The images and stories from the recent Burmese uprising for democracy have shown us the startling images of peaceful protest, military crackdown and the reach of the blogger. According to OpenNet Initiative Bulletin on the internet shutdown in Burma, information technology has been the “transformative platform” of the recent “saffron revolution”.

This lecture will provide the latest on the ground Burma report from two perspectives –human rights and media – with our two speakers, Alison Tate and Connie Levett.

Alison Tate was the representative of International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) for its joint fact finding mission with International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) on the Thai-Burma border in October.

Connie Levett is the Sydney Morning Herald journalist who filed reports on the recent uprising from Rangoon and the Thai-Burma border as special correspondent. She has 20 years’ experience in the media industry and was the South East Asia Correspondent from June 2004 to 2007.

This event is presented by Asialink.

WHEN: Wednesday 7 November 2007
TIME: 6.30pm start
WHERE: Carrillo Gantner Basement Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, University of Melbourne
RSVP: To reserve a seat, please send an email to Asialink Events at with “Burma” in the subject line.