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Christian Caryl, New York Review of Books, November 17, 2015
On November 8, when the Burmese went to the polls in their first relatively free election in 25 years, they voted overwhelmingly for the party that advertised itself with a simple slogan: “Time for Change.” Voters seized the chance to demonstrate their support for the National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi. But that doesn’t mean that Suu Kyi will be able to implement the sort of changes that the electorate expects. The constitution seriously constrains her freedom of action, and the military has so far made it clear that it isn’t prepared to allow it to be amended.
BBC, November 16, 2015
Luaty Beirao, an Angolan rapper, is among 17 activists who have gone on trial in Angola's capital, Luanda, charged with preparing acts of rebellion and plotting against the president and state institutions. He was arrested in June with book club members discussing the 1993 book by Gene Sharp called From Dictatorship to Democracy: A Conceptual Framework for Liberation. The rapper has been an outspoken critic of the government, calling for a fairer distribution of the country's oil wealth.
Mushfique Mohamed, Maldives Independent, November 14, 2015
The newly ratified Maldivian anti-terror law is designed to systematically derogate and restrict most crucial civil and political rights in a highly repressed country. It revives the ability for political actors to legitimise abuse of power, a cause for concern given the frequency of political unrest and repression in Maldives’ past and present. If seen through the lens of the 47-year old republic’s history, the anti-terror law is an authoritarian intervention to the rule of law, rather than a genuine effort to counter terrorism.
Tom Phillips, The Guardian, October 6, 2015
More than 1,000 students and faculty members have marched through one of Hong Kong’s leading universities in silence to protest what they describe as an intensifying Beijing-backed assault on academic freedoms. The demonstration at the University of Hong Kong came after its governing council took the controversial step of blocking a liberal law professor from becoming its pro-vice-chancellor. Timothy O’Leary said he believed political leaders in both Hong Kong and Beijing were exacting revenge on the university because of the prominent role some of its students and staff played in last year’s pro-democracy protests.
Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, September 5, 2015
In April, 30,000 Guatemalans gathered in the capital city to demand the resignation of President Otto Pérez Molina. That demonstration marked the birth of an extraordinary nationwide protest movement, and 19 weeks after that first April protest, the president and vice president have been jailed, cabinet ministers have resigned, and dozens of people are under investigation in an elaborate fraud scheme involving public funds. Guatemala, still scarred from a brutal three-decade civil war, is now being held up as an example for the region of how to fight public corruption and assert the rule of law.
2015 ICNC Monographs
The Tibetan Nonviolent Struggle: A Strategic and Historical Analysis
Series editor: Maciej Bartkowski
Volume editors: Hardy Merriman, Amber French, Cassandra Balfour
Date of publication: September 21, 2015
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