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95th Highlights: Is Myanmar really a democratic state?

LIFE ONBOARD

22nd Aug. 2017

Khin Ohmar, who had been deeply involved in student protests against the military regime of Myanmar, gave a lecture on the history and the recent persecution of the minority group in Myanmar. Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been detained under house arrest for years after being accused of leading the democratization movement, became the State Counsellor after Myanmar became democratized, and it drew attention all over the world. “In Myanmar today, there are more than 100,000 people living in refugee camps” The Constitution of Myanmar states that 25% of the seats at the parliament should be reserved for the military representatives, and to change the constitution it should be approved by at least 75% of the assembly members. 

 

Some of the audience was surprised to know about the history and recent situation, and lots of questions came up from the audience at the end of the lecture. We are now looking forward to visiting Myanmar after getting some knowledge about the country.