7pm, Thursday May 24, 2012
This is not an FCCT-sponsored event. It is a paid function and responsibility for program content is solely that of the event organizer
An official delegation from Amnesty International is currently visiting Myanmar for the first time in nine years. Since 10 May, Amnesty has been meeting with government officials, members of the political opposition and civil society, ethnic minority leaders, and former political prisoners.
In an effort to more deeply understand the seminal events of the past several years - the Saffron Revolution, Cyclone Nargis, the arrest and trial of Aung San Suu Kyi, the 2010 national elections, the release of Suu Kyi - as well as to assess the past year's reforms, Amnesty is meeting with many of the people who were directly affected or involved.
Mindful that the prevailing narrative is one of almost unqualified optimism, Amnesty is seeking to identify the human rights improvements, the presistent and ongoing human rights violations, and the new human rights challenges to which the recent changes have given rise. Not since once hoped-for reformer Khin Nyunt was Prime Minister has Amnesty been permitted to do so inside Myanmar itself.
Join us for brief remarks by the delegation followed by Q&A.
Donna Guest, Deputy Asia-Pacific Programme Director
Benjamin Zawacki, Myanmar Researcher