An inclusive democracy is needed to curb the spiraling conflict in Myanmar

Protesters across Myanmar call for the release of political detainees and the restoration of democracy.
Photo: Roel Wijnants, Flickr

Of: Leni Lindemann

The recent military coup has re-ignited and exacerbated some of Myanmar's long-running civil wars, pushing the country deeper into crisis. Pro-democracy resistance groups in the urban areas and rural ethnic insurgencies stand united in their war against the military regime. An inclusive democracy is necessary for long-term sustainable peace.

June 23, 2021, Chronicle, English, Magazine

Week 13: Now Sweden and the rest of the world must stop the violence in Myanmar

Of: Jill Karlström Thunberg and Wintana Abraham

Over the past week, the UN has once again condemned the violence in Myanmar. The EU has now introduced stricter restrictions on the military junta and the development aid debate has affected Sida, which has granted SEK XNUMX million to those fleeing the regime's attacks. At the same time, the demonstrations continue around the country, but this week with an Easter egg theme.

April 6, 2021, Current debate

More than 250 people have been killed since the military coup, and now activists are leaving Yangon

Of: Christina Jelmin

- Why do I feel like a criminal on the run? We have not done anything wrong and yet we are forced to flee. These monsters, they should be ashamed. My friend writes to me at the same time as she gets in the car that will take her away from the violence in Yangon to the relative security in the countryside. Next to her she has her mother, it is to her home village they are on their way. If they are stopped in a roadblock, the official explanation is that she will escort her mother home. But the truth is that she herself must get out of Yangon in order not to risk being caught.

March 22, 2021, Guest chronicle

UNHCR and digital identities: Targeted aid or enhanced surveillance?


The use of iris scans is now becoming a regular practice in UNHCR's registration activities. Photo: Gerd Altmann / Pixabay

Of: Donya Zikry

In 2015, UNHCR began rolling out the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS), which collects photos, iris scans and fingerprints of refugees. They are stored in the organization's digital Population Registration and Identity Management Ecosystem (PRIMES), which not only includes BIMS, but also comprises all of UNHCR's digital registration, identity management and case management tools. The […]

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June 1, 2020, Chronicle, English, Magazine

Myanmar's climate activists are fighting natural disasters and demonstration taboos

Although many parents are opposed to demonstrations, the young people in Climate Strike Myanmar continue to struggle with climate strikes and demonstrations.

Of: Veronica Sällemark

The climate strike that Greta Thunberg started last year has spread all over the world. FUF's correspondent met two climate activists in Myanmar - a country that is hard hit by climate change.

August 26, 2019, FUF-correspondents

The nuclear agreement is further debated

The former peace prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi is an actor who drives development in the wrong direction, writes Gunnar Jonsson in DN. Photo: Claude TRUONG-NGOC

Of: Mona Monasar

The EU's free trade program is a way out of poverty for many countries in the global south, but the left and EU protectionism prevent countries from taking part in it, writes Christofer Fjellner, moderate member of the European Parliament. The debate about the UN's nuclear weapons agreement continues on Swedish leadership and debate pages, where the focus of the debate is whether Sweden should sign the agreement or not.

May 2, 2019, Current debate

Let the EU invest for a common future without plastic

plastic rubbish on a beach

If we do not reduce litter, there will soon be more plastic than fish in our oceans, the debater writes.

Of: Veronica Sällemark

If we do not do something about littering our planet, we will soon have more plastic than fish in our oceans. EU aid can make a real difference to the environment if we invest in proper waste management and plastic reduction in low- and middle-income countries - not least in Asia, writes Veronica Sällemark.

April 16, 2019, Debate

Debaters are calling for emergency humanitarian aid in Yemen and Myanmar

Refugee camp in western Burma

The Rohingya who are on the run in Burma are in great need of humanitarian aid. Photo: DFID Burma (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Of: Joanna Jimenez

This week's debate draws attention to two current conflicts that call for urgent international humanitarian support - the war in Yemen and the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar. In addition, Swedish aid to Tanzania and several threats to women's rights are discussed.

November 21, 2018, Current debate

The streets of Yangon are for young healthy men

Of: Ida Leden

When I think of sustainable cities, I am immediately thrown back into my time as an exchange student in the multimillion-dollar city of Yangon, Myanmar. The bustling and loud traffic that I could stand for a long time and be fascinated by. How a system crystallized out of what at first I only experienced as chaos. The narrow sidewalks with high edges and insidious […]

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November 1, 2018, Chronicle