Conference on Rohingyaforum


Photo Credit: Nora Rowley


Ethnicity, Citizenship and

Human Rights in Burma:

The History and Plight of the Rohingya

November 8, 2012, 1-6 p.m.

Heritage Room, ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, 1101 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana


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Session 1: 1:00-3:30   


Panel chair: Valerie Hoffman, Director, Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Illinois


Powerpoint with audio by Greg Constantine, author of Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya


Matthew Smith, Burma specialist, Human Rights Watch: “Violence, Abuse, and the Limits of Democratic Transition: Burma’s Rohingya Muslims”


Jacques P. Leider, Director, École Française d’Extrême-Orient, Chiang Mai, Thailand: “Communal Strife at a Cultural Frontier: Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan in Historical Perspective”


Thibaut d’Hubert, Assistant Professor, Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago: “The Languages of Islamic Scholarship and Belles Lettres in Southeastern Bangladesh and Arakan”


Wakar Uddin, Director General, Arakan Rohingya Union; Chairman, Burmese Rohingya Association of North America: “Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide in Myanmar: Crisis of a Global Magnitude”

3:30-4  Coffee break


Session 2: 4:00-6:00   


Panel chair: Robert McKim, Department of Religion, University of Illinois


Benjamin Zawacki, Southeast Asia Regional Representative, International Development Law Organization: “Rhetoric v. Law: Defining Myanmar’s Rohingya Problem”


Nora Rowley, physician and human rights activist: “Rohingya Muslims: Terrorized for Decades in Burma under Orwellian Authoritarian Rule”


Abid Bahar, Professor, Department of Humanities, Dawson College, Montreal: “Crisis in Arakan: Contemplating the Future of the Rohingya in Burma”


Patrick Keenan, Professor, College of Law, University of Illinois: concluding remarks

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Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Center for Global Studies, the College of Law, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Department of Religion, and Global Crossroads Living and Learning Center, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistic