Apartheid In Myanmar: Rohingya Muslims Trapped In ‘Open-Air Prison,’ Amnesty Says

Myanmar’s brutal and internationally-condemned purge of Rohingya Muslims numbers to “dehumanizing apartheid,” Amnesty International said in a scathing report published on Tuesday.

Security forces in the Buddhist-majority nation have waged a crackdown from the minority Muslims living forcing into Bangladesh.   Amnesty has documented violent persecution of Rohingyas including rape, torture and other forms of misuse from state officials.

“at the case of the Rohingya this is indeed severe and extensive that it amounts to a widespread and systemic assault on a civilian population, that is clearly linked to their ethnic (or racial) identity, and therefore lawfully constitutes apartheid, a crime against humanity under international law,” the individual rights organization explained in its report.

It clarifies the campaign against Rohingya villages as an “rdquo and grossly disproportionate & criminal; reaction to coordinated attacks on government safety articles. “Rather than attempting to bring the assailants to justice, it targeted the entire Rohingya population on the basis of the identity,&rdquo said.

The humanitarian situation in Rakhine State ― that the United Nations describes as a “rdquo & textbook example; of ethnic is deteriorating on a scale. The crisis has attracted attention to the state-sanctioned discrimination Rohingyas have endured for decades by authorities in Myanmar, in which they’re denied many fundamental rights and citizenship.

Myanmar’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, said that she worked toward an agreement with Bangladesh for the “rdquo & voluntary and safe returnto Rakhine State. The Nobel laureate has come under fire because of her conspicuous silence and inaction as the crisis has worsened.

Arson in addition to tensions at Myanmar flared between Buddhists and Muslims in 2012, which led to deadly riots and displacement. Rohingyas have been segregated and mistreated in an “open-air prison,” Amnesty charged.

“Since 2012 there’s been such a lack of everything. We don’t even have access to education, to health care, there are restrictions on traveling. We could’t go anywhere on the road since there are checkpoints along the way. We’re currently struggling for survival, our children are currently struggling for their future,” a Rohingya guy told Amnesty.   “It’s just like being caged with no roof. ”

Rohingyas have long been targeted by openly discriminatory legislation in Rakhine and beyond, including arbitrary curfews and a law that says “foreigners” and “Bengali races [a pejorative term for the Rohingya]” need exceptional permits to travel between townships.

Constraints of motion create barriers and push Rohingyas &ldquo according to Amnesty. One Rohingya guy told the company that he was forbidden from traveling into a hospital in Myanmar, therefore he had to seek medical attention in Bangladesh, that was pricey.

“I had been lucky,” he said. “Many individuals can’t afford this, so they end up dying. ”

The system seems designed to create rsquo & Rohingyas; lifestyles & ldquo; humiliating and as despairing & rdquo; said Amnesty Anna Neistat’s senior manager for study. “The safety forces’ savage campaign of ethnic cleansing in the previous three months is just another extreme manifestation of this appalling attitude. ” 

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