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Lecture by leading Burma/Myanmar democracy activist Min Ko Naing

2014-11-29 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

"Burma/Myanmar — Hopes for a Civil Society"

The "Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives" Project of Osaka University's Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP) has invited leading Burma/Myanmar democracy activist Min Ko Naing to present a lecture on Saturday, November 29. Min Ko Naing, a democratic activist of great fortitude and strength having withstood long years of imprisonment and brutal torture, is Myanmar's second most influential and popular national leader after Aung San Suu Kyi.

Next year in Myanmar, there will be a general election. Thus, Mr. Min Ko Naing will speak passionately on his ideas regarding prospects of the ongoing reform of Myanmar society, as to whether this is the time or not for a society that has experienced long years of dictatorship to, with their own hands, transition to a democratic society. 

• There is no charge for attending this seminar.
• Mr. Min Ko Naing will speak in Burmese.
• Translation into Japanese will be provided.


The "Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives" Project of the Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP), overseen by Toshiya HOSHINO, monitors the conflict resolution and peacebuilding initiatives for three areas in Southeast Asia -- Southern Philippines, Thailand's Deep South, and Myanmar, and publishes the information gathered on their website.  This lecture was planned as one step in understanding the prospects of democratization and economic liberalization taking part in recent years in Myanmar and of next year's general election there.

As noted above, Min Ko Naing is Myanmar's second most influential and popular national leader after Aung San Suu Kyi. As a leader of the student movement during the democratic movement in 1988 he attracted a lot of attention, following which he was essentially a political prisoner for almost 20 years. Currently he continues to work steadily for achieving civil society. Min Ko Naing has won numerous international awards for his activism. These include the 2009 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights [Korea]; the 2005 Civil Courage Prize [USA], which he shared with Anna Politkovskaya and Munir Said Thalib; the 2000 Homo Homini Award of People In Need [Czech];  the 2001 Student Peace Prize [Norway]; and the 1999 John Humphrey Freedom Award [Canada], which he shared with Cynthia Maung of the Mae Tao Clinic; and in 2012, the National Endowment for Democracy [USA].

Date: 2014-11-29 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Organizer: Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives, OSIPP
Sponsored: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, OSIPP
Venue: Saji Keizo Memorial Hall, 10F, Nakanoshima Center, Osaka University
Registration: Registration by email is required. Send an email to the email address given below.
Contact: "Asia Peacebuilding Initiatives" Project, Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP)
apb@osipp.osaka-u.ac.jp

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