Myanmar Rohingya: When will the killing and displacement stop?

Myanmar Rohingya: When will the killing and displacement stop?

The Rohingya are people in Myanmar lived at Rakhine state on the west coast and are considered an ethnic minority in the country, With the coming to power of the army, the authorities began a campaign of ethnic cleansing against Muslims in the country.

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar suffer persecution and murder by the authorities, and in a detailed report by Al Jazeera that hundreds of families were killed, and bodies burned, in addition to the houses were completely burned. A spokesman for the human rights organisation said the army had destroyed several villages and there were many wounded without help, adding that there were many reports of escalating violence.

Meanwhile, the army-backed authorities are conducting an ethnic cleansing operation in Rakhine state through massive displacement of the population as hundreds of thousands have fled to Bangladesh near the border. The BBC reports that migrants arrive every day at Kutupalong camp, the largest camp in Bangladesh, where living conditions are poor. The Human Rights Commission announced that migrants arrive at the camp without any property and have difficulty finding safe drinking water or any shelter. In this context, satellite images taken in 2017 show sabotage and the destruction of villages completely, however we see that there is a clearance of ethnic orientation of Muslims despite widespread condemnations.

Despite the authorities’ refusal to regard Rohingya Muslims as illegal citizens of the country, in 2017 we saw the world silent and failing, especially the Nobel Peace Prize laureates, how the president of the country Aung San Suu Kyi was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I can say that this award is a great honour and encourage the authorities to kill and displace. On the other hand, Aung San Suu Kyi stated that she did not know who was responsible for the Rohingya crisis and that she would try to investigate to find out who was responsible, where she was defending her prize. Although many human rights organizations have called for the withdrawal of the Nobel Prize, these attempts have been rejected and the committee is considered a prize give to Aung San Suu Kyi for spreading democracy in the past. So, I believe that peace in the future will be through tyrants and murderers.

In the end I believe that Muslims have become the weak side of this world, and with more than one million Rohingya Muslims I have never seen any real reaction from the silent world. Today we see that the Rohingya Muslims are not considered citizens of Myanmar. Muslims are deprived of civil and social rights and are further deprived of education and restricted in the movement.


2 thoughts on “Myanmar Rohingya: When will the killing and displacement stop?”

  1. To think that ethnic cleansing is occurring in the 21st century is barbaric!. To reduce a minority group like the Rohingya calls back to the Armenian massacres of 1915-16 and the Nazi holocaust.
    However, your use of bold words like “tyrants” and “murders”, in relation to Aung Sun Suu Kyi, appear shocking. Although, I agree with the widespread international pressure to condemn the army’s alleged brutality, it is important to understand that she has no control over the military. In the wake of the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis it is critical to place the conflict in context. Myanmar is a predominantly Buddhist country and denies Rohingya citizenship based on their different cultures, therefore, does this not suggest the conflict is produced from a clash of civilisations? After all, they were excluded from the 2014 census because the nation refused to recognise them as people.

    The idea of “displacement” you put forward identifies the separation between Muslim identities and the rest of the world. For example, the Rohingya Muslims were collectively dubbed “boat people” by the international press, which highlights the lack of sympathy shown towards religious minorities seeking refuge. This image cements stereotypes and enables the western media to create an anti-immigrant rhetoric that produces negative perceptions of Muslim’s. For example, the media’s depiction of the brutality of this event often sees women as major victims. I wonder: is this because women are perceived as vulnerable? Or is it merely the media evoking sympathy to reinforce stereotypes of brutality associated with the supposedly backwards ways of the East?

    Yet, despite crude stereotypes and binary oppositions I believe geo-political authorities could be doing more to help the Rohingya minorities. Perhaps to address the matter more effectively for those who don’t know much about the crisis, Zana Fraillon’s Bone Sparrow offers a literary interpretation of the events that focuses on the moral, social and political rights of Muslims.

  2. I find it heart-breaking to see another group of Muslims, like the Chinese Uyghur Muslims, suffering at the hands of the powerful. However, it would be useful to highlight that the genocide dates to the 1960s, when military rule against Muslims began.

    I believe the Rakhine State government’s restriction on media access, disallows such history to be heard. Being the largest outsource of information, the media has an important role in broadcasting information, yet here it has failed. However, if Muslims were the perpetrators of this terrorism, the headlines would have been immediately spread worldwide to tarnish Islam, which conveys the immense power and hypocrisy of the media.

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