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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar

Myanmar, before known as Burma is being one of the latest news recently. Over the past month, a crackdown by Burma’s military has forced more than 430,000 Rohingya Muslims from Rakhine state to flee to Bangladesh, what the UN human-rights chief has called a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” 

“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar
“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar

The international community has condemned the violence unleashed by the Burmese military on Rohingya civilians. It has also voiced sharp criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate and de-facto Burmese leader, for not doing enough to protect the Rohingya, who have been stateless for more than three decades. Myanmar officially recognize 135 ethnic groups, but Rohingya have been rendered stateless and stripped off their citizenship. These Muslims have long been ostracized in Myanmar, where they are considered "illegal immigrants" and face severe restrictions. Now the events has escalade for the worst by turning it to a pure genocide and ethnic cleansing.
It is really sad to think how a public figure like Aung San Suu Kyi, in just a matter of months changed from what Dalai Lama once described as "one of the great heroes of our time" to an international hate figure. Since 1990, international leaders urged her release from house arrest; they received her royally during her visits abroad from 2012; and they hailed her rise to power. Today, she is widely blamed for failing to halt the ferocious military crackdown on Rohingya Muslim communities in western Myanmar and the exodus in waves of half a million refugees into neighboring Bangladesh.

“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar
“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar

She maintains as she all along has, that her government has acted in accordance with the law and that violators from all sides will be brought to justice. "Whatever we are doing, we are doing in accordance with the law," she said.
When pressed, Suu Kyi shows no signs of regret over her vilification: How does she feel that supporters and friends of just six months ago have become vociferous critics, that entire governments, once supportive, have turned on her?
"Actually, nothing is surprising, because opinions change and world opinions change like any other opinion," she stated in her precise, English-accented tones. "We have found - and this is quite understandable - countries that have been through a transition process themselves are much more understanding than those which have never gone through such a process."
“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar
“Ethnic cleansing” in Myanmar

Meanwhile UN, America, China, India and other countries are not giving the needed attention and they are not recognizing this “ethnic cleansing” because Myanmar isn’t Israel, Balkan or any other country. It is just Myanmar.


Raela Hafizi 

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