IDEA works with various opposition groupings in Burma/Myanmar to establish a shared vision on the need for a pluralistic democracy. It also seeks to create an environment that is conducive to better understanding of the options for democracy and stability in the country.
- In November 2005 IDEA convened workshops for representatives of opposition groups to share reconciliation experiences from Asia.
- As part of its efforts to develop an overarching programme on South Asian approaches to reconciliation, IDEA invited four Burmese activists to observe the Sri Lankan dialogues on reconciliation in February 2004 and to meet with Sri Lankan activists.
Partner:The Burma Fund
Radio Programme on Political Transitions
In partnership with the Burmese service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, IDEA produced a series of radio programmes on political transitions. The first programme, “Transition to Democracy”, was broadcast on 3 May 2004. The series covers the experiences of Cambodia, Chile, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Poland, Serbia, South Africa and South Korea. See the narrative report of all the programmes.
Dialogues on democratic transitions
To help promote a political transition to democracy in Burma, IDEA engages regional stakeholders – including parliamentary caucuses that have an interest in resolving the existing political impasse in the country – with the Burmese regime and the community of democracy activists. Through these dialogues (most recently held in November 2004), participants identify comparative experiences on the strategic use of third-party mediation, cease-fire agreements and negotiations.
Partners:Malaysia Pro-Democracy Parliamentary Caucus, Parliamentarians for Global Action.
Publications and Reports on Burma