As is common with delegations from the country in question, Myanmar/Burma was denied access to the conference regarding the genocide in Burma late last month. The conference in Berlin gathers together leaders and scholars from all over the world, particularly Europe, to discuss and encourage leadership from various countries to take action against the Burmese government for what the UN has described as “textbook ethnic cleansing.” In attendance were various leaders and scholars, and individuals from the United State Holocaust Memorial Museum, Policy Journal of the University of Washington School of Law, and the Permanent Peoples Tribunal on Myanmar — to name a few.

So far, over 690,000 Rohingya refugees have fled for their lives into the refugee camps of Burma. Local Burmese media outlets estimate that 90% of the Rohingya in Rakhine State, Burma, have been displaced from their homes.


Yanghee Lee, U.N. special envoy on human rights in Myanmar | AP Photo/Bang Sung-hae

Also in attendance was Yanghee Lee, Burma’s UN special envoy on human rights in Myanmar. She has been barred reentry from the country, another point at which the international community has criticized — they have continuously hampered investigations and aid efforts from both the UN and private aid organizations alike. Early last month, Lee said in a statement that,