Pre-Recorded Special Address by UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Situation Prof. Yanghee Lee to the International Burma Conference on Protection and Accountability, Barnard College, New York, 8-9 Feb 2019

Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a great honor to present at this first ever International Conference on Protection and Accountability in Burma. As you may know, I have just completed an 11 day visit to Thailand and Bangladesh. Today’s presentation will be based on my visit and the End of Mission Statement presented on 25 January 2019 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It is quite unfortunate that the human rights situation in Myanmar continues to deteriorate and how many parts of the repressive architecture that existed under successive military governments remain. Instead of bringing about the democratic reforms that were promised, the […]

Rohingya activists demand action against Myanmar at NYC summit

By Azad Essa | Published by Al Jazeera on February 9, 2019 A two-day international conference is urging collective and decisive action against Myanmar. New York City – The question of justice has dominated discussions at a New York conference on the persecution suffered by the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar. Panellists, including international legal experts, Rohingya refugees, members of the diaspora and human rights activists, packed the James Room of Bernard College at Columbia University on Friday and Saturday, calling on the international community to take collective and decisive action against the Myanmar government. The Rohingya minority in Myanmar, long considered the most […]

Rohingya activists share stories of community’s plight

By Umar Farooq | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 9, 2019 New York conference highlights Muslim minority’s predicament, calls on world to pressure Myanmar to stop attacks WASHINGTON — Fear, intimidation, repression and genocide. These are the words used by members of the Rohingya community to describe what is happening to them at the hands of Myanmar’s military forces. “Some may think that by leaving a repressive, genocidal regime, Rohingya will be free,” said Yasmin Ullah, a Rohingya activist.  “Fear and intimidation are part of everyday life in Arakan, or what is called Rakhine state today. Fear and intimidation […]

Persecutors of Rohingya should face trial: Professor

By Dildar Baykan | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 9, 2019 Generals who have run genocidal campaign must become international pariahs, says Gregory Stanton NEW YORK — Perpetrators of the Rohingya genocide should stand trial at an international court for their crimes against humanity, the founding president of non-governmental organization Genocide Watch said Friday.   “We created international tribunals to try the perpetrators of the Cambodian genocide, the Rwandan genocide and of other genocides, the ones in Bosnia, in East Timor and elsewhere. Now we have the International Criminal Court,” said Gregory Stanton, a research professor in genocide studies and prevention at […]

New bases in Myanmar’s Rakhine concern UN official

By Umar Farooq | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 8, 2019 Special rapporteur says Myanmar military’s new bases raise concerns about new violence against Rohingya WASHINGTON — A UN special rapporteur for Myanmar on Friday expressed concerns over the Myanmar military constructing new bases in Rakhine state. Yanghee Lee said she was told the Myanmar military is constructing new bases throughout the entire area and received information that civilians in Myanmar had seen troops moving through villages in Rakhine and heard gunfire nearby. Her comments came via video at a conference hosted by the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) in […]

Rohingyas hosting int’l conference to call for security

Free Rohingya Coalition, a leading global activist group led by and for the Rohingya people, is hosting a two-day international conference at Barnard College, New York City on February 8-9, calling for accountability and protection for national minorities in Myanmar. This is a rare convergence of academics and activists hailing from and with expertise on Burma, with humanitarians and international criminal law practitioners, according to the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) in a statement released on February 1. It is being held after more than 17 months since some 750,000 Rohingya fled Rakhine state as Myanmar military conducted a brutal campaign. In September […]

Conference on Rohingya to be held in New York next week

Led by global activist group Free Rohingya Coalition, two-day conference will address national minorities in Myanmar By Fatih Hafiz Mehmet | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 3, 2019 ANKARA  — The Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) will host an international conference at Barnard College, Columbia University in New York City on Feb. 8 and 9. The two-day conference, with the participation of world renowned scholars, UN envoys, activists and refugees, will call for accountability and protection for national minorities in Burma, also known as Myanmar, the FRC said in a statement on Friday. “This is a rare convergence of academics […]

Watch Free Rohingya Coalition conference Live from Barnard College, New York City

The International Conference on Protection and Accountability in Burma  February 8-9, 2019 Program: Against the backdrop of the completely 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 at large about, the twofold need of protection and accountability which Rohingya genocide survivors and other ethnic and religious minorities such as Kachin, Shan, Karen, Myanmar Muslims, etc. demand and deserve. To that end, the conference […]

Concrete plans demanded for Rohingya crisis resolution

International community should act for resolution of Rohingya crisis, says head of Rome-based rights group By Sorwar Alam | Published by Anadolu Agency on December 19, 2018 ANKARA — The international community should put forward concrete plans to resolve the Rohingya crisis, head of a Rome-based human rights group said. “All evidence on what to be done are available. All obligations in front of the needs are clear,” said Gianni Tognoni, the secretary general of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT). He welcomed the U.S. House of Representatives’ recent vote on Rohingya genocide. The U.S. House of Representatives approved a resolution by a […]

‘US Rohingya genocide declaration to encourage others’

Rohingya need ‘protected homeland in Myanmar’ for being repatriated, says pro-democracy Euro-Burma Office head By Sorwar Alam | Published by Anadolu Agency on December 17, 2018 ANKARA — The U.S. House of Representative vote declaring persecution of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar a “genocide” should encourage other nations to follow suit, a senior rights activist said. In an interview with Anadolu Agency on last week’s vote, Harn Yawnghwe, son of Myanmar’s first president Sao Shwe Thaike, said the move “affirms the action taken by the International Criminal Court to further investigate, and the UN’s Independent International Fact-Finding Mission (IIFFM) report that there […]