Rohingya Refugees: Identity, Citizenship, and Human Rights

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Issue 53: December 2018: Rohingya Refugees: Identity, Citizenship, and Human Rights [Last date for submission: 15 October, 2018; Date of publication: 1 December, 2018]

Guest-Editor: Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen, Assistant Professor, Centre for Study of Diaspora (CSD), Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India.


Rohingyas are the ethnic native community of the Rakhine State, which is situated on the western coastal region of Burma, today’s Myanmar. The words ‘Rakhine’ and ‘Rohingya’ are known for their preservation of national and ethnic heritage from centuries but, unfortunately, they have been rendered homeless in their own country. Rohingyas have become stateless through sophisticated de-nationalization which automatically made them among the “most persecuted ethnic minorities in the world”. The ethnic, racial, cultural, linguistic identity of the Rohingyas was selectively and strategically excluded from the ‘national imagination’ of Myanmar state. They are denied citizenship and have become victims of structural violence, forced labor, confiscation of property, rape, gender abuse, human right violation, etc.

In this context, it is pertinent to ask the following questions: Who are the ‘Rohingyas’? What are their ethnic, linguistics, cultural, and religious identities that are not accommodated within the multiethnic national fabric of Myanmar? How have political parties responded to Rohingya crisis and refugees in India, a country which is not a part of 1951 Conventions relating to the status of refugees or the 1967 Protocol? What is the role of UNCHR-India in reaching out to the Rohingyas amidst the political tension over Rohingya refugees in India? How have the Asian countries accommodated the Rohingya refugees and what are their challenges and perspectives? How have lawyers, academicians and scholars on migration studies, social bodies, think-tank, civil societies, human rights activists, and NGOs taken up the issue of Rohingyas at both national (India) and at international level and facilitated these refugees?

The present issue of Café Dissensus aims to explore the following subthemes to understand the Rohingya crisis in general and their problems as stateless and refugees in other countries. Contributors are requested to focus on the following themes (but are not limited to these alone):

Identity, Culture and ethnicity

State, Citizenship, and Rohingyas

Arkan/Rakhine State and Rohingyas

Politics and Rohingyas in India

Rape, Sexual Violence, and Gender

Media and Rohingyas

Rohingyas and International Communities

Literature and Rohingyas

Media and Rohingyas

Rohingyas and Human Rights

Rohingya, Refugees, Refugee Camps

Legality, Illegality and Rohingyas

Refugee Conventions and Rohingyas

Civil Societies, NGOs, and Rohingyas

Articles, research papers/reports, narratives from people who are working with Rohingyas in refugee camps, first-first narratives from Rohingyas themselves are invited. Submissions should be of roughly 2000-2500 words. Some longer pieces would be considered, if they deserve more space. Submissions will be accepted till 15 October, 2018 and the issue will be published on 1 December, 2018. Please strict to deadline and email your submissions to the issue editor, Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen:


About the Magazine

Cafe Dissensus is an alternative magazine dealing in art, culture, literature, and politics. It’s based in New York City, USA. We DISSENT. The magazine also runs a blog, Cafe Dissensus Every day. Our ISSN No: ISSN 2373-177X


About Guest Editor

Chapparban Sajaudeen Nijamodeen, is Assistant Professor in the Centre for Study of Diaspora (CSD), Independent Centre at Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, India. His area of research interest includes Literary Criticism and Theory, Diaspora Literature, Muslim Diaspora Writings, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Film and Cultural Studies, Post 9/11 Studies, Contemporary English Literature/s, Muslim Literature, Minority studies and Research Methodologies in humanities.

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Central University of Gujarat, Gandhinagr, India, 


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