Burmese Voices from the Ground

Voices from the Ground: Burmese Human Rights Defenders engaging in Myanmar 2nd Universal Periodic Review to improve the Human Rights situation on the ground

thailand pre-sessionUPR Info, and the Burma-Myanmar UPR Forum, co-led by Aung Myo Min, Executive Director of Equality Myanmar, and Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership, would like to invite you to a Lecture “Voices from the Ground: Burmese Human Rights Defenders engaging in Myanmar 2nd Cycle UPR to improve the Human Rights Situation on the ground”, taking place on 9 September 2015, from 9:00am to 12:30pm at Thammasat University, Faculty of Political Science, Room 202, Tha Prachan Campus, in Thailand.

Burmese Human Rights Defenders will present on the human rights situation in Burma and in the borders of Thailand/Burma, and will explain their engagement in the UPR as the only Political Process which legitimately brings Solutions from Local Communities to the Government, with UN Member States being the main Bridge.  They will address critical topics such as: human rights protection and legal reform, armed conflict and its impact on ethnic minorities, the persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, Land Rights, Women’s Rights, SOGIE rights, and the Rights of the child among other pressing issues, followed by open Q&A sessions with the participants and journalists.  
 
WHERE: Room 202, Faculty of Political Science, Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, Bangkok
WHEN: 9 September 2015, from 9:00am to 12:30pm


LANGUAGES: Simultaneous Translation in English and Burmese languages provided

MODERATOR: Emilie Pradichit, Asia Regional Representative, UPR Info

PANELISTS:
  • Joseph Wah, Equality Myanmar: Myanmar’s 2008 Constitution
  • Nwe Zin Win, Pyi Gyi Khin: Human Rights Protection and Legal Reform
  • Dr Ma Thida, PEN Myanmar: Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Aung Khaing Min, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (Burma) – AAPP: Human Rights Defenders: Arbitrary Arrests, Political Prisoners, Torture and Impunity
  • Myo Win, SMILE Education and Development Foundation (SEDF): Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Wai Wai Nu, Women Peace Network – Arakan (WPNA): Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State
  • Khin Ohmar, Burma Partnership: The State of Armed Conflicts
  • Naw Hser Hser, Karen Women Organizations (KWO): Refugees and Internally Displaced People
  • Luiz Kaypoe, Karenni Refugee Committee: Land Rights
  • Bawi Pi, Coalition of Indigenous People in Myanmar/Burma: Collective Rights of Indigenous People
  • Ye Yint Nuang, United Against Child Trafficking (United ACT): Rights of the Child
  • Wahku Shee, Women’s League of Burma (WLB): Women’s Rights
  • Hla Myat Tun, Color Rainbow, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Rights

Download the flyer of the event.

PRESS CONTACTS:
Khin Ohmar, Coordinator, Burma Partnership, khinohmar@burmapartnership.org; +66 (0) 818840772
Emilie Pradichit, UPR Info Asia Regional Representative, e.pradichit@upr-info.org; +66 (0) 929015345

 
* Created in 2008 following the inception of the UPR mechanism, UPR Info is the only organisation in the world focusing specifically on the UPR process. The organisation’s extensive experience in this area is unique as it addresses all human rights issues and all countries without discrimination or politicisation. This is the second UPR Pre-Session that UPR Info is convening at the country level, after a first Pre-session in Myanmar and complementing the UPR Info Pre-Sessions to be organised in Geneva. The Bangkok UPR Pre-Session will also include a diplomatic dialogue to be held on 10 September 2015 at the EU Delegation in Thailand, bringing together diplomats from local embassies and local human rights defenders to discuss the human rights situation in Myanmar and get support from Recommending States.