The Plight of the Rohingya
January 25, 2018
11:00am to 12:00pm

Teleconference Call

Read a summary of this discussion here.

A teleconference on the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar that has displaced the Rohingya Muslim minority.

In recent months, nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar’s western Rakhine State into Bangladesh to escape abuse and death at the hands of Myanmar's army. Often described as "the world’s most persecuted minority," this ethnic group has lived for centuries in Buddhist majority Myanmar. The crisis, which both the UN and (as of this week) the United States are referring to as ethnic cleansing, has now become the worst contemporary humanitarian disaster in Southeast Asia. The UN's top human rights official this week floated the possibility of bringing genocide charges against Myanmar's leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

To what degree does Aung San Suu Kyi’s government shoulder blame for this crisis? How has the response from Bangladesh compounded the plight of Rohingya refugees? What should the international community be doing to help the Rohingya?

Listen to the full conversation below:


Mr. Simon Billenness, Executive Director, International Campaign for the Rohingya

Described by The New York Times as "a super-specialist" in human rights advocacy, Simon Billenness has over 25 years of experience helping investors, non-profits, universities, communities, and unions use their power to lobby their governments and hold corporations accountable. Read more.

Ms. Priscilla A. Clapp, Senior Advisor, United States Institute of Peace

Priscilla Clapp is a senior advisor to the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Asia Society. She is a retired Minister-Counselor in the U.S. Foreign Service. Read more.

Dr. Ali Riaz, University Professor, Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

Ali Riaz has an international reputation as an expert on South Asian politics and Political Islam. Read more.


Dr. Parveen Parmar, Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Parveen Parmar’s research has focused on the study of health and human rights violations in refugees and internally displaced populations. Read more.

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