Burma/Myanmar Elections: Aftermath and Implications for Democratization and Human Rights
A seminar with leading Burmese democracy and human rights advocates Min Zin and Aung Myo Min
21 October 12:00-13:00 sharp. Sandwiches and coffee served from 11:20.
At Postmuseum, Lilla Nygatan 6 (Gamla Stan), Stockholm
On November 8th Burma/Myanmar is holding historical general elections, with the participation of the opposition party NLD and its prominent leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In November, Myanmar will also undergo its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council.
The elections constitute the last step of the former military regime’s official road map to “discipline-flourishing democracy.” What happens after the elections? What are the prospects for real democratization in Myanmar’s top-down transition and how can the international community contribute to an improved human rights situation in the country?
Limited number of seats. Please register here no later than October 19.
Min Zin took part in Burma’s democracy movement in 1988 and went into hiding to avoid arrest by the junta. He is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley specializing in Burma’s transition and civil-military relations. Min Zin is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy and also appears in NY Times, Bangkok Post, WSJ, etc. He serves as country analyst for Freedom House and other research foundations.
Aung Myo Min is one of Myanmar’s leading human rights activists. After 24 years in exile Myanmar’s government allowed him to return in 2013. Through the Human Rights Education Institute Burma, later Equality Myanmar (EQMM), he has trained countless activists and mobilized civil society on a range of human rights issues. EQMM has coordinated a civil society submission to the UPR. Myo Min is well known for the inclusion of the LGBTI community into Myanmar’s human rights movement.
Swedish Burma Committee, www.burmakommitten.org
Civil Rights Defenders, www.civilrightsdefenders.org
Screening of the movie about Aung Myo Min’s life, This Kind of Love, on October 21st 17:30-19:30 at Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Stockholm. Look out for more information.
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