Myanmar Two Years After the Coup: Continued Rights Violations, Resistance and the International Response
Two years after the Myanmar military halted the democratic transition and the democracy movement, rights violations remain an everyday occurrence.
Violations of rights are seen in every aspect of people’s lives. Through sexual violence, systematic discrimination, violent attacks, repeated harassment via forced evictions and arbitrary destruction or demolition of homes, rights enshrined in Universal Declarations are violated on a daily basis.
In this seminar, Myanmar researchers addressed topics that highlighted rights violations from several perspectives and how they were being fought for in Myanmar today. Speakers addressed the situation for ethnic minorities and the youth, the right to freedom of movement as well as highlighted gendered dynamics of resistance through mobilization and movement building.
Elizabeth Rhoads, postdoctoral fellow in Human Rights in Southeast Asia, at the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies and the Centre for Human Rights Studies, in the Department of History.
Saw Kyaw Zin Khay, Senior Researcher in peace, security and transitional politics in Myanmar at Tagaung Institute of Political Studies
Jenny Hedström, associate professor in war studies at the Swedish Defence University. Her research concerns the relationship between gender and war, with a focus on rebel warfare in Myanmar
Elisabeth Olivius, associate professor in political science at Umeå University whose research explores how gendered relations of power are produced and reshaped in conflict, displacement and peacebuilding
Moderator: Åsa Malmström Rognes, Head of the Asia Programme, Swedish Institute of International Affairs