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Seminar: Democratisation and Peace in the Post-Election Period

Tips en venn  • Utskriftsversjon  • 03. desember 2015

Time: 9.00-11.30.
Venue: Litteraturhuset / House of Literature.
Wergelandsveien 29.
Room: Nedjma, 3rd floor.
Please register to: info@burma.no
 

National League for Democracy won a landslide election victory 8 November, with a clear mandate to Aung San Suu Kyi to lead. President Thein Sein and Senior General Min Aung Hlaing have both said they will respect the will of the people. However, most Burmese do not trust the promises of the military, which still beholds considerable political power with 25 % of the seats of the Parliament and controls three main ministries. How to secure a smooth transition of power to the new government and how to strengthen the reform process as the power of an NLD-led government still will be limited by the military? What are the main challenges and the opportunities?

Successful reforms will depend on peace in the country. A national ceasefire agreement was signed in October this year, but only 8 of 16 groups signed, combined with intense military offensives directed to the non-signatories. Many have found the international involvement in the process problematic, with too much support to the government and the government's peace centre. This has led to years of negotiating ceasefire, loosing momentum for discussing the ethnic groups’ demands for long-term political solutions. There will not be an inclusive and sustainable peace without all the main groups. What is the next step in the peace process and how can the next government contribute?
 

9.00 - 9.15       Coffee and breakfast. 

9.15 – 9.30      Opening remarks.
Audun Aagre. Director, Norwegian Burma Committee.

9.30 - 10.30    Introductions.
Ko Ko Gyi. General Secretary, 88 Generation Peace and Open Society.
Zipporah Sein. Vice President, Karen National Union.
Khine Win. Director, Sandhi Governance Institute.

10.30 - 11.25    Discussion and Q/A.
Moderator: Audun Aagre. 

11.25 – 11.30   Closing remarks.
 

More about the panel: 

Ko Ko Gyi. General Secretary, 88 Generation Peace and Open Society, a highly respected political organization born out of the student-led uprising of 1988. Ko Ko Gyi is a leading Burmese politician, democracy activist and former political prisoner. He was released last time in 2012 after all together 17 years in prison. He is also representing 88GPOS as observer to the peace process.

Zipporah Sein. Vice President of the Karen National Union and previously the first female General Secretary of KNU. Zipporah Sein was head of the Senior Delegation of ethnic leaders at the negotiations on the national ceasefire agreement until their demands were rejected and the government continued with only eight groups.

Khine Win. Director of Sandhi Governance Institute, which train ethnic and Burman political parties. The last two years 90 politicians have been trained by Sandhi, of which 70 were elected to national or regional parliaments.

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