The persecution of Myanmar's Muslims

By Guillaume Pajot

A United Nations report has called for Myanmar’s military to be investigated for genocide against the Rohingya people and for crimes against humanity in the treatment of minority groups in the country. The news follows demonstrations this weekend calling for UN action over the crisis by tens of thousands of Rohingya in refugee camps in Bangladesh, where more than 700,000 of the stateless Muslim people have fled since they became the target of a campaign of killings and repression launched in August 2017. As Guillaume Pajot reports from Myanmar, the persecution of Muslims is not limited to the Rohingya, but is widespread in the country whose de facto leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, is accused of doing little to prevent.

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In a report revealed on Monday, the United Nations has accused the military in Myanmar, the former Burma, of practicing genocide against the mostly Muslim Rohingya people in the country’s Rakhine state, and which has led to more than 700,000 of them to seek refuge from the violence in neighbouring Bangladesh.