January Monthly Seminar_Zoom meeting

Myanmar: One year since the military coup attempt

Australia Myanmar Institute invites you to a scheduled Zoom meeting

Date: January 31, 2022 (Monday)  

Duration: 1 hour

Time: 1800-1900 Australia/Melbourne Time (1330-1400 Myanmar/Yangon Time)

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Meeting ID: 550 615 4368

Passcode: 12345

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing launched his coup on 1 February 2021 and has since instituted repressive dictatorial power which has effectively destroyed the nascent democracy founded by the election of President Thein Sein in 2011 and developed further by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi from 2016.

AMI sees the occasion as one which merits assessment by two of the world’s most knowledgeable commentators, with a further observation by a Myanmar youth on the situation which youth will have to manage in the country’s democratic future.

Chris Sidoti is an international human rights expert with a profound understanding of Myanmar.  He is a founding member of the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar where he works alongside two of Asia’s most prominent human rights experts with extensive experience in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee and Marzuki Darusman.  He is a former Australian Human Rights Commissioner, and was also a member of the Independent International Fact Finding Commission on Myanmar established by the UN Human Rights Council in 2017.

Bertil Lintner is an award-winning Swedish journalist and author who lives in Thailand. He has been writing about Asia for more than four decades, focusing on Burma, ethnic and political insurgencies, organized crime and regional security. He was a correspondent for the now defunct Hong Kong weekly Far Eastern Economic Review from 1982-2004 and now writes for Asia Times. He is also the author of 22 books of which eight, including Burma in Revolt: Opium and Insurgencies Since 1948, Outrage: Burma’s Struggle for Democracy and the Rise and Fall of the Communist Party of Burma, have been translated into Burmese.  He has visited Burma many times and has many good contacts throughout the country.

Sophia Htwe is an Australia Award scholar and just completed a master’s degree in International Community Development at Victoria University. She will be studying a PhD program at the University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and human rights issues in Myanmar. She has worked many years in community development projects.

A question and answer session will be conducted after the presentation. For more information about AMI, please visit: aummi.edu.au/.

***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.