In Myanmar, Anti-Terrorism Is Cover for Ethnic Cleansing
Publisher: In These Times
Date Written: 16/10/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21486
A brutal crackdown in Myanmar under the guise of anti-terrorism is really ethnic cleansing against a long-persecuted Rohingya minority.
Excerpt: UN human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein says what is transpiring "seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing." UN secretary general Antonio Guterres has called on Myanmar authorities to cease military operations, calling the crisis "the worlds fastest developing refugee emergency and a humanitarian and human rights nightmare." Yet the government defends itself by claiming to be combating terrorism as justification for launching clearance operations in what has amounted to be an indiscriminate crackdown on civilians.