|U Khun Tun Oo posing in the living room of his Yangon home. Photo: Nyain Thit Nyi|
Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo
In February 2005, Shan Nationalities League for Democracy chairman Khun Tun Oo and seven other Shan leaders were arrested, convicted of high treason and sentenced to jail terms ranging from 79 to 106 years. Khun Tun Oo, 71, who was born at Hsipaw, Shan State, and studied Law at Yangon University, was released under amnesty in 2012 and resumed the chairmanship of the SNLD. The party registered with the Union Election Commission after the 2012 by-elections and intends to run in the 2015 general election. It will be its first campaign since the elections in 1990 for a constituent assembly in which it won 23 seats. In a wide-ranging interview, Mizzima Business Weekly's Portia Larlee asked Khun Tun Oo about ethnic politics, federalism and the drug trade.
Sebastien Hie, Regional sales director, Orange
French telecommunications giant orange is one of 14 partners in a consortium formed to lay an undersea cable linking Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries with the Middle East and Western Europe. The 20,000-kilometre SEAME-WE 5 fibre optic cable will be the second to link with Myanmar, after SEAME-WE 3. Mizzima Business Weekly’s Manny Maung spoke with Orange regional sales director, Sébastien Hié, during his recent visit and asked about his company’s role in the cable project and what it will mean for the connectivity in Myanmar.
Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn
Independent Yangon Region Hluttaw MP
|Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn. Photo: Hong Sar|
Yangon region parliamentarian Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn studied and taught law in Japan, where she was a visiting professor at the United Nations University in Tokyo. She returned to Myanmar in 2009 and in 2010 won a seat in Bahan-2 constituency in the Yangon region Hluttaw for the Democratic Party. She left the party two years later and has since represented her inner Yangon constituency as an independent, gaining a reputation for being outspoken on a range of issues. In an interview with Mizzima Business Weekly’s Hans Hulst, Dr Nyo Nyo Thinn discussed the forthcoming election for the Yangon City Development Committee, the democratic gap in the Yangon Region parliament and corruption.
UNICEF country representative
The Tatmadaw's release of 109 child soldiers on September 25 was the largest since the government and the Country Task Force on Monitoring and Reporting on grave violations against children (CTFMR) developed an action plan on the issue in June 2012. The action plan aims to end and prevent the recruitment of children by the Tatmadaw. The Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement is coordinating reintegration opportunities for released children and young people, supported by UNICEF and international and national NGOs. The task force is also conducting a massive awareness campaign aimed at mobilising communities to take action against the recruitment of child soldiers. Mizzima Business Weekly's Portia Larlee spoke with UNICEF country representative Bertrand Bainvel, a co-chair of the task force, about changing a culture of recruiting child soldiers and the support for young people after they are released.
The murder of two British tourists on a beach in Thailand has caught media attention from around the world. With the focus now on the two Myanmar migrant workers charged with murder, Mizzima talked by phone October 8 to U Tun Tun Hteik, the father of Win Zaw Htun, 21, one of the two suspects.
Author of books on religious violence Professor Mark Juergensmeyer
|Professor Mark Juergensmeyer. Photo: Jessica Mudditt|
Professor Mark Juergensmeyer is an American sociologist and a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is the author of more than 20 books and is best known for his award-winning studies of religious violence and global religion. Among them is Terror in the Mind of God: The Global Rise of Religious Violence (2003), which is based on interviews with religious extremists around the world, including those convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York, Hamas leaders and abortion clinic bombers in the United States. During a recent visit to Myanmar, Professor Juergensmeyer spoke to Mizzima Business Weekly’s Jessica Mudditt about why religious violence is increasing throughout our world and the factors contributing towards this alarming trend.