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...

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...

Rohingya: Apartheid in All But Name

September 07, 2017

When it comes to the Rohingya, where is Aung San Suu Kyi? The Rohingya are one of the world’s most persecuted people. Descendants of Muslim traders, they have lived in Myanmar’s Rakhine State for centuries, yet the Burmese government, led by Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, calls them...

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...

Abuse of Rohingya Must Be Investigated

February 13, 2017

There is too little access and too little known about possible ongoing abuses in Rakhine State. International humanitarian and human rights groups, including Refugees International, have long called for an independent international investigation into abuses of the Rohingya population and...

Humanitarian Access More Than “Necessary” in Myanmar

January 09, 2017

The international community must continue to demand access and not accept simple ambiguous statements from the Myanmar government. A new dangerous dynamic has been unleashed in western Myanmar since the October 2016 attack by a group of Rohingya militants and the subsequent Burmese army...