The Risk of Mass Atrocities During a Pandemic

On Wednesday, August 19, at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) hosted a conversation on the prevention of mass atrocities during the pandemic, to coincide with the August 25 anniversary of attacks by Myanmar security forces on Rohingya Muslim residents in northern Rakhine state, driving hundreds of thousands to live as refugees in neighboring Bangladesh.

Distinguished panelists

  • Yee Htun, JD is lecturer on law and clinical instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School. Born in Myanmar, she fled in 1988.
  • Akila Radhakrishnan, JD is president of the Global Justice Center, a nonprofit that works to define, establish, and protect human rights and gender equity by enforcing international laws.
  • Lawrence Woocher, MA is research director at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center and a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He formerly served as senior atrocity prevention fellow with the United States Agency for International Development.

Our moderator was PHR board member Ambassador Stephen Rapp, JD, Sonia, and Harry Blumenthal Distinguished Fellow for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide.

See all events in PHR’s COVID-19 Webinar Series.

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