(Myanmar) government faces continual allegations of state-sponsored persecution
of its Rohingya Muslim minority. U.N. secretary-general, António Guterres, has
implored Myanmar to end violence that has displaced over 120,000 Rohingya in
the last two weeks. He warns of “creating a situation that can
destabilize the region.” Every day this week, up to 15,000 Rohingya refugees are
estimated to cross into Bangladesh. They would join tens of thousands already
there living in overcrowded camps and stopgap settlements. The U.N. says it has
received reports of rapes,
killings, and other abuses. Since the 1990s, more than 400,000 Rohingya have
fled to Bangladesh.
Giving his opinion on why he believes the Rohingya crisis amounts to genocide is Azeem Ibrahim, senior fellow at the Centre for Global Policy. He’s author of the book The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide.