Three international experts on Myanmar have joined forces in a new independent group to support the peoples of Myanmar in their fight for human rights, democracy, peace, justice, and accountability.
I have one of them joining us live: Yanghee Lee is former UN Special Rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar and professor of psychology at Sungkyunkwan University.
Professor Lee, thanks for joining us.
Sadly, we're hearing of more deaths and casualties from Myanmar with no signs of the violence subsiding.
What is the Special Advisory Council's assessment of the latest developments in Myanmar?
As an expert on Myanmar, would you tell us a little bit about how the situation in Myanmar has come to this?
How does the unique experience and expertise of the three founding members of SAC-M contribute to the mission of resolving the current crisis in Myanmar?
Meanwhile, the United Nations has turned into another battleground over the military coup in Myanmar, with the country's anti-junta ambassador in New York refusing to give up his seat and the military's actions coming under Security Council scrutiny. What message does this clash over the position of ambassador to the UN send? And how do you see it being resolved?
Tom Andrews, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar said that words of condemnation, while welcomed, are insufficient
Will additional sanctions or political isolation from the U.S. and other countries prove effective against the junta?
How realistic is it for the Security Council to invoke R2P?
What can we do at this point to help those in Myanmar?
Professor Yanghee Lee, former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation in Myanmar, thank you for speaking with us this evening. We appreciate it.