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Dear Students,

You are cordially invited to attend the public lecture: “TELL THEM WE’RE HUMAN” WHAT CANADA AND THE WORLD CAN DO ABOUT THE ROHINGYA CRISIS

Speaker: The Honourable Bob Rae, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar

Opening Remarks: Professor Rachel Silvey

Richard Charles Lee Director, Asian Institute, Professor, Department of Geography

Chair: Professor Jacques Bertrand

Director, Collaborative Master’s Specialization in Contemporary East and Southeast Asian Studies, Professor of Political Science

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018

2:00-4:00PM

VIVIAN AND DAVID CAMPBELL CONFERENCE FACILITY, 1 DEVONSHIRE PLACE, MUNK SCHOOL OF GLOBAL AFFAIRS

TO REGISTER: Please click here

Bob Rae, Prime Minister’s Special Envoy to Myanmar, discusses his report on the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh and Myanmar. Rae engaged in extensive research, travel and meetings with key interlocutors from October 2017 to March 2018 to assess the violent events of August 2017 and afterward that led more than 671,000 Rohingya to flee their homes in Rakhine State, Myanmar, and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

His report focuses on four themes: the need to combine principle and pragmatism in responding to the serious humanitarian crisis in both Myanmar and Bangladesh; the ongoing political challenges in Myanmar; the strong signals that crimes against humanity were committed in the forcible and violent displacement of more than 671,000 Rohingya from Rakhine State in Myanmar; and the clear need for more effective coordination of both domestic and international efforts.*

Jacques Bertrand, Director of the Collaborative Master’s Specialization in CESEAS, will chair and discuss the report. He is leading a new collaborative project on ethnic minorities and decentralisation in Myanmar, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). This project follows a previous, four-year research initiative on federalism, democratization and ethnic minorities in Myanmar, funded by the United States Institute of Peace.

*Text adapted from:

http://international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/rep_sem-rap_esm.aspx?lang=eng#a3

Co-Sponsors:

Global Migration Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs
Centre for Southeast Asian Studies

 

MORE INFORMATION: http://uoft.me/RohingyaCrisis

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