Anti-Muslim Speech Gaining Acceptance in Burma

Both Myanmar private media outlets and President Thein Sein government rally behind neo-Nazi "Buddhist" monks in reaction to TIME's Cover Story "The Face of Buddhist Terror".

“State security forces failed to protect either community, resulting in some 100,000 displaced, and then increasingly targeted Rohingya in killings, beatings, and mass arrests while obstructing humanitarian access to Rohingya areas and to camps of displaced Rohingya around the Arakan State capital, Sittwe,” according to the HRW 2013 World Report.

Amnesty International reported, “Police and army have arbitrarily detained hundreds of men and boys, mostly from Muslim-dominated areas, and subjected many of them to torture and other ill-treatment.” The 2013 Amnesty International report said security forces and other state agents committed “unlawful killings, excessive use of force, arbitrary arrests, torture and other ill-treatment.”

Internally displaced Rohingya boys in a camp for displaced Rohingya people in Sittwe, northwestern Rakhine State, Burma, May 15, 2013. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Dr. Maung Zarni, a Burmese democracy activist, and research fellow at the London School of Economics, makes the case in an interview on March 28 in the Tricycle publication that the state is engaged in genocide but no one wants to call it that.

“After the military proxy party lost by a landslide in the most recent elections, they decided that the time was right to drive out the Rohingya in order to both curry Buddhist majority favor and demonstrate their relevance in reformed Burma. But you know, it’s not possible for any state in this day and age to destroy an entire population of 800,000 to one million. Not after Nazi Germany. Instead, the military has created a situation where there would be communal riots. In doing so, the military state has attempted to do what amounts to outsourcing genocide.”

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Anti-Muslim Speech Gaining Acceptance in Burma

By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times | June 24, 2013

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