ASAA statement on military coup in Myanmar

ASAA statement on military coup in Myanmar

The military coup in Myanmar is a significant setback for reform in Myanmar. The ASAA and its members value their close collaborations with a wide range of institutions, universities, academics, students and civil society in Myanmar.

We express our deep concern for the safety and well-being of the people of Myanmar who are seeking an urgent return to civilian rule under an elected government.

We support the call for the release of all those who have been detained arbitrarily, including elected political officials, activists, and Australian academic Sean Turnell.

We wish to show our strong support for and solidarity with colleagues in Myanmar who are working to restore and affirm civilian governance in the country.

ASAA members may also be interested in considering signing this open letter that will be sent to the government of Myanmar calling for release of Professor Sean Turnell from detention in Myanmar.

Dr Elly Kent is the editor of the ASAA's blog, Asian Currents and the ANU's Southeast Asia blog, New Mandala. She has worked as a researcher, writer, translator, artist, teacher and intercultural professional over 20 years in academia and the arts in Indonesia and Australia. Elly gained a double degree in Asian Studies (Specialist Indonesia) and Visual Arts (Hons) and a PhD in the same fields from the Australian National University. She is the author of Artists and the People: Ideologies of Indonesian Art (2022) NUS Press, and co-editor (with Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner) of Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History (2022) ANU Press.

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