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“Five years and counting – revisiting the state of Rohingya crisis” by Palash Kamruzzaman
Monday 19 December 2022, 20:00 - 22:00
It is now over five years since the latest episode of state-led violence forcibly displaced hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas in 2017. Bangladesh currently shelters nearly one million Rohingyas in congested camps in Cox’s Bazar. When Bangladesh opened its border to the vulnerable and distressed Rohingyas perhaps it assumed the issue will be resolved rather quickly. While there is no dignified solution in sight the crisis, in the meantime, has become more compound. Many Rohingyas have become subject to trafficking, drug peddling, and other criminal activities. There are also plausible risks of expanding extremist ideologies among some groups of Rohingyas while factional killings are also rising inside the camps. The 2021 military coup in Myanmar has further deepened the crisis.
In this talk, Palash Kamruzzaman revisits the current state of the Rohingya crisis and questions the role of the international community in dealing with this crisis.
Palash Kamruzzaman is a Professor of Social Policy at the University of South Wales, UK. Palash has degrees in Sociology and Social Policy (PhD), and Anthropology (MSS & BSS (Hon.)). Before joining the University of South Wales, Palash has taught international development, politics, sociology, and anthropology at the University of Bath, University of Leicester, University of Nottingham, University of Liverpool, and Independent University (Bangladesh). Palash has convened research in Bangladesh, Ghana, Nigeria and Afghanistan and published in the areas of aid ethnographies, expertise in international development, politics of development, participation in policymaking, displacement, global development goals (e.g., SDGs, MDGs), civil society and extreme poverty. Palash is the author of “Poverty Reduction Strategies in Bangladesh – Rethinking Participation in Policy-making” (2014) and “Dollarisation of Poverty – Rethinking Poverty beyond 2015” (2015), and the editor of “Civil Society in the Global South” (2019). He can be found through his Twitter handle, @PKamruzzaman.
This lecture was organized in collaboration with Globalization Studies Groningen (GSG). You can find more information about GSG on their website.