LSE Arts and Centre for the Study of Human Rights panel discussion
Date: Monday 16 July 2012
Venue: Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House
Speakers: Greg Constantine, Chris Lewa
Chair: Margot Picken
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 community.
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 numerous awards.
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.
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.
Margo Picken has worked in the field of human rights for much of her professional career. Most recently, she worked for the United Nations as director of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia from 2001 to 2007.
This event celebrates the launch of the associated exhibition: Exiled to Nowhere: Burma's Rohingya
Update, Monday 16 July: Unfortunately Melanie Teff will no longer be speaking at this event due to unforeseen circumstances.
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