An activist places cutouts on the ground in Mahabandoola Park in Yangon on August 8, 2016 to mark the 28th anniversary of a general strike, one of the key events of the 1988 uprising. (AFP)
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
Former BBC journalist Christopher Gunness played a key role in sparking the 1988 uprising, and hopes that those bearing mental and physical wounds inflicted under junta rule will eventually be able to find closure.
Much of the attention in Myanmar’s transition has been focused on the country’s former military government and its pro-democracy movement. Dr Matthew Mullen, author of the recently published Pathways that changed Myanmar, argues that the smaller community-level movements also had a significant impact on political changes in the country in recent years. Mullen spoke to JusticeInfo about the impacts of sanctions, how the top-down transition could be a threat to community-level movements and the role played by the so-called “third force”.

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