What now and what’s next?
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What now and what’s next? A critical exploration of Myanmar’s now and possible scenarios of its future.
Just as is often argued with regards to media culture, news about Myanmar seems to be receiving less coverage, or at least a questionable place on the international scene. Although Myanmar’s military leaders and allies face another set of coordinated punitive sanctions from Western powers, the lingering question which remains unsatisfactorily answered is if these measured will bring desired results for Myanmar’s suffering population. Meanwhile, the national unity government, anti-coup forces and celebrities have intensified their opposition of the brutal military government. While we take a closer look at these and other current developments in Myanmar, it is crucial to place them in perspective for times ahead. Speaking from various angles, panelists will explore pertinent issues in Myanmar’s political situation especially its military rulership, national unity government and civil disobedience movement. Myanmar’s suffering economy, internal conflicts, the peace process and the international response are equally important areas which will also be discussed. In the end, we aim for making a critical sense of Myanmar’s present situation with an eye for the future.
Nyein Chan May was born in Yangon (Myanmar) and is currently studying political science and sociology in Germany. From 2012 to 2015 she co-founded the Students Union of Yangon University of Foreign Languages. She actively participated in demonstrations for the amendment of the constitution, against the new education law and ran campaigns for human rights and democracy in the country. Now in Germany she also co-founded an Initiative called “German Solidarity with Myanmar Democracy” together with her German friends which involves advocacy work for Myanmar in Germany.
Daw Thandar was a member of Myanmar’s Parliament from 2015 to 2020. She was a student leader in 1988 uprising in her home town. After crackdown of the uprising by military, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and protest leaders founded National Lead for Democracy (NLD) party. In 2007 Thanda received a life sentence for her political activism but was released five years later. After her release, Thandar became co-founder of Democracy and Peace Women Network (DPWN), which comprised of former female political prisoners. In 2013 Thanda was sent to jail again for DPWN’s campaigns against Chinese copper mine project. In 2017, She became a member of the NLD Central Women’s Working Committee. She was re-elected for the same Parliamentary seat in 2020 general election. In Parliament (lower house), she was a member of Fundamental Citizens Rights Committee. Now she serves as the Director of Women and Gender Affairs Department and Children Affairs Department under the Ministry of Union Women, Youth and Children Affairs of NUG.
Dr. Jella Fink is a cultural anthropologist with a research focus on Myanmar. She has conducted long-term field research in the country since 2014 in different regions. Currently she works as Myanmar country coordinator for the German peace organization “Weltfriedensdienst e.V.”, which aims at supporting local grassroots initiatives in their peace-building efforts.
Aung Kyaw Moe is the Founder and Executive Director of the Centre for Social Integrity (CSI), which he established in order to promote the inclusion of Rohingya people and social cohesion in one of the most fractured regions of Myanmar. CSI was awarded the Tomorrow’s Peacebuilders’ Youth-led Peacebuilding Award in 2017 for innovative peacebuilding efforts, the Schuman Award in 2019 for his contribution to peace and human rights, and most recently the Global Pluralism Award. He has worked with diverse international NGOs for over 13 years during his time in Thailand, Singapore, Afghanistan, and Liberia.