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Voices Against Authoritarianism: Rise of Revolutionary Youth Movements in the Asia Pacific

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Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for peace and democracy

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Pakistan India Peoples' Forum for Peace and Democracy and others invites you to the session titled -Voices Against Authoritarianism: Rise of Revolutionary Youth Movements in the Asia Pacific.

 

The session will bring together youth leaders from across Asia Pacific talking about new progressive movements, and people's struggles that have made their mark. The suggested panelists for the session includes young speakers from Palestine, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Thailand, India, etc.The session will be moderated by Vijayan MJ from Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum for Peace & Democracy and the speakers (suggested) will include:

 

Munizae Jahangir (Pakistan)

Pimsiri Mook Petchnamrob (Thailand)

Speaker from Palestine

Safoora (India)

Speaker from Hong Kong

Panan( Thailand)

 

The session will be focusing on

• Similarities in the movements or incidents that triggered the youth to rise

• Can a pattern be established between protests of today and historical resistance movements

• The power of young ideas and thoughts w.r.t. to these new social movements

• Dissemination of these ideas and thoughts across continents; alliance building; fostering revolutionary thought process

 

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Description of activity

The world has been plagued by two infections in the past few years. Even prior to the COVID-19 induced pandemic, the world has been subjected to the rise of conservative, authoritarian, militaristic, majoritarian and populist regimes in many countries. The Asia Pacific region is not unfamiliar to this development and along with the South American counterpart, our region has been subjected to some of the worst and anti-democratic governments over the past few years. While in some cases they are 'democratically elected', like in India, Turkey, Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Iran, Israel, etc, many other countries in the region are subjected to authoritarian regimes due to many other factors. Thailand, China, etc are important examples of the same.It is important to reiterate that such rise of authoritarianism has not been without substantial resistance. Apart from the more traditional left worldly criticism of the rightist takeover, there have been very many new progressive movements, and people's struggles that have made their mark. The farmers' resistance or that against Citizenship law amendments in India, the fight against occupation by youth of Palenstine or Kashmir, the battle against monarchy and militarism in Thailand, the push back against Chinese dictatorialism by the youth of Hong Kong or Taiwan, the youth led movement against the 'Omnibus' law in Indonesia, people's resistance to the regime in Turkey, the assertions by youth in Pakistan, there have been many remarkable moments and movements in the Asia Pacific region in the past few years.As we tide over yet another pandemic wave, the civil society groups are joining hands in yet another revival song, the Asia Pacific Social Forum.The session will bring together youth leaders from across Asia Pacific. The suggested panelists for the session includes young speakers from Palestine, Hong Kong, Pakistan, Thailand, India, etc.

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