Challenges & Opportunities

Myanmar Roadmap to Federal Democracy Forum was co-hosted by Myanmar Campaign Network, International IDEA and the National Unity Government of Myanmar Representative to Australia.

The forum provided essential insights into the constitutional and political developments in Myanmar, and the challenges and opportunities for federal democracy covering:

Myanmar people have come to see that the Myanmar military's involvement in politics is a significant obstacle to the reconstruction of the country.

Dr Tun Aung Shwe, NUG Representative to Australia Tweet
Dr Marcus Brand, International IDEA addresses the room at the Myanmar Roadmap to Federal Democracy Forum, Dr Lian Sakhong joins via Zoom

Dr Tun Aung
Shwe

Opening Speech

National Unity Government Representative to Australia


Australian National University, Australian Studies Institute and Director of the National Press Club

Head of Programme Myanmar, International IDEA


Union Minister of the Federal Union Affairs Ministry, National Unity Government

Union Minister of Justice Ministry, National Unity Government

Actions For The International Community

Myanmar Roadmap To Federal Democracy - Key Takeaways

1. Recognition of the NUG

Recognising the National Unity Government as the legitimate interim government will enable better communication and official assistance.

2. Deny the Myanmar military legitimacy

The Myanmar military administration is unconstitutional, illegal and illegitimate.

We must stop engaging with them, and refuse to buy into their narrative of fake elections in 2023

3. Humanitarian Aid

Provide essential cross-border humanitarian aid, and avoid funneling aid through Yangon or Nay Pyi Daw, as this will fall into the military’s hands.

4. Technical Assistance

Invest in the new generation of young people who are driving the pro-democracy movement, in capacity building, knowledge, student visas and scholarships.

There is a whole nation that is on the move, that is ready, that is on the brink of a new chapter in its history. And they're crying out loud for assistance.

Dr Marcus Brand, International IDEA Tweet

We, the people are united, we the people are working for, and willing to reestablish our country based on democratic principles and federal principles.

Dr Lian Hmung Sakhong, Federal Union Affairs Minister, National Unity Government Tweet

I strongly believe that if there is no justice, there is no peace at all. This requires transitions to a new ministry or justice for the federal Myanmar

U Thein Oo, Justice Minister, National Unity Government Tweet