25-26 August 2020
Centre for Peace and Justice of Brac University in partnership with the Centre for Genocide Studies, University of Dhaka, and ActionAid organised the International e-Conference on Connecting the Rohingya Diaspora: Highlighting the Global Displacement. The e-Conference was held on 25-26 August 2020.
The conference ended with the 2nd Dhaka Declaration, 2020 through which participants of the e-conference appealed to the international community to come forward to ensure safe, dignified, informed and voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya people in Bangladesh. The participants demanded in the declaration that the Rohingya refugee crisis should be solved in a sustainable way and with a regional approach.
The declaration thus appealed to the allies of Myanmar, particularly ASEAN countries, to compel Myanmar to stop persecution against the Rohingyas once and for all. The participants also asked for sufficient humanitarian assistance to the refugees and all sorts of support to ensure protection and rights of all Rohingya people.
The Dhaka Declaration denounced all sorts of latent and manifested acts of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority of Myanmar, condemned persecution by the Myanmar state authority and the apathy of the Myanmar government and regional government towards the sufferings of Rohingya people.
The declaration also recognised four provisional measures on the Myanmar government as per the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling on the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v Myanmar) case in January 2020.
The provisions included that the government of Myanmar has to prevent genocidal acts and crimes, ensure that the military and other security forces do not commit genocide, preserve evidence of genocidal acts and crimes, report back on its compliance within four months, and then every six months afterwards.
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