Humanitarian Responses to the Rakhine Crisis
— Theme —
Violence that broke in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since August 2017 have caused a wave of displacement of over 600,000 people to Bangladesh and to other parts of Rakhine, while communities which remained in their place of origin still face daily difficulties, such as safety, economic security, access to basic services, and inter-communal tensions.
In this seminar, we will hear more about the humanitarian needs and responses in northern Rakhine, as the ICRC and the Myanmar Red Cross are the only humanitarian actors operating there since September 2017. Moreover, Japanese actors, such as the Japanese Red Cross Society and AAR JAPAN, will give an overview of their strong engagement to providing assistance in Bangladesh to displaced persons from Myanmar since the beginning of the crisis, while the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will also share Japan’s long-term support in Bangladesh and Myanmar in this occasion and discuss possible implications to the current circumstances.
Date： July 2 18:00 ~ 20:00 (Doors open at 17:30)
Venue： Yotsuya Campus No.2 BLDG 17th Floor International Conference Hall
Open to Sophia Students, faculty members, high school students and public (Registration required)
Language: Japanese and English (with simultaneous interpretation)
・Human Resources Center For International Cooperation, Sophia University (SHRIC)
・International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
・Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA)
・Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS)
・Association for Aid and Relief, Japan(AAR JAPAN)
< Panelists >
MS. YUKIE OSA
PRESIDENT, ASSOCIATION FOR AID AND RELIEF, JAPAN (AAR JAPAN) (FACILITATOR)
After entering AAR Japan in 1991, Ms. Osa has been involved in AAR’s programs in Cambodia, Former-Yugoslavia, Mozambique, Kosovo, Chechenia, Afghanistan, etc. as a head of emergency assistance operations. As a member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), she led the Japanese Mine Ban Campaign during and after the Ottawa Process. She has been her current position since July, 2008. She is a professor at the Graduate School of Social Design Studies, Rikkyo University.
MR. FABRIZZIO CARBONI
HEAD OF DELEGATION, INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS (ICRC) YANGON
Mr. Carboni joined the ICRC in September 1998 as an intern in the legal division. In November 1999, he started his first mission in Afghanistan. He then echeloned between the field and the headquarters leading operational activities while in the field. From 2010 till 2013 he was the Deputy Head of Division for Multilateral organizations, the Doctrine and the Humanitarian Action in Geneva. Mr. Carboni was Head of the ICRC delegations in Lebanon before taking over the ICRC delegation in Yangon in August 2017.
MS. MASAKO KATAOKA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF JAPANESE RED CROSS SOCIETY, INTERNATIONAL DEPARTMENT, INTERNATIONAL RELIEF DIVISION
Ms. Kataoka joined the JRCS in 2007. Worked in NHQ (Sep 2007-March 2011, RFL and Tracing, Koreans in Sakharin Programme, East Japan Great Earthquake and Tsunami response), Chiba Chapter (April 2011 -March 2014, General Affairs, Communication, JRC Youth) and the ICRC (April 2014-June 2015, Myanmar: Detention/Protection; August 2015 to February 2017 Gaza: Protection) before the current position. She was recently in the position of the Project Manager for the JRCS population movement operation in Bangladesh.
MR. HIROAKI NAKATSUBO
PROGRAMME COORDINATOR, COX’S BAZAR OFFICE, AAR JAPAN
Mr. Hiroaki Nakatsubo worked for the Mainichi Newspapers, as Jakarta Bureau Chief and assistant editor at Tokyo Headquarters. He then covered peacebuilding and post-conflict recovery operations in countries including South Sudan, Uganda and Philippines as independent journalist until he assumed the current position and started engaging in assistance for Myanmar refugees in November 2017.
MR. MINORU MASUJIMA
DEPUTY DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR THE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION BUREAU, MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS (MOFA)
Mr. Masujima entered the Economic Planning Agency in 1986. After working as Director General for Economic Research of the Cabinet Office, Counselor of the Permanent Delegation of Japan to the OECD, head researcher of the Economic and Social Research Institute, he has been his current position since 2016.
MR. TARO KOMATSU
DIRECTOR AT THE CENTER FOR GLOBAL DISCOVERY/PROFESSOR, FACULTY OF GLOBAL STUDIES, SOPHIA UNIVERSITY
Mr. Komatsu joined the JICA Islamabad (Pakistan) Office in 1996 as a Project Formulation Advisor. He then built his professional experience at the UNESCO Paris Headquarters and Bosnia Office, UN Mission in Kosovo, JICA Afghanistan Office, etc. as an education specialist. He became professor at Sophia University in 2013. His research interests include education policy, governance and administration in developing nations and post-conflict societies; education and social cohesion/peace-building.