Category: Past Events
: Tun Khin and Benedict Rogers
Date: 28 Sep 2012
Time: 18:45 - 20:30
Venue: Abrar House, 45 Crawford Place, W1H 4LP
In June this year, a long-standing tension between the Muslims and Buddhists of the Burmese Rakhine region escalated into a series of arson and machete attacks that left many dead, more wounded, and scores homeless. Human rights organisations report that the local military not only failed to pacify the two parties, but it unleashed a wave of violence against the Rohingya Muslims including mass round-ups resulting in open fire.
In this talk, we will learn about the Rohingya Muslim community and the history of the conflict. The speakers will update us on the current situation faced by the Rohingya and share opportunities for supporting this community.
Tun Khin (aka) Ziaul Gaffar is born and brought up Arakan State, Burma. He has direct experience of the oppression and discrimination by the Burmese Regime. He fled from Burma in 2004 and now refugee in United Kingdom. He is one of the founder members of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and current President of BROUK. He has highlighted Rohingya’s plight in British Parliament, European Parliament, US Congress, European Human rights Council in Geneva. He has given many interviews regarding on Rohingya in various channels like BBC, Aljazeera and others.
Benedict Rogers is the East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide, where he specializes in Burma, Indonesia and North Korea, and oversees the organisation’s work in the rest of the region. He has travelled to Burma and its borders more than 40 times, and is the author of two books on Burma, including Than Shwe: Unmasking Burma’s Tyrant (Silkworm Books, 2010). His new book, Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads, will be published by Random House in July 2012.
Free entrance. All welcome. No reservation needed. Prayer space available. Street parking free from 18:30.