Speakers: Abed Choudhury and Tun Khin
Date: Friday 8 December 2017
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, Marylebone, London W1H 4LP
If one international news story has dominated the headlines in 2017 it has been the plight of the Rohingya in Myanmar. As an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, they have lived for centuries alongside the country’s Buddhist majority. Yet although they account for nearly a third of the population, they 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 has refused to condemn, or even fully acknowledge, the state-sponsored repression of the Rohingya by Buddhist extremist. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has described this as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing".
In this panel discussion, learn about the ongoing plight of the Rohingya people in Myanmar. Unless decisive action is taken, and if the violence continues, could this have an even more devastating impact with security and human rights repercussions throughout the region?
Abed Choudhury, Head of Advocacy, Islamic Human Rights Commission @ihrc
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.
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Photo credit: EU/ECHO/Pierre Prakash