Burma’s Rohingya: Beyond the Communal Violence

The Rohingya, a Muslim minority group in western Burma, have long faced systematic discrimination. The recent outbreak of severe violence between communities in the western Burmese state of Rakhine refocused attention on the Rohingya and threatened to destabilize the country’s transition away from military rule. The Open Society Foundations and Refugees International host a discussion on the history of this systemic discrimination, recent developments, and potential ways forward.

A slideshow of Greg Constantine’s photographs of the Rohingya will also be presented.


  • Anne Richard, Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (Introductory remarks)
  • Kelly Clements, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration (Keynote address)
  • Sarnata Reynolds, Refugees International
  • John Sifton, Human Rights Watch
  • Morton H. Halperin, Open Society Foundations (Moderator)

Lunch will be served.

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Date: October 9, 2012
Time: 12:002:00 p.m.