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Experts from Bangladesh and abroad will meet at an international conclave on Rohingya crisis to be held in The Hague, Netherlands on October 18 to bring focus to the issue of “justice and accountability” for Rohingyas.

The Centre for Peace and Justice (CPJ) of BRAC University, Asia Justice Coalition, and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam will organize the event, said a press release.  

Since 2017, Bangladesh has been hosting over a million Rohingya refugees, also known as ‘Forcibly Displaced Myanmar Nationals’ (FDMN). This is in addition to hosting an already large Rohingya refugee community that has crossed over for decades, resulting in Bangladesh accommodating 4.7% of total global refugee population. The international crimes committed in Myanmar against the Rohingya have triggered a number of accountability initiatives, including a case before the International Criminal Court on forced deportation as a crime against humanity.

Aim of the Conclave

To bring justice and accountability to the Centre of the Rohingya refugee crisis, this Conclave is organized around discrete but interconnected aims, which include:

  1. Highlight the various justice and accountability initiatives underway globally, as well as the need for multi-faceted approaches toward a sustainable solution.
  2. Mobilize public and policy support for these initiatives including consolidating a civil society network to advocate for accountability and promote social justice.
  3. Examine root causes and ongoing policy challenges in order to inform future advocacy strategies and ensure justice and accountability for the Rohingya.

Venue

Aula B, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS),12 Kortenaerkade, 2518 AX, The Hague, The Netherlands.

Conclave Time

The conclave will formally open at 09:00 on Friday, 18 October 2019 and expected to conclude at 17:45 on the same day.

Panelist and moderator:

Honorable Bob Rae, Canada’s Special Envoy to Myanmar

Lilianne Fan, Chair, Rohingya Working Group of Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network

Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, Minister of Justice, Republic of The Gambia

Md. Shahidul Haque, Foreign Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh

Inger Hutter, Rector, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Laetitia van den Assum, Former Ambassador, The Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Vincent Chang, Vice Chancellor, Brac University, Bangladesh

H.E. Mr. Sheikh Mohammed Belal, Ambassador, Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, The Netherlands

Azeem Ibrahim, Director, Centre for Global Policy, USA

Kingsley Abbott, Senior Legal Adviser, International Court of Justice, The Netherlands

Biraj Patnaik, South Asia Director, Amnesty International

Tun Khin, Rohingya Leader & President, Burmese Rohingya Organization, UK

Imtiaz Ahmed, Director, Centre for Genocide Studies & Professor, Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Syed Mansoob Murshed, Professor, International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Manzoor Hasan, Executive Director, Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University, Bangladesh

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