Rohingya—Beyond the Crisis Narrative: Statelessness and its implications for Myanmar and Bangladesh

Panel Discussion | February 10 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | The Capitol Complex, 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

 45 Independence Ave, Washington, DC 20515

 Samira Siddique, PhD Student | Energy & Resources Group; Shireen Huq, Founder Narippokho; Rahima Begum, Co-director, Restless Beings; Prashanta Tripura, Professor, BRAC University; Yasmin Ullah, Research Coordinator, Rohingya Human Rights Network; Mabrur Ahmed, Director, Restless Beings; Ali Riaz, Distinguished Professor​ at the Department of Politics and Government, Illinois State University

 Sanchita B. Saxena, Director, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies

 The Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, Institute for South Asia Studies, Center of American Overseas Research Centers, American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

Join us for a workshop on the Rohingya Crisis and hear scholars and researchers:

Disentangle the various myths and narratives around Rohingya identity and claims to Myanmar citizenship, especially in relation to Bengali/Bangladeshi identity

Analyze the multilayered and often contradictory implications -- for the Bangladeshi state, transnational actors, and various communities within its borders -- of living in/hosting what is now apparently the world’s largest refugee camp; and

Discuss the possibilities for moving forward, including Bangladeshi efforts to take the issue to the ICC.


• Sanchita Saxena, Subir and Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies, UC Berkeley
• Ali Riaz, Political Science, Illinois State University
• Shireen Huq, Narippokho
• Rahima Begum, Restless Beings
• Prashanta Tripura, Aparajita
• Yasmin Ullah, Rohingya Human Rights Network
• Samira Siddique, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
• Mabrur Ahmed, Restless Beings


Established in 2013 with a generous gift from the Subir & Malini Chowdhury Foundation, The Subir & Malini Chowdhury Center for Bangladesh Studies at UC Berkeley champions the study of Bangladesh’s cultures, peoples and history. The first of its kind in the US, the Center’s mission is to create an innovative model combining research, scholarships, the promotion of art and culture, and the building of ties between institutions in Bangladesh and the University of California.

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