Myanmar: when will the transition begin?
Professor Chris Sidoti
Date: Tuesday 4 June
Time: 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: Melbourne Law School, Room 920, Level 9, 185 Pelham St, Carlton, VIC 3053
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Myanmar is said to have begun its transition from a military dictatorship to democracy following the adoption of a new constitution in 2008. But do events since then justify the view that a democratic transition is underway?
On 24 March 2017, in response to allegations of massive human rights violations by Burmese military and security forces, the UN Human Rights Council formed an independent fact finding missions to establish the facts and circumstances in Myanmar. The investigation encompassed allegations of arbitrary detention, torture and inhumane treatment, rape and other forms of sexual violence, extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary killings, enforced disappearances, forced displacement and unlawful destruction of property. On 18 September 2018, the Fact Finding Mission released its full report. On 14 March 2019, it announced an initiative for new investigations.
Chris Sidoti will discuss Myanmar’s transition in the context of his work as a member of United Nations Human Rights Council’s Independent International Fact Finding Mission on Myanmar.
Professor Sidoti is a human rights lawyer, advocate and teacher. He is currently adjunct professor at the Australian Catholic University. His many previous roles in the field of human rights in Australia and internationally include the Australian Human Rights Commissioner, Australian Law Reform Commissioner, Foundation Director of the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, Director of the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland, and many others.
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