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Decades of Defiance: 88 Generation to the Spring Revolution

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In 1988, the world read about the student-led uprising against Myanmar’s authoritarian government in newspapers and magazines. But this February, many watched a military coup taking place in live-streamed video footage and Facebook updates on social media, in the prelude to another mass resistance movement. Join the panelists as they discuss how the current uprising, dubbed Burma Spring, is different from the one in 88; how the international community might hold the coup leaders responsible for the well-documented human rights violations; and what the international community can do to bring about a positive resolution to the crisis.


Brad Adams

Brad Adams, executive director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia Division since 2002, oversees the organization’s work on human rights issues in twenty countries, from Afghanistan to the Pacific. At Human Rights Watch, he has worked on a wide range of issues including freedom of expression, protection of civil society and human rights defenders, counterterrorism, refugees, gender and religious discrimination, armed conflict, and impunity. He has written for publications including the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and Wall Street Journal. Prior to Human Rights Watch, Adams worked in Cambodia for five years as the senior lawyer for the Cambodia field office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and as the legal advisor to the Cambodian parliament’s human rights committee, conducting human rights investigations, supervising a judicial reform program, and drafting and revising legislation.


Christina Fink

Christina Fink is a cultural anthropologist who has combined teaching, research, and development work throughout her career. She received her B.A. in International Relations from Stanford University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Social/Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Berkeley. She served as a visiting lecturer at the Pacific and Asian Studies Department at the University of Victoria in 1995, and from 2001-2010, she was a lecturer and program associate at the International Sustainable Development Studies Institute in Thailand. During the same period, she also ran a bi-annual capacity building training and internship program which she developed for members of Burmese civil society organizations, including women's groups. Christina has worked as a coordinator for the Open Society Institute's Burma Project, a trainer and project consultant for an Internews oral history project, and a program evaluation consultant for the Canadian International Development Agency, the National Endowment for Democracy, and the Dag Hammarskjold Foundation.


Benedict Fleming

Benedict Fleming is Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law and Adjunct Professor of the International Human Rights of Women Seminar at South Texas College of Law Houston. He was Associate Adjunct Professor of International Human Rights Law at the Graduate School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University. He is also the co-founder and co-lead of the University Human Rights Education in Myanmar Project for the Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR) at Columbia University. Ben was a visiting lecturer in International Human Rights and Public International Law at Mandalay University School of Law in January and February 2014. Mr. Fleming was a Legal Officer in the Office of the Co-Investigating Judges at the United Nations Khmer Rouge Tribunal (UNAKRT/ECCC) in Phnom Penh (2006-2009), and has worked in the anti-corruption and litigation offices of Open Society Justice Initiative.


Tun Myint

Tun Myint is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Carleton College, Northfield, MN. U.S.A. Professor Myint earned his PhD in 2005 from the joint program of the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the School of Law at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is the author of “Governing International Rivers: Polycentric Politics in the Mekong and the Rhine.” Professor Myint is a widely respected expert on the politics and society of Myanmar. He served as a member of the Technical Advisory Team of the Federal Constitution Drafting Coordinating Committee of the Union of Burma, and was previously Research Fellow of Asia Policy Program, a joint program of the National Bureau of Research and Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars. He is a founder and member of the editorial board of the Independent Journal of Burmese Scholarship, director of the Public Memory of Myanmar digital archive, and has contributed expert analysis on Burmese politics for media outlets, including PBS Newshour, Minnesota Public Radio, Radio Free Asia, CNN Headline News, the BBC Burmese Radio Service, and NY Times about the recent coup. He is a co-founder of Mutual Aid Myanmar (, a non-profit organization, supporting Civil Disobedience Movement for democracy in Myanmar.


Moderated by Kenneth Wong.

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    70 minutes
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    United States
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    all ages