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88. Fighting for human rights and media freedom after Myanmar's 2021 coup Passed

Friday November 18, 2022 14:30 - 15:30 Näbben

Exhibitor: Göteborgs universitet

Moderators: Paul Vrieze, Pernilla Nordqvist
Panelists: Aye Chan Naing, Wai Hnin Pwint Thon

A military coup d’état on February 1, 2021 ousted the elected civilian government and ended Myanmar’s decade-long democratic opening. Since then, reports from the country indicate widespread rights abuses, including arbitrary arrests, killings and violence against civilians. Meanwhile, the Myanmar military has adopted oppressive laws to restrain freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. 


The coup initially led to a mass non-violent resistance movement and, later, the formation of a national unity alliance with civil society organizations, political parties and ethnic minority rebel groups. Communities across Myanmar engage in peaceful protests where possible and activism continues on social media. Despite high risks, rights activists in and outside Myanmar have documented the abuses and called for accountability in this crisis, while independent media have continued to cover events.


A panel of Myanmar rights defenders, journalists and other experts will explore the current situation and avenues for resistance and international support. Their outlook and experiences will guide the discussion and center on issues such as their understanding of the current situation, how they deal with the manifold challenges, the facilitation of support to rights abuse victims, and what visions they have for resolving this crisis. 


Gothenburg University


Programpunkt (60 minuter)

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Shrinking space






Profile image for Paul Vrieze

Paul Vrieze Moderator

Gothenburg University

School of Global studies, Gothenburg University

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Pernilla Nordqvist ModeratorExhibitor

Göteborgs universitet

School of Global studies, Gothenburg University

Aye Chan Naing Panelist

Democratic voice of Burma

Executive Director/Chief Editor, Democratic Voice of Burma

Wai Hnin Pwint Thon Panelist

Burma Campaign UK

Human Rights Activist, Burma Campaign UK