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Genocide in Myanmar: the Annihilation of the Rohingya

27 October 2015 - 31 October 2015

Time: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Venue: Hoxton Arches, Arch 402 Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) will be hosting a week of events, talks, film and photography with the aim of drawing attention to the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya, a people the UN has described as one of the world’s most persecuted minority. The week’s events feature renowned photographer Greg Constantine, Al Jazeera, and leading experts from the field including former UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana.

Exhibition open daily from 11:00am–7:30pm (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday until 9:00pm) between Tuesday 27 October – Saturday 31 October 2015 at Hoxton Arches. No registration required.

Photography exhibition Opening + Greg Constantine Book Launch & Talk - Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya

Tuesday 27 October, 6:30–8:00pm [Exhibition open till 9:00pm]

Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD

Our first event will launch a photography exhibition by internationally renowned photographer, Greg Constantine. His work represents a powerful and timely artistic intervention on the plight of the Rohingya, capturing the deep and ongoing suffering of a people who have, quite simply, nowhere to go. Based on his new book project, Exiled to Nowhere: Burma’s Rohingya, this exhibition explores the themes of statelessness, belonging, and citizenship.

ISCI Report Launch + Panel Discussion - Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar

Thursday 29 October, 6:30–8:00pm [Exhibition open till 9:00pm]

Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD

Our second event will launch the ground-breaking report 'Countdown to Annihilation: Genocide in Myanmar' written by ISCI scholars: Professor Penny Green, Dr Thomas McManus, and Alicia de la Cour Venning. The report provides compelling evidence of a coordinated, State-led plan of genocide against the Rohingya. The report is based on ISCI scholars’ unprecedented systematic field research in Myanmar. The launch of the report will be accompanied by a panel discussion with:

  • Penny Green, ISCI Director, Professor of Law and Globalisation, Queen Mary University of London
  • Tomás Ojea Quintana, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar
  • Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and human rights activist
  • Sarnata Reynolds, Senior Advisor on Human Rights at Refugees International.

Al Jazeera Documentary UK Premiere + Director Q&A - Genocide Agenda

Saturday 31 October, 6:30–8:30pm [Exhibition open till 9:00pm]

Hoxton Arches, Cremer Street, London, E2 8HD

Our third and final event will host the UK documentary premiere of Genocide Agenda by Al Jazeera, investigating the genocide against the Rohingya. The evening will feature a Q&A with the film’s Director, Phil Rees (Investigations Manager at Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit (TBC)), Professor Penny Green (Director of ISCI and Professor of Law and Globalisation, QMUL) and more!


ISCI is hosting a series of events and talks with the purpose of raising the profile of the marginalised Rohingya, a people the United Nations has described as one of the world’s most persecuted minority.

Rohingya have been forced to flee the region in the tens of thousands, via dangerous sea routes, during which they experience severe physical and psychological abuse by human traffickers. The mass exodus of Rohingya is a direct result of the violence and systematic policies of persecution implemented by the Myanmar state against them. ISCI argues that the Myanmar state’s historic and ongoing persecution of the Rohingya amounts to genocide. The severe violence, discrimination, and destitution the Rohingya experience on a daily basis in Myanmar means that many feel as though they have no option but to flee.

At a time when this crisis shows no signs of abating, and the international community’s response remains woefully inadequate.


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Photography, video and audio recording

School of Law events may be photographed or video and audio recorded. These materials will be used for internal and external promotional purposes only by Queen Mary University of London. If you object to appearing in the photographs, please let our photographer know on the day. Alternatively you can email in advance of the event that you are attending.