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Burmese Reflections

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Meg recently met the writer and historian Thant Myint-U during his visit to London. They discussed the current situation in Burma and in what way pressure could be put on the regime to change.

 

He recently wrote The River of Lost Footsteps a personal history of Burma, in which he discusses Burma’s long history leading up to the military regime. He included his reflections on the likelihood of change following the recent demonstrations.

 

Meg said:

 

“Thant Myint-U has recently been to Burma and it was extremely helpful to hear his reflections on the situation.”

 

Following the 1988 pro-democracy uprising in Burma, he spent a year on the Burmese-Thai border mainly assisting Burmese refugees and asylum seekers. He then spent two years in Washington D.C., in part working on Burma issues for Human Rights Watch and the US Committee for Refugees. 

 

Thant Myint-U then joined the UN and served on three peacekeeping operations. He worked from 1992-3, as a Human Rights Officer in the UN Transitional Authority for Cambodia in Phnom Penh. In 1994 he was the spokesman for the UN in the former Yugoslavia, based in Sarajevo, and in 1996 was a Political Officer in the Office of the UN’s Special Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Meg with Thant Myint-U

Meg with Thant Myint-U


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