Report: Condition ripe for Myanmar genocide
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Report: Condition ripe for Myanmar genocide

US Holocaust Memorial Museum warns of apartheid and mass-murder facing the Rohingya minority

Rohingya people live in make-shift camps in Myanmar (the country is also known as Burma). (Photo credit: EU_ECHO/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)
Rohingya people live in make-shift camps in Myanmar (the country is also known as Burma). (Photo credit: EU_ECHO/Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)

WASHINGTON – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum staff believes that conditions are ripe for genocide in Myanmar, also known as Burma, following a trip there in March.

Staff from the museum’s Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide investigated threats facing the Rohingya people and found that many of the preconditions for genocide currently are taking place.

The Rohingya people, who are a Muslim minority in Myanmar, are being physically segregated in ghettos or internment camps after being violently displaced, according to a report from the center.

Myanmar is undergoing a modern form of apartheid, the report states. They are the target of hate speech and are being denied citizenship and freedom of movement.

The museum staff visited internment camps and spoke with some of the people living in the ghettos, separated from their Buddhist neighbors.

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