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Invitation: Commemoration in Bangkok of the 23rd Anniversary of the 1988 Nationwide Pro-Democracy Uprising in Burma

By Forum for Democracy in Burma, Student and Youth Congress of Burma, Nationalities Youth Forum, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma, Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma and Burma Partnership  •  August 4, 2011

The Forum for Democracy in Burma, Student and Youth Congress of Burma, Nationalities Youth Forum, Assistance Association of Political Prisoners – Burma, Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma and Burma Partnership would like to invite you to join our commemoration of the 23rd anniversary of the nationwide pro-democracy uprising in 1988.

The event will include a panel discussion entitled “23 Years of Resistance: Ongoing Human Rights Abuses and the Urgent Need for a Commission of Inquiry.” Speakers will recall experiences of the 1988 uprising, share details about the current human rights abuses and armed conflict in ethnic areas and jointly call on ASEAN to support a United Nations Commission of Inquiry into crimes against humanity and war crimes, and deny Burma the ASEAN Chairmanship unless it meets key benchmarks. Speakers include:

  • Ko Bo Kyi (Joint Secretary, Assistance Association for Political Prisoners – Burma)
  • Saw Kweh Say (human rights activist, Karen News Group)
  • Maw Bu Myar (Karenni National Women’s Organization)
  • Hkawng Seng Pan (Deputy Coordinator, Kachin Women’s Association – Thailand)
  • Dr. Nirun Pitakwatchara (Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand)

Guests are invited to enjoy Burmese food – Shwe Taung khao soi (traditional noodles) and lepethok (tealeaf salad) – before the panel discussion. There will be a photo exhibition, as well as musical and cultural performances.

When: Monday 8 August from 7:00 9:30pm

Where: The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand

Penthouse, Maneeya Center, 518/5 Ploenchit Road, Bangkok
(connected to the BTS Skytrain Chidlom station)

For more information, please contact:

Khin Ohmar, Coordinator of Burma Partnership: +66818840772

Soe Aung, Deputy Secretary, Foreign Affairs Committee of the Forum for Democracy in Burma: +66818399816

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