From the Ground Up: Perspectives from Human Rights Defenders in Burma
March 30, 2015 6:00PM -
Room 7-119, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd St. New York, NY 10023
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice invites you to a gathering of human rights advocates from Burma who will share their perspectives on supporting in-country activism given recent government backsliding on democratic reforms, crackdown on students and activists, and waves of communal violence. These seasoned activists will discuss the need for national governments and the UN to press for accountability from Burma’s government on human rights issues. This is a rare opportunity to hear first-hand from grassroots Burma rights defenders regarding their experiences and views on tackling human rights challenges from the ground up.
U Tikha Nyana is a Buddhist monk who was severely injured when riot police used white phosphorus weapons to attack peaceful protesters at the Letpadaung copper mine. He has since led efforts to seek justice through an a groundbreaking lawsuit against local and national government authorities.
U Aung Thane is a Burma Supreme Court advocate who has represented more than 150 political prisoners, including leaders of the Saffron Revolution and Generation 88. He also established the Legal Performance Aid Center, which focuses on pro bono representation.
U Thein Than Oo is a former student activist and political prisoner, as well as a renowned legal advocate involved in high profile cases across the country. He specializes in defending human rights activists and representing communities who have suffered land grabs and forcible eviction.
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