March 1, 2017 - March 1, 2017
The coldly calculated assassination of Muslim lawyer Ko Ni at Yangon’s Mingaladon International Airport on 29 January appalled the world, not least because of the shocking image of him cradling his grandson at the time. A taxi driver was also killed during the capture of the killer.
A hardline military faction has already been connected to the plot. Ko Ni was advising the National League for Democracy and its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, on constitutional reform. Suu Kyi’s failure to address the issue publicly has troubled many, particularly as it fits into a pattern of aloofness. Her national reconciliation efforts have also not been making the headway hoped for.
Where does Myanmar with its post-colonial history of military misrule, ethnic strife, and economic failure go from here?
- Anthony Davis of Jane’s Defence Group, an expert on regional security and military affairs.
- Larry Jagan, Burma watcher and friend of Ko Nà.i, who had warned the lawyer that his life was at risk.
- Myo Win of the Smile Education and Development Foundation, which has been involved with conflict resolution and inter-faith initiatives over the past decade, focusing particularly on youth. Ko Ni was an adviser to Myo Win, also a Muslim, and his foundation.
- Harry Myo Lin, Director of The Seagull, Human Rights Peace and Development NGO in Mandalay who will join via Skype Harry is the leading youth Muslim civil society leader in Burma.
- Phil Robertson, deputy director for Asia of US-based Human Rights Watch, who has recently returned from Myanmar.
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