All posts by Maung Zarni

Dr Maung Zarni is a scholar, educator and human rights activist with 30-years of involvement in Burmese political affairs, Zarni has been denounced as an “enemy of the State” for his opposition to the Myanmar genocide. He is the co-author (with Natalie Brinham) of the pioneering study, "The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingyas" (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014) and "Reworking the Colonial-Era Indian Peril: Myanmar’s State-Directed Persecution of Rohingyas and Other Muslims" (The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Fall/Winter 2017/18).

Our ASEAN Region has Flawed Democracies, Not Full Democracies

Former Malaysian cabinet member and MP Tan Sri Sayed Hamid Albar talks to FORSEA on the state of democratization in his native country, and across the region.

/ December 5, 2020

Democratization in Malaysia in particular and Southeast Asian region in general

The British-trained international law scholar, politician and humanitarian Tan Sri Dr Syed Hamid Albar with decades of experience in government and international politics will share his thoughts on Malaysia's stalled democratization and the state of democratization in the region.

/ December 1, 2020

Renowned Thai Scholar and Veteran Dissident of 1976 Democratic Uprising Speaks to FORSEA

Against the backdrop of the current framing of protests as “unprecedented” in the way they publicly and frontally criticise the Thai monarchy and the monarch himself, Thongchai reminds us that it was only 2 or 3 generations ago that the public in the kingdom were able to openly talk about the monarchy, critically or not.

/ November 25, 2020

Votes have changed little in Myanmar since Suu Kyi assumed State Counsellorship 5 years ago

Myanmar’s second experiment with the parliamentary democracy is irredeemably flawed: The constitutional framework in which democratic process is located is categorically anti-democratic.

/ November 13, 2020
Thailand Student Protest Democracy Monument

Burmese activists express solidarity with Thai student protestors

Over the years, thousands of Burmese dissidents have received support and space from Thai communities, politicians and even governments in Bangkok. They now call for solidarity protests across Southeast Asia in support of young Thai protesters on the streets of Bangkok.

/ August 29, 2020

Burmese genocide scholar Maung Zarni takes on Myanmar’s most influential abbot, Sitagu Sayadaw

No global justice or international accountability process will be complete without Sitagu being named as a criminal who despite his saffron robe and high honours has provided spiritual patronage to genocidal leaders of Myanmar while offering scriptural justifications for “killing millions of non-Buddhists.”

/ July 28, 2020
Aung San and MA Rashid who were Vice President and President of Rangoon U Students Union with the British governor Sir Dorman Smith in 1930s FORSEA

De-imagining Myanmar and Reimagining Free or Federated States

The painful but necessary question – How will or can Myanmar be de-constructed, or more alarmingly, disintegrated? – needs to be asked openly and debated publicly.

/ July 18, 2020

Myanmar’s Double Contagion: the Covid-19 and the Viral Discourse of Islamophobia

Over the last 8 years, another type of virus, namely Islamophobia, has effectively spread across all segments of Burmese society, with devastating impact on Muslim communities and, more acutely, the community of Rohingyas, numbering 2 millions in total.

/ April 15, 2020
FORSEA says Act Now ASEAN

What does the Myanmar Provisional Measures Order by the International Court of Justice mean for ASEAN?

It is long overdue for ASEAN to sync its policies towards Myanmar with international opinion, legal and human rights, and the global public.

/ February 12, 2020
Aung San Suu Kyi at the International Court of Justice KRSEA

“Why Myanmar’s Genocide Denial Will Come Back to Haunt It”, Washington Post, Jan. 15, 2020

The ICJ has announced that it will issue a preliminary judgment in the case on Jan. 23, 2020. Yet one outcome is already clear: Aung San Suu Kyi’s defiant genocide denial generated an outpouring of approval back home. This is chilling not only for the Rohingya and other Muslims inside the country, it is also extremely dangerous for the multiethnic and multi-religious state of Myanmar as a whole.

/ January 16, 2020