Coverage of Rohingya Genocide and the killings of Rohinghya, the Muslim minority in Myanmar with latest news, videos and updates continually tracked on Pakistan Times
The Rohinghya are a heavily persecuted Muslim minority in Myanmar, many of whom live in displacement camps after deadly unrest erupted in 2012 in Rakhine, one of Myanmar’s poorest states and a tinderbox of communal tension between its Buddhist majority and the ethnic Muslim minority. Myanmar refuses to recognise most of its 1.3 million Rohingya as citizens and places a series of restrictions on them, such as family size, movements and access to jobs.Read More
Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled Myanmar in recent years, alongside Bangladeshi economic migrants, primarily headed for Malaysia and Indonesia.
The exodus largely went ignored until a crackdown on the people smuggling trade in Thailand last month caused a regional crisis as gangmasters abandoned their quarry on land and sea.
Some 4,500 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants have since washed ashore in the region while the UN estimates around 2,000 others are still trapped at sea.
Buddhist hardliners in Rakhine want Rohingya pushed out of the region altogether and are opposed to the central government offering stranded boat people any help.
The persecution of the Rohingya has been largely ignored by the international community, with international right groups and other Muslim countries blamed for their ‘criminal silence’ on the issue.