This panel is part of a series of teach-ins on the Burmese Democracy Movement, organized with the goal of disseminating knowledge about violence perpetrated against political activist communities in Burma. This event was sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, UC Berkeley and the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at UCLA. It was co-sponsored by UCLA’s Department of Anthropology.
The recording of the panel can be viewed on the UC Berkeley CSEAS YouTube channel.
Andrew M. Jefferson (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute Against Torture)
Tomas Martin, (Senior Researcher, Danish Institute Against Torture)
Liv Gaborit (Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Sociology, Lund University)
Nay Tin Myint (former political prisoner; Chairman, National League for Democracy Supporting Organization in the U.S.)
Moderator: Seinenu Thein Lemelson (Lecturer in Anthropology, UCLA)
Translator: Kenneth Wong (Lecturer in Burmese, South & Southeast Asian Studies, UC Berkeley)
The panel begins with testimony from Nay Tin Myint, former political prisoner and Chairman, National League for Democracy Supporting Organization (NLDOS) in the U.S. This discussion continues with observations on political detention in Burma by three researchers involved in the Legacies of Detention project at DIGNITY – The Danish Institute Against Torture. DIGNITY has been conducting a project in Burmese prisons for the past several years. The panel also reflects on the issue of political detention and how it is connected now with the current Civil Disobedience Movement in the country.