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The Roots of the Rohingya Crisis: The Eradication of a Myanmar Ethnic Group

  • Klarman Hall, Rhodes-Rawlings Auditorium, Cornell University (map)

The Rohingya are a largely Muslim minority group living in Myanmar’s western Rakhine State. Denied citizenship by law, the Rohingya are often described as the most persecuted minority in the world. In August, Rohingya militants attacked police outposts in Rakhine. The Burmese military responded with a crackdown that UN officials have characterized as ethnic cleansing. Roughly half the 1.1 million Rohingya have fled to neighboring countries, mainly Bangladesh.


  • Michael W. Charney, professor of Asian and Military History, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

  • Eaint Thiri Thu, film producer, researcher, Fulbright scholar and graduate student in human rights at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota

Moderated by Magnus Fiskesjö, associate professor of anthropology, Cornell

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Event hosted by:

  • Cornell University’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies

  • Cornell Southeast Asia Program