Apr 28 9 am (GMT): Watch web-LIVE international public discussion on Myanmar's persecution of Rohingya for nearly 40 years

London Conference
on
Decades of Persecution and Destruction
of
Myanmar’s Rohingya

28 April 2014

A LSE Public Event
co-sponsored by

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

Venue: THE SHAW LIBRARY (Founders Room), 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm 
(The event is fully booked.  RSVP all closed.  But the address for the web streaming will be announced here later today).


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 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 University 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, 2012)

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

12:45          Lunch

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 Tuckwood
Executive 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)

Genocides and Global Governance (via Skype from France)
Mary Kaldor, CBE
Professor of Global Governance, Programme Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, LSE; co-editor (with Joseph Stiglitz) (2013) The quest for security: protection without protectionism and the challenge for global governance, Columbia University Press.

Mass Atrocities and How They End: preliminary findings from high intensity cases of mass killings (via Skype from USA)
Professor Bridget Conley
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)
          1700            Conference ends

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

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