Date: May 22, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 3pm to 4.30pm
Venue: Global Movement of Moderates (15th Floor, Menara Manulife, 6 Jalan Gelenggang Damansara Heights, Kuala Lumpur
An estimated 6,000 Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, many of them hungry and sick, are adrift in the Andaman Sea and the Straits of Malacca in boats that had been abandoned by human traffickers with little food and water.
It has been reported in the news that after accommodating over 1,000 boat people in Langkawi, any more boats trying to land would be turned back as a “political matter.”
Whilst any Malaysians have responded to the humanitarian crisis collecting foodstuff and essentials for the boat people although it is not clear if these essentials will be taken to them, there are calls by civil society for Malaysia to take the lead to live up to this position as chair of Asean and the Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) not only to provide humanitarian aid but seek long term solutions to the plight of refugees particularly the Rohingya , human trafficking and humanitarian aid. This is clearly the responsibility of ASEAN.
The RTD will be solution driven from experts from civil society and UNHCR.
Welcome & Introductions by Ms Ivy Josiah (Proham Exco)
Screening of 30 minute documentary "Seeds of Hatred" by Mahi Ramakrishnan a film about the plight of Rohingya.
Panel Discussions (Invited)
Ms. Sumitha & Ms Jessica Low (Coordinators of Migration Working Group)
Mr Zafar Ahmad (Mynamar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation, Malaysia)
Mr Richard Towle, (Representative of UNHCR, as current chair of the Human Rights Theme Group of the UN Country Team).
Datin Paduka Marnia Mahathair (Social Activist)
Mr Ekraj Sabur, Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN), Thailand
Mr Jerald Joseph (ASEAN People Forum Chair)
Moderators: Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah & Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Proham). Datuk Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari (Proham Chairman) will say a few concluding words.
Media will be invited. Please confirm participation:
You tube link to the film is https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sb27MTVNC6g