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Rohingya Muslims: Crisis or ethnic cleansing?

*** This talk will be rescheduled shortly ***

Speakers: Abed Choudhury, Assed Baig and Tun Khin

Date: TBC shortly - check back soon!

Time: 18:45-20:30

Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP

The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. They account for nearly a third of the population but are not considered one of the country's 135 official ethnic groups and have been denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, effectively rendering them stateless.

With renewed violence, including reported rape, murder, and arson, since 2016 over 300,000 have fled across the border into Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Nobel Peace Prize winner and Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has refused to condemn, or even fully acknowledge, the state-sponsored repression of the Rohingya by Buddhist extremists. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has described this as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

In this panel discussion, learn about the on-going plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Unless decisive action is taken, and if the violence continues, could the impact be even more devastating, with security and human rights repercussions throughout the region?

Speakers

Abed Choudhury, Head of Advocacy, Islamic Human Rights Commission @ihrc

Assed Baig, broadcaster and journalist - @AssedBaig

Assed is a trained broadcast and print journalist who has worked around the world including in the Central African Republic, Myanmar and Libya. He has also worked as a reporter for the BBC, as a correspondent for an international news agency and is currently working for Channel 4 News.

Tun Khin, Founder and President, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK - @tunkhin80

Tun is a human rights activist from Arakan State in Burma and a member of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority. He has lived in the UK since 2004 and is founder and President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. In this capacity, he has spoken in the British Parliament, US Congress, European Parliament and United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. His grandfather was a Parliamentary Secretary during the democratic period in Burma.


Additional details

Free entrance. All welcome. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30. Doors open at 18:45 and the talk begins at 19:00. If you have any questions, please contact the event organiser: ben@thecitycircle.com.

Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash