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Sean Turnell: An Unlikely Prisoner

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Thursday 30 November 2023 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm

Sean Turnell | Melissa Crouch

In the wake of the 2021 military coup in Myanmar, Sean Turnell was held for 650 days in Myanmar’s terrifying Insein Prison on the trumped-up charge of being a spy. His improbable story as an optimistic economics professor unfolds in his recently published book, An Unlikely Prisoner, where he recounts how he survived his traumatic incarceration. 

In an evening of conversation with Melissa Crouch, a UNSW Sydney Professor who was part of the team advocating for his freedom, Sean will share how he not only survived his lengthy and traumatic incarceration, but also left with his sense of humour intact, his spirit unbroken and love in his heart. Sean's unique perspective coupled with his expertise on Myanmar offers broader insights into the plight of the people and the political prisoners under Myanmar’s newest dictators, and the many human rights issues at play.

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