Guwahati: Debbie Stothard, a pro-democracy human rights defender who used to work as a journalist, community educator and trainer in Malaysia, Thailand and Australia, will interact with the member-journalists of Guwahati Press Club on Friday. Presently the secretary general of International Federation for Human Rights (www.fidh.org) and a coordinator of Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (www.altsean.org ), Debbie will address the city based scribes through video conferencing from Yangon, the former capital of Myanmar, at 3.30 pm on 7 December 2018.
She is expected to speak about the state of journalism, ongoing democratic movement in Myanmar, the Rohingya controversy, New Delhi’s probable roles in building a democratic Burma and preserving historical ruins of India’s freedom movement in the southeast Asian country etc.
21 Sep 2008 - 2:36am | swapan
Creating panic among the common people, a bomb blasted in the Rang-ghar Chariali area, Sivsagar on today afternoon. According to the reports last came in, 10 people have been injured in the blast. Injured persons have been taken to the nearby hospital. No casualty has been reported so far. Security has been tightened in the entire Sivsagar Distrct following the incident.
The Burma Centre Delhi and the Journalists’ Forum, Assam have jointly organized a consultation meeting on the proposed general election in Burma (Myanmar) with a focus on its probable implication in Northeast India. The meeting to be held in Guwahati Press Club on January 30 (Saturday) will start at 10:30 am. Mentionable that, the military rulers of Burma have recently reaffirmed a general election this year by October. The last election held in Burma during 1990 was won by the National League for Democracy (392 out of 492 parliament seats), but the regime ignored the results and refused to handover the power till today. Instead, more repressive methods were practiced to crack down on the NLD leaders & workers in particular and the democratic movement as a whole.
Dr Tint Swe, a senior political activist of Burma (also a minister of Burmese government in exile), M. Kim and Dr. Alana Golmei of Burma Centre Delhi will attend the programme as resource persons and analyze about the Burma constitution (formulated by the military junta in 2008), the proposed 2010 polls and Burmese peoples’ aspiration and struggle with the probable responses from the Northeast.
Since the last election in 1990, the Burmese pro-democracy activists have been imprisoned, intimidated, tortured and put to death for demanding justice, peace, human rights and a democratic government. At present, there are more than 2100 Political prisoners, many of them have been given jail terms for several years and some even up to 106 years without trial and proper legal procedures.
Many Burmese groups have shown their interest on the proposed election in Burma, but some people believe that the forthcoming election will only make the Burmese military regime into permanent dictatorship unless provisions of Constitution (2008) are reviewed and amended with proper conciliation.
The Tangla College teachers also joined the nationwide Black Day called under the banner of the All India Federation of University & College Teachers' Organisation and Assam College Teachers' Association(ACTA) reiterating the demands.
The college teachers observed the day by wearing black badges and convening meeting to discuss the demands of AIFUCTO on Tuesday . Samarjit Boro President presided over the meeting addressed by of the unit where the Anima Bhuyan Baruah and Dr.Kusum Goswami.
The strike was part of a Statewide observation of ACTA members for apathetic attitude of the State Government and Central governments to fulfilment of their 11 point charter demands long-pending demands, including implementation of the 7th revised UGC payscales.