February Monthly Seminar_Zoom Meeting

Australia’s Myanmar sanctions – what should happen next?

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: February 27, 2023 (Monday)  

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 06:00 – 07:00 PM AEST Time (13:30-14:30 Myanmar/Yangon Time)

Join Zoom Meeting: please click the link 

Meeting ID: 550 615 4368

Passcode: 12345 

Foreign Minister Senator Penny Wong announced the imposition of sanctions on 16 Myanmar individuals and two companies in an instrument which went into force on 1 February.  AMI welcomed the announcement and said it would like to meet the Minister and discuss the future of the sanctions and such issues as monitoring their effectiveness and next steps.  This seminar brings together the voices of two very prominent people in this debate.

Chris Sidoti is a former Australian Human Rights Commissioner.  He has had extensive involvement with Myanmar for over 25 years and is a member of the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar (SAC-M) which was set up after the military coup in February 2021.  Previously, he was a member of the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar.  The other members of the SAC-M are Yanghee Lee, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar and Marzuki Darusman, a very distinguished former Attorney General of Indonesia and human rights expert and former Chair of the UN Fact-Finding Mission.

Prof Dr Mie Mie Winn Byrd is a Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. She researches, publishes, and teaches in the areas of: US-Myanmar (Burma) relations; security dynamics of Southeast Asia; linkages between the role of education, economic development, gender, private sector, and security in the Indo-Pacific region.  She is one of the world’s leading experts on the way the military functions in Myanmar’s governance.

***NOTE: Zoom can work very well, but it poses difficulties for people with a poor internet connection. So, people from Myanmar (or elsewhere) who might have a poor internet connection or low bandwidth should turn off the video mode and listen to the seminar. You may be able to switch on the video from time to time just to see who is speaking, but definitely don’t use the video mode if you wish to speak yourself.  You can also pose questions using the chat function.  The whole seminar will be uploaded later on the AMI website and Facebook page.