As has been well documented, the Rohingya, an ethnic group native to Myanmar, are currently facing what U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and UN leaders have labeled “ethnic cleansing” at the hands of their own government.
With an issue as complex and deep-seated as what the Rohingya face, it is often difficult to wrap one’s head around what is going on in Myanmar and discern the numerous violations that are taking place.
One of the more all-encompassing reports which provides a detailed framework explaining the situation on the ground was published recently by Amnesty International.
The 111-page report goes in-depth on the Rohingya problem, tracking the history and context of the current situation, and listing and exploring the widely variation of rights which have been violated by the Burmese government. Among the findings are numerous, serious instances of ongoing violence, violations of basic political, social and economic rights, and a characterization of the current system as apartheid.
The report concludes with a broad range of reforms that may help address the issues, though there are so many that any comprehensive solution is unlikely without international intervention and cooperation.
NPR had a discussion with Laura Haigh, a Rohingya expert for Amnesty International, which can be heard and read here: Rohingya Trapped In ‘Dehumanizing’ Conditions, Report Says
To read the full report, click here: MYANMAR: “CAGED WITHOUT A ROOF”: APARTHEID IN MYANMAR’S RAKHINE STATE