By Ali Mashraf
The human civilization in the 21st century witnessed the worst form of genocide in the history of mankind in Myanmar. There is ‘mounting evidence’ to support the claim that the Burmese soldiers, police and civilians at Arakan, Myanmar are responsible for carrying out ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims. The barbaric and reprehensible treatment of the Rohingya people has sparked a great humanitarian crisis in recent times.
Being systematically oppressed over decades, the Rohingya people have been neglected even by politically powerful nations of the world, who mostly ignored such gross violation of human rights and played a passive role which has, in turn, exacerbated their sufferings. The crisis has reached such a tipping point that now their entire existence in Myanmar is being threatened. The Rohingya people have left their homes and travelled to Bangladesh and the other neighbouring countries as refugees.
The Myanmar Government denies the claims of ethnic cleansing and genocide by its security forces and has not permitted any international agency or media to inspect the situation. This entire crisis presents a unique working opportunity for law students as they can address this situation from a legal point of view and aim to establish the rights of the persecuted Rohingya minority whilst advocating for exemplary punishment of the perpetrators.
As such, Network for International Law Students (NILS) Bangladesh Chapter brings to you – Poster Presentation Competition on Genocide against Rohingya, in collaboration with Department of Law & Justice, Southeast University. The event will be held on March 4, 2018, at the premises of Southeast University from 9 AM. Throughout the world, poster presentation is one of the strongest media to express thoughts artistically which is intrinsically related to the faculty of mind. Law students from all universities across Bangladesh are welcome to take part in this competition and further the discourse on mitigating the Rohingya crisis.
For more details of this event and rules of participation, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/203236303561463
Also, registration is underway and sign up NOW if you are eager to take part in the competition: https://tinyurl.com/NILSPosterCompetitionRegDetail
The NILS Bangladesh Chapter has been successfully carrying out the operations of NILS in the country since 2016. The organization contributes to the arena of legal education by hosting various competitions, workshops, seminars, conferences, webinars, residential school programs, delegation programs, legal aid activities and miscellaneous educational activities.
Ali Mashraf is the Vice President (Marketing) of NILS, University of Dhaka Chapter