THE BERLIN CONFERENCE ON MYANMAR GENOCIDE

The conference aims to inform the German civil society and European public about the on-going genocide of Rohingya people in Myanmar/Burma. It is hoped that the conference will be able to help influence public opinion, which in turn will demand that the EU leaders take their shared political and human responsibility to make the call: “Never again!” a reality.

The conference categorically rejects the view that only a UN-authorized tribunal can decide whose collective sufferings and which acts of violence and destruction amount to genocide. Five independent academic and legal studies of Myanmar’s persecution and plight of the Rohingya – including the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Myanmar, the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, the International State Crime Initiative of Queen Mary University of London and the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal of the University of Washington School of Law – have arrived at a single common conclusion: There is “mounting evidence of a genocide” against the Rohingya!

Registration: 08:30 – 09:00

Welcome Remarks by Convenor and Host

9:00 – 9:10

María do Mar Castro Varela

Professor of Pedagogy and Social Work, Alice Salomon University, Berlin

Opening Remarks

9:10 – 9:15

Margarete Bause

Member of Deutscher Bundestag (Alliance 90/The Greens)

& Full Member of the Commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid

09:15 – 09:20

Laetitia van den Assum

Former Ambassador of the Netherlands
Member of the Advisory Commission for Rakhine State (2016-2017) (
videotaped remarks)

Keynote I

09:20 – 09:40

Rainer Schulze

Professor Emeritus in Modern European History, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom

Founding Editor of Journal of Holocaust in History and Memory

Keynote II

09:40 – 10:00

Yanghee Lee

UN Special Rapporteur on human rights situation in Myanmar (2014- 1 Feb. 2018), Professor of Child Psychology and Education, Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul

& Founding President of the International Center for Child Rights Foundation, Republic of Korea

(via Skype from Seoul with Q and A)

PANELS [All panels are plenary]

Panel I 

Rohingyas speak for themselves

10:05 – 11:00

Chair: Chowdury Abrar

Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh

Ro Nay San Lwin

Renowned citizen-journalist, editor of Rohingya Blogger

Ro Hla Kyaw

Rohingya medical doctor and Chair, European Rohingya Council,

The Netherlands

Sultana Razia

Rohingya lawyer, teacher and researcher, Chittagong, Bangladesh

Ro Tun Khin

Rohingya engineer and President of Burmese Rohingya

Organization UK

Refreshments Break 11:00 – 11:15

Panel II

Burmese for an Inclusive, Multiculturalist Society

11:15 – 12:00

Chair: Harn Yawnghwe, Executive Director

Euro-Burma Office/ADDB Inc., Canada

Aye Aye Dun

Ph.D. student in English with a focus on Asian American,

postcolonial, and religious studies, Brown University

co-founder of Saddha: Buddhists for Peace, Burmese American interfaith and interethnic solidarity group

Khin Mai Aung

Civil rights lawyer and writer, New York

Ko Aung

Former political prisoner, founding member of the All Burma Federation of Student Union in 1988

Visiting Fellow, London South Bank University Department of Law

Lunch Break 12:00 – 13:00

The Genocide Roundtable

13:00 – 13:55

Chair: John Packer

Associate Professor of Law, Director, Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa & former legal adviser to the 1st UN Special Rapporteur to Myanmar in 1992-1993

Gianni Tognoni

Physician and General Secretary,

The Permanent Peoples Tribunal Secretariat, Rome

Penny Green

Professor of Law and Globalization & Director of International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London

Maung Zarni

Burmese activist, scholar, & “Enemy of the State”

Genocide Documentation Center of Cambodia/The Sleuk Rith Institute

Mofidul Hoque,

Director, Center for the Study of Genocide and Justice

Liberation War Museum, Bangladesh

Special Appearance

13:55 – 14:15

Irwin Cotler (P.C., O.C.)

Founder and Chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, Emeritus Professor of Law at McGill University, former Member of Parliament, former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada

(video-recorded or via Skype, with Q and A)

Refreshments Break 14:15 – 14:30

Panel III 

Historical, Human Rights, and International Perspectives

14:30 – 15:25

Chair: Khin Mai Aung

Civil rights lawyer and writer, New York

Michael Charney

Professor of S. E. Asia and Military History. SOAS, London

Karen Jungblut

Director of Global Initiatives, USC Shoah Foundation, University of Southern California

Chowdhury Abrar

Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka

& Convener of Dhaka Conference on Ending Myanmar’s Slow Burning Genocide

Hon. David Kilgour

former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific & Nobel Peace Prize nominee

Panel IV

European Perspectives

15:30 – 16:25

Chair: María do Mar Castro Varela

Alice Salomon University, Berlin

Beate Rudolf

Director of the German Institute for Human Rights and Chairperson of the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI)

Andreas Schüller

Director of the International Crimes and Accountability Program, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Thomas Seibert

International Director for Human Rights in Turkey, Syria and South Asia, medico international, Germany

Refreshments Break 16:25 – 16:40

Special Session

Scenarios for International Accountability and Justice for the Rohingya

(via skype from Chicago with Q and A)

16:40 – 17:00

Ambassador David Scheffer

U.S. Ambassador at Large for War Crimes Issues (1997-2001),

Mayer Brown/Robert A. Heiman Professor of Law &

Director, Center for International Human Rights,

Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law

Roundtable II

Ending Myanmar Genocide: What needs to be done?

17:00 – 17:55

Chair: Maung Zarni

Harn Yawnghwe

Euro-Burma/ADDB Inc.

Andreas Schüller

Director of the International Crimes and Accountability Program, the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

Mofidul Hoque

Founding Trustee Bangladesh’s National Liberation War Museum

Ro Hla Kyaw

Chair European Rohingya Council

Kyle Matthews

Executive Director, The Montreal Institute of Genocide and Human Rights Studies, Canada

CLOSING KEYNOTE ADDRESS

18:00 – 18:30

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

University Professor in Humanities and Human Rights Activist,

Columbia University, New York

The Conference will be followed by a quiet procession from Brandenburg Gate to the Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe and Candlelight Vigil in memory of victims of all past genocides and crimes against humanity

Venue:

W. M. Blumenthal Academy/Jewish Museum

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin, Germany

https://www.jmberlin.de/w-michael-blumenthal-akademie

Further info & RSVP: BerlinConferencMyanmarGenocide@gmail.com

Registration:

www.eventbrite.com/e/berlin-conference-on-myanmar-genocide-tickets-43057746880

Contact in Sweden:

Abul Kalam

Ordförande

kalam@rohingya.se

akarakani@yahoo.com

Tel: 073-771 85 73

Jan Wihlborg

Vice Ordförande / sekreterare

janwihlborg@telia.com

Tel: 0704-418078

The Swedish Rohingya Association

www.rohingya.se

Org.nr: 802493-8428

Swish -1233553351

Bankgiro – 254 – 3940

Bankkonto – SEB 5203 10 401 46