Rohingya’s Burma-Mass Expulsion and Genocide

  • 3 minute read
  • • by Sharon Koifman
  • • September 30, 2022

Myanmar a land known for bark paste sun protection, temple encrusted with Diamonds, and a pilgrimage rock made of gold. A country with more than 135 ethnic groups and 60 different languages. They even have their own measurement for the weight (viss) and the world’s finest Rubies. And guess what? Ireland is not the only country where men get to wear a skirt-looking thingi or, as they call it longyi. If anyone is confused, Burma is the original name of that country named after their biggest ethnic group, the Burmese. Although in 1989, they changed the name yet, they still use both names interchangeably.

Unfortunately, Myanmar is going through one of the biggest Human Rights crises across the world.

In most military-led countries, human violations are on a grander scale with little to no accountability is the name of the game. Myanmar is no exception. Political detainees litter most of the detention facilities in the country. The detention facilities are so unfriendly that it can make Guantanamo Bay look like a child’s playing ground. The military regime uses various tools to pass its message of adherence to its desires, including sexual violations.  Women have repeatedly reported instances of sexual violations by the military, and thousands of such instances go unreported because the victims can never trust the system.

The military is responsible for more than a million Rohingya people who have fled their homes in the western state of Rankine. It also is responsible for the killing of 25,000 Rohingya people, while 18,000 Rohingya women and girls were raped and sexually victimized. They estimated that 116,000 Rohingya were beaten, and 36,000 were thrown into fires.

Just to offer a bit of background information, the Rohingya people mostly reside in the western province of Rankine. Once Burma got its independence in 1948, they have merged all the different minorities and gave them different states. That of course, with the exception to the Rohinga people, who the Burmese basically see them as Bangladeshi residing illegally in their territory. This was enforced as part of the basic law that requires proof that their descendants have entered prior to 1948. They also defined in 1982 that under the  Burmese citizenship law, they only give citizenship to members of ethnic groups that settled within Myanmar before 1823. Of course, having a noncitizen statue for nearly half a century does not help. Since then, with the influence of not such appetizing terror groups, they have established a few very capable rebel and even military groups that have appeared on the scene. Life has been challenging for both sides for a long time, but in august 2017. One of the Ringya’s Militant groups, known as Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) Attacked a police Army post. The government and the military decided to retaliate aggressively against Arsa and, unfortunately, destroyed hundreds of Rohingya Villages on the way.

The Rohingya have been sparsely distributed across the world. The United Nations has failed to contain the madness in the country and has even had its fact-finding mission officials condemned in the strongest terms by the regime, and yet the United Nations continues to appear diplomatic in its stance against the gross violations in the country. The United Nations body is reciting poetry to a swordsman, whereas the citizenry continues to be violated. Myanmar authorities seem to be playing cat and mouse games against the UN whereby they pretend to cooperate and then continue with their usual human rights violations against non-Buddhist citizens. The report of Special Rapporteur of the UN shows that the authorities are going back on their word as soon as any agreement is made. Meanwhile, the people in Myanmar keep suffering under the noses of the UN, which is busy making futile attempts to change the country.

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