"Myanmar: leadership, progress and Human Rights”



  1. In Myanmar, what can citizens aspire to beyond human rights?
  2. Where can leadership come from in such contexts?
  3. What happen when leaders sacrifice some of their people?


Prof Ian Holliday

Tw: @ian_thukhuma, HKU Scholars hub, Website

Ian is the Vice-President of HKU and responsible for Teaching and Learning, and the former Dean of Social Sciences. In his time in HKU he has been working to increase students’ contribution to, and experience in social work and global citizenship, by making off-campus work in said areas a requirement for Social Science students, and starting an ongoing programme for HKU students to teach English to children in marginalized communities. Ian’s research work focuses on politics, governance and justice in Myanmar, and he has published several books; he also collects art from contemporary Burmese artists, and his collection

Prof Elliott Prasse-Freeman

Prof Prasse-Freeman received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology at Yale University. He has conducted long-term fieldwork in Myanmar, and is working on a book project focusing on Burmese subaltern political thought as adduced from an extended ethnography of activism and contentious politics in the country's semi-authoritarian setting. Prasse-Freeman is also currently studying Rohingya political subjectivity amidst dislocation and mass violence.

Questions from the moderator

  1. What is the situation in Myanmar? The President has a Nobel Peace prize yet there is a genocide going on - what's happening there?
  2. Myanmar and Aung San Suu Kyi
  3. What are the forces/leadership at play?
  4. Where can leadership come from in such contexts?
  5. What is the Rohingya leadership doing to protect their people?
  6. What is the role of the international community?

Questions from the students