Global Challenges

Myanmar general election - What does it mean for Rohingya Muslims?

The Rohingya people are not recognized as citizens by the Myanmar government and after decades of discrimination almost 750 000 Rohingya live in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

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Terje Einarsen (UiB) and  Jostein Kobbeltvedt (Rafto Foundation) in conversation with Guro Vestrheim Skeie (UiB)

The Rohingya people of Myanmar, a largely Muslim minority, has endured decades of discrimination and repression, and has never been recognized as citizens by the Myanmar government. Not even Aung San Suu Kyi, the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, in her struggle to make Myanmar a democracy has sought to come to their rescue. Today, almost 750 000 Rohingya live in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Join the seminar on Zoom. 

On 8 November, Myanmar will hold a general election. Jostein Kobbeltvedt (Rafto Foundation) and Professor Terje Einarsen (UiB) will in a conversation with Guro Vestrheim Skeie (UiB) discuss the election results and what it means for the Rohingya refugees and those still in the country.


Terje Einarsen is a professor at the faculty of law at the University of Bergen. He specializes in human rights and the rights of refugees among other things. 

Jostein Kobbeltvedt is the executive director at the Rafto Foundation. He has long experience working with human rights internationally.

Guro Vestrheim Skeie is a research assistant at the department of social anthropology at the University of Bergen. She has done research on the LGBTQ+ community in Myanmar. 



It will be possible to attend the event in person at Bergen Global or on Zoom.

Please note that according to corona virus regulations all participants must keep a distance of at least one metre from each other and maintain good hand hygiene. If you have any respiratory tract symptoms you should stay at home.

According to the infection control measures, we need to have an overview of who is present at all times and thus kindly ask all who plans to participate to sign up beforehand via this link