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. Hear Tomás Ojea Quintana at a breakfast seminar on March 20, discussing Myanmar’s human rights challenges and the international community’s role in seeking to address them.
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.
Key speaker: Tomás Ojea Quintana, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation for Human Rights in Myanmar.
Moderator: Brittis Edman, Programme Director for the Southeast Asia Department, Civil Rights Defenders.
Date and Time: March 20, 09:00 to 10:00 Breakfast will be served from 08:30.
Location: Civil Rights Defenders, Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm.
Additional information: The seminar will be held in English. But If you cannot attend, you can follow the seminar live via Bambuser and ask questions to the speaker directly via the chat.Events and Uncategorized.
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