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By Jenifa Takwa

In the awake of the latest crackdown and inhumane violence against the Rohingya minority people by Rakhaine militia groups, security forces and Myanmar army, hundred thousands of the persecuted people have left their homeland for Bangladesh, leaving thousands dead and wounded behind. To conceptually address this humanitarian crisis and demonstrate the voices of Bangladeshi law students community in terms of this ongoing genocide, the Society for Critical Legal Studies (SCLS) is going to organize a tribunal (mock) namely SCLS Students Tribunal on 11th November, 2017 at the University of Chittagong. In a semi-formal procedure, the incumbent Myanmar government will be prosecuted in this mock tribunal and a verdict will be delivered accordingly.

Interested students should go through the Rule Book of the Tribunal (attached bellow) and register to participate through this link – Registration for Student’s Tribunal. For latest updates, keep up with the official Facebook Event

Background

From the moment humans began living together in communities, some of them were forcibly expelled from those first towns and villages on ethnic, religious or other grounds. From that point of time, the term ‘humanity’ began to lose its greatness and effaces in the long run. History is the ruthless witness of all humanitarian crises. History has now witnessed another refugee exodus, may be the biggest one so far.

The Rohingya people historically also termed as Arkanese Indians are a stateless Indo-Aryan people from Rakhine State, Myanmar. Before 2016-2017 crisis there were an estimated 1 million Rohingyas living in Myanmar. The majority of them are Muslims while few are Hindu. They are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. According to Human Rights Watch, the 1982 Myanmar nationality law effectively denies the Rohingyas the possibility of acquiring a nationality. They are also restricted from freedom of movement, state education and civil service jobs.

During the recent atrocities carried out by the Myanmar military junta, thousands of Rohingyas were brutally killed, stabbed, raped and hundred thousands of Rohingya people were forced to migrate to Bangladesh. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees has named this as “textbook example of ethnic cleansing”, although the major concerns (including Bangladesh Govt.) has termed the ongoing atrocities as ‘Genocide’. As a heinous international crime, genocide is never exempted and the perpetrators must be brought before justice.

The Student’s Tribunal

To unravel the grave breaches of human rights and humanitarian law with a view to end the impunity, SCLS is going to hold a tribunal (mock) named “SCLS Students Tribunal”. In this unique initiative, where students would play different role similar to the court such as plaintiff, defendant and independent witness is one of a first of its kind. In accordance with the procedures of International Criminal Court, the incumbent Myanmar government will be prosecuted by the law students of Bangladesh.

Law students from all over the country are welcomed to attend as a participant or as audiences, to put their momentous vision concerning this issue and to be part in making up a history.

Interested students should go through the Rule Book of the Tribunal (attached bellow) and register to participate through this link – Registration for Student’s Tribunal. For latest updates, keep up with the official Facebook Event

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