Student organisations protest new speech restrictions

31 May 2018
Student organisations protest new speech restrictions
(File) Participants gather during the 55th annual memorial ceremony for students killed during the suppression of a student movement in 1962, in Yangon, Myanmar, 07 July 2017. Photo: Nyein Chan Naing/EPA-EFE

Student organisations in Myanmar have objected to new restrictions by higher education officials on public speaking on campuses, which they say have been put in place to prevent them from holding political lectures, discussions, and panels, in the latest government assault on freedom of assembly and freedom of speech, RFA reported on 30 May.
The order issued by Myanmar’s Department of Higher Education, which administers colleges and universities under the Ministry of Education, said students must get permission from rectors and academic presidents to hold events and must provide the titles of talks, the names and biographies of speakers, and the number of invitees and expected attendees.
The order was sent to all the country’s degree-granting higher-learning institutions on May 21, the report said.