Conference on Rohingya issues held at IUB
A daylong Conference on ‘Rohingya: City on the Hill’ was held at the Independent University, Bangladesh (IUB) campus on January 24, 2021. The event was organized by the Global Studies and Governance (GSG) Program of the School of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (SLASS) at IUB. The program highlighted humanitarian & repatriation challenges in Bangladesh since the influx of Rohingya migrants.
The inaugural session took place in the morning that was graced by Mr. Robert Chatterton Dickson, British High Commissioner to Bangladesh as the Chief Guest. The British High Commissioner expressed deep hope towards a sustainable solution to Rohingya crisis that Bangladesh has been experiencing and stated that UK will be keen to collaborate & cooperate in every related issue pertaining to the matter.
Mr. Giorgi Gigauri, Chief of Mission, International Organization on Migration (IMO), Bangladesh and Ms. Fumiko Kashiwa, Assistant Representative, UNHCR were the Special Guests of the program.
Mrs. Nilufer Zafarullah, Chairman, Education, Science, Technology and Cultural Development Trust (ESTCDT), the founding trust of IUB and Mr. A Matin Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, IUB also spoke on the occasion. Prof. Milan Pagon, Vice Chancellor (Acting), IUB delivered opening remarks the inaugural session.
As one of the key discussants, Prof. Imtiaz Ahmed, International Relations of Dhaka University stated that the recent Rohingya exodus is different from other exoduses of the 80s and the 90s as modern technologies like satellite images showed that there was clearly a genocidal intent from Myanmar. He called upon more countries to come forward for provisional measures against Myanmar.
Prof. Imtiaz A Hussain, Dean (Acting), SLASS at IUB moderated the session.
Throughout the day, 3 more working sessions were held to clinch the objectives of the Conference where country’s renowned educationist, scholars, policymakers and professional specialists took part, presented papers and discussed on various topic.
Ambassador Masud Bin Momen, Foreign Secretary (Senior Secretary), Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Bangladesh was the Chief Guest of the closing session. Dr. Mercy Tembon, Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan, The World Bank and Ms. Mia Seppo, UN Resident Coordinator, United Nations were the Special Guests of the closing session.
Ambassador (Ret) Tariq A. Karim, Senior Fellow, Bay of Bengal Institute Project, IUB; Mr. Shahidul Haque, Former Foreign Secretary; Prof. Amena Mohsin, from from Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Prof. Lailufar Yasmin, from Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Dr. Niloy Ranjan Biswas, from Department of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Dr. Tasneem Siddiqui, from Department of Political Science, University of Dhaka; Prof. Shahab Enam Khan, from Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University; Dr. Sharin Shajahan Naomi, from Department of Gender Studies, Asian University of Women; Dr. Meghna Guhathakurta, Executive Director, Research Initiatives Bangladesh (RIB); Mr. K A M Morshed, Senior Director, BRAC; Mr. Shamsul Bari, Former Director, UNHCR; Major General (Retd.) M Mohammad Ashab Uddin; Dr. C R Abrar, Executive Director, Refugee & Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU); Mr. Asif Munier, Rights Activist, Migration & Displacement Analyst took part and spoke on the occasion.