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Religious Persecution in Burma
By admin January 17, 2017

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Violence against the Rohingya Muslims has spun out of control, with the Burmese military and security behind these campaigns of violence. The Rohingya Muslims have been living amongst predominantly Buddhist people for generations, however no one seems to recognize them as citizens. These hate crimes are being acted out by the Buddhist majority in the country on the basis of “ethnic cleansing”.  On the daily, the UN reports of killings and rapes of Rohingya Muslims. They are driven out of their homes, denied healthcare and education, and are prohibited from obtaining citizenship in Burma. To make matters worse these abuses often go unpunished through “the repeated dismissal of the claims of serious human rights violations,” according to the Independent.

 

To understand the present situation amongst the Rohingya Muslims, here are a few things to note. They are a very friendly and peaceful group, with no need to do harm upon someone else. Their strongest weapons are those they handmake. Unable to resist against the soldiers and military that persecutes them, nearly 1,250 houses and other structures have been burned to the ground. In 2012 alone, the quarrels between the Rohingya Muslims and the Buddhists have left approximately 140,000 people internally displaced. This group of Muslims have been living in temporary camps for about four years now, in shacks less than nine square feet. They yearn for living in peace and in freedom.   

 

Being a minority in Burma, Rohingya Muslims continue to suffer ongoing discrimination and persecution from the majority Buddhist population, as well as lacking clear representation in the government. As a consequence, Burmese authorities have been carrying out a campaign of “ethnically cleansing”, resulting in violence, rapes, and destruction of their homes and villages. With child rape cases up 40 percent, inhumane acts continue to rise, and bring fears of another “humanitarian disaster.” Opposition to these human rights abuses have mobilized grievances throughout the region. Protests were recently held against such cleansing and in support of the Rohingya Muslims in Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok and Dhaka.

 

The Rohingya Muslims had originally hoped that the government of Aung San Suu Kyi’s would be a breath of fresh air and tremendous help to the people, however, sadly, she has “failed to live up to both her political and moral responsibility.” With no government support from Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party, the Rohingya Muslims have no voice. The “democratic transition” has been a living nightmare for the Rohingya Muslims. The Burmese government have denied such genocide of the Rohingya Muslims, and claim “fake news” if the accounts are brought up. Moreover, these acts of violence and the lack of effective government response underscore the failures of the current political system and the imminent onslaught of a humanitarian catastrophe.  

 

The UN human rights office has taken this into priority and the spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, has submitted a formal request to access this area, however it has not been granted yet. The UNHCR has pushed for the Myanmar authorities to investigate these violent issues further, however the Myanmar military has been targeting Rohingya civilians by attacking and abusing them as a “collective punishment.” The UNHCR has also called for the government of Bangladesh to remain open armed for the refugees leaving their country. The outside world is unknowledgeable as to what is going on due to the journalists and aid workers blocked access into Burma. Instead, satellite imagery is released of the homes and villages as well as the numerous reports of rapes and killings the UN receives on the daily. The violence against the Rohingya Muslims needs to be recognized and prioritized to end these inhumane acts.  

 

Read More:

 

Burmese military accused of raping, killing and burning down entire villages

 

What’s behind the persecution of Burma’s Rohingya Muslims?

 

Rohingya Muslims being ‘ethnically cleansed’, says UN official

 

Myanmar: Security forces target Rohingya during vicious Rakhine scorched-earth campaign

 

Burmese government denies ongoing genocide of Rohingya Muslims

 

Child rape cases surge 40% in Burma

 

Rohingya refugee crisis: Burma’s Muslim minority face choice of life in open-air camps or dangers of fleeing by boat

 

Burma elections: Muslim population kept in the dark ages by being denied the vote


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