Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC), formerly known as ARRC is the key refugee committee of the Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia, working for their welfare and advocating their causes to find permanent solution through effective and global initiatives
LSE Arts and Centre for the Study of Human Rights panel discussion
Date: Monday 16 July 2012 Time: 6.30-7.30pm Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House Speakers: Greg Constantine, Chris Lewa, Melanie Teff Chair: Professor Chetan Bhatt
The recent developments in Myanmar (Burma) have
captured the attention and interest of governments and policy makers
around the world.
Governments like the US, UK and the EU have eased
sanctions, high level diplomatic missions have met with Burma's leaders
and democracy icon and leader of the NLD, Aung San Suu Kyi, is now
sitting as a Member of Parliament. Yet with all of the changes, the
future for Burma's stateless Rohingya community in the North Rakhine
State--recognized as one of the most oppressed people in the world--has
received little or no attention and remains one of the most sensitive
issues not only in Burma but also in the SE Asia region.
This event corresponds to the photography exhibition
and book launch of, 'Exiled To Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya' by Greg
Constantine. It discusses the situation for the Rohingya in Burma,
Bangladesh and beyond as well as how protracted statelessness, exclusion
and the denial of citizenship and fundamental rights have impacted this
Greg Constantine is a freelance photojournalist from
the United States. Since early 2006, he has worked on one long-term
project titled "Nowhere People," which documents the struggles of
stateless minority groups around the world. Over the past six years
Constantine has made eight trips to southern Bangladesh to document and
expose the plight and stories of the Rohingya community. His work has
been widely published and exhibited and has been recognized with
In 2011, he was selected by the Open Society
Institute for the group exhibition, Moving Walls 19 and he was
shortlisted for the Amnesty International Media Award for
Photojournalism in the UK. His first book, Kenya’s Nubians: Then & Now, was published in late 2011 and his second book, Exiled To Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya, will be released in June 2012. Constantine has been based in Southeast Asia since late 2005.
Melanie Teff is Senior Advocate, European
Representative, Refugees International and has conducted numerous
research missions with Refugees International to assess the situation of
refugees, internally-displaced and stateless people in Liberia,
northern Uganda, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Ethiopia,
the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Colombia, northern Iraq, Syria, and
Kuwait, as well as the Rohingya communities in Bangladesh and Malaysia.
She previously worked as international advocacy officer for the Jesuit
Refugee Service and has coordinated the International Coalition on the
Detention of Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants. She has worked as a
human rights advocacy trainer in the Dominican Republic, where her focus
was on the issue of statelessness. She has also worked as legal advisor
to a local nongovernmental organization in the Solomon Islands
combating domestic violence and child abuse. Prior to getting involved
with international work, she worked as a lawyer in the UK with a focus
on child rights. Ms. Teff has a Master of Laws degree in International
Human Rights Law from the University of Essex.
Chris Lewa is Director of The Arakan Project, an NGO
based in Asia, and is a leading expert on the Rohingya minority of
Burma/Myanmar. For the last 12 years, she has been engaged in
research-based advocacy on the situation of the Rohingya's in Burma, on
their predicament as refugees in Bangladesh and on their migratory
movements throughout Asia. She has also worked as a consultant for the
UNHCR, donor governments and international human rights organizations.
Professor Chetan Bhatt is the Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights at LSE.
Suggested hashtag for this event for Twitter users: #lseBurma
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