For decades, the Rohingya people of Burma have faced systematic discrimination and targeted violence by the Burmese government. They have been stripped of their citizenship, forced from their homes, and denied basic human rights. In August 2017, the Burmese military launched a clearance operation forcing over 700,000 Rohingya to flee into Bangladesh. In the face of extreme persecution, and despite the efforts of the Myanmar government to erase them, the Rohingya continue to show a face of resiliency and courage in their desire for peace, justice, and accountability.
This symposium brings together survivors, activists, and internationally renowned experts to foster a better understanding of the crisis and explore possible paths forward. The symposium will be centered around the photography exhibit Exiled to Nowhere by documentary photographer Greg Constantine. This exhibit not only documents the plight of the Rohingya and how the tactics taken over time have led to the near destruction of this community, but also shows how, in spite of all that has been done to destroy them, the Rohingya continue to find a way to survive and persevere regardless of the ground beneath their feet.
Panels and conversation over this three-day event are free and open to the public and include:
Bearing Witness: Documenting Genocide and Mass Atrocities
Friday, April 5, 12pm – 1:30pm, Oregon Historical Society
Stories of Survival: A Conversation on Genocide, Past and Present
Saturday, April 6, 12pm – 1:30pm, Oregon Historical Society
In-depth Discussion about the Rohingya Crisis
Saturday, April 6, 2pm – 3:30pm, Oregon Historical Society
A Path to Justice: Examining the Legal Challenges of the Rohingya Crisis
Saturday, April 6, 4pm – 5pm, Oregon Historical Society
Sexual and Gender Based Violence against Rohingya Women and Girls
Sunday, April 7, 2pm – 3:30pm Portland State University, Smith Memorial Student Union, Room 333, 1825 SW Broadway
Greg Constantine's exhibit, Exiled to Nowhere, will be on display April 5-11th at the Oregon Historical Society. The exhibition continues April 15th through May 12th at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with additional events taking place during that time.
Sponsor: Oregon Historical Society, The Immigrant Story, Never Again Coalition