Experts call for forging global solidarity to resolve Rohingya crisis
Cosmos Books’ publication – Art Against Genocide – has received much accolades with people appreciating such artistic depiction of Rohingyas’ plight that should exert pressure on the world community to find a rightful solution to one of the 21st century’s biggest refugee crisis.
While addressing the book’s launch event in the city on last Tuesday, speakers laid importance on forging global solidarity to resolve the protracted Rohingya crisis as the world is not doing enough to ensure their human rights. Cosmos Books in association with Cosmos Foundation published the book – Art Against Genocide – and the Foundation in league with the Liberation War Museum arranged the launch event at the main auditorium of the 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 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’s editor and 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. Professor of International Relations in Dhaka University, C R Abrar, initiatives like publishing such a book will work to exert pressure on world community while Cosmos Foundation Executive Director Nahar Khan expressed the hope that people will be moved and realize the sufferings of the Rohingyas as they’ll go through the book.
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 is running for seven days at the Liberation War Museum.
The book, which is a culmination of a Cosmos Dialogue initiative taken late last year during the height of current Rohingya crisis, features 29 artwoks of 19 Bangladeshi artists including master painter Shahabuddin Ahmed, important articles by distinguished writers such as ex-adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury and 40 photographs depicting the miseries of Rohingya people by photographer Salahuddin Ahmed.