Welcome to the UPF + RWI lecture / The Rohingya Crisis – A panel with Flemming Ytzen and Tun Khin, on April 17th!
Since 2012, the Rohingya minority in Myanmar experienced oppression and persecution, leading to one of the biggest refugee crises worldwide with approximately 750,000 people being forced to flee to Bangladesh, more than half of them being children. According to the United Nations, the military offensive in Rakhine almost two years ago can be seen as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” with more than 250 villages being destroyed. At the same time, the country is led by Peace Nobel Price laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who has denied the ethnic cleansing and stated that the state would defend the people living in Rakhine the “best way possible”.
This Panel tries to shed light on this humanitarian crisis as well as to give possible pathways for a peaceful resolution of the conflict.
About the Speaker
Flemming Ytzen (born 1952) is a Danish journalist, lecturer and commentator, who has covered East and South East Asia for more than three decades. He was based in Bangkok, Thailand during the years 1991-94 as a correspondent for Danish Broadcasting Cooperation and also served as a consultant for The Danish Foreign Ministry during the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) 1992-94. He has lectured and trained media people in Cambodia, Vietnam, Bhutan and Uganda.
Mr. Ytzen has written columns on East Asia in the Danish Daily Politiken for more than a decade and is also a regular commentator on Asian affairs in TV2News. He has lectured on Asian history at various Danish learning institutions.
Tun Khin was born and brought up in Arakan State, Burma. His grandfather was a Parliamentary Secretary during democratic period of Burma. Although well-established and respected, alongside a million other ethnic Rohingya, Tun Khin was rendered stateless by a 1982 nationality law that excluded the Rohingya from a list of groups considered indigenous and therefore eligible for Burmese nationality. He is current President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK which has been a leading voice for Rohingya people around the world.
Tun Khin has briefed officials on the continuing human rights violations committed against Rohingya populations at the US Congress and State Department, British Parliament, Swedish Parliament, European Union Parliament and Commission, the UN Indigenous Forum in NY and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
When: April 17th, 19.00 – 20.30
Where:Palaestra et Odeum, Paradisgatan 4, 223 50 Lund, Sweden
Free entrance for all UPF members
Students: 40 SEK
Non-students: 50 SEK
Note: Please be in time. By recommendation of the university’s security service we will not let you in after the event has started.
We look forward to seeing you there!