Reflections on the 2021 Myanmar Update in struggling times

The 2021 ANU Myanmar Update was kept in Canberra 15-17 July. Dr Charlotte Galloway, previous director of the ANU Myanmar Study Centre as well as a co-convenor of this year’s upgrade writes on this year’s Update, which has actually happened during what is a rough chapter in Myanmar’s history.

As convenors, we appreciated that this Update required to consist of the expected scholastic research study web content, a hallmark of the updates, however it was also essential to make it possible for participants to hear perspectives from our Myanmar associates and the most up to date discourse feasible. The keynote address from Teacher Yanghee Lee (previous UN Special Rapporteur on Person Legal Rights in Myanmar) highlighted a theme that persisted throughout the conference relating to Myanmar’s armed forces, the Tatmadaw, particularly that it has actually never been suppressed, also over the last decade. While Myanmar audio speakers were few, for the abovementioned reasons, Myanmar scientists were able to be stood for through presentations offered by their task partners. Ideally in the Myanmar Update 2023 our Myanmar coworkers will certainly once again be able to take part freely with the global community of scholars. Dr Charlotte Galloway, previous director of the ANU Myanmar Study Centre and also a co-convenor of this year’s upgrade composes on this year’s Update, which has taken location during what is a turbulent chapter in Myanmar’s history.