A Public Forum on Policy Interventions for the Rohingya Crisis

May 5, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. EDT
Location: Berkley Center 3rd Floor Conference Room Map

The persecution of the Rohingya population (a largely Muslim minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar), which has been characterized as a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing" by the United Nations and a genocide by different bodies including the United States Department of State, represents a grave violation of human rights and a significant challenge for the international community. Millions of individuals have been forced to flee their homeland largely as a result of violence perpetrated by the Myanmar Army, but also spurred by civic persecution, and over 950,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in the neighboring country of Bangladesh. Ongoing diplomatic efforts to negotiate the repatriation of these refugees, notably those who arrived in 2017, have essentially stalled following the 2021 coup in Myanmar. The ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis represents a significant challenge for both the international community and the government of Bangladesh. Local and international institutions have worked to find a comprehensive, sustainable, and dignified solution for the crisis that includes sustainable repatriation, integration, or resettlement.

The American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (AIBS), a consortium of higher learning institutions in the United States and Bangladesh, invited interested individuals to an in-person panel discussion on the roles of international communities in mitigating the Rohingya crisis. This open-to-all forum discussed strategies for ensuring accountability, long-term engagement, and support for the Rohingya and host communities, including through the promotion of economic development and social inclusion, to ensure sustainable peace and stability in the region.

This event was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University, the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.

Public Health Measures: This event took place in-person at the Berkley Center. Georgetown University required all visitors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, or to attest to having a medical or religious exemption from being vaccinated. All visitors completed the COVID-19 visitor registration for this event.

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