|The Collegium for Development
Studies, Uppsala University,in cooperation with the Dag Hammarskjöld
Foundation, the Euro-Burma Office, the Olof Palme International Centre
and the Swedish Burma Committee, invite you to:
Burma on the Road to Democracy – Repression, Resistance and
a seminar on the current political situation and the road to change
Tuesday, November 18, 2003, 15.00 – 18.00
Gamla Torget, Room B 319,
The political crisis in Burma, previously rather unnoticed by the
Swedish public, has lately been given great attention in the media.
The continuing repression of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung
San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, is
massively condemned by the international community. The conditions
of the ethnic minorities, for decades suffering under both military
pressure from the Burmese army and political pressure from a process
of 'Burmanisation', is increasingly identified as one of the main
issues in resolving the conflict. The United Nations Secretary General
Kofi Annan has urged the international community to help Burma become
a democracy by 2006.
During the seminar, leading representatives of the democratic opposition
movement will provide an overview of the current political situation.
Which steps are taken by the opposition to bring about political
change in Burma? What support can outside voices give to the transition?
Which role can Swedish academic institutions and civil society organisations
15.10 Aung San Suu Kyi and the men in green – the current
political situation in Burma,
Harn Yawnghwe, Euro-Burma Office, Brussels
15.50 Sanctions as a tool for transition to democracy,
Penny Davies, the Swedish Burma Committee
16.30 Coffee break
16.50 Strategies for change – the role of outside pressure
on the military,
Zaw Oo, The Burma Fund, Washington D C
17.30 General question and answer session
Register no later than November 7, 2003 to Runpen.Sakhong.firstname.lastname@example.org
or phone 018- 471 68 51 for further information.