Teach in: Legacies of Political Detention and the Burmese Democracy Movement
One of the tragic consequences of the coup is the rise in the number of political prisoners in Myanmar. Since the coup more than 5500 people have been arrested. Political imprisonment is not a new phenomenon in Myanmar, but a well-known strategy of political oppression. At a teach in co-hosted by UCLA and Berkeley the issue of past and present political prisoners were discussed. The event started with a testimony by Nay Tin Myint (Former Political Prisoner and Chairman, National League for Democracy Supporting Organization (NLDOS) in the United States), translated by Kenneth Wong, Lecturer (Department of South and Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley), which was followed by a debate with Liv Gaborit (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Lund University and Spokesperson for MAGD), Andrew M. Jefferson (Senior Researcher, DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture) and Tomas Martin (Senior Researcher, DIGNITY – Danish Institute Against Torture) moderated by Seinenu Thein Lemelson (Lecturer in Anthropology, UCLA).
You can watch a video of the event here:Legacies of Political Detention and the Burmese Democracy Movement.