• "John Sifton"

  • Oct 4 2021
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Podcast
  • Summary

  • Suzanne and Ruth are joined by John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director at Human Rights Watch. Having previously served as a researcher and Acting Deputy Washington Director, he now focuses on South and Southeast Asia, East Asia, the Middle East, and terrorism and counter-terrorism issues worldwide. Sifton began working at Human Rights Watch in 2001, first as a researcher on Afghanistan and Pakistan, and then as the senior researcher on terrorism and counterterrorism. He has been working on sanctions policy in relation to Myanmar for over 10 years. Here he offers his expertise and knowledge on the subject of sanctions on the Tatmadaw, particularly Myanmar Oil and Gas (MOGE), which is worth over $1 billion to the Myanmar military annually. If sanctioned, the blocking of this main source of the military’s income could prove decisive in changing the course of Myanmar's future.

    The ah nah: Conversations with Myanmar podcast was born from a desire to bring into public consciousness the atrocities that are currently being committed in Myanmar (also known as Burma). Our goal is simply to keep the conversation going, and to let the people of Myanmar know that they have not been forgotten. You can continue to support the people of Myanmar by keeping this conversation going. You can subscribe to this podcast on all major podcasting apps, including Apple, Spotify and Acast. You can also follow us on all our social media pages, linked below. If you’d like to reach out, please email us or fill out this form to add your voice to the conversation (https://tinyurl.com/3ee7ssm9).


    Song: Kabar Makyay Bu (Until the End of the World), was written and recorded by Naing Myanmar, it became the revolutionary anthem of the 1988 pro-democracy movement and could be heard once again all over Myanmar during the 2021 Coup. Naing Myanmar maintains that the song is no longer his, since the '88 uprising “it belongs to everyone”.

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    *Special thanks to John Sifton, the team at Human Rights Watch and defenders of human rights around the world who continue to fight everyday for freedom and justice for all. We are so grateful to John for adding his voice to the conversation, you can follow him on twitter @JohnSifton and Human Rights Watch @hrw

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