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    Conference Announcement & Invitation “STOP THE GENOCIDE & RESTORE THE ROHINGYAS’ CITIZENSHIP RIGHTS IN MYANMAR (BURMA)”


    Date: December 4, 2013
    Conference
    Announcement & Invitation
     “STOP THE
    GENOCIDE & RESTORE THE ROHINGYAS’ CITIZENSHIP
    RIGHTS IN MYANMAR (BURMA)”
    We are delighted to announce the First Rohingya
    Conference in the USA which will be held on December 14th, 2013 (12:30 pm
    to 7:00 pm) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM).
    The Conference is jointly sponsored by the
    Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) and the Rohingya
    Concern International (RCI). It is also co-sponsored by the University of
    Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hmong Diaspora Studies Program and Risale Center of America.
    We cordially invite you to join the conference
    which is open to the public. Your presence will greatly honor us. Registration
    is not required.
    The Purpose of the Conference
    The primary objective of the conference is to
    make the American people aware of the plights of the Rohingyas and draw
    their opinion and support in favor of the Rohingyas’ demand for restoration of
    their citizenship rights in Burma (Myanmar).
    The Rohingyas from the Arakan State, Burma
    (Myanmar), whom the United Nations calls “one of the world’s most
    persecuted minority groups in the world” and MSF predicted “as one of the
    ethnic groups on the brink of extinction” are the
    little-publicized and largely forgotten people in USA.
    Although their historic lineage in Arakan dates
    back centuries, over the past five decades, the Rohingyas have been
    systematically driven out of their homeland by the Burmese Military Junta
    and were subjected to widespread violence, human rights abuses and the total
    negation of their rights to citizenship under the current quasi-military
    Government of Burma.
    Rohingyas are a stateless Muslim minority who
    are victims of systematic ethnic cleansing and state- sponsored slow burning
    Genocide.
    In examining the occurrences of mass atrocities
    committed against the Rohingyas  as complex and on such a large scale as
    the conflict in Arakan State, western Burma, the conference  with a
    select group of scholars and activists  from various disciplines would
    shed light to determine what could be learned from other invited experts in the
    fields of human rights, genocide, ethnicity and citizenship  to more
    effectively focus the attention of the world community on the crime of genocide
    against the Rohingyas as well as restoration of their citizenship rights  in
    Burma (Myanmar).
    The speakers will share their first-hand
    knowledge about Rohingyas, their experiences with the violence in Arakan,
    relevant findings from research and will also determine what practical
    information would be useful in the field as well as in working towards future
    solutions for the Rohingyas.
    BRAFA and RCI, the sponsors of the conference
    are grateful to Dr. Chia Youyee Vang (UWM), Sheikh Ziad Hamdan (ISM) and Mr.
    Suleyman Kurter (Risale Center of America) without whose generous support,
    this conference would not have been possible.
    SPEAKERS
    Dr. Gregory H. Stanton (President of Genocide
    Watch, Washington D.C., USA)
    Dr. Chia Youyee Vang (Associate
    Professor-Department of History-UWM)
    Dr. Nora E. Rowley (Human Rights Advocate for
    Burma)
    Dr. Abid Bahar (Professor at Dawson College,
    Montreal, Canada)
    Myra Dahgaypaw (Campaigns Coordinator for the
    U.S. Campaign for Burma)
    Sheikh Ziad Hamdan (Imam of Islamic Society of
    Milwaukee-ISM)
    Dr. Habib Siddiqui (Human Rights Activist,
    Author of many Books & Articles)
    Dr. Kevin Barrett (Professor of Islamic
    Studies, Madison, Wisconsin)
    Nurul Islam (President of Arakan Rohingya
    National Organization)
    Mohiuddin Yusof (aka) Maung Sein (President of
    RCI, New York City)
    Shaukhat Kyaw Soe Aung (aka) MSK Jilani (Chairman
    of BRAFA-Milwaukee)
    Rimon Islam (Human Rights Activist, New York
    City)
    By participating in the conference, you will
    have the opportunity to expand your knowledge about the Rohingyas. Your
    presence at our conference will be highly appreciated.
    Our best regards,
    Shaukhat Kyaw Soe Aung (aka) MSK Jilani
    Chair,
    Conference Organizing Committee
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    For more information, please contact:-
    MSK Jilani (1-414-7364273), Mohiuddin Yusof (1-202-5942548),
    Zubair (1-414-3061751)