The Centre for Peace and Justice of BRAC University on Tuesday officially launched the Refugee Studies Unit.
British high commissioner Robert Dickson launched the RSU and stressed the importance of the unit’s work in keeping the spotlight on the Rohingya refugee crisis by bringing critical expertise and knowledge to the ongoing humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh.
‘It’s important that the humanitarian operation in Cox’s Bazar continues because the longer-term solution that will enable the Rohingyas to return to Rakhine will not happen quickly.. it would take a while for a million people to return to a state that has been very badly damaged,’ he said.
Vice-chancellor of BRAC University Professor Vincent Chang and Laetitia van den Assum, former member of the advisory commission on Rakhine State chaired by Kofi Annan, also spoke on the occasion.
The VC said that he supported the Centre for Peace and Justice’s engagement with the Rohingya people through education, research, training and advocacy.
‘One of the RSU’s objectives is to conduct research and ultimately generate new knowledge,’ the VC said.
CPJ executive director Manzoor Hasan moderated the inaugural ceremony.
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