What does "Rule of Law" mean to you?
To me, the rule of law mean that we, the people, participate: in creating the law, in the checks and balances. We need to use the power of the people very carefully. For people to participate, [they have to have] a good relationship with each other and also with law enforcement individuals and groups.
Whenever I hear top political leaders use the phrase "rule of law," I feel like it is incomprehensible, unreal, like putting makeup on the face. I like the president; I like Aung San Suu Kyi [the leading opposition figure]; I appreciate their efforts to build the nation. But at the same time, if they say "rule of law," I will appreciate it more.
Read more of S. Lont's interview in Speaking Their Peace.