Edith Mirante, Founder and Director of Project Maje presented a public lecture “Burma in Crisis: Background and Update on the Saffron Revolution” on Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 4:30 p.m. in 016 Robertson Hall on the Princeton University Campus. This event was co-sponsored by LISD and the Woodrow Wilson School. It was free and open to the public.
Mirante is the founder/director of Project Maje, an independent project which has distributed information about Burma since 1986, and author of Burmese Looking Glass: A Human Rights Adventure (Grove/Atlantic Monthly Press) and Down the Rat Hole (Orchid Press). Mirante is one of the few outsiders to have penetrated deep into Burma’s mountainous war zones, and she has been actively involved in collecting information on Burma’s environmental and human rights conditions since the early 1980s.
Mirante has been a speaker at national conferences of Amnesty International USA and Rainforest Action Network. She has lectured at United Nations events, and for numerous environmental, human rights and women’s groups. Mirante is the author of reports, articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles about Burma, Southeast Asia, human rights and deforestation. She specializes in the conditions on Burma’s northern and western frontiers, and has had extensive contacts with Kachin, Chin, Rakhine and Rohingya ethnic groups from those remote areas. She has testified on Burma before the US Congress, European Trade Commission, and the International Labor Organization. In October 2004, she presented a paper as a member of a panel on Regional Security at the Second International Convention for the Restoration of Democracy in Burma, held in New Delhi, India. Her report, “Razor’s Edge: Survival Crisis for Refugees from Burma in Delhi, India” was released in November 2004.