On February 1, 2021, the Myanmar military staged a coup, placing civilian leaders including Aung San Suu Kyi in detention, declaring a state of emergency, and taking hold of all levels of power. Opposition and resistance to the coup has been immediate and widespread. People from all sectors of Myanmar society have been on the streets, organizing and demonstrating against this military takeover. Repression by the military has intensified, with the death toll now exceeding 500. Yet the Civil Disobedience Movement continues, including many in their teens and twenties.
Since the 1988 military coup, the people of Myanmar have continued to fight for democracy and human rights. Join us in this urgent event to hear from Khin Ohmar, human rights practitioner and activist who has been a leader of the movement and tirelessly communicating the situation in Myanmar to the international community, about what is happening in Myanmar and what the people are demanding.
We will also hear from Fujimatsu Rin of Progressive Voice and Kiguchi Yuka of Mekong Watch about the background of the problem, the international community's response, and Japan's involvement. Join us to listen to their voices and think about what we can do to support democratization and human rights for the people of Myanmar.
Title: Urgent Event - Myanmar: Voices of the civil movement against the military regime
Date: April 10, 2021 (Sat)
Time: 2:00 - 3:30 pm JST (GMT+9)
Venue: Online via Zoom. Please install the application before the event in order to utilise full functions.
Keynote Speaker: Khin Ohmar (Democracy and Human Rights Advocate, Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Progressive Voice)
Commentary: Fujimatsu Rin (Progressive Voice) and Kiguchi Yuka (Mekong Watch)
Facilitator: Kawasaki Akira (Peace Boat)
Participation is free
Language: English/Japanese with simultaneous interpretation
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Keynote Speaker Profile
Democracy and human rights activist and Chairperson of the Advisory Board, Progressive Voice. Born in Myanmar (Burma).
Khin Ohmar participated in the 1988 democracy movement as a student, and has since been working for human rights and democracy for Myanmar. She regularly testifies the human rights situation in Myanmar to various international organizations including the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Since 2016, she has been Chairperson of the Advisory Board of Progressive Voice, a participatory rights-based policy research and advocacy organization rooted in civil society, that maintains strong networks and relationships with grassroots organizations and community-based organizations throughout Myanmar. It acts as a bridge to the international community and international policymakers by amplifying voices from the ground, and advocating for a rights-based policy narrative. She is a key member of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) Southeast Asia. Ohmar has joined Peace Boat on several occasions, including as a Navigator for the Global University programme in 2016.