The persecution of Rohingyan people in Myanmar has been going on for decades with millions fleeing over the years. Many Rohingyan refugees now live in the world’s largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh and since 2017, after a brutal assault on Rohingyan people by the Myanmar army, up to a million more people have fled. A number of Rohingyan refugees who sought asylum in Australia have now been held in immigration detention for years. These people are not able to return to Myanmar and face indefinite incarceration.
This public forum brings together speakers from the Rohingyan community to shine a spotlight on the current plight facing Rohingyan people still in Myanmar, those in Bangladesh and those who are in Australia. It will also provide a background into this decades-long persecution.
Dr Mohshin Habib is a Senior Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology and an Adjunct Professor at Laurentian University, Canada. A former development practitioner, Dr Habib coauthored the book entitled Forced Migration of Rohingya: The Untold Experience that revealed 25,000 killed, 19,000 women raped, and 42,000 received gunshot wounds during the mass exodus of Rohingyas in 2017. He is leading ongoing longitudinal research that has interviewed 6,700 Rohingya households.
Sajeda Bahadurmia is a Rohingya woman who is dedicated to improving the lives of the Rohingya community. Sajeda doesn’t do things by halves; she speaks 5 languages has 6 children and volunteers with multiple organisations while also working at Hampden Park Public School. Sajeda has a high level of understanding of refugee and asylum seeker needs, gender issues and the impact of torture and trauma. In 2018, she received the STARTTS Humanitarian Award.
Habiburahman (Habib) is the founder and spokesperson of the Australian Burmese Rohingya Organisation. He is the Casual Support Services Coordinator at RISE refugee organisation and a Refugee Ambassador at the Refugee Council of Australia. He is a research assistant at Monash University and the co-author of a book on the Rohingya experience – First They Erase Our Name.
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