peoples in Myanmar. He is also a frontline human rights researcher, monitor and advocate for Myanmar.