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The Selfish World
Look around you, the world seems so calm at this time,
Everything seems under control and people go by their lives as usual, like nothing’s happened.
But that is not true.
Somewhere on earth, people are being hidden.
We don’t even know who they are, where they’ve been or what’s happened to them.
But something can’t be hidden, if nobody tried to hide it.
20 years ago, June 1994, Rwanda – a small country situated in the east of Africa had a problem,
This was no small problem, 800,000 innocent people were killed,
and yet this had not been considered by anyone even when they were going through their darkest hours.
History has repeated itself.
June 2012 was when it happened.
The plague of genocide struck the country some of us still call home.
How the great government of Burma portrays this situation in so many different ways,
First, they showed it as communal violence,
Next, immigrant invasion,
Later, sent them to refugee camps,
Burma has arisen the monster of death and destruction and struck it down on the poor Rohingya people,
Veiled this small minority group from the world,
Hid the crimes that they’ve committed,
Is it right to kill people who have lived such happy lives once, but now tormented by people’s envy?
Is it right to burn them to ash, slaughter their loved ones and shoot them down just because they have nothing to offer?
The world looks so beautiful on the outside, all these great people helping the poor, giving money to charity but everyone is actually downright selfish.
Have they even bothered about the Rohingya people, who have suffered, sacrificed and used as target practise for the Burmese government.
The great leaders of our world, once promised,
That ever since the Rwanda accident,
It would never happen again.
Yet, people are still dying due to starvation,
People still die due to lack of medical assistance,
Women and young girls are being raped every day.
Do people even know about this?
The Rohingyas flee to safety, but still die on the way.
They end up floating in the sea,
Or some survivors ended up in jail somewhere in Thailand,
But the population still decreases,
From 1.5 million to 80,000 over two years…
All of us together, is like one body,
When one part of this body is affected, the rest of the body suffers,
But over time, this body has been severed,
And nobody can feel the suffering of one group of people,
The Rohingya issue has grown worse,
Only we can change this, we can stop this tragedy from being hidden,
So that we can all be part of that body again, as one…
Speakers Note from London Conference on Decades of Persecution and Destruction of Myanmar’s Rohingya
1. A moment of silence
2. 2-minute clip of the slow burning genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya
3. Opening remarks by Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE – Founding Director, Refugee Studies Centre; Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Director, Fahamu Refugee Programme (read by Rene)
4. An Appeal to the World
Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization – UK
Surviving Rwanda genocide: A first-hand experience (keynote address)
Prudentienne Seward, 1994 Rwanda Genocide Survivor and Activist; Founder, PAX
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
Defenseless Rohingya and their Protection
Nural Islam, Chairman, Arakan Rohingya National Organization
Mass Violence against Myanmar’s Muslims and State Persecution of Muslim Rohingya
Kyaw Win, General Secretary, Burmese Muslim Association, UK
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
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)
Mapping and Tracking the Persecution of Rohingya
Executive Director, The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Canada
Marching to Genocide in Burma
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)