WIP: Apathy and Inaction: The Case of Rohingya Muslims

February 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
FXB 710
651 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115
Lena Ransohoff

Dr. Mukul Saxena

Harvard FXB Work In Progress Series

Dr. Mukul Saxena is an Indian Army Colonel and until recently was commanding an infantry Regiment in India. A child rights advocate and doctor of International Human Rights Law, he has been passionately promoting child rights and human rights accountability of the armed forces for the last ten years in the conflict zone. In his talk, Mukul will address the situation of Rohingya Muslims, who have been called the “world’s most persecuted minority,” with the highest weekly outflow from Myanmar since the Rwandan Genocide. Their forced exodus has also been labelled as a ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing.’ They still need to benefit from international concern. In his talk, Mukul will discuss the following questions: Are we still waiting for the crisis to ripen to intervene? What happens in the next 20 years or later when the same population will be viewed as ideological constituency rather than a demographic one? Do we have an obligation to act now to ensure the basic access to health, education and dignity or are willing to accept the cost of creating another marginalized population?


Some Harvard FXB research related to this topic:

January 2017 Who Will Act on Behalf of the Rohingya?