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‘International community must pressure Myanmar together to stop Rakhine massacre’

  • Published at 11:23 pm December 16th, 2017
‘International community must pressure Myanmar together to stop Rakhine massacre’
Dhaka University Centre for Genocide Studies (CGS) Director Prof Imtiaz Ahmed on Friday said the international community needed to work together in pressuring Myanmar to stop the massacre in its Rakhine state. The CGS director made the comment while presenting the “Dhaka Declaration” on the second day of the International Conference on Ethnic Cleansing and Mass Violation, organized by CGS at the Sir Nabab Nawab Ali Chowdhury Senate Building of DU. Through the Dhaka Declaration, Prof Imtiaz demanded that the atrocities committed by the Myanmar army in the Rakhine state as well as those by the Pakistan army during the Liberation War of Bangladesh be recognized as genocide by the UN, as he called for coordinated efforts from the international community to pressure Myanmar into ending the Rohingya crisis. A total nine papers were presented across three sessions on the second day of the two-day conference, addressing various issues such as the US connection to the bloodbath in 1971 in addition to the Rohingya crisis and ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Former professor of India’s Centre for the Study of Developing Societies Ashis Nandy, Centre for Policy Dialogue fellow Professor Roonak Jahan, and Ambassador Muhammad Jamir presided over the morning, afternoon and evening session respectively, while Liberation War Museum trustee Mufidul Haque made an address as special guest. The closing ceremony was addressed by DU Pro-VC (Academic) Prof  Nasreen Ahmad. Meanwhile, a further 11 papers were presented on the first day of the conference on Thursday. Lawmaker Dr Kamal Hossain, Professor Emeritus Sirajul Islam Chowdhury and human rights activist Hamida Hossain presided over Thursday’s sessions.