A year on, Australia’s most unlikely political prisoner remains in jail: Sean Turnell

It has been one long year since Australian academic and economist Sean Turnell was arrested by Myanmar’s military regime. Economics advisor to Aung San Suu Kyi and Associate Professor of Macquarie University, Sean remains under detention in Myanmar.

The military coup has returned the country to the horrors of direct military rule, including war, targeted and random violence against both political opponents and ordinary citizens, arbitrary detention, torture and grave economic and social instability.

On February 1, 2021, after learning of the coup, I messaged Sean via Facebook to check if he was safe. Sean responded: “I am in Myanmar, Melissa. Internet just came up. Keeping low. Many friends arrested.” He was referring to the arrest of Aung San Suu Kyi and other senior members of the then civilian government with whom he had worked closely…

*For the full article please see The Sydney Morning Herald, 1 February 2022