Myanmar webinar: Coup and Covid
Webinar: Strategies to Democracy
On 21 September, the Asia New Zealand Foundation hosted a dialogue with Kia Kaha Myanmar to look at what steps can be taken to move Myanmar back to democratic rule and what New Zealand can do in support of this critical transition?
The exchange brought together a range of discussants speaking to key themes of interest, including:
- The regional and international responses to the military coup and its repercussions and possible pathways forward.
- The role of sanctions and their effectiveness.
- Accountability and human rights mechanisms in the form of a “Three Cuts” strategy (cutting weapons, cash and impunity).
- The role of armed ethnic groups and the declaration of a ‘People’s War’.
- The humanitarian challenge in an age of COVID.
The dialogue was headed by former New Zealand prime minister and United Nations Sustainable Development administrator Helen Clark and included the Minister of International Cooperation and spokesperson for the National Unity Government of Myanmar, HE Dr Sasa, and Mr Chris Sidoti, human rights lawyer, Commissioner and member of the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar.
The dialogue was moderated by Professor David Capie, director of the Centre for Strategic Studies at VUW.