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Sean Turnell

How an ‘Unlikely Prisoner’ Survived 650 Days in Myanmar’s Jails

How an ‘Unlikely Prisoner’ Survived 650 Days in Myanmar’s Jails

By Sebastian Strangio
"The difference to the past," says economist Sean Turnell, "is that this junta does not seem to even pretend anymore that it has any sort of vision for Myanmar."

Australian Economist Jailed in Myanmar Applauded in Parliament

Australian Economist Jailed in Myanmar Applauded in Parliament

By Rod McGuirk
Sean Turnell, 58, was arrested shortly after the February 2021 coup and spent more than 600 days in prison.
Myanmar Junta Releases High-Profile Foreign Prisoners in Mass Amnesty

Myanmar Junta Releases High-Profile Foreign Prisoners in Mass Amnesty

By Sebastian Strangio
The release of Australian economist Sean Turnell and three other foreigners is a likely attempt to preempt ASEAN's growing frustration with the coup government.

Myanmar Junta Sentences Australian Economist to 3 Years Prison

Myanmar Junta Sentences Australian Economist to 3 Years Prison

By Sebastian Strangio
Sean Turnell was sentenced alongside Aung San Suu Kyi, whom he served as an economic adviser prior to her overthrow last year.

Myanmar Junta to Move Forward With Trial of Australian Economist

Myanmar Junta to Move Forward With Trial of Australian Economist

By Sebastian Strangio
Sean Turnell, a former adviser to Aung San Suu Kyi, was arrested shortly after last February's coup d'etat.

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Hun Sen Apologizes as Myanmar Gamble Backfires Over Sean Turnell

Hun Sen Apologizes as Myanmar Gamble Backfires Over Sean Turnell

By Luke Hunt
Cambodia’s embarrassment can only further isolate Myanmar’s military junta.

Myanmar Junta to Grant ASEAN Envoy Access to Detained NLD Figures

Myanmar Junta to Grant ASEAN Envoy Access to Detained NLD Figures

By Sebastian Strangio
But there are good reasons to think this concession will serve the military administration's broader goals.
Australia Calls for Myanmar Junta to Release Detained Economist

Australia Calls for Myanmar Junta to Release Detained Economist

By Sebastian Strangio
Professor Sean Turnell had worked as an economic policy advisor to ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

Cambodian Government Defends PM’s Myanmar Trip, Hails ‘Positive’ Outcomes

Cambodian Government Defends PM’s Myanmar Trip, Hails ‘Positive’ Outcomes

By Sebastian Strangio
As expected, the trip did little to advance a solution to the country's complex of political and humanitarian crises.

Myanmar Court Moves Venue for Australian’s Trial Under Secrets Law

Myanmar Court Moves Venue for Australian’s Trial Under Secrets Law

By Grant Peck
Australian Sean Turnell was charged along with Suu Kyi and three former Cabinet ministers on charges of violating Myanmar’s official secrets law.

Australia Joins Declaration Condemning Arbitrary Detention

Australia Joins Declaration Condemning Arbitrary Detention

By Joshua Mcdonald
In recent weeks, Australian citizens have been detained in China and Myanmar. 
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