The Rohingya and Burmese Citizenship - Roundtable discussion with Benedict Rogers and Tun Khin
The Rohingya people are Muslims who live in northern Rakhine, Myanmar. International media and human rights organizations have described them as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Despite having lived in the country for generations, the Rohingyas have been formally denied citizenship.
The roundtable discussion will focus on the question of what it means to be a Burmese citizen, and what kind of citizenship the Rohingyas, and indeed other minorities in Burma, want.
Benedict Rogers is the East Asia Team Leader at the international human rights organisation Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), where he specialises in Burma, Indonesia and North Korea. He has visited Burma over 40 times, and regularly briefs ministers on the country, as well as contributing to international media.
Tun Khin was one of the founding members of BROUK (Burmese Rohingya Organisation in UK) and has lead the organisation since 2005. Over this time, he has campaigned against the human rights violations taking place in Burma to the British parliament, European Union, US States Department and Senate, UN Indigenous Forum in New York and UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
This event is co-sponsored by the Asian Studies Centre Programme on Modern Burmese Studies and organised by Oxford Burma Alliance (http://www.oxfordburmaalliance.org/).