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Speakers: Tun Khin (President Burmese Rohingya Organization UK), John Knaus (Associate Director for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy), Debbie Stothard (Director of Altsean-Burma and Secretary General of International Federation for Human Rights) and Matt Wells (Amnesty International Senior Crisis Advisor)
Who are the Rohingya? And why do so many people in Burma/Myanmar regard them as a threat to the nation? More than 900,000 Rohingya have taken refuge in Bangladesh after a series of attacks by the armed forces of Burma/Myanmar and Buddhist nationalists. Their plight is the fastest growing humanitarian emergency in the world. Panelists will present the historic roots of the contemporary crisis, which the UN has called a “textbook case of ethnic cleansing;” outline the broader political and military context in which the forced migration is occurring; and evaluate proposed solutions.