27-V, New York, taula rodona, ´Exposing Statelessness: Understanding the Plight of Burma´s Rohingya´

Exposing Statelessness: Understanding the Plight of Burma´s Rohingya

Location: OSI-New York
Event Date: May 27, 2010
Event Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Speakers: Saiful Huq Omi, Maung Tun Khin, Richard Sollom, Maureen Aung-Thwin, Rupert Skilbeck

For decades, the xenophobic military junta in Burma has refused to recognize the Rohingya, a distinct Muslim ethnic minority living in western Burma, as one of the country´s many ethnic nationalities. As a result the Rohingya have suffered human rights violations, and a vast majority of them have been denied official recognition of citizenship.

Using Saiful Huq Omi´s photographs and the recent Physicians for Human Rights report Stateless and Starving: Persecuted Rohingya Flee Burma and Starve in Bangladesh as a point of departure, this event will explore the impact of statelessness on the Rohingya.


This event is cosponsored by the Open Society Institute Documentary Photography Project, Burma Project/Southeast Asia Initiative, and Justice Initiative.

Saiful Huq Omi’s exhibition "The Disowned and the Denied: Stateless Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh" is part of the Moving Walls 17 photography exhibition currently on view at the Open Society Institute–New York.