Web photo: Léon de Riedmatten is a field diplomat presently involved in activities related to a peace process in Myanmar. He is the delegate who received the sculpture in a soap bar from imprisoned Htein Lin and gave it to the Red Cross Museum, where it is one of the favorites in the room full of objects made by prisoners in prison.
His 30+ year career has involved humanitarian missions all over the world and in 1999 he was the head of delegation in Myanmar and managed to get Red Cross access to all political prisoners. Since 2000, he is committed to help improve the plight of the Myanmar people. With the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HDC) he was the informal representative of the UN Special Envoy negotiating for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi, and has played the role of facilitator between the authorities and the opposition. Since October 2012, he is back to Myanmar as a PN consultant involved in activities related to the peace process between the government and the ethnic nationalities.