Is the Military Coup in Myanmar the death knell of democracy and federalism?
When the Myanmar military (Tatmadaw) drove into the capital Naypyidaw in the early hours of 1 February 2021 to seize power, many were taken by surprise. The military had made lightly-veiled threats to this effect, but many within and beyond the country remained hopeful that they would not be carried through.
The coup has major potential consequences for a country that was struggling to emerge from decades of military oppression and conflict. It could crush further progress towards democracy and federalism, and lead to increased violence in ethnic States.
Written by Dr Michael Breen and Dr Anne Decobert
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Myint-U on the future of the protests, what Beijing wants, and what Washington can do to help.
BY JONATHAN TEPPERMAN | FEBRUARY 18, 2021, 5:27 PM
On Feb. 1, Myanmar’s military staged a coup, overturning the results of the November 2020 elections and throwing the country’s top civilian leaders in jail on spurious charges. Since then, protests and government violence have escalated. To get a sense of what lies ahead, the dynamics driving the conflict, and what outsiders can do to defend Myanmar’s democracy, on Wednesday Foreign Policy’s Jonathan Tepperman interviewed Thant Myint-U—historian, former United Nations peacekeeper, former member of Myanmar’s National Economic and Social Advisory Council, and author, most recently, of The Hidden History of Burma—by email. Their conversation has been edited for length and clarity. Please click here for full article.
January 29, 2021
We affirm our support for Myanmar’s democratic transition and efforts to promote peace, human rights, and development in the country. We look forward to the peaceful convening of the Parliament on Feburary 1 and the election of the President and speakers. Once again, we congratulate the people of Myanmar on their historic participation in the country’s recent general election. We urge the military, and all other parties in the country to adhere to democratic norms, and we oppose any attempt to alter the outcome of the elections or impede Myanmar’s democratic transition. We support all those who work toward greater democratic freedoms, lasting peace, and inclusive prosperity for the people of Myanmar.
- Burmese language studies for a Minor Degree at ANU are now much easier to access.
- In 2021 this two-year Online course will be linked to Open Universities Australia (OUA).
- OUA’s fees are very reasonable for those who wish to just learn the language.
- This course is also suitable for Myanmar heritage students who have grown up speaking English.
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The 2020 Annual General Meeting was held via Zoom with 22 members and associate members on 19th November commencing at 5:30PM.
The meeting was opened by May Kyel Winn, the Executive Administrator and handed over to Christopher Lamb, President and Acting Director of AMI.
It closed at 6:15 PM and the Minutes of the Meeting are below:
Australia will continue to support Myanmar’s progress towards full democracy and encourages the incoming Government of Myanmar to ensure Rohingya people and other ethnic minorities can participate fully in democratic processes. We hope that open and inclusive by-elections will be held at the earliest opportunity in areas where voting was cancelled.
Our support through the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assisted the preparation and conduct of the election, including supporting COVID-safe polling. Australia worked closely with civil society partners on inclusiveness and voter education focussed on women, youth, people with disabilities, LBGTQI communities and diverse ethnic and religious communities.
Australia is committed to our partnership with Myanmar in the pursuit of economic and social development and equal rights for all.
Early results indicate another massive victory for Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party in Myanmar’s 8 November general election. Ninety-one political parties fielded candidates, but the elections were again essentially a first-past-the-post contest between the NLD, identifying with democracy and a change from military rule, and the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP), identifying with stability and security. Women constituted only 16% of the candidates. Unlike 2015, when the NLD didn’t field a single Muslim candidate, this year it fielded two.
By Nicholas Coppel
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MLI is very pleased with the opportunity it had to say something about its work in our October seminar, the recording of which can be seen at http://aummi.edu.au/news-and-events/ami-event/monthly-seminar/. Anyone wanting to know more about AMI can get up-to-date information from the attached files and then get onto the MLI mailing list by writing to Gillian Donoghue, Development Officer at the Myanmar Jesuit Mission in Yangon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A study led by the United Nations Development Programme Bangkok Regional Hub as part of and in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Issue-Based Coalition for Building Resilience.
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Tharthi Myay Foundation (TMF) is seeking a new Executive Director. TMF is a registered local NGO that supports dozens of local civil society initiatives with small grants, capacity building, gatherings and other means of support. We’re looking for someone with leadership experience (although it does not have to be specifically as an ED); someone who values and has vision for supporting grassroots human rights and social justice movements; and someone who is looking to lead a passionate and hardworking team and help us bring our 3-year old organization into its next phase of development.
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Written by Dr Mar – Oxford on 04.08.2020
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A very interesting report on Covid-19 response in Myanmar, done in cooperation with AMI’s sponsor friends at Okkar Thiri. The report is written by Patrick Cooke, Asia Regional Editor.
28 Jul 2020
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The Rule of Law Integrated Knowledge Approach programme (RIKA) being run by FBA and Justice Base is open for nominations for CSO participants from Mon, Bago, Tanintharyi and Kayin. Please see attached document for details of the programme and how to apply in English and Myanmar Language.
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In order to overcome the immediate negative impact of COVID-19, the Ministry of Planning, Finance and Industry has issued a comprehensive economic stimulus plan namely “Overcoming as One: COVID-19 Economic Relief Plan-CERP” having 7 Goals, 10 Strategies, 36 Action Plans and 76 Actions, covering a broad range of extraordinary fiscal and monetary measures, combined with a set of human-focused and common-sense policy responses.
Please see the details by clicking the link.
An important interview answering coronavirus (COVID-19) questions was published by The New Daily in four parts from 19-22 March. The interview was with AMI Board member Prof Paul Komesaroff. We are publishing the fourth part here because it is equally relevant for Myanmar people. Please click the link for full answer.
AMI MONTHLY SEMINAR 30 MARCH – RELOCATION
Youth voice in Myanmar – how best to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
Perspectives after the AMI conference in Myanmar
Towards a sustainable future in Myanmar
Conference at the Yangon University of Economics
30 May 2020
Association of Development Studies, Myanmar
Yangon University of Economics
Socio-Economic and Gender Resource Institute (SEGRI)
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT)
International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Canada In commemoration of the 100th year anniversary of Yangon University of Economics
Participation: Free of charge Lunch will be served (only for those who registered beforehand)
The University’sBurmese courses equip students with a solid foundational knowledge of the Burmese language and an awareness of Myanmar’s culture and history. Students will gain knowledge of colloquial style Burmese language skills essential to everyday life at home and in the workplace. Students will also learn the basics of literary Burmese, which will give them a solid in reading skills to approach a wider range of authentic Burmese publications, as well as develop their conversational ability.
From 2020, Burmese 1 and 2 will be taught through Open University Australia only. Burmese 3 and 4 will still be offered through ANU online.
T 02 6125 3207
Dr Yuri Takahashi
Grade to be confirmed
Date of issue:05-09-2019
Closing date (Geneva time zone):18-09-2019
Duty station:Yangon, MyanmarCountry:MYANMAR
Duty station status: Family Duty Station
Accompanied status: Accompanied
Category of Staff: Staff on Loan
Grade: To be determined Vacancy No:IFRC03309
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The experiment is run by a 4th year psychology honours student (Alessandra Galea) and aims to investigate how Asian Australians manage their cultural identities, especially in their relationship with their parents. This study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics committee (humanethics.latrobe.edu.au; application ID: HEC19159).
You will be asked to fill an anonymous online survey which will take no more than 15 minutes of your time. Complete the study and enter the draw to WIN 1 of 12 gift cards worth $50!
Click the following link to complete the study: http://latrobepsy.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6VA4EORz1q7QMjr
View the attached document for further information.
AustCham Myanmar cordially invites you to a networking evening on Thursday 29 August at the Australian Embassy Staff Complex. This will be a great opportunity to meet with the new CEO of AustCham Myanmar and to connect with other business leaders in the Australia-Myanmar business community.
When: Thursday 29 August, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Australian Embassy Staff Complex, 18 Golden Valley Road, Yangon, Myanmar
Entry Fee: 5000 MMK per person, there will be full cash bar available.
Registration is mandatory for security reasons, please register by 28 August,2019.
YANGON, June 2 (Xinhua) — Myanmar will grant visa-on-arrival to six more countries beginning Oct. 1 as a relaxation of restriction on entry into the country to boost tourism, according to a statement of the Ministry of Hotels and Tourism.
The six countries are Italy, Spain, Germany, Russia, Switzerland and Australia. Please click here for full article.
FEDERAL SCHOLAR IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 2020 – Apply by 1 July!
Federalism in Myanmar is a very important topical subject and it is good to see that the Institute for Comparative Federalism in Bolzano, northern Italy, is calling for applications for a position of Federal Scholar. Details are at http://www.eurac.edu/en/research/autonomies/sfereg/training/Pages/eurac-federal-scholar.aspx.” Many thanks to Dr Elisabeth Alber of the Institute for bringing this to our attention because of the relevance of the opportunity to Myanmar.”
State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi delivered an important speech on the country’s economic and investment progress on 29 January 2019 at the Investment Summit held in Yangon. The text is an important statement about Myanmar’s need for investments and the challenges which the government as it seeks them.
Please click the link for her speech.
Photo Credit: Myanmar State Counsellor Office Page
PICTURES OF TRANSITION
Curated by Dr Charlotte Galloway & Nicholas Coppel
1-15 March 2019
Australia National University
ANU School of Art and Design Gallery
AMI is pleased to inform that AustCham Myanmar have moved to a new office location on February 4, 2019.
preceding the 2019 Myanmar Update
Venue: Seminar Rooms A & B, Australian Centre on China in the World (Building 188), ANU
AMI welcome today’s announcement of Australia’s new Ambassador to Myanmar, and looks forward to working closely with Ambassador Faulkner. We have enjoyed a productive and constructive friendship with the Embassy during Nicholas Coppel’s tenure as Ambassador and join the Minister in thanking him for his great contribution to the bilateral relationship.
We are delighted to share with you our upcoming Yangon launch of the Myanmar Update volume, ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’(ISEAS, 2018), next Saturday 10th November 5PM at the Goethe Institute in Yangon.
The Yangon launch of the Myanmar Update volume, ‘Myanmar Transformed? People, Places and Politics’ (ISEAS, 2018), will be held on 10 November Saturday, at the Goethe Institute in Yangon.
Venue: Auditorium, Goethe Institute, Yangon
For catering purposes, please RSVP for the book launch via this simple registration form: click here.
This podcast done for the Asia Pacific Policy Society’s Policy Brief on 28 October on aspects of the Rohingya crisis will be of interest to many of AMI’s members and followers. It is by Trevor Wilson of ANU, Australia’s Ambassador in Yangon from 2000-03 and a member of the advisory panel for the ANU Myanmar Research Centre.
La Trobe Law School/International Legal Studies Research Group seminar
Presenter: Professor Ridwanul Hoque
Date/Time: Monday 26 November 2018, 1-2pm
Venue: La Trobe University, Bundoora Campus, Social Sciences Building, Level 2, Room SS232 (Moot Court)
Registration and further information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/deportation-of-rohingya-people-the-iccs-jurisdiction-over-myanmar-tickets-51801008210
The University of Melbourne, in collaboration with Yezin Agricultural University is researching the role of women and their families in small ruminant (primarily goats and sheep) management and marketing with the aim of improving livestock livelihoods in the Central Dry Zone. This is a four year project commencing in 2019, funded by the Australian Council for International Agricultural Research. The research seeks to understand the social and cultural context of small ruminant farming to ensure development benefits are equitably shared and resilience built against risks to farming.
ACAPS, the Assessment Capacities Project formed by the Norwegian Refugee Council and Save the Children, published this report on the Bago flooding in August-September 2018.
Please click here to read ACAPS’s briefing note about Bago flooding.
Following drafting which involved all relevant government agencies and a period of public consultation the Ministry of Planning and Finance published the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan (MSDP9 for 2018-30 at the end of August. It is a comprehensive document which has been welcomed by the United Nations agencies concerned and many other observers. It will be an important guiding document for AMI’s conferences on SDG implementation and is provided now to assist all our future efforts.
Please click here to read the Myanmar Sustainable Development Plan 2018.
A cooperation Memorandum of Understanding was signed on 29 August 2018 by Global Reconciliation’s Chair Dur-é Dara and AMI’s President Christopher Lamb. Global Reconciliation shares many of AMI’s objectives, particularly in the areas of community engagement, policy development, fundraising, education and research. The two organisations will also work together to facilitate institutional affiliations with universities, institutes, educational and research bodies and other governmental and non-governmental organisations. An important institutional point is that Global Reconciliation, as a Public Benefit Institution (PBI) will now be in a position to receive donations on behalf of AMI and issue a tax deductible receipt to Australian donors. This is a most welcome outcome for AMI, and for GR too, and will consolidate a valuable partnership for the benefit of both organisations.
Myanmar Update 2019: Living with Myanmar
Proposals due by 7 September 2018, with the conference to take place at The Australian National University on 15-16 March 2019
The next Myanmar Update conference will be held on Friday, 15 March and Saturday, 16 March 2019 at The Australian National University, Canberra. Hosted by the ANU Myanmar Research Centre, in the College of Asia and the Pacific, the conference has as its theme ‘Living with Myanmar’.
Two announcements were issued in Naypyitaw on 31 May, one concerning the establishment of an independent commission of enquiry “to investigate the violation of human rights and related issues following the terrorist attacks by ARSA”.
The Australia Myanmar Institute (AMI) welcomes International Women’s Day and is proud to join with organisations in Australia and Myanmar celebrating this important day and its message of equality.
Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi reported to the People in Myanmar in Naypyitaw on 12 October 2017.
The United Nations Security Council in recent weeks has placed new focus on Myanmar through discussions about violence in the country’s western Rakhine state, allegations of “ethnic cleansing” and the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.
Myanmar State Counsellor has arranged a diplomatic briefing in Naypyitaw on 19 September 2017 as she could not be able to travel to New York to the United Nations General Assembly.
Myanmar State Counsellor Office officially released the Final Report of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State on 24 August 2017.
AMI was very happy and excited to see the honour bestowed on Su Htet Zaw of Latrobe University, and associate member of AMI and a speaker at our seminar in August 2017 on education engagement between Myanmar and Australia.
We are pleased to advise that applications for the 2017-2018 Direct Aid Program (DAP) are now open.
As announced on 14 August 2017 current A-MCC members will soon be represented by a new merged organisation following an agreement to create one Australian Chamber of Commerce based in Yangon. The two Australian business chambers previously registered in Myanmar will soon operate using the following brand, name and logo .