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David Arnott obituary|Myanmar


My buddy David Arnott, who has actually passed away aged 77, made a crucial contribution to the battle for human rights in Burma (Myanmar) through starting and running the Online Burma/Myanmar Library and the Burma Peace Foundation.

Born in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, he went to Wakefield grade school and studied languages atReading University He invested the 70s and 1960s immersed in parts of the counterculture: driving a van-load of children to the Soviet Union; signing up with CND marches; living alone for months on meagre ways in Ibiza, while broadening his interest in Buddhism.

In London in the 80s he established or co-founded a number of primarily Buddhist or Burma- associated organisations, consisting of the Tibet Support Group and Burma Campaign UK.

From 1991 up until 1996 he operated in New York, providing documents to the UN human being rights systems, presenting Burma democracy activists to the UN scene, and supporting their lobbying. He then played a comparable function in Geneva, where I co-operated with him, together with members of theEuropean Burma Network Projects there consisted of a conference on the effect of tourist on native individuals.

His life’s work culminated in the Online Burma/Myanmar Library, a database including more than 60,000 files in numerous languages. David led his time in promoting complimentary details gain access to as being an essential to Burma’s future.

From 2004 up until his death he resided in the Mae Sot district in Thailand, a crucial centre for Burmese exiles. Over the last couple of years he had a hard time to raise financing for the library and to organize an acceptable succession. It is now run by a more youthful group of individuals inside Myanmar.

His publications consist of deal with the social measurements of Buddhism and numerous Burma instructions for the UN and other organisations, consisting of Caveats, Cautions and Stringent Conditions (1995 ), Once the Ricebowl of Asia (1997) and China-Burma Relations (2000 ).

David was an eager professional photographer and it is hoped that his images can be archived and an exhibit organized.

Colleagues valued his dedication and his kindness to scholars and activists, and keep in mind in specific his vegetarian Thai red curry.

David’s sibling predeceased him.


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