Aung San Suu Kyi’s Defense of Genocide

December 13, 2019

The specter of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace laureate, standing before the UN’s highest legal body to defend Myanmar against charges of genocide is striking. Suu Kyi was once the revered face of international human rights, but she is now defending the most indefensible of crimes. But beyond...

The World Must Recognize the Cause of the Rohingya Crisis

June 07, 2018

In this edition of The Interview, Fair Observer talks to Thomas MacManus, editor-in-chief of State Crime Journal. The humanitarian catastrophe in Myanmar’s Rakhine State has been described as the world's most urgent refugee crisis. The roots of the ethnic conflict can be traced back to...

Should Rohingya Be Repatriated?

February 01, 2018

Citing concerns of safety and the possible risk of forced returns, Bangladesh says it needs more time to prepare for the monumental logistics of repatriation of the Rohingya refugees. The number of Rohingya refugees pouring into Bangladesh from Myanmar has soared to over 800,000 as the two...

The Rohingya: When the Land You Love Burns

November 15, 2017

There are close to a million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh in desperate need of food, shelter and medical attention. The flight of the Rohingya people is an exodus of unprecedented scale and speed. Since August, over 600,000 refugees have fled Rakhine State in Myanmar. Around 300,000 of them...

What are We Doing to Protect the Rohingya?

September 21, 2017

If only Muslims reach out to help the Rohingya, the international community will suffer another blow to its reputation. They were Muslims, and they were leaving the country in droves. Their homeland, a remote corner of a multiethnic country, had become a warzone. Militants had taken up arms to...

Rohingya: A Textbook Example of Ethnic Cleansing

September 15, 2017

Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are being driven out of the country in what the UN calls "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing." The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic group that practices a form of Sunni Islam. For centuries, they have lived in Myanmar as a minority in the predominantly Buddhist...

Myanmar Violence Against Rohingyas is Ethnic Cleansing

September 13, 2017

In this guest edition of The Interview, Vishal Manve talks to Meenakshi Ganguly, the South Asia director of Human Rights Watch. Rohingya Muslims, the “world's most persecuted minority,” are fleeing from Rakhine State in Myanmar following a military crackdown and attacks by Buddhist...

Persecution of Rohingya: A Tragedy of Minorities

September 12, 2017

The fate of the Rohingya reflects the plights of ethnic minorities throughout history and across the world.  The Rohingya are a persecuted Muslim minority living mainly in western Myanmar. Their origins are a subject of immense dispute and controversy. Some views hold that they are the progeny...

The World This Week: Rohingyas Turn Refugees, Suu Kyi Stays Silent

September 10, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi fails to stand up to virulent nationalism based on ethnicity and religion that has led to the terrible persecution of a Muslim minority in Myanmar. This has been a week of natural and manmade disasters. Hurricane Irma has followed hard on the heels of Hurricane Harvey, leaving a...

Suu Kyi Continues Denial of Rohingya Abuses

April 07, 2017

Aung San Suu Kyi continued a pattern of denial and unwillingness to criticize the Myanmar military over crimes against the Rohingya.  In a rare interview with an international news network, Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi downplayed atrocities committed against the Rohingya people in the...

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