Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a country located in Southeast Asia. It is bordered by India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and China. The country has been in conflict for many years, with a corrupt government that hates pro democracy people and ethnic groups. The ethnic group being brutally persecuted by the Myanmar military is the Rohingya minority. They are Muslims that have lived in Myanmar for a long time but have never been truly accepted by the country. The signs of trouble started in the early 1960’s when the government did not allow Muslims in the army or in a position of government they also enforced regulations that denied citizenship to anyone whom were unable to prove they had Burmese ancestry from before the year 1823.
The Myanmar government has also refused the Rohingya people access to things such as health care, education, and employment because they are Muslims. Thousands of the Rohingya people seek refuse in Bangladesh because the Myanmar military go into their villages and murder them. The Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition states that “Burmese soldiers have destroyed over 200 Rohingya villages, slaughtered husbands in front of their wives, cut women’s throats with knives and smashed the heads of babies in front of their mothers. Un medics working with Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have reported cases not only of rape and sexual assault but mutilation of women’s genitals by Burmese security forces.”(TASSC) There are reports of this happening still today; just last year there was a mass killing of the Rohingya people in Rakhine. They believe around 10,000 people were murdered and many villages destroyed. Rohingya houses were looted the women and young girls were raped and other forms of sexual violence. Theresa May the British prime minister a long with the United States and France have described it as ethnic cleansing.
In September of 2017 the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal found the Myanmar government and military guilty of Genocide against the Rohingya Muslim people. The UN in August of this year have put out a report of their investigations and it calls for Myanmar commander-in-chief as well as five generals be prosecuted for genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity. I hope the UN and other country’s continue to fight for the Rohingya Muslims and one day they will be able to return to Myanmar and not live in fear but find peace. I also hope that this will set an example to other governments that want to commit such horrible attacks against people that it will not be tolerated and there will be punishment.
Atrocities Against Rohingya Are Crimes Against Humanity
Allyson Flora is majoring at ODU in biology. Coming from a science background,s he is used to writing from a reporting perspective: mostly figures and explanations of lab procedures an findings. She is looking forward to writing from a less constrictive manor where she can put more thought into her words.