BSBFF - 2022

Ethnic Nationalities and the Rohingya: Search for Justice and Peace

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The UN condemns the Myanmar military’s atrocities against the Rohingya as “crimes against humanity”, but many citizens and civic leaders inside Myanmar remain silent. One million Rohingya now live in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh, unable to return home to Myanmar. They are not alone. Ethnic communities in Kachin, Rakhine, Karen, Shan, Chin, Karenni, and Mon states have also suffered decades of military assaults and displacement.


Join the panelists as they examine how the Burma Spring Revolution has created a new understanding in Myanmar of the suffering of the ethnic people, and what role the newly formed National Unity Government will play to improve multi-ethnic unity and cooperation.


Panelists:


Gum San Nsang

Kachin Alliance

Gum San Nsang is President of the Kachin Alliance, which promotes justice, equality and peace for the Kachin people. Their goal is to educate the American public, U.S. leadership, and international organizations about the human rights abuses suffered by the Kachin, and to coordinate relief efforts for Kachin refugees worldwide and displaced Kachin inside Myanmar.


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Yasmin Ullah

Rohingya Human Rights Network

Yasmin Ullah has served as President of the Rohingya Human Rights Network, a non-profit group led by activists across Canada advocating and raising public awareness of the Rohingya genocide. She was a research coordinator at Free Rohingya Coalition, a global network of Rohingya activists, and worked on the Time to Act: Rohingya Voices exhibition with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Genocide Learning Tool with the Montréal Holocaust Museum, and the Anthology: I Am A Rohingya where she published her poetry. Yasmin is completing her undergraduate degree in political science. In 2021 she was named on the FemiList100, the Gender Security Project list of 100 women from the Global South, working in foreign policy, peace-building, law, activism, development. Yasmin was born in the Northern Rakhine state of Myanmar. Her family fled to Thailand in 1995 when she was a child and she remained a stateless refugee until moving to Canada in 2011.


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Moderated by Kenneth Wong.

  • Year
    2021
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
    English
  • Country
    United States
  • Rating
    all ages