Panel Discussion     Series: Exiled to Nowhere: A Symposium on the Rohingya Crisis

A Path to Justice: Examining the Legal Challenges of the Rohingya Crisis

Free and open to the public
Saturday, April 6, 2019
4PM – 5PM

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  • Researchers
  • Teachers

Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Ave
Portland, Oregon 97205
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Event Type: Panel DiscussionAudience(s): Researchers, TeachersLocation: Portland

The Rohingya face unique challenges in seeking justice and accountability for the crimes committed against them. This panel includes investigators of two, separate fact-finding missions to investigate atrocities against the Rohingya in Myanmar. Kyle Wood was part of a human rights law group contracted with the U.S. State Department (which created this report) and Al Borrelli was part of the UN fact-finding mission on Myanmar.

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This event provides the following accommodations:

  • Handicap Accessible

This program is presented as part of Exiled to Nowhere: A Symposium on the Rohingya Crisis. For decades, the Rohingya people of Burma have faced systematic discrimination and targeted violence by the Burmese government. They have been stripped of their citizenship, forced from their homes, and denied basic human rights. In August 2017, the Burmese military launched a clearance operation forcing over 700,000 Rohingya to flee into Bangladesh. In the face of extreme persecution, and despite the efforts of the Myanmar government to erase them, the Rohingya continue to show a face of resiliency and courage in their desire for peace, justice, and accountability.

This symposium brings together survivors, activists, and internationally renowned experts to foster a better understanding of the crisis and explore possible paths forward. The symposium will be centered on the photography exhibit Exiled to Nowhere by documentary photographer Greg Constantine. This exhibit documents not only the plight of the Rohingya and how the tactics taken over time have led to the near destruction of this community, but also shows how, in spite of all that has been done to destroy them, the Rohingya continue to find a way to survive and persevere regardless of the ground beneath their feet.

Kyle Wood is an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Justice Division of the Washington State Attorney General's Office. His practice focuses on initiating and supporting efforts to end human trafficking in Washington. Mr. Wood is also an international lawyer with deep experience investigating and prosecuting mass atrocities. In April 2018, Mr. Wood interviewed dozens of ethnic Rohingya men and women living in refugee camps in Bangladesh, as part of a U.S. State Department investigation into allegations of mass atrocities committed against the Rohingya in Rakhine State. The results of that investigation, compiled by the Public International Law & Policy Group, a global pro bono law firm, can be found at https://www.publicinternationallawandpolicygroup.org/rohingya-report. From 2005 until 2015, Mr. Wood worked as a trial and appellate lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), based in The Hague, Netherlands. Mr. Wood litigated more than a dozen trials and appeals in cases involving charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, or grave breaches of the Geneva Conventions of 1949.

Allen Borrelli is a former U.S. Army military intelligence analyst who then spent 15 years working at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia for the prosecution as a military intelligence analyst before moving to Mexico in order to consult internationally on issues of atrocity crimes. He most recently worked for the UN as a military expert/advisor on the fact-finding mission established by a Security Council Resolution to investigate the ongoing events and allegations stemming from the situation in Myanmar. He specializes in investigation, analysis, and consulting on issues of command and control, command responsibility, and the de jure and de facto structures of military, civilian and political institutions alleged to have been involved in violations of international or local laws. He has lectured and trained individuals and government institutions around the world on investigating leadership-level cases; evidence collection and assessment; command and control in a war crimes context, and intelligence analysis. Additionally, he has been accepted as an expert military analyst in both U.S. and international courts. As a part of his work, he has been directly involved in the investigating and/or prosecuting of seven different heads of states, from five countries, on four continents.