Myanmar under the military: What can we do?
Date: Friday 30th April
Time: 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: Barton Theatre- Level 1 JG Crawford Building 132 Lennox Crossing ANU.
This is a face to face seminar. Space is limited. To attend please register via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/151905648885
Three months since it again seized full control of government, Myanmar’s army has so far failed to subdue opposition to its takeover. Despite state security forces’ routine killing, maiming, detention and torture of demonstrators, protests continue in towns and cities, growing smaller in size but getting stronger in determination. As protest leaders form alliances with elected legislators and armed groups in frontier areas, the military is resorting to increased violence to quell dissent.
Among those resisting renewed military dictatorship are graduates of the Australian National University, as well as other universities in Australia, and worldwide. Among them too are people in Myanmar universities, institutes and NGOs who became colleagues and friends over the past decade, and some, earlier still. Today they call on us for solidarity, and support. Many are determined to stay in Myanmar and fight for as long as they are able. Some may die or be imprisoned for the cause, others will be forced to seek safe haven abroad.
What responsibilities do we owe to our alumni and others standing up against dictatorship in Myanmar, and to those who must flee? What can we do to provide the kinds of support they seek? How can we learn from and collaborate with counterparts in Asia, North America and Europe with shared concerns and goals? If these are the kinds of questions that you are asking, three months on, then please attend this event.
Note: This event will be on campus, not online. Limited dual delivery will be available for anyone wishing to participate who is unable to attend in person. In that case please write to firstname.lastname@example.org for details of how to join. A recording of the event will not be available subsequently, but a summary of points discussed will be prepared for subsequent planning and action.
· Jayde Lin Roberts, Senior Lecturer, University of New South Wales
· Nicholas Ross, PhD student, Department of Political and Social Change, ANU
· Salai Samuel Hmung, Member, ANU Myanmar Students Association
· Yuri Takahashi, Lecturer, School of Culture, History and Language, ANU
· Chaired by Nick Cheesman, Director, ANU Myanmar Research Centre