The genocide of the Karen people in Burma is not often spoken about though it has touched the lives of many Tasmanians. The majority of the refugees from Burma living in Tasmania are Karen.
Join us as Lindsay Tuffin, editor of The Tasmanian Times, launches Thailand-based, Australian Journalist, Daniel Pedersen’s book Secret Genocide; Voices of the Karen of Burma at 2pm on Sunday, April 17 at Fullers Bookshop.
There will be a panel discussion with Daniel, Lindsay and John Martinkus about the Karen and the genocide that is taking place.
Daniel Pedersen is regarded as an expert on the Karen, Burma and its dictatorship. The subject matter of this book is the focus of several international campaigns.
Pedersen has travelled in to the heart of the Karen state and interviewed the most influential members of the Karen armies. He has also spoken to aid workers, NGOs and everyday people on the ground.
Burma is a strategically critical landmass in South East Asia. It has been ruled by a despotic militaristic regime since the 1960s and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi has been under house arrest in the capital, Rangoon, for the past 20 years.
• Amnesty International will be present, with an information stand.