Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: What does that mean for the Persecuted Rohingya?


Wed, 11/05/2016 -
08:30 to 16:30
Auditorium, Wolfson College


Emeritus Professor Barbara Harriss-White


Emeritus Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Dr Maung Zarni, Emeritus Professor Barbara Harrell-Bond, Daw Khin Hla, Professor Michael Charney, Maung Bo Bo, Professor Shapan Adnan, Dr S Saad Mahmood, Dr Ambia Perveen, Matthew Smith, Professor Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Professor Daniel Feierstein, Professor Maya Tudor, Professor Penny Green, Thomas McManus, Amartya Sen (videotaped at Harvard in 2014), Tomas Ojea Quintana, Dr Azeem Ibrahim, Azril Mohd Amin, Mark Farmaner, Tun Khin, Nurul Islam, Dr Hla Kyaw


To bring together researchers and practitioners in international law, history, public health, sociology, politics and economics as well as Rohingya human rights defenders:

1. to scrutinise and debate the meanings of the terms genocide, persecution, democratisation and their relationships in theory and in history;

2. to continue shining a critical spotlight of university and independent research onto what is increasingly recognized as Myanmar’s slow genocide of the Rohingya not only by international genocide and legal scholars but by world icons such as George Soros, Desmond Tutu, Mairead Maguire, Amartya Sen, Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, and Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman;

3. to call attention to recent research into the deplorable human conditions under which over 1 million Rohingya live in ‘vast open prisons’ (i.e., Rohingya villages and towns) and Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, which the New York Times has called “the 21st century concentration camps”;

4. to present evidence to convince Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi government that the end of decades-long state persecution of the Rohingya minority should be a top priority; and

5. to brainstorm critical and constructive ideas which may enable Myanmar’s democrats to remove one of the greatest obstacles to genuine democratization – the continued destruction of a large community of people because of their distinct ethnic identity


Hosted by the South Asian Research Cluster, Wolfson College, Oxford University


Registration begins at 8 am and the conference, at 8:30 am.


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