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Across Myanmar, Denial of Ethnic Cleansing and Loathing of Rohingya

posted on October 24, 2017

The New York Times’s Hannah Beech reports on the Myanmar Army’s violent expulsion of Rohingya Muslims, which has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya out of Myanmar since August. Beech writes, “Buddhist monks, moral arbiters in a pious land, have been at the forefront of a campaign to dehumanize the Rohingya.” Beech explains that many are in denial of wrongdoing: “Government officials, opposition politicians, religious leaders and even local human-rights activists have become unified behind this narrative: The Rohingya are not rightful citizens of Buddhist-majority Myanmar, and now, through the power of a globally resurgent Islam, the minority is falsely trying to hijack the world’s sympathy.”

Read at The New York Times