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Club Online Zoom Breakfast Event: Myanmar on the Edge: Implications of the Military Coup

Myanmar on the Edge: Implications of the Military Coup
Monday, February 22, 2021
8:00am HKT on Zoom
In a pre-dawn operation on February 1, Myanmar’s military moved to take control of the government, detaining civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and other elected officials in a coup. The scale of the detentions has grown to more than 400 people as the military tries to keep a lid on mass protests and a growing civil disobedience movement aimed at undermining their illegitimate hold on power. In a country already scarred by memories of brutal crackdowns in 1988 and 2007, soldiers and police are using increasing force against protesters to cement the junta’s grip on power. Where does Myanmar go from here, and what does a return to military rule mean for its myriad of ethnic minorities, including Rohingya Muslims inside and outside the country? Moderated by Correspondent Member Governor Shibani Mahtani.
Panelists include:

Ali Fowle is a freelance documentary filmmaker and broadcast journalist based in Myanmar for nine years. Originally from Edinburgh, UK, Ali has worked in international news and current affairs since 2007, specialising in Southeast Asia where she has lived and worked since 2009. She has worked extensively on issues of conflict, illicit trade and trafficking, law and justice, and media freedom.

Manny Maung is the Myanmar researcher at Human Rights Watch. Prior to joining HRW, she was the Southeast Asia Manager for the not-for-profit Transparentem, managing remote teams and conducting long-form investigations into garment industry supply chains, labor rights and human trafficking. Manny previously worked as a journalist in Myanmar, as CNN’s Myanmar producer, and as a regular contributor for Al Jazeera. She also filed regularly for IRIN, the UN’s humanitarian news service, the Bangkok Post and the Myanmar Times, among others. In Australia, Manny worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and SBS World News. She holds a Master’s degree in Journalism and Bachelor of International and Global studies. She speaks Burmese.
Wai Wai Nu is a former political prisoner and the founder and Executive Director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar. Since her release in 2012 after spending seven years in jail, Nu has dedicated herself to working for democracy and human rights. Through the Women Peace Network, Nu works to build peace and mutual understanding between Myanmar’s ethnic communities and to empower and advocate for the rights of marginalised women throughout Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine State. Her work also aims to reduce discrimination and hatred among Buddhist and Muslim communities and to improve the human rights of the Rohingya people through documentation, convenings and policy advocacy among key leaders in Myanmar and high-level international fora. Recently, Nu served as a fellow at the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Currently, she is a democracy fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy.


Speaker: Ali Fowle, Manny Maung, Wai Wai Nu,

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The Human Rights Press Awards are run by the FCC, Amnesty International Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Journalists Association. The 24th annual awards were announced on May 6, 2020. See the winners here.