This roundtable takes on the heavy issues surrounding the current state of the Rohingya people as they face unprecedented repression from the Myanmar military and government.
The Rohingya people of Burma/Myanmar have been denied citizenship despite having lived in the country for generations. Race and ethnicity are the major factors behind the denial of Rohingya rights.
It is commonly alleged that the Rohingya are involved with separatist movements that threaten to destabilize Myanmar. Now the Myanmar government has launched a major military operation against Rohingya civilians after attacks on government buildings, including police stations, on Aug. 25, 2017. Now approximately four hundred thousand Rohingya have fled the country; more than one hundred thousand have been internally displaced, five thousand people have been killed, including children, women and old men.
Aung Sun Suu Kyi and her NLD government have completely failed to take any effective measures to protect the Rohingya people. In response to the rapidly worsening humanitarian crisis, the 15 members of the UN Security Council, concerned about reports of excessive violence during the security operations, called for immediate steps to end violence in Rakhine State, re-establish law and order, and ensure protection of civilians. So far the Government of Myanmar has taken no steps to halt the
ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya ethnic group.
Presented by Dr. Mahbubul Haque, Prince of Songkla University (PSU)
Discussants: Dr. Mike Hayes from Mahidol University, Dr. Srisompob Jitpiromsri from PSU, Mr. Khuensai Jaiyen director of the Pyidaungsu Institute, Hajee Ismail from Rohingya Peace Network in Thailand.