DIPD leadership discuss democratic challenges with Aung San Suu Kyi

DIPD leadership discuss democratic challenges with Aung San Suu Kyi

Marking the Danish Constitution Day on June 5th, DIPD’s Chairman and Director met with State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi, to exchange views on the democratic development in both Myanmar and in the West, freedom of the press and the Rohingya situation.

As part of an official visit to Myanmar, DIPD’s Chairman, Henrik Bach Mortensen, DIPD’s Director, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, and DIPD’s Country Representative in Myanmar, Khin Thazin Myint, had an hour-long meeting with Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi. The meeting came at a time, where the democratic transition in Myanmar faces numerous challenges, including restrictions on press freedoms, human rights violations and an unsolved Rohingya situation in Rakhine State.

DIPD Chairman, Henrik Bach Mortensen shakes hands with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Picture from Myanmar State Counsellor Office Facebook page.

During the meeting, the DIPD leadership was invited to share views on the democratic challenges in both Myanmar and the West and discussed the Rohingya situation in Rakhine State. This was the second time that DIPD’s Chairman has been met Aung San Suu Kyi, with the first meeting being held in September 2014, a year prior to the National League for Democracy’s landslide victory at the 2015 elections.

DIPD Director, Rasmus Helveg Petersen and DIPD Chairman, Henrik Bach Mortensen in conversation with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Picture from Myanmar State Counsellor Office Facebook page.

New Memorandum of Understanding

On Monday, another important step was taken in DIPD’s support to Myanmar’s democratic development, as a new Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the Union Election Commission of Myanmar and DIPD. The MoU provides a strengthened platform for DIPD to continue its support of Myanmar’s democratic transition, including the development of well-functioning and accountable political parties that represent all groups in Myanmar.

The meeting with Aung San Suu Kyi and the new MoU is also a recognition of the large efforts made by DIPD’s local representatives and the Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme.

DIPD Director, Rasmus Helveg Petersen, DIPD Chairman, Henrik Bach Mortensen, State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi & DIPD Country Representative in Myanmar, Khin Thazin Myint. Picture from Myanmar State Counsellor Office Facebook page.

Read more about DIPD’s Myanmar Multiparty Democracy Programme.

For more info, contact DIPD Senior Programme Officer, Martin Rosenkilde Pedersen, mrp@dipd.dk.