|In the past several weeks, more than 400,000 Rohingya people were forced to flee the ongoing violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. What is the cause of the violence? What can Aung San Suu Kyi do? What role can Australia play in the current crisis?
Amnesty UTAS, a group of student activists wanting to see change in their community, nationally and globally is collaborating with the Asia Institute as a part of their lecture series on the current situation in Myanmar.
We have an excellent line-up of speakers which promises to shed some much-needed light on the issue:
Mr Christopher Lamb is president of the Australia-Myanmar Institute (AMI). He was Ambassador to Burma/Myanmar from 1986-89, having also served there earlier in his career He is now an associate professor in the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and a Special Adviser to the Australian Red Cross.
Dr Nancy Hudson-Rodd, a human geographer, is affiliated with the Asia Institute of Tasmania and the School of Land and Food, at the University of Tasmania. She has conducted research for over a decade on military confiscation of land, human rights abuses and the Rohingya in Burma.
Prof Khin Zaw is Professor of Economic Geology at CODES, University of Tasmania. He received his BSc from Yangon University, Myanmar and PhD from the University of Tasmania. He is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Fellow of Society of Economic Geologists. He has over 35 years of experience working on genetic aspects of mineral deposits in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, China and many parts of SE Asia.
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