Backstory: Rakhine State - Southeast Asia's ethnic flashpoint
Panel Discussion
(This programme replaces the Backstory event originally planned for 22 September)

7pm, Tuesday 03 October, 2017
Members: free, Non-members 450 Baht, Thai journalists and Students with VALID ID: 150 Baht
People around ASEAN and well beyond are watching with mounting concern as hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas face displacement into Bangladesh from Myanmar's Rakhine state. Many have faced violence and seen their homes torched. Authorities in Myanmar say they are responding to terrorist activity, and deny that any kind of ethnic cleansing is under way. There is meanwhile little comfort for refugees in densely populated Bangladesh, where overstretched authorities have made it clear new arrivals are not wanted.

Apart from the terrible suffering of people who find themselves stateless after lifetimes spent in Myanmar, the mounting crisis has devastated the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar's state counsellor and head of government. The 1991 Nobel peace laureate has denounced an 'iceberg' of false news, but failed to address reports that are accurate

Confirmed speakers:

Gwen Robinson, chief editor, Nikkei Asian Review
Jonathan Head, BBC Southeast Asia correspondent

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