Myanmar – Rohingya Genocide

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Myanmar has shot back into the news recently following a military coup which has shocked the world. The military leader, Min Aung Hlaing, has returned to power, the same man responsible for the continued attacks on the Rohingya minority. The more than one million Rohingya are described by U.N. as the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’. The Rohingya are an ethnic group, the majority of whom are Muslim, who have lived for centuries in the majority Buddhist Myanmar. Currently, there are about 1.1 million Rohingya in the Southeast Asian country. They are not considered one of the country’s 135 official ethnic groups and have been unfairly denied citizenship in Myanmar since 1982, which has effectively rendered them stateless.

Due to ongoing violence and persecution, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have fled to neighbouring countries either by land or boat over the course of many decades. They have been at the end of barbaric abuse led by the military during this time and are still going through a state-sanctioned genocide.

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