Myanmar anthropologists dismissed

By Maaike Matelski – In this picture, anthropology students from Yangon University show the ‘three fingers salute’ for democracy. Students and university staff across Myanmar have been protesting against the recent military takeover. Since the coup of 1 February, the military has seized control of dozens of schools and university campuses. It has used lethal force against peaceful protestors, resulting in at least 860 deaths, including many university students. Over 5000 students, teachers, journalists and other dissidents have been arrested, as well as a small number of Westerners. Australian academic (and adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD government) Sean …

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Unpicking an (A)moral Anthropological Stance: Ongoing Violence in Myanmar

Introduction by Maaike Matelski In June 2015 the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology organized a seminar on account of the increasing number of Rohingya refugees in South East Asia. Since 2016 and in particular since August 2017 the violence against Rohingya in Myanmar has intensified. More and more horrific stories about murder and torture have come out, and more than 600.000 Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh. As the most prominent representative of the Myanmar government, Aung San Suu Kyi receives fierce criticism, because she does not speak out against these criminal acts. In the meantime the Myanmar government even has …

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‘Sorry Day’ in Australië

Door Maaike Matelski  Op 26 mei vindt in Australië de jaarlijkse Sorry Day plaats. Anders dan Anzac Day, de nationale herdenking van oorlogsslachtoffers waarvoor men landelijk een vrije dag krijgt en massaal om vijf uur ‘s ochtends bij een monument verzamelt, geniet Sorry Day relatief weinig bekendheid onder de niet-aboriginal bevolking van Australië. Sorry Day bestaat sinds 1998 en kreeg een nieuwe impuls nadat de toenmalige minister-president Kevin Rudd in 2008 publiekelijk en officieel excuses aanbood voor de decennialange praktijk om aboriginal kinderen bij hun ouders weg te halen om ze een ‘betere’ opvoeding te geven in een pleeggezin. Over …

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