Since 26 August 2017, over 600,000 Rohingyas have been exiled into neighboring Bangladesh due to a pre-planned and systematic ethnic cleansing by the Myanmar government and army.
This is one of the largest forced migrations in recent times, and puts the Rohingyas as a community at risk of extinction from their native Arakan province.
The participants in the Dhaka Lit Fest express sympathy for the refugees, and wish to keep the news of this unfolding situation at the forefront of global consciousness.
The Dhaka Lit Fest urges the global community, governing bodies, rights groups, and media to stand up and support these refugees, and to hold accountable those who have orchestrated the violence leading to this catastrophe.
Belal Ehsan Baaquie
John Ralston Saul
Kazi Anis Ahmed
Kazi Nabil Ahmed
Nadia Kabir Barb
Syed Badrul Ahsan
Talal Ahmed Chowdhury
Zia Haider Rahman