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Date: December 4, 2013
Announcement & Invitation
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
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.
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
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
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
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
Conference Organizing Committee
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
For more information, please contact:-
MSK Jilani (1-414-7364273), Mohiuddin Yusof (1-202-5942548),
Zubair (1-414-3061751)