Tomás Ojea Quintana on challenges in Myanmar

Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Myanmar, recently left the country after his final mission. He describes the ongoing reforms as positive steps towards democracy in Myanmar, but highlights challenges.

On 20 March Tomás Ojea Quintana visits Civil Rights Defenders to talk about Myanmar’s human rights challenges and the international community’s role in seeking to address them.

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Over the past two years, wide-reaching reform has taken place: more than 1 100 political prisoners have been released, the pre-censorship regime has been scrapped and press freedom has increased. Nonetheless, daunting challenges remain. Across the country, human rights defenders are still targeted and imprisoned for their peaceful activism, including journalists covering stories uncomfortable to the authorities. The right to freedom of assembly and association is hampered by repressive legislation.

Tomás Ojea Quintana was appointed the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar in 2008 and has visited the country nine times during his mandate. He will present his final report on the human rights situation in Myanmar at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on March 17.

The seminar will be held in English and moderated by Brittis Edman, Programme Director for the Southeast Asia Department, Civil Rights Defenders.

Date and Time: 20 March, 09:00 to 10:00, Breakfast will be served from 08:30.
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm.

If you cannot attend, you can follow the seminar live via Bambuser and ask questions to the speaker directly via the chat.

Please confirm you participation to the breakfast seminar with Tomás Ojea Quintana in our online registration form no later than March 17

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Tags: Human rights, Tomás Ojea Quintana, and UN Special Rapporteur.
Regions: Myanmar.