At the crossroad between academic research and policy making, this roundtable proposes to bring together a number of experts to address some of the salient features of the complex Rohingya crisis.

The discussion will take place Wednesday 28 February, from 14h00 to 17h00, in Richmond Building, in the Lecture Theatre (LT3). Please reserve your seat and RSVP via EVENTBRITE

On the basis of recent fieldwork in the affected region, but also in adopting a conceptual approach through a longer lens, our panellists will reflect upon the politically challenging and morally pressing situation the Rohingyas have long been facing.

According to the United Nations indeed, by the end of October 2017, an estimated 603,000 refugees from Myanmar had crossed the border into Bangladesh alone since August 2017, bringing the current total number of Rohingyas who have fled from Myanmar, coupled with the affected population in communities, to a staggering 1.2 million, including 720,000 children.

In January 2018, Bangladesh and Myamar agreed to repatriate Rohingyas. But many attest that the conditions of a safe and dignified return cannot be met until a fundamental change occurs in Myanmar that is one involving accountability for the crimes perpetrated and the end of a system of exclusion if not apartheid.

The tragic fate of the Rohingyas has to be understood in a broader perspective, that of a long history of discrimination and persecutions against a community, which presence has been attested for centuries between South East Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

From ethnicity and minorities’ rights to statelessness or ethnic cleansing, the definition and later implementation of the political and legal concepts at stake in the current global debate is also of crucial importance and will be discussed from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Discussions will take place in a 3 steps fashion:

Chair:  Prof Leïla Choukroune, Professor of International Law and Director of the University Thematic Area in Democratic Citizenship

  1. Perspectives from the Field

Dr Pierre Failler, Reader in Economics and Finance

Ahmed Uddin, Doctoral Researcher and Muslim Chaplain

  1. Rights, Wrongs and Remedies

Dr Panos Kapotas, Senior Lecturer in Law

Marta Minetti, Doctoral Researcher

Kieran Walsh, Senior Lecturer in Family and Child Law

Sarah Atkins, Senior Teaching Fellow

  1. Refuge, Aid and Beyond

Prof Tamsin Bradley, Professor in International Development Studies

Dr Charlie Leddy-Owen, Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Dr Angela Crack, Senior Lecturer in International Relations