Ian Mannix worked at ABC radio as a news and current affairs journalist and as ABC Victoria manager from 1988-2017. He was a foreign correspondent based in Europe, and was awarded an Australian Public Service Medal for his work on emergency broadcasting. He has worked on media and communications development projects for DFAT and the UN in Papua New Guinea, Timor Leste and Myanmar.
Wong challenged to support a humanitarian intervention in Myanmar
A critical meeting occurs this week with representatives of the Myanmar diaspora, human rights officials, DFAT staff and the Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s office which is expected to deliver a new policy approach from Australia on Myanmar. Continue reading »
Myanmar: providing life-saving aid through the military government while minimising military interference
Aid agencies say the Myanmar junta is attacking villages and wiping out communities as collective punishment against those who it cannot identify but who the military claims allegedly support the People’s Defence Forces. Continue reading »
Myanmar on the brink – the Australian Government should lower its vision
The crisis in Myanmar may rapidly worsen with the military rulers this week rationing fuel to about 15% of normal supplies. The announcement comes after months of denials that civil war, sanctions and loss of foreign currency are impacting basic necessities. Continue reading »
Cambodia’s Hun Sen and Myanmar’s junta: a meeting of despotic minds
Human rights are unlikely to be high on the agenda when a human rights abuser becomes the first foreign head to hold talks with Myanmar’s top general. Continue reading »
Myanmar nightmare: Junta squeezes civic space and disrupts civil aid
The humanitarian and development crisis in Myanmar requires a new approach to traditional donor accountability if the global community is to avert a major catastrophe in the country. Continue reading »
In Myanmar, oppression, disease and stymied aid tilt the crisis towards disaster
With the crisis in Myanmar intensifying this week, Ian Mannix, in a two-part report, looks at the conflict and how aid agencies are responding. Continue reading »
A cry from Myanmar: We can’t breathe.
The people of Myanmar are facing one of the world’s greatest humanitarian catastrophes, and are asking why the world has forgotten them. There is a way out, but the world needs to act quickly. Continue reading »