POST TIME: 10 May, 2018 10:03:58 AM
Book on Rohingya crisis ‘Art Against Genocide’ unveiled
Speakers at launch event demand more from the global community
DL desk

Book on Rohingya crisis ‘Art Against Genocide’ unveiled

Speakers at a book launching programme on Tuesday laid importance on forging global solidarity to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis as the world is not doing enough to ensure their human rights.

They were speaking at the launch of a book titled ‘Art Against Genocide’, published by Cosmos Books in association with Cosmos Foundation, at the main auditorium of the Liberation War Museum.

With the publication of ‘Art Against Genocide’, Cosmos Books earned the distinction as a publishing house in bringing out the first substantive publication in Bangladesh on the ongoing Rohingya crisis, documenting their ordeals through art accompanying expert deliberations.

Speaking as the chief guest at the launch event, Professor Emeritus Anisuzzaman said the United Nations (UN) has failed as a world body to resolve the Rohingya issue.

“While there is doubt on the intention of Myanmar in taking their citizens back with dignity, international community must come forward and stand against genocide”, he said.

Prof Anisuzzaman said that the book ‘Art Against Genocide’ will remain as a record of the crisis as it depicted the plights of the Rohingya people through the articles and artworks of the artists.

“The book reflects the current crisis of the Rohingya issue, which has been going on since the last four decades,” said the professor.

Chairman of the Cosmos Foundation Enayetullah Khan said art represents mankind’s strongest weapon against some of the base instincts that take hold of the human psyche, and to that extent it must always be used in the service of humanity.

“The book is meant as an offering to that end, to use the power of art to alight our loftier ideals, and suppress that which allows terror, genocide and other atrocities to thrive,” said Khan, also the founder of the Centre for Research on Genocide and Crimes against Humanity.

Mentioning that the world and United Nations are not doing enough to solve the crisis, C R Abrar, Professor of International Relations in Dhaka University, said it is not only a political issue, rather it has got multi-dimensions.

Initiatives like publishing such a book will work to exert pressure on world community, he hoped.

Cosmos Foundation Executive Director Nahar Khan talked about her experience of visiting the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar and said the book has been introduced to reach out to people to let them know about the humanitarian crisis, not only through mere facts and information but also through art.

Mofidul Hoque, Founder and Trustee of Liberation War Museum, Asif Munier, Former NPO at International Organization for Migration (IOM) also spoke on the occasion that also served to inaugurate a photo exhibition on the Rohingya crisis. The exhibition will run for seven days at the Liberation War museum.

The book, edited by Enayetullah Khan, features 29 artwoks of 19 Bangladeshi artists, important articles by distinguished writers and 40 photographs depicting the miseries of Rohingya people by photographer Salahuddin Ahmed.