Roundtable session at the Women’s Forum
The re-opening of a public space in Myanmar: what are the limits still applying to freedom of expression?
Freedom of expression and of assembly is strong part of building democracy. Activist and journalist shared their experience from the 2007 protest till now.
Very restricted space for free media although govt. censure has been lifted.
Daw Zin Mar Aung-former prisoner of conscience and winner of Women of Courage.
Daw Hla Hla Htay-AFP correspondent in Myanmar.
Cambodia Spring has arrived after over 30 years of a harsh winter
Civil society, human rights activists, opposition and workers have made a very significant contribution to freedom of expression. The mass protests continue with strong popular support and participation despite police crackdowns.
A new culture of non-violence as part of freedom of expression and assembly is alive at Freedom Park.
Social media accessibility which is a real limitation in Myanmar is not the case in Cambodia.
Maintaining space and engaging citizens in building democracy with wider space for freedom of expression is a never ending-story.
From both countries :
Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right.
China has been watching Hun Sen’s popularity. In fact, it went down a long time ago.
The people of Cambodia have spoken: Change and China heard it, loud and clear.
“Opening has come as the majority of the people of Burma made it clear in the election of 1988…Opening society means being open-minded. it means real democracy and not window dressing democracy”. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at the opening of the Women’s Forum in Myanmar today.
Nelson Mandella, like many others who fought for justice for their people, they leave behind the eternal flame of Hope.
Every day on the campaign trail, at every protest I see that flame and am guided by that light of Hope.
Daw Aung san Suu Kyi
Interview with Mu Sochua
The Women’s Forum interviewed Mu Sochua, Cambodia MP, Human Rights Advocate and speaker at the Women’s Forum Myanmar 2013 about the place of women in Myanmar
Women’s Forum: as a citizen of South-East Asia and as a woman, what do you think about the Women’s Forum that will be hosted in Myanmar next month?
Mu Sochua: “First, the choice of the location for the Women’s Forum is very significant as it gives higher visibility with the participation of world leaders as Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Myanmar is going through some significant democratic changes and the country’s engagement in the world community will further promote people’s participation in development, rule of law, the promotion of human rights and for women of Myanmar as for women in countries that are emerging from a one-party system and conflicts, the Women’s Forum will put the women’s agenda as a high priority. Economic growth must be tied to our women’s ability to benefit from such growth as women are key actors in the protection of the environment, of the survival of their families and social justice. We have our South-east Asian values that are founded on family values but these values are challenged with globalization, migration, and gender-based violence.”
I will speak at this session
Freedom of expression
Friday, 6 Dec., 18:45-19:45
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