The University of Hartford Philosophy Club and Myra Dahgaypaw of the U.S. Campaign for Burma invite you to participate in a discussion on Burma’s current human rights and political situation on Thursday, May 1, from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in Auerbach 422. Food and drink will be provided.
For decades, Burma was ruled by a brutal authoritarian military regime known for its abysmal human rights record. In 2010, after the first election in 20 years, opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was released from almost 15 years of house arrest and the country transitioned from military rule to civilian-led government.
Now, things seem to be gradually moving along in central Burma, as the current quasi-civilian government has been praised by the international community for introducing political and economic reforms.
But questions remain. Has government cooperation thus far been methodically designed and planned mainly to maintain the grip on power and sustain business as usual in Burma? What about the military-drafted constitution that contains distinctly undemocratic and inequitable elements? Will the upcoming elections be a significant step toward democracy?
Join us to discuss Burma’s current reform process, recent changes, and the prospects for democracy in Burma.
Myra Dahgaypaw is a Karen Human Rights activist from Karen State, Eastern Burma. She was an internally displaced person for about 12 years and a refugee for 15 years until she resettled to the United States. Myra has lost many immediate family members and friends to the brutality of Burma’s military regime. Since the age of 13, Myra has played a strong role in her community as an organizer and a human rights advocate. She has unique insight into the Burmese refugee communities across the U.S. as well as the situation of the people of Burma, particularly Eastern Burma. As a member of Karen Women’s Organization and a board member of the Karen American Communities Foundation, Myra has testified before Tom Lantos Human Rights commission. After working as a Burmese human rights advocate at the United Nations for four years with the Burma Fund U.N. Office, Myra is now working as the campaign coordinator at the U.S Campaign for Burma (USCB), an organization dedicated to empowering grassroots activities around the world to rally for human rights and to bring an end to the military dictatorship in Burma.
The University of Hartford Philosophy Club meets every Thursday during Fall and Spring Semesters — with the exception of the first Thursday of each semester — from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. in 422 Auerbach Hall. The Club has an informal, jovial atmosphere. It is a place where students, professors, and people from the community at large meet as peers Sometimes presentations are given, followed by discussion. Other times, topics are hashed out by the whole group.
Presenters may be students, professors, or people from the community. Anyone can offer to present a topic. The mode of presentation may be as formal or informal as the presenter chooses. Bring friends. Suggest topics and activities. Take over the club! It belongs to you! Food and drink are served. Come and go as you wish.
For more information, contact Brian Skelly: firstname.lastname@example.org,413-642-0334.