Seminar: Strengthened or weakened rights in the advancement of foreign investment?

Donna Guest. Photo: Institute for Human Rights and BusinessBurma/Myanmar is opening up after decades of military dictatorship, isolation and conflict. The nominally civilian government has introduced reforms aiming for increased democratization and development, but the challenges are immense in a country characterized by serious and widespread human rights abuses.  The international community has welcomed the reforms and suspended most sanctions. Burma’s rich natural resources and low production costs are attracting the interest of increasing numbers of international companies. However there is a real risk that human rights may be disregarded in the process.  Ongoing conflicts, weak institutions and corruption add to the risks.

Donna Jean Guest is a leading expert on human rights in Burma and the Southeast Asia Programme Manager at the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB), a London-based think-tank. She has closely monitored the developments in Burma and Southeast Asia for over 20 years. Most recently she served as the Deputy Director for South East Asia and the Pacific at Amnesty International. Welcome to hear her speak about the challenges facing foreign investors in Burma, about their potential role in strengthening the protection of human rights and the risks they run of becoming complicit in human rights abuses.

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

Time: Wednesday, 23 January at 9:00 to 10:00 (coffee / tea and sandwiches from 8.30)
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm

Our office is situated on the second floor and the building lacks ramps, elevators and handicap-accessible bathrooms. If you have special needs, please contact us and we will find a solution.

Sign up via, no later than 21 January.

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Categories: Events and Uncategorized.
Tags: Corruption and CSR.
Regions: Myanmar.