Human Rights in Myanmar in Comparative Perspective: How Should Canada Engage?


Wilson Hall Wendy Patrick Room, 3506 rue University, Montreal, QC, H3A 2A7, CA
Free. Breakfast and lunch included.

A conference sponsored by McGill’s Southeast Asia Lecture Series, the Institute for the Study of International Development, and the Max Bell School of Public Policy.

The aim of this conference is to discuss the current human rights situation in Myanmar in comparative perspective with other countries in Southeast Asia. With a svere deterioration in the state of human rights in several Southeast Asian countries, it is important to understand the larger problems in the region, as well as how Canada should respond. Under Prime Minister Trudeau, Canada has staked out a vision of foreign policy that has given increasing prominence to human rights. How should Canada engage with the current illiberal trends in the region? What is Canada’s vision for political development in Southeast Asia? The conference will include academics, NGO representatives, and government officials. It should be of interest to those who study, and seek to engage in practical terms, with the state of global human rights.

For inquiries or registration please contact Bilal: bilal.shakir [at]




Opening Remarks

9:15am - 9:30am
  • Erik Martinez Kuhonta, Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of International Development and Associate Professor of Political Science, McGill University
  • Franque Grimard, Associate Professor of Economics, McGill University
  • Chris Ragan, Director of the Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University

Panel 1: The Human Rights Predicament in Myanmar and Southeast Asia



  • Kai Ostwald, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia
  • Fareed Khan, Rohingya Human Rights Network
  • Supanai Sookmark, Department of Political Science, Carleton University
  • Rodziana bt Mohamed Razali, Centre for Human Rights and Legal Pluralism, McGill University


11:30am - 1:00pm 

Panel 2: How Should Canada Engage?  



  • Jennifer Welsh, Department of Political Science and Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University
  • Chris Tuckwood, The Sentinel
  • Nadira Khudayberdieva, Global Center for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Sarah Moser, Department of Geography, McGill University




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