28 April, Monday: London Conference on Decades of Persecution and Destruction of Myanmar's Rohingya



London Conference on

Decades of Persecution and Destruction 
of Myanmar’s Rohingya

28 April 2014

A Public Event (to be web-cast LIVE)

co-sponsored by 

LSE Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
and
Burmese Rohingya Organization – United Kingdom


Venue: THE SHAW LIBRARY (Founders Room), 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE 


To RSVP please email: m.zarni@lse.ac.uk or brorg.london@gmail.com


PROGRAMME

0830 Registration/coffee 

0900 Welcome Remarks 
Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE 
Founding Director, Refugee Studies Centre; Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Director, Fahamu Refugee Programme

0910 An Appeal to the World 
Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization – UK

0920 Keynote Address
Surviving Rwanda genocide: A first-hand experience
Prudentienne Seward, 1994 Rwanda Genocide Survivor and Activist; Founder, PAX

0935 MORNING PLENARY SESSION I 

Chair: 
Dr Maung Zarni
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Democracy and Elections, University of Malaya; Visiting Fellow (2013-15), Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE & Judge, Permanent People’s Tribunal on Sri Lanka (Germany, 2013)

What is a genocide? 

Professor Daniel Feierstein 
President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars; Director of the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero; Professor in the Faculty of Genocide at the University of Buenos Aires & author of “Genocide as a Social Practice: Reorganizing Society Under the Nazis and Argentina's Military Juntas” (Rutgers U Press, 2014)

International Human Rights Law and Mechanisms for the Pursuit of Justice

Professor Gabriele Della Morte
Professor of International Law at the Università Cattolica di Milano; Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) (2003-2004); Law Clerk for the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2000) & a member of a government delegation for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (1998)

Cambodia's Khmer Rouge Tribunal: one model for a combined national and international judicial mechanism

Dr Helen Jarvis 
Formerly Chief of Public Affairs of the Cambodian Tribunal; Documentation Consultant for Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program & co-author of "Getting away with genocide? Elusive justice and the Khmer Rouge tribunal" (Pluto, 2004)

From the Russell Tribunal(s) to the Permanent Peoples Tribunal(s): alternatives routes to international justice

Professor Gianni Tognoni 
General Secretary, Permanent People’s Tribunal, Rome

1100 Refreshments

1115 MORNING PLENARY SESSION II 

Chair: Arash Sedighi
Teaching Fellow, The Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Mass Violence against Myanmar’s Muslims and State Persecution of Muslim Rohingya

Kyaw Win, Burmese Muslim Association, UK

Defenseless Rohingya and their Protection

Nural Islam
Chairman, Arakan Rohingya National Organization

Bangladesh Government policies and the Situation of the Rohingya Refugees


Dr Shapan Adnan
Associate, Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, Oxford University
Former Associate Professor of South Asian Studies, National University of Singapore

Findings From Myanmar: Documentation of Abuses Against Rohingya

Matthew Smith
Founder and Executive Director of Fortify Rights; author of Fortify Rights report Policies of Persecution: Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar (2014); author of Human Rights Watch reports "All You Can Do Is Pray": Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Arakan State (2013) and "The Government Could Have Stopped This: Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses in Burma's Arakan State (2012).

The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar's Rohingya 

Dr Maung Zarni
Co-author of “The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya”, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law (University of Washington Law School, forthcoming/Spring 2014)

12:45 Lunch (for all participants and attendees, provided by the Conference)

1330 Special Appearance (via Skype):

Mr Tomás OJEA QUINTANA, UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar


1400 AFTERNOON ROUNDTABLE:

The State in Myanmar and Its Crimes

Chair: Dr Kirsten McConnachie
Joyce Pearce Junior Research Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University

The State in Myanmar and Its Crimes


Professor Penny Green
Professor of Law and Criminology, Head of Research in the Dickson Poon School of Law & Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), King’s College, University of London

Mapping and Tracking the Persecution of Rohingya

Christopher TuckwoodExecutive Director, The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Canada

Marching to Genocide in Burma
Daniel Sullivan
Director of Policy and Government Relations, United to End Genocide and co-author with former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews of the report “Marching to Genocide in Burma” (March 2014)


Mass Atrocities and How They End: preliminary findings from high intensity cases of mass killings

Professor Bridget Conley (via Skype)
Assistant Professor of Research, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston & formerly Director of Research, US Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington DC

1530 RECEPTION 

1600 Facilitated discussion (Invitation Only)

What needs to be done?

Co-conveners:

Dr Zarni, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE & Centre for Democracy and Elections, University of Malaya

Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization-UK (BROUK)


THE CONFERENCE IS SUPPORTED BY THE UNITED STATES NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR DEMOCRACY, USA, JUSTCE FOR ALL AND BURMA TASK FORCE (USA), BURMESE ROHINGYA ORGANIZATION United Kingdom AND INDIVIDUAL DONORS.

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