Suzanne and Ruth are joined by Chris Gunness, founder of The Myanmar Accountability Project. In 1988 Chris covered the democracy uprising in Myanmar for the BBC. He has remained an outspoken and passionate advocate for human rights and the rule of law ever since. After a 23 year career in the BBC, he joined the United Nations as Director of Strategic Communications and Advocacy in the Middle East. In 2019 he left the UN and returned to London. He founded the Myanmar Accountability Project in response to the military coup in 2021. The Myanmar Accountability Project works discretely with civil society within Myanmar to build criminal cases against individual members of the Myanmar security forces. Here he discusses their work and the current international legal cases they have pending against the Junta.
The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).
Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.
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*Special thanks to Chris Gunness and the entire team behind the Myanmar Accountability Project who continue to dedicate their time and resources to fight for justice for the people of Myanmar. We are so grateful to Chris for adding his voice to the conversation, you can find our more about The Myanmar Accountability Project here: https://the-world-is-watching.org
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