Burma in Crisis: Panel

Department: Humanities Commons

Date and Time: January 11, 2018 | 4:30 PM-5:30 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030

Event Details

Burma: government forces targeting Rohingya Muslims } Human Rights Watch

Burma in Crisis: A Forum for the Academy and the Public Pop-Up Panel

When Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi was released from longtime house arrest in 2010, Myanmar's story seemed to have taken a very hopeful turn.  This perennial pro-democracy symbol soon took the reins of government. But today, it is Burmese atrocities against the Rohingya ethnic group that have put the country back in the headlines. To the surprise of many, Suu Kyi has done nothing to protect this Burmese minority. And thousands of Rohingya continue to suffer and die as they are forced into flight by the terrible violence. 

This panel will explore the humanitarian crisis in Burma, looking at the plight of the Rohingya, the state's actions toward other ethnic minority groups, and the overall human rights situation in the country.  


Charmaine Craig (author of the acclaimed and recently released novel Miss Burma)
David Kaye (U.N. Special Rapporteur for freedom of speech and opinion)
Rosalie Metro (University of Missouri specialist in Burmese studies)
Kamil Sadiq (Professor of Political Science, UC Irvine)

Moderated by Amy Wilentz, Professor of Literary Journalism and Director of UCI's Forum for the Academy and the Public

(NOTE: Charmaine Craig will be giving an "Illuminations" talk on Miss Burma in the same room starting at 6, for details click here.)