The Rohingya Crisis: Causes of the Mass Exodus and the Potential for Justice and Reconciliation

Date & Time November 13, 2020 12:00pm - 1:00pm
IGL General

The Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar has been one of the gravest atrocities ongoing since 2016 and arguably even before that. Yet, the Rohingyas are a long way from receiving both social and legal justice. According to the Human Rights Watch, about 900,000 Rohingya are currently living in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, after having fled from persecution since August 2017 and the estimated 600,000 Rohingya who remain in the Rakhine State are subject to more government persecutions and violence than ever before.

Yet, the genocidaires are still running free today as Myanmar’s atrocious military continue to persecute Rohingyas and as Aung San Suu Kyi continues to deny claims of genocide. The 1982 Citizenship Law continues to deny them from citizenship, making them one of the largest stateless populations in the world. Conversations on this issue must continue until true justice is served.

Please join the South Asian Regional Committee and Tufts Amnesty International on Friday, November 13th at 12pm EST with Dr. Maung Zarni, as he discusses the causes of the mass exodus of Rohingyas and the potential for justice and reconciliation in the near future.

Dr. Maung Zarni is an exiled Burmese scholar, educator and human rights activist with 30 years of scholarship and involvement in Burmese political affairs. He is an adviser to the European Center for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge, UK and Non-Resident Fellow with the Genocide Documentation Center in Cambodia. He also founded the Free Burma Coalition and led human rights campaigns from 1995-2004 that spanned over 28 countries. Dr. Zarni has published extensive research and reports on military affairs, Burmese politics, and genocide including The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingyas (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Spring 2014) and An Evolution of Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: From Strategic Embrace to Genocide (Middle East Institute, American University, Washington DC, Apr 2017).


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