A day-long international conference on genocide of Rogingya people in Myanmar will be held in Dhaka on Wednesday with the aim of generating knowledge about the root causes behind the recurring waves of Rohingya people from Myanmar and finding possible solutions to the protracted crisis.
A solidarity rally will be held in front of the Nation Museum in the city on Thursday.
Eminent genocide scholars from different countries, academicians, intellectuals, researchers, prominent Myanmarese activists would attend both the events that focus on a respectful repatriation of Rohingya people from Bangladesh, restoration of their Myanmar citizenship rights and trial of the perpetrators of genocide by the international Criminal Court.
Dhaka University’s international relations Professor CR Abrar, also executive director of Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, announced the events at a press conference at the National Press Club on Tuesday.
RMMRU with the support of Euro-Burma Office is organising the conference on ‘ending the slow burning genocide of Rohingyas by Myanmar’ at the Senate Building of Dhaka University, he said.
Abrar said that Myanmar had committed well-documented crimes against Rohingya population, the world’s largest stateless people who have been stripped of the right to citizenship, a nationality and the right to self-identity.
Jurist Shahdeen Malik, Permanent People’s Tribunal on State Crimes on Myanmar panel judge Helen Jarvis and RMMRU founding chair Tasneem Siddiqui also spoke.
Shahdeen said that international civil society members would discuss the Rohingya issue and examine legal aspects of the genocide at the international conference.
Tasneem said that the conference would generate knowledge, which might provide important cues for the government to work on to find durable solutions to the Rohingya crisis.
Abrar said, ‘over the last three months, the world has witnessed Myanmar’s full-fledged genocidal campaign against the most vulnerable and unarmed Rohingya population in the northern Arakan or Rakhine State across the borders from Chittagong, Bangladesh.’
The RMMRU concept paper presented at the conference said that the Bangladesh society and the government had shown remarkable empathy towards Rohingya survivors, estimated to be 7,00,000, reaching the rate of 1,00,000 per week in the first six weeks.
The conference, according to RMMRU, intends to generate ideas and networks of individuals who can contribute to the efforts of Dhaka and other concerned international actors such as the UN who seek to find durable and viable end to both genocide and resultant displacement of Rohingya people.
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