Amnesty International: Rohingya Muslims Are Trapped In Dehumanising Apartheid Regime Of Myanmar

In a report released on Tuesday, Amnesty International said that The Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are trapped in a vicious system of state-sponsored, institutionalised discrimination that amounts to apartheid.

Over the past three months, more than 600,000 Rohingya were languishing in Bangladeshi refugee camps after fleeing the brutal Myanmar army.

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Recently, Amnesty documented violent persecution of Rohingyas including rape, torture and other forms of abuse by state officials.

The human rights organization explained in a report:

“In the case of the Rohingya this is so severe and extensive that it amounts to a widespread and systemic attack on a civilian population, which is clearly linked to their ethnic (or racial) identity, and therefore legally constitutes apartheid, a crime against humanity under international law,”

Amnesty said that Instead of attempting to bring the assailants who attacked government security posts to justice, Myanmar army targeted the entire Rohingya population on the basis of their identity.

Anna Neistat, Amnesty International’s Senior Director for Research said the Myanmar authorities are keeping Rohingya women, men and children segregated and cowed in a dehumanising system of apartheid. “Their rights are violated daily and the repression has only intensified in recent years.”

Amnesty added the Rohingya people in Rakhine State are sealed off from the outside world and face severe restrictions on their freedom of movement that confine them to their villages and townships. These restrictions are put in place through an intricate web of national laws, “local orders” and policies implemented by state officials displaying openly racist behaviour.

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