The Post Pandemic Glocal Democracy;
Impact, Challenges, and Opportunities

May 17

Session Title 1.9. Democracy and Social Movement in Asia
Key Organizer MAINS (Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies), Sungkonghoe University, Korea
Date / Time  18:00-20:00 KST (GMT+9) on Monday, 17 May 2021
Modality / Language Virtual / English 
Objectives The objective of this session is to assess the emerging trends and challenges in the democratization process in order to identify the tasks of the social movement and civil society in Asia
Main Topics & Issues
  • Emerging trends and challenges for democracy and human rights in Asia – changing geopolitics and regional governance
  • Response of social movement and civil society to the threats to democracy in Asia
  • Democratization movement in Myanmar and its Impacts and prospects
  • Shrinking civic space by CIVICUS Civil Space Monitoring Report in Asia 2020
Reference documents / materials
Background Since 2007, about 100 civil society activists have studied topics related to civil society such as human rights, sustainable development, peace, etc. at the MAINS program of SungKongHoe University. The visit to Gwangju on 18 May has been part of the traditional study tour for all MAINS students, and they have played a role in practicing the May 18 spirit in their own country in various fields since their return to their own country after the graduation.  The MAINS session is to facilitate their virtual reunion to strengthen their network to promote solidarity among them and beyond. All MAINS alumni and students are  invited to share their perspectives and experiences about building stronger social movements in Asia for democracy.  
Speakers Moderator Anselmo Lee, Adjunct Professor at MAINS 2021 / Regional Coordinator, APSD
  • Welcome and Congratulatory Remarks
    Mihye Cho, Professor at the MAINS, SKHU, Korea
    Kyung Tae Park, Professor at the MAINS, SKHU, Korea
  • Opening Remarks
    Hyoje Cho, Professor at the MAINS, SKHU, Korea
  • Keynote Presentation on Shrinking Civic Space in Asia
    by Josef Benedict, CIVICUS
  • Panelists - Graduates and Students of the MAINS (Year of Registration)
    • Nurkholis, Indonesia (2007)
    • Rashid Mohammed Mamun, Bangladesh (2007)
    • Bidhayak Das, India (2008)
    • Onil Kshetrimayum, India (2009)
    • Rizwan Shaikh, Pakistan (2018)
    • Francis CROOS Judes Gnanaraj, Sri Lanka (2020)
    • Erlinda Binti Joseph, Malaysia (2020)
    • Indu Chaudhary, Nepal (2020)
    • Pan Hnin Aye, Myanmar (2020)
    • Sippachai "Zoom" Kunnuwong, Thailand (2020)
    • Ahmad Nurhasim, Indonesia (2021)


Hyoje Cho
Role in the Session Presenter
Position and Organizational Affiliation Professor at the MAINS, SKHU
Nationality Korea
Josef Benedict
Role in the Session Presenter
Position and Organizational Affiliation CIVICUS
Nationality
Nurkholis
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Graduate of the MAINS
Nationality Indonesia
Rashid Mohammed Mamum
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Graduate of the MAINS
Nationality Bangladesh
Bidhayak Das
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Graduate of the MAINS
Nationality India
Onil Kshetrimayum
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Graduate of the MAINS
Nationality India
Rizwan Shaikh
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Graduate of the MAINS
Nationality Pakistan
Francis CROOS Judes Gnanaraj
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality Sri Lanka
Erlinda Binti Joseph
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality Malaysia
Indu Chaudhary
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality Nepal
Pan Hnin Aye
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality Myanmar
Sippachai “Zoom” Kunnuwong
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality Thailand
Ahmad Nurhasim
Role in the Session Panel
Position and Organizational Affiliation Student of MAINS
Nationality
Anselmo Lee
Role in the Session Moderator
Position and Organizational Affiliation Adjunct Professor, MAINS 2021
Nationality Korea

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