Unhappy anniversary

It’s a year since the military coup in Myanmar

Which is deplored in an open letter from, among others, the Asian Studies Association of Australia, the Association of Mainland South East Asian Scholars and researchers at ANU, Griffith U, UNSW, Uni Sydney  and Western Sydney U.
“The consequences of the coup on higher education are disastrous. After decades of debilitating dictatorship, universities and institutes in Myanmar were just beginning to find their feet when the military again seized control. The universities remain closed to students. With their shutdown go the hopes of another generation for quality education in Myanmar,” they write.

They also demand the release of political prisoners, including Australian economist and advisor to Aung San Suu Ky, Sean Turnell (hon prof Macquarie U) who has been imprisoned since the coup.


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