Myanmar’s Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims

By Vaughn Hoisington | MYANMAR

Myanmar, a primarily Buddhist country formerly known as Burma, has been savagely murdering the Rohingya Muslims that live within its borders. The ethnic cleansing has been going on for years, and the persecution for decades.

Despite the fact that Myanmar’s Government is assisting extremist groups in an ethnic cleansing, the head of the state doesn’t even seem to care. Aung San Suu Kyi, the State Counsellor of Myanmar, has stated that she doesn’t consider it to be an ethnic cleansing and doesn’t even think of the Rohingya Muslims as an official ethnic group in Myanmar. It seems very irresponsible for the head of the state to ignore an ethnic cleansing within her own country, but the fact that she is a former recipient of a Nobel Peace Prize makes it even more convoluted.

Some citizens have done worse than pay no attention to the atrocities; they’ve joined in. The 969 Movement, a Buddhist extremist group, has fought hard to eliminate any Muslims in Myanmar. In fact, the actual reason the organization was founded was to stop the spread of Islam into Myanmar. Although the 969 Movement is technically a Buddhist group, the Dalai Lama has condemned them and called for them to stop their violence, in order “to bring about a peaceful resolution.”

Out of the total 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims that live in Myanmar, Morocco World News estimated that 400,000 have fled to Bangladesh. Some of the persecuted have chosen to stay and fight for a “democratic Muslim state for the Rohingya.” This group, known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, was founded in 2016 to fight the oppressors. Their government has labeled them as “Bengali terrorists” and illegal immigrants. When Myanmar officially labeled the ARSA as a terrorist organization, they refuted the claim and said it was baseless.

This epidemic isn’t something that just started recently; the Human Rights Watch classified it as an ethnic cleansing in 2013. The senseless murder may not end soon since the head of state opposes the entry of UN officials.


One thought on “Myanmar’s Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims”

  1. The British brought Indian Muslims to northern Burma, after the British left the Muslims killed tens of thousands of Buddhists trying to create an Islamic state. Now the Buddhists are kicking the Muslims out, less than a thousand have died, and only now pro-Islamists western liberal journalists start being concerned about ethnic cleansing because Muslim extremist groups in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia that persecute Christians, Hindus and Buddhists, started calling it genocide.

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