Right now, acts of genocide are being perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine state of Myanmar (Burma) and against the Fur, Masalit, and Zaghawa tribes in the Darfur region of Sudan, with no end in sight. The killings in Darfur, which started in 2003, have been described by our chair of trustees Prof Mukesh Kapila as the “world’s longest running genocide”. The inaction of the international community in the face of the Darfur genocide is also at the centre of Kapila’s book “Against a Tide of Evil”, which recounts how he went from being the head of the United Nations in Sudan to becoming a whistleblower in a desperate effort to stop the massacres.
An expert panel discussion has been convened at the House of Lords on Thursday 14 April to discuss what could and should be done – or not – by international actors to address these situations. The session will be chaired by Dr Richard Cockett, journalist at The Economist and author of books about Burma and Sudan. Participants will be highly qualified experts on the two crises, including Prof Mukesh Kapila (University of Manchester), Prof Penny Green (Queen Mary University of London), Ahmed Hussain Adam (Cornell University), and Dr Ambia Perveen, MD (European Rohingya Council).
For further details and bookings please visit the event page on Eventbrite.
Photo: West Darfur, February 2004. Courtesy of Mukesh Kapila, all rights reserved.