Responsibility to Protect: Stopping Genocide in Burma

March 23, 2018

Responsibility to Protect: Stopping Genocide in Burma

This event will be taking place on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Musqueam people.

When: March 23rd, 7:45-9:30pm
Where: UBC Global Lounge
2205 Lower Mall, Vancouver

Rohingya Human Rights Network Executive Member, and student activist at Kwantlen University, Yasmin Ullah, will speak about her personal story as a Rohingya refugee and inter-connected issues (context) around the genocidal drives that reached an apogee in August of 2017.  Professor Ross Michael Pink from the Political Science Department of Kwantlen University will join her, discussing the implications of Canadian policy and the potential for international action, or, what we can do to stop the continuation of the atrocities and the fraud of repatriation which is happening under the gaze of the international community. Finally, UBC Research Associate at the Center for India and South Asia Research (CISAR) Professor Sanzida Habib will present the paper "Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh: The Political Economy of a Humanitarian Crisis." She uses a political economy perspective to examine this humanitarian crisis as a complex geopolitical economic issue rather than merely a religious one, such as Buddhists versus Muslims. Her co-writer, Professor Habiba Zaman of the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies department of SFU will moderate the discussion and Q&A session.

They will cover five broad areas for discussion: One, why repatriation of Rohingya Refugees stranded in Bangladesh under the current Agreement must be stopped; two, the complicity of the international community in the financing of this refoulement; three, how each of these issues revert back to the underlying problem, the need to declare genocide, and four, what actions can be taken against Burmese generals and from Canada, including the R2P (Responsibility to Protect), and five, how land and economic interests have been catalysts of the genocide and continue to inform the real motivations behind the silence and complicity of various nations (i.e. those who are funding the internment camps to which the ‘repatriated’ refugees would return).

 · Hosted by Colour Connected Against Racism UBC

Colour Connected Against Racism is an AMS resource group that provides support and information to students who feel alienated and
disempowered due to discrimination.

We organize events on various issues pertaining to racialized peoples and lobby the university and other institutions to implement necessary changes.

In addition to this, we foster connections and build community through hosting social events throughout the year!