Since August 2017, over half a million Rohingya have fled their homes in what the United Nations has described as "brutal, well-organized, coordinated and systemic attacks" against the Muslim Rohingya community. How do we understand this conflict in the context of larger historical oppression of ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar, and what implications does that have for peace efforts?
This panel will discuss historical religious tensions within Myanmar, discrimination against ethnic and religious minorities, how women are working to create peace, and the internal political-military dynamics they are facing.
Speakers will include May Sabe Phyu, director of the Gender Equality Network and human rights activist from Myanmar, Ambassador Derek Mitchell (F91), former ambassador to Myanmar and Senior Advisor to the Asia Center at the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), Reverend Susan Hayward (F06), Senior Advisor on Religion and Inclusive Societies at USIP. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Kathleen Hamill (F99), professor of international Law at The Fletcher School, and practicing human rights lawyer.
The panel is part of a larger speaker series on understanding religious literacy in the global context hosted by the Fletcher Initiative on Religion, Law & Diplomacy at Tufts University. This speaker series is made possible with generous support from The Henry R. Luce Foundation and co-hosted by the Fletcher Islamic Society, Fletcher Humanitarian Action Society, and the Fletcher Diplomacy Club.