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Scholars, Activists, and Local Rohingya Community Convene in Portland to Address the Rohingya Crisis - 04/06/19

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PORTLAND, Ore. (April 1, 2019) For decades, the Rohingya people of Burma have faced systematic discrimination and targeted violence by the Burmese government. They have been stripped of their citizenship, forced from their homes, and denied basic human rights. In August 2017, the Burmese military launched a clearance operation forcing over 700,000 Rohingya to flee into Bangladesh. In the face of extreme persecution, and despite the efforts of the Myanmar government to erase them, the Rohingya continue to show a face of resiliency and courage in their desire for peace, justice, and accountability.

Exiled to Nowhere: A Symposium on the Rohingya Crisis brings together survivors, activists, and internationally renowned experts to foster a better understanding of the crisis and explore possible paths forward. The symposium will be centered on the photography exhibit Exiled to Nowhere by documentary photographer Greg Constantine. This exhibit documents not only the plight of the Rohingya and how the tactics taken over time have led to the near destruction of this community, but also shows how, in spite of all that has been done to destroy them, the Rohingya continue to find a way to survive and persevere regardless of the ground beneath their feet. An additional exhibit will feature a story of a local Rohingya refugee as part of The Immigrant Story’s Bear Witness project.

Panels and conversation over this three day event are free and open to the public and include:

The symposium is organized by the Never Again Coalition, a local genocide prevention group, in collaboration with the s://4">Oregon Historical Society, Muslim Educational Trust, Portland State University’s Holocaust and Genocide Studies, the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, World Oregon and the Immigrant Story.

Greg Constantine's exhibit, Exiled to Nowhere, will be on display s://5">April 5-11th at the s://6">Oregon Historical Society. The exhibition continues s://7">April 16th through May 31st at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education with additional events taking place during that time.

Additional sponsors include Americans for Rohingya, Friends of Rohingya USA, Lewis and Clark Law School’s Crime Victims’ Rights Alliance, American Jewish World Service, RAIN International and KBOO.

Never Again Coalition is a Portland-based organization working on mass atrocity and genocide prevention and awareness. Responding to violence in Sudan, South Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo and Burma, they strive to revitalize the phrase “Never Again.”

For questions or media inquiries, please contact Lauren Fortgang at againcoalition@gmail.com">neveragaincoalition@gmail.com