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[Online Event] Gwangju Democracy Forum 2021: Democratization Movement in Myanmar and International Solidarity

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Date: 19 May 2021

Time: 2.00 – 4.00 PM BKK Time (GMT +7)

Platform: Zoom, Facebook Live and Twitter Live


What has happened in Myanmar is symptomatic of a backsliding democracy and rising authoritarianism occurring across Southeast Asia, with further implications of a deteriorating civic space and human rights protection in the region. Human rights groups in the region are deeply concerned about the rising cases of human rights repression, including the killing and detention of civilians, cascading throughout Myanmar and affecting Asia’s political stability and human security. ASEAN and Asian democracies must find a solution that aligns with the will of the people of Myanmar and international mechanisms.

Organised by FORUM-ASIA, this session aims to discuss the current situation in Myanmar from the perspectives of ASEAN and Asian countries, and propose ways forward for democratic Asian governments and ASEAN to stand in solidarity with Myanmar.

Main topics and issues to be addressed:

  • Responses and action ASEAN and Asian democracies should take;
  • The mobilisation of regional and international solidarity and action for Myanmar.


  • Yuyun Wahyuningrum, Representative of Indonesia to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)
  • Sanjoy Hazarika, International Director of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI)
  • Naw Hser-Hser, Secretary General, Women’s League of Burma
  • Kim Minji, Program Executive, Human Rights Center, The National Council of Churches in Korea

Moderated by Rachel Arinii Judhistari, FORUM-ASIA


Media contact:

For more information, please contact Melissa Ananthraj, Communication and Media Programme Manager, FORUM-ASIA at [email protected]


This event is part of the Gwangju Democracy Forum 2021, an annual international meeting of the May 18 Foundation which brings together democracy advocates, activists, researchers and policy-makers to discuss and reflect on the state and challenges of democracy at the local, national and global levels as a way to commemorate and practice globally the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Democracy movement in 1980. For the whole programme, please click here.