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Wednesday, 15 June 2016


At a recent POHAM discussion on the Rohingya issues held on May 19, 2016 at BAC-PJ campus
Saturday - June 18 , 1.30 pm at White Box, Publika

Datuk Denison Jayasooria will present  “HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS & REMEDIES: THE ROHINGYA CASE”, an Ethnic Studies Paper, published by KITA-UKM in March 2016, which documents the issues and concerns of the Rohingya people.

The Rohingya concerns are articulated from the basis as a violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as well as violation of UN Human Rights Conventions such as the civil and political rights as well as the Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The discussion on the Rohingya community enhances our understanding on how to analyse ethnic and religious concerns of minorities from a human rights framework. This enables a holistic approach in ensuring that all communities, however diverse from the dominant community, have their rights and freedoms respected, recognised and protected.

This presentation on 18 June, 2016 at 1.30 pm in White Box, Publika, will review this new publication and provide an update of the contemporary situation of the Rohingya community. PROHAM is working to ensure that both Malaysia and ASEAN plays an active role in effectively addressing the issues and concerns of ethnic and religious minorities including the concerns of the Rohingya community.


The presentation is held at WHITEBOX@Publika, where the Odysseys Photographic Exhibition has been held from 7 – 18 June 2016.

The Exhibition, jointly organised by Agence France-Presse (AFP), The European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), depicts AFP’s images from the Asia and Europe refugee crises.

In May 2015, photos of rickety boats stranded in the Andaman Sea packed with desperate men, women, and children from Myanmar and Bangladesh made international headlines, a searing reminder that Europe was not the only continent experiencing a refugee crisis.

Agence France-Presse (AFP), in partnership with the European Commission’s Humanitarian Aid Department (ECHO) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), revisits its coverage from Europe and Asia with an exhibition of photos from the twin crises, entitled “Odysseys.”

The exhibition, which kicked off in Bangkok and now is in Kuala Lumpur before continuing on to Jakarta, documents the desperation and suffering endured by these families as they sought a better life.

The images depict anxious parents helping children over razor-wire fences on the Syria-Turkey border; mass graves at Thai and Malaysian jungle prison camps; exhausted refugees marching down Eastern European roads; packed shelters in Indonesia; and wrecked boats lying in a haunting sea of discarded life jackets on the Greek coast.

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