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Activist Mirante to speak on Burma, Dec. 11

Activist and author Edith Mirante will present a lecture titled "Burma in Crisis: Background and Update on the Saffron Revolution" at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in 16 Robertson Hall.

Myanmar has been engulfed in political turmoil as the country's ruling military has detained hundreds of Buddhist monks who spearheaded pro-democracy demonstrations in a movement that some are calling the "saffron revolution," referring to the color of the monks' robes.

Mirante has been actively involved in collecting information on environmental and human rights conditions in Myanmar, formerly called Burma, since the early 1980s. She specializes in the conditions on Myanmar's northern and western frontiers and has had extensive contacts with ethnic groups from those remote areas.

Mirante also is the founder and director of Project Maje, an independent effort to distribute information about Myanmar since 1986, and she is the author of "Burmese Looking Glass: A Human Rights Adventure." She also has testified on Myanmar before the U.S. Congress, European Trade Commission and the International Labor Organization.

The Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination are sponsoring this lecture.

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