Seminar: Burma After Referendum & Cyclone
Date: 19 June 2008 (Thursday)
Time: 10:00 – 12:00, followed by lunch
Taiwan Foundation for Democracy (No. 4, Alley 17, Lane 147, Sec. 3, Sinyi Rd., Taipei 106 Taiwan)
"We call on individuals and governments to support publicly Aung San Suu Kyi on her birthday, June 19th. I support activities that call for her immediate and unconditional release; I applaud all human rights campaigners who are working on her behalf, and that of her countrymen and women. As long as she remains under arrest, none of us is truly free."
—South Africa's Desmond Tutu, 1984 Nobel Peace Prize recipient
Seminars, parades, activities on Free Burma are held every year on 19 June, the birthday of Burma's democracy leader, the world's only imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize recipient, Aung San Suu Kyi. This year, as Burma faced its worst natural disaster in decades, the military junta’s paranoia significantly impeded international aid efforts. Even worse, the junta went ahead with a referendum on a controversial constitution, despite warnings more people would die unless it focused on delivering emergency aid. At this time of political and humanitarian crisis in Burma, Taiwan stands together with our regional partners to call for positive change.
Moderator: Dr. Michael Hsiao, Executive Director, Center for Asia-Pacific Area Studies (CAPAS), Academia Sinica
Ms. Somsri Hananuntasuk, Board Member, Thai Action Committee for Democracy in Burma
Mr. Augusto Miclat, Co-convenor, Asia-Pacific Solidarity Coalition
Ms. Debbie Stothard, Coordinator, Altsean-Burma
Dr. Juo-yu Lin, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, Tamkang University
Mr. Yu-Lian Son, Coordinator, Taiwan Free Burma Network