Egypt has yet to find peace after the revolution in the beginning of 2011. Human Rights Watch is one of several organizations that have expressed their concern about the development and the plight of human rights. The Oslo Center is hosting a seminar for Egypt’s legislature next week.
Opposition leader and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi stated Thursday that she wants to run for president of Myanmar. However, the constitution prevents anyone with foreign family members from becoming president.
The Oslo Center’s strategy for the coming five years is an ambitious plan for our work on democracy assistance and human rights issues.
The Oslo Center conducted dialogue meetings with government officials in Bishkek 16-18th of April concerning conditions for freedom of religion- or belief in the country. The conversations were constructive and informative, and have prepared the ground for further cooperation.
We were happy to see positive development trends in Burma in 2012. The country took several steps towards democracy and opening up to the international community. Aung San Suu Kyi traveled to foreign countries, including Norway, and is now participating in the political and parliamentary work in the country. But at the beginning of 2013, we see some troubling trends.
2012 has been a very busy year for The Oslo Center with increased engagement in democracy support to vulnerable and fragile democracies. The main focus has been on Kenya and Somalia, two countries where democracy is facing major challenges.
The Rohingyas is one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. No one wants to be friends with them. Not the Burmese people, not the neighbouring country, the Burmese government and not Aung San Suu Kyi. The escalating ethnic violence threatens the reform process in the country.
In the Tahir Square people is again gathering to protest.
In February 2011, people protested against Mubarak’s dictatorial rule and forced the president to resign.
One year later there were large protests against the military rule, which in turn led to its fall.
Talks the Oslo Center had with key actors in the children’s sector in Kenya last month confirmed that there is a need to focus on children in conflict with the law.