Kaldor Centre's special series marking the five-year anniversary
of the Andaman Sea crisis


About the series

Five years ago, as many as 8,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants were left stranded at sea after people smugglers abandoned their boats and neighbouring countries refused to allow them to come ashore. As the world comes to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic, crowded boats in the Bay of Bengal are once more forcing the region to confront the plight of Rohingya refugees seeking safety by sea. 

At this critical moment, the Kaldor Centre begins a series aiming to inform regional discussions about protection. With analysis from a diverse range of perspectives from refugees, academics, human rights organisations and others at the forefront of forming regional policy in this area, we aim to consider how far the region has come in the past five-years, and encourage critical discourse about the steps yet to be taken.

Hear from series convener and Kaldor Centre Senior Research Associate, Madeline Gleeson, in this 10 minute introductory podcast: 


Series contributors

Looking ahead: Human rights standards in the context of protection at sea

Pia Oberoi

“There we are nothing, here we are nothing!”: The enduring effects of Rohingya persecution and genocide in Myanmar and on lives in the diaspora

Melanie O'Brien and Gerhard Hoffstaedter 

Defying Hopelessness: Navigating the Humanitarian-Security Nexus within the Discourses of Irregular Migration post-Andaman Sea Crisis

Annisa Dina Amalia

Bureaucratic Gaps and Exclusion: The limits of documentary ‘protection’ for Rohingyas in India

Anubhav Dutt Tiwari and Jessica Field

Human rights metaphors: Revealing regional perspectives about Rohingya displacement since the Andaman Sea crisis

Maree Higgins

Responsibility for boat crises in ASEAN: Potential means and methods for accountability

Sangeetha Yogendran

Why we Rohingya refugees risk our lives at sea

Mohammad Arfaat

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis, International Justice, and Rethinking Solutions

Brian Gorlick

A closer look at repatriating the Rohingya

Savitri Taylor

Trafficking in Rohingya Women: The ASEAN Perspective

Niruka Sanjeewani

Crossfire and criminal cases: How Bangladesh’s counter-trafficking actions changed the game for migrants and refugees in Southeast Asia

Ashraful Azad



Andaman Sea crisis: Is the region really better off in 2020

 Caitlin McCaffrie


Diversity and inclusion: blockchain technology and digital identity for stateless Rohingya refugees

Abraha Desale

Lost in transit: Refugees stranded in a legal vacuum in Indonesia

Heru Susetyo

Is the 2016 Indonesian Presidential Regulation a potential 'game-changer' on rescue of Rohingya boat refugees?

Susan Kneebone

A sad case of déjà vu for the Rohingya

Graham Thom

My Rohingya journey from statelessness to the US via Malaysia and Manus Island 

Imran Mohammad


The Andaman Sea Crisis: 5 years on

Madeline Gleeson

If you are interested in contributing to the Kaldor Centre's special series marking the five-year anniversary of the Andaman Sea crisis, either in a standalone piece or response to an existing contribution, please contact Madeline Gleeson at madeline.gleeson@unsw.edu.au. 



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