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Left: Rohingya mother and child
land in Bangladesh after fleeing
Myanmar by boat (Source:
International Rescue Committee).
Above: Rohingya refugee camp,
Bangladesh, September 2017
(Source: Human Rights Watch).
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military, political leadership, and
fundamentalist groups in Burma/
Myanmar is that they are concerned
that a small group of Muslims will take
over the entire country.
Another storyline in the
propaganda is that the Rohingya are an
ethnic group that is "illegal" and does
not belong in Myanmar because they
come from Bangladesh. This is not true.
What is sad is that other ethnic
and religious minority groups are also
targeted by the government’s policy
of Burmanization: promotion of the
Buddhist philosophy, and requiring
that the Burmese language and culture
are fully adopted by all. Those who
do not adapt will be removed, as the
government has shown, by whatever
It should be noted that there
are Rohingya Hindus who have
been victims of the genocide. And,
although there is a different dynamic
occurring in other parts of Myanmar
between the military (Tatmadaw)
and rebel groups, reports from June
2018 indicate that Christians have
had their religious places of worship
desecrated by the Tatmadaw.
LINDLEY: Hundreds of thousands of
Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent
months, mostly to Bangladesh. What
sparked the recent exodus and how
are the refugees from the violence in
PAULOSE: The claims are that a group
named the Arakan Rohingya Salvation
Army (ARSA) attacked military
outposts and this then caused civilians
in Burma and the military to respond
by killing close to 6,500 Rohingya.
Clearly, the military's response was
neither proportional nor appropriate
to these attacks. The government
has labeled this group a terrorist
organization. As recent decades have
shown, once a group is labeled a
terrorist organization, most human
rights protocols are off the table, and
governments seem justified in doing