Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Rohingya: Refugee Crisis in Colour (by Ali MC)

Source Yarracityarts, 

In 2016 Ali MC visited Rohingya refugee and internally displaced peoples’ camps in Myanmar and Bangladesh to take portrait photos of people living there.

His aim was to document the living conditions and the historical and political events that led them to being forced into this situation. He also sought to portray Rohingya as a people with pride and determination, despite their adverse living conditions.
The Rohingya are defined by the UN as the world’s most persecuted people, and live in both Western Myanmar and Bangladesh. They are not recognized as citizens of any country, and are forced into camps and isolated villages with strict restrictions placed on their daily lives. The photos in this exhibition were shot with medium format colour film, using a Fujifilm GA645 camera, and were taken at considerable risk – Ali was even arrested in Bangladesh in the process, detained and questioned by the Bangladeshi Army.
Ali MC has been involved in the arts for nearly twenty years, as a photographer, writer and musician. He is motivated by the social and political situations of people throughout the globe, raising awareness of human rights issues through the arts.
Please note, due to unforseen circumstances, the photography workshop scheduled for Sunday 14 May at Reading Room, Fitzroy Town Hall has been cancelled.
Exhibition opening hours:
Mon and Thurs 10am – 6pm
Tues and Wed 1pm – 8pm
Fri 1pm – 6pm, Sat 10am – 3pm, Sun 2pm – 5pm
Rohngya: Crisis in Colour is part of the City of Yarra’s Locale Exhibition Program and presented as part of the 2017 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival.
Photograph by Ali MC.

Some photos from 7 May 2017, 

presentation by Ali McKeich (a musician/ photographer/ writer and Human Rights Law Masters student, and working at the Aboriginal Legal Service)
Mayor of City of Yarra Amanda Stone for opening speeches

and live video link up with brother Zayed in the Rohingya refugee camp. Big thank you to
Flick Mashuro (case support worker)
Rob Healey (from ASRC)
Ro Habib Asn (Habib, spokesperson for ABRO, author of Taboo Burmese and blogger)
Ronan Lee (researcher on Rohingya, phd candidate and former member of Queensland Parliament ), 
Kon Karapangiotidis and Julie 'Jones' Beveridge for helping out..

 and everyone who took the time to learn about the Rohingya situation and donate some money.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

ABRO participates at Amnesty International’s panel discussion on Myanmar

by Admin,

Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization (ABRO) joined the panel discussion of Amnesty International (AI) at the Donkey Wheel Foundation, 673 Bourke Street of Melbourne on 26 April 2017.

Topic:- Myanmar- Has anything changed?  The event was facilitated  by Jane Connolly and joined by Amnesty Myanmar researcher Elise Tilley, Amnesty International Melbourne branch chairman, Habib from Rohingya community.
Participants include  Ronan Lee (former member of the Queensland Parliament, PhD candidate, Deakin University), Ishka members, member of Fred Hollow Foundation and academics.

Elise has conducted many human rights missions to investigate restrictions on the rights to freedom of expression, cruel reprisals against human rights defenders, discrimination against the Rohingya and others in Rakhine State as well as other areas.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

ABRO joined the Australian Myanmar Institute March Seminar

by Admin,

Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization joined the Australian Myanmar Institute March Seminar at William Macmahon Ball Theatre, Ground Floor of Old Arts Building at Parkville, The University of Melbourne on 27th March 2017.

The seminar update on "the Rakhine conflict and ‘Rohingya’ issues"
A series of issues have been raised including the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the inquiry commissions, citizenship issues, and solution. 

In the last few months, UN agencies, Nobel Peace Prize laureates and even the Pope have all condemned violence against the Rohingya. Accusations of state crimes, crimes against humanity and even genocide have been common. Three Investigation Commissions have been convened by the government, military and policy respectively, and former UN Secretary-General Mr Kofi Annan has been appointed to lead one. This update will examine what has happened, the current situation and try to begin to understand why is it happening … and consider where next, taking account of all perspectives.
Speakers include:
Dr Anthony Ware, Senior Lecturer in International and Community Development from Deakin University will present “An update on the Rakhine conflict and Rohingya’ issues”
Also providing discussion will be:
Dr Costas Laoutides, Senior Lecturer in International Relations, Deakin University, and co-author with Anthony of “Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict”

Mr Ronan Lee, PhD candidate (Deakin University),

Mr Habiburahman,(well known as Habib) Spokesperson and founder of Australian Burmese Rohingya Organization (ABRO), Habib is co-author of Nous, les Innommables – Un tabou birman.
Anthony and Costas are co-authors of the soon-to-be released book Myanmar’s ‘Rohingya’ Conflict.
For more information about AMI, please visit:
Our special appreciation may go for AMI, organizers, facilitators, speakers and all attendants. 

Saturday, 25 March 2017

UN rights council passes resolution to investigate abuses in Myanmar

Source, 24 April

[JURIST] The United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] passed a resolution [materials] Friday to investigate potential human rights violations in Myanmar. The fact-finding mission will be appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council with the purpose of establishing the facts and circumstances of the alleged human rights violations [UN report] by military and security forces. The resolution calls for Myanmar to continue its efforts to eliminate the statelessness and discrimination of ethnic and religious minorities, such as the Rohingya minority. The resolution also calls for the government of Myanmar to take measures to ensure a return of all the refugees who had to leave Myanmar that is safe, secure, and in accordance with international law. In response to the resolution, Myanmar said that they were committed to finding a solution to the situation in the Rakhine State, but the country disassociated itself from the draft as a whole.

This resolution comes after the UN Special Rapporteur, Yanghee Lee, on March 14th called for [JURIST report] an international investigation into the crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya minority population. In February, Lee called for [JURIST report] Myanmar to end the persecution of the Rohingya minority. Also in February, Myanmar officials stated [JURIST report] that they would investigated alleged police crimes against Rohingya Muslims. Furthermore, earlier in February, the Human Rights Watch endorsed [JURIST report] an investigation into the abuses against the Rohingya population, specifically the sexual abuses against women. In January, a prominent Muslim lawyer was shot and killed [JURIST report] outside an airport in Myanmar, which led to condemnation from a UN expert on the human rights situation in the country. Earlier in January, the UN sent an envoy [JURIST report] to assess the human rights situation with regards to vulnerable minority populations in Myanmar.
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