Burma's 2010 Elections: A Human Rights Perspective
Benjamin Zawacki, Researcher, Amnesty International (International Secretariat)
Chair: Gareth Price, Head, Asia Programme, Chatham House
The speaker will outline Amnesty International's three main human rights concerns relating to Burma's national elections later this year - its first in 20 years. Taking a detailed look at Burma's ethnic minority political opponents and the newly-published Electoral Laws, the speaker will demonstrate how freedoms of expression, assembly, and association are implicated. The speaker will also articulate a new advocacy target of Amnesty International as the elections in Burma approach.
Benjamin Zawacki worked as the Legal Officer for the Jesuit Refugee Service in Bangkok from 2002-2004, and then as a Protection Officer with UNHCR on the Thailand-Burma border in 2006-mid 2007. He has since been Amnesty International's Burma (and Thailand) expert, and spends most of his time in Thailand.