Universities from Bangladesh and Finland address a refugee's security issues in a seminar

6.7.2016 13:56

Hundreds of thousands Rohingya refugees are fully outside from all the aid schemes and are fallen on a continuous threat of food insecurity in the Bangladesh border. There is an emergency needs of protracted displacement of Rohingyas in Asia and create sustainable strategy for rethinking Rohingya issues. The Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland, Finland and the Faculty of Law at the University of Rajshahi, Bangladesh will organize common human rights seminar September 2016 in cooperation with several human rights institutions and Universities in Bangladesh to disseminate knowledge and best practices among a wider audience.

The objective of the seminar is to focus on a human violation and the primary consideration will be given to Rohingyas’ access to food and healthcare. The target group is policy makers, researchers, practitioners, local activists, Governmental officials and international and national NGOs´. FinCEAL Plus project, financed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, has been awarded a grant to organize the seminar.

– The refugee situation is global challenge and we must do cooperation to develop the situation, to share the knowledge by disseminating best practices and to find innovative ideas to solve global challenges, says researcher Nafisa Yeasmin from the Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland. She works as a project coordinator at the ESR funded project, Foreign Lounge (FOLO), which goal is to support immigrants to get access to the labor markets in Finnish Lapland. Nafisa Yeasmin is also founding chairperson of Arctic Immigrant Association in Lapland.

– In Finland and in Scandinavia, we have been trying successfully to deal with security issues of immigrants e.g. home, food, health care and job opportunities. We would like to explore, what are the policies for implementing a security awareness on the other side of the World and why Rohingya case is the failure of the international protection regime.

Rohingyas are the indigenous group and religious minority in Myanmar. They are the most persecuted refugees in the world who are denied to use their identity and have been stateless for many years.

More information:

Nafisa Yeasmin
Arctic Centre at the University of Lapland
tel. +358 40 484 4256, nafisa.yeasmin(at)ulapland.fi