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Buddhist extremists terrorize Muslims in Myanmar

by Lou Venditti - News Editor
Tue, Sep 26th 2017 08:00 pm

The world is witnessing another genocide and is not doing anything about it. The world’s largest refugee crisis is occurring in Myanmar, and the world is sitting silent and refusing to help. Per Vox, since August 25, more than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country of Myanmar to Bangladesh in attempt to flee a war divided country, 240,000 of these refugees are children. 

The Buddhist majority government in Myanmar have been discriminating against the muslim communities in Rakhine for decades, according to The New York Times. The government has passed laws to legally discriminate against the Rohingya people, including a 1982 law that denied them citizenship. The law established 135 ethnic groups that the government would recognize, leaving the Rohingya people conveniently off the list. The Myanmar government refuse to see the Rohingya people as citizens, but rather illegal immigrants who migrated to the Rakhine region when Myanmar was under British rule.

Violence between Myanmar and the Rohingya people has been very common over the years. Per the United Nations human rights advocacy group, these violent acts against the Rohingya people are part of a “Longstanding pattern of violations and abuses; systemic discrimination; and policies of exclusion and marginalization.”

The violence came to a fever pitch last month when the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) attacked police posts and an army base. The retaliation from the Myanmar government was fierce. Total eradication of the Rakhine state, and all the Rohingya living within it.

One of the strangest things about the situation is the person calling the shots. Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate. She has been publicly known to be nonviolent, but has dodged questions on what is happening with the Rohingya people. Aung San Suu Kyi did not condemn the violence. She even went as far as to claim it is being blown out of proportion. However, the world is looking on the former Nobel Peace Prize winner with disdain as she continues to ignore her government’s execution of mass genocide.

What may be the most frightening thing about the Rohingya genocide is Aung San Suu Kyi’s seeming disregard to the importance of the matter. She does not see it as an issue, but rather a necessity that her government must carry out. The genocide is occurring under the guise of rooting out ARSA, but the world knows that is just the justification Myanmar has been waiting decades for. They do not see the Rohingya as people, but as a pest to get rid of. It is a detestable point of view, and even more so when an entire government holds it and carries out the will of the idea.

The root of the genocide comes from decades of legalized discrimination. The Myanmar government implemented laws to disenfranchise citizens of their country. Alienating them entirely from being a part of the political process that would make them a target for  Myanmar’s military. It has been a systematic plan that has been in place since the 1980s. 

Do not let this genocide pass you by. It is the duty of the people of the world to step in and speak up when atrocities like this are occur. The world has no place for genocide, or even attempted genocide. Every single person is a part of this world, and we all deserve peace. No matter race, religion or otherwise. Every person is worthy of living a good life without being politically excluded. 

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