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Columbia University: The International Conference on Protection and Accountabiliy in Burma

Friday, February 8, 2019


Karen Jungblut, USC Shoah Foundation’s director of global initiatives, will join a panel of genocide scholars on Friday — the first day of a two-day conference at Columbia University in New York City about the genocidal violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

The conference, called “The International Conference on Protection and Accountabiliy in Burma,” will bring together leading Rohingya campaigners, renowned genocide scholars, engaged international lawpractitioners, UN officials, and international friends of Rohingya.

Titled “How Genocides and Other Atrocities End: Comparative Perspectives,” the panel featuring Jungblut (from 10:20 a.m.- 11:20 a.m. EST) includes three other speakers:

 

  •  Professor Gregory Stanton, Research Professor, George Mason University & Founding President, Genocide Watch
  • Professor Alex Hinton, UNESCO Chair in Genocide Prevention & Director of the Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights; Professor of Anthropology, Rutgers University
  • Mofidul Hoque, Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh, Dhaka (editor of The Rohingya Genocide: Compilation and Analysis of Survivors Testimonies, 2018)

 

About the Conference

Against the backdrop of stalled efforts at repatriating Rohingyas from Bangladesh to their country of origin, Myanmar, which the UN Fact Finding Mission officially recognized as a member state with an “ongoing issue of genocide,” the conference is designed to call the world’s attention to, and educate the international public about, the need for protection the victims and accountability for the perpetrators. To that end, the conference brings together leading Rohingya campaigners, renowned genocide scholars, engaged international lawpractitioners, UN officials, and international friends of Rohingya.

 

Organizers:

 

  • The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Global Cultural Studies, South Asia Institute (Columbia University)
  • The Consortium for Critical Interdisciplinary Studies (Barnard College)
  • Free Rohingya Coalition

 

Organizational Co-Sponsors

Associates To Develop Democratic Burma Inc./Euro-Burma Office(Canada)

Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (Rome, Italy)

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada

Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO)

(Genocide) Documentation Center – Cambodia

Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice, Liberation War Museum of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Genocide Watch, USA

University of Southern California Shoah Foundation, USA

Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, Rutgers University, USA

Refugee and Migratory Movement Research Unit (RMMRU), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Destination Justice, France

Peace People, Belfast, N. Ireland

Montreal Holocaust Museum, Canada

Asian Dignity Initiative, Seoul, S. Korea

Institute for Comparative Literature and Society

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