Myanmar beauty queen granted asylum in Canada

(FILES) This file photo taken March 24, 2021 and released by Miss Grand International beauty pageant on March 25, 2021 shows Miss Grand International contestant Han Lay taking part in the national costume part of the pageant in Bangkok.

Former Myanmar beauty queen and anti-junta activist Thaw Nandar Aung, aka “Han Lay”, stranded in Thailand due to immigration difficulties, has finally been granted asylum in Canada.

Local and international media, such as the BBC, quoted sources as saying she would leave Suvarnabhumi in Thailand on September 27.eheading first to Incheon, then to Toronto, Canada.

The 23-year-old has been stranded since September 21stand Myanmar authorities reportedly attempted to repatriate her, but she was not forcibly returned.

Although no confirmation has been provided by Myanmar’s military administration as to whether his passport has been revoked, spokesman General Zaw Min Tun said cooperation from neighboring countries and Interpol had been requested by arresting “fugitives” with warrants issued against them.

“There are a lot of people like Han Lay who managed to stay out of reach. Many of them are high-profile artists and celebrities who not only spoke out against the junta, but organized protests and the like,” said a retired senior immigration official.

“From what I’ve been told, many technically still have valid passports, but they could be canceled at any time. They would be immediately arrested if they set foot in Myanmar, so they won’t be going back. anytime soon.

There are also many who did not choose to leave the country, but instead joined the opposition forces.

Some, like Lu Min and his wife Eaindra Kyaw Zin, managed to avoid capture but had to return, with sources close to them saying their family members had been threatened in some way. if they didn’t come back.

They were arrested and have since been released and pardoned, among a group of film industry figures, which includes the aforementioned couple and, perhaps one of Thailand’s best known, Paing Takhon.

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