Rohingya: The next ethnic cleansing you’re not hearing about
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John Burger - published on 12/03/16 - updated on 06/07/17
Reports of excessive use of force and other serious human rights violations against religious minority in Myanmar
Is ethnic cleansing in progress right under everyone’s nose? Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan aimed to find out as he heads to Myanmar this week.
Myanmar’s leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, appointed Annan to head an advisory panel to find lasting solutions to the conflict in the Western Burmese state of Rakhine. It’s the site of clashes between the Burmese government and the Muslim minority known as Rohingya. Some go as far as saying it’s an ethnic cleansing-in-progress.
The Associated Press reported that the U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, on Tuesday expressed concern about reports of excessive use of force and other serious human rights violations against civilians, particularly Rohingya, including allegations of extrajudicial executions, torture, rape and the destruction of religious property.
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