Seminar: Myanmar Elections – Aftermath and Implications


Photo: Equality Myanmar.

In less then a month Myanmar is holding historical general elections. What will happen after the elections in terms of democratization and human rights? On 21 October, Civil Rights Defenders, Diakonia and the Swedish Burma Committee are organising a seminar with two leading human rights defenders from the country about the implications and aftermath of the elections.

On 8 November, Myanmar is holding general elections, with the participation of the opposition party NLD and its prominent leader Aung San Suu Kyi. In November, Myanmar will also undergo its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council.

The elections constitute the last step of the former military regime’s official road map to “discipline-flourishing democracy.” What happens after the elections? What are the prospects for real democratization in Myanmar’s top-down transition and how can the international community contribute to an improved human rights situation in the country?

Participating in the seminar are the leading Burmese human rights advocates Min Zin and Aung Myo Min.

When: 21 Oct. 12:00-13:00. Sandwiches served from 11:20.
Location: Postmuseum, Lilla Nygatan 6 (Gamla Stan), Stockholm
Free entrance!

Limited number of seats. Please register today.

Min Zin took part in Burma’s democracy movement in 1988 and went into hiding to avoid arrest by the junta. He is a PhD candidate at UC Berkeley specializing in Burma’s transition and civil-military relations. Min Zin is a regular contributor to Foreign Policy ( and also appears in NY Times, Bangkok Post, WSJ, etc. He serves as country analyst for Freedom House and other research foundations.

Aung Myo Min is one of Myanmar’s leading human rights activists. After 24 years in exile Myanmar’s government allowed him to return in 2013. Through the Human Rights Education Institute Burma, later Equality Myanmar (EQMM), he has trained countless activists and mobilized civil society on a range of human rights issues. EQMM has coordinated a civil society submission to the UPR. Myo Min is well known for the inclusion of the LGBTI community into Myanmar’s human rights movement.


If you are interested in Myanmar, also attend a screening of This Kind of Love. The film is about the life of Aung Myo Min, and is followed by a discussion with Aung Myo Min himself.

When: 21 Oct. 17:30-19:30
Location: Kungliga Myntkabinettet, Slottsbacken 6
Free entrance!

The events are co-organised by the Swedish Burma Committee, Diakonia, and Civil Rights Defenders.

Categories: News.
Tags: Aung Myo Min, Min Zin, and Myanmar.
Regions: Myanmar.