Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: What Does That Mean for the Persecuted Rohingya?


Prof. Maung Zarni – TRANSCEND Media Service

One-Day Open Research Conference, the University of Oxford
Date: 11 May 2016 (8:30 am – 4:30 pm)
Venue: Auditorium, Wolfson College, Linton Road, Oxford, OX2 6UD

Hosted by the South Asian Research Cluster, Wolfson College, Oxford University


  1. to continue shining the spotlight of university and independent research onto what is increasingly recognized as Myanmar’s slow genocide of the Rohingya among international genocide and legal scholars as well as world’s icons such as Desmond Tutu, George Soros, Mairead Maguire, Amartya Sen, the Dalai Lama etc.;
  2. to call urgent attention to recent research into the deplorable human conditions under which over 1 million Rohingya live in ‘vast open prisons’ (i.e., Rohingya villages and towns) and the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps, which the New York Times call “the 21st century concentration camps”;
  3. to present evidence to persuade Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi government to prioritize the end of decades-long state persecution of the Rohingya minority; and
  4. to brainstorm critical and constructive ideas which may enable Myanmar’s democrats to remove one of the greatest obstacles to genuine democratization – the continued persecution of an entire ethnic minority in Western Burma


Conference Host’s Welcome 8:30 am -8:35 am
Emeritus Professor Barbara Harriss-White, Coordinator, SARC, Wolfson College

Introduction 8:35 am – 8:40 am
Dr Maung Zarni, Research Scholar, The Sleuk Rith Institute, a permanent documentation centre, Cambodia & the author of Why Do Burmese Generals Reform? Or Do They? (forthcoming, Yale University Press)

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Research conference on Rohingya Wolfson College Oxford 11 May 2016


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