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The Rohingya Crisis: Past, Present, Future and International (Re)Action

Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 14:00 to Monday, 12 November, 2018 - 16:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Building D
D.2.01 Promotiezaal
Panel discussion

The Rohingya people, a Muslim minority, were forced to flee from Rakhine State in Myanmar. Nearly 700,000 people fled to Bangladesh since violence flared up in August 2017. This is said to have triggered one of the fastest growing refugee crises. It is a situation which actually has been going on for decades. The Rohingya are often called 'the world's most persecuted minority'. 

This debate aims to discuss the past history of the Rohingya's situation, while also looking at the more recent events and what the future holds for the 'lost generations' of children in the middle of this conflict. The discussion also aims to look at the international (re)action towards the situtation and towards Myanmar's first state counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi.

She has received a lot of backlash to her handling of the Rohingya situation, so much so that various calls have been made to remove certain titles and awards given to her. In 1994, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, but in November 2017 a student-led petition has called for this to be revoked. 

This panel discussion is open to all those who are interested in the topic. You can send in your questions in advance through the online registration of the event.

When: Monday 12 November 2018, 14:00-16:00

Where: VUB Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus, Building D, room D2.01 (promotiezaal)

Registration is mandatory. The panel discussion will be in English. 

The programme (still under development):

  • Opening comments: Prof. dr. Caroline Pauwels, Rector Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
  • Moderator: Gie Goris, Editor-in-Chief, MO Magazine
  • Panel members:
    • Delphine Drapeau, Regional Protection Officer, UNHCR
    • Wies De Graeve, Director, Amnesty International Vlaanderen
    • Marie-France Bourgeois, Senior Adviser Humanitarian Affairs, UNICEF
    • Prof dr Stefaan Smis, Faculty of Law & Criminology, VUB