Myanmar: the country that ‘has it all’

  • Susan Banki Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney, Australia


For scholars of Southeast Asia interested in human rights, Myanmar is a country that ‘has it all.’ I use this tongue-in-cheek expression to suggest the myriad ways that the country remains mired in structural challenges that inform its current human rights problems. In this paper, I point out the country’s most glaring structural challenges and link these to its most pressing human rights problems. A brief section about Myanmar in the context of COVID-19 offers the same conclusion as the rest of the article: while there is variance in the actors targeted and the degree of suppression, the underlying patterns of oppression remain unchanged over time.


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How to Cite
BANKI, Susan. Myanmar: the country that ‘has it all’. Journal of Southeast Asian Human Rights, [S.l.], v. 4, n. 1, p. 128-139, june 2020. ISSN 2599-2147. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 03 aug. 2021. doi:

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