THE ROHINGYA PROBLEM: WHY AND HOW TO MOVE FORWARD
Dr. Habib Siddiqui
Author’s Note: Keynote speech delivered at the International Conference on “Contemplating Burma’s Rohingya People’s Future in Reconciliation and (Democratic) Reform,” held on August 15, 2012 at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand]
Organizers and panel speakers of Bangkok Conference held on August 15, 2012 at the Thammasat University, Bangkok, Thailand. (Dr. Habib Siddiqui 2
nd from the left)
As a conscientious global citizen of our planet, I have been writing for the past 32 years since my days as auniversity student on a plethora of issues, which include history, culture and civilization of the peoples of theSouth Asia and the Middle East. I have also studied and written on international politics, human rights andterrorism. In my decades of studies I have not found a people that are more persecuted than the Rohingyas of Myanmar, or what used to be called Burma.It is, therefore, necessary that we learn of this greatest tragedy of our time so that we can work towards finding alasting solution to it. On a personal level, I consider it to be a privilege to be able to speak on the plight of thispersecuted people in front of an audience that care and want to stop their misery. I take this opportunity tothank the organizers, esp. Mrs. Chalida Tajaroensuk (People’s Empowerment Foundation), Mr. Salim Ullah(JARO or Arakan Rohingya Organization-Japan) and Mr. Anwar Burmi (Rohingya National Organization in Thailand) for inviting me to this international conference.