The Rohingya people, an ethno-religious minority in Myanmar, have been facing persecution for decades and currently risk becoming victims of a brutal ethnic cleansing, if not a genocide. As a result, they have become distressed refugees mainly in Bangladesh and in other neighbouring countries. The Government of Bangladesh and international aid agencies are struggling to help almost half-a-million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, and more refugees are coming by the day as state-sponsored violence against the Rohingyas under the pretext of military operations against Rohingya insurgents inside locked down and inaccessible parts of Myanmar continue.
Neither the UN nor the international media has any free access to these violence-hit areas.The stateless Rohingyas have been dubbed both the most persecuted people on earth and the most unwanted population in the world. Although they have been living in Myanmar for hundreds of years--which has been documented by historians, the military-controlled Government of Myanmar sees them as illegal aliens from Bangladesh, a claim Bangladesh vehemently denies. They lack the right to citizenship, all basic human rights and access to the most basic services like clean drinking water, healthcare and education. It is time for the world to raise its voice against this untenable situation and the atrocities committed by the Myanmar Government and its military. The seminar intends to raise awareness and help fundraise for the refugees. Donations will be sent to refugee camps in Bangladesh directly through UN-channels (UNHCR).
SEMINAR: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and Myanmar: Causes, Concerns and Solutions
Loyola Private Dining Room (L298)