The First Step towards Ending Myanmar's Slow Genocide of Rohingyas

We must stop lying, as a people of Burma or Myanmar. For nearly 40 years - since 1979, the country's successive military leaderships from Ne Win (1962-88), Khin Nyunt-Than Shwe (1988-2004) and ThanShwe-TheinSein (2004-present) - have as a matter of national policy attempted to erase Rohingya from the country's official history. 

Apparently, some university researchers have professional integrity to state facts as they find them on the ground - rather than going along with the generals in power. 

In the above-inserted pieces of photographic evidence, as late as 2012, Rohingya and Chittagonians are recognized as "ancient" people in their ancestral land along present-day Myanmar and Bangladesh - two post-World War II creations as new nation-states. 

And yet President Thein Sein to Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy to Buddhist monks and other dissidents have joined hands in butchering Rohingya identity and history: indeed within Myanmar or Burma, Rohingya have been made a 'people without history' or identity. 

As Myanmar or Burma peoples who claim to be Buddhist and demand basic human rights, we must have the courage and strength to admit our wrong-doings to the Rohingya and stop lying about their genuine history and identity. Bluntly put, we are in effect a nation of ethnocidaires - killers of an ethnic identity, culture and history. 

As a Burmese I find this most shameful, most despicable and most unconscionable. 

Yes, I support student marchers demanding 'education for democracy'.
Yes, I support the rights of minority or non-Bama ethnic groups to self-determine their own future.
Yes, I support land rights activists and displaced farmers.

But I want us as a people to STOP lying to ourselves and to the world.

Our country - Myanmar or Burma - is verifiably a textbook example of an ETHNO-CIDE, destruction of ethnic identity and existence as an ethnic group.

It is not simply that the world recognizes the group's right to self-identity as a matter of its human rights.

Equally important, Myanmar's official knowledge - as in what goes into Ministry of Education textbooks - evidently recognizes Rohingya to be ancient or early people of Northern Arakan or Rakhine.

The first step towards ending ‪‎Myanmar‬'s slow genocide of the Rohingya

We must become aware of our own individual roles in and contributions as Myanmar citizens to the on-going ethnocide of more than 1 million Rohingya inside Burma - and another 1 million Rohingya in diaspora.

The first step to end this national crime would be to face up to the irrefutable evidence - that Rohingya are our country's ancient people living on their own ancestral land between Bangladesh and Burma and restore their citizenship and ethnic rights.

Doing so will end Rohingya's immense sufferings of nearly 40 years and enable us the ethnic majority to rehabilitate our own humanity which has degenerated by our complicity in the military-led national genocide.

"သမၼတကေတာင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံမွာ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ မရွိပါဘူးလို႔ ေျပာထားတဲ့ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာ အေၾကာင္းပါ ေနတယ္ ဆရာမလို႔ေျပာၿပီး Chapter 4 ေအာက္ရွိ Culture Base ေခါင္းစဥ္ စာမ်က္ႏွာ (၈၃) တြင္ Ancient Culture သင္ခန္းစာကို ဖြင့္ျပလိုက္သည္ ၊ ၿပီးေတာ့ စာမ်က္ႏွာ (၉၄) ထိလွန္လိုက္ၿပီး ပထ၀ီ သင္ရုိးညႊန္းတမ္းတြင္ ပုံႏွိပ္ ေဖာ္ျပထားေသာ စာတစ္ပိုဒ္ကို က်ေနာ္ ဖတ္ျပ လိုက္သည္။ ထိုေခါင္းစဥ္ ေအာက္ရွိ ေနာက္ဆုံး စာပိုဒ္တြင္ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ အတြင္း တိုင္းရင္းသား လူမ်ဳိးမ်ား ပ်ံ႕ႏွံ႔ ေနထိုင္ပုံကို ေရးသားထားရာ၌ ျမန္မာႏိုင္ငံ နယ္စပ္ နယ္နမိတ္ အတြင္း လူနည္းစုမ်ား ေနထိုင္ ေတြ႕ရွိရပုံတြင္ ထိုင္းႏိုင္ငံ ေျမာက္ ပိုင္း ၊ လာအိုႏွင့္ ဗီယက္နမ္ ေျမာက္ပိုင္း တို႔တြင္ ေနထိုင္သည့္ " ေယာင္ " လူမ်ိဳးမ်ားကို ရွမ္းျပည္ ေတာင္ပိုင္း က်ဳိင္းတုံ ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ဖက္တြင္ ေတြ႕ရွိရေၾကာင္း ၊ ထို႔ျပင္ ကိုးကန္႔ တရုတ္ လူမ်ဳိးမ်ားကိုလည္း သံလြင္ျမစ္ အေရွ႕ ဖက္ျခမ္းရွိ ကိုးကန္႔ ေဒသ အတြင္း၌ေနထိုင္ေၾကာင္း ေရးသား ထားၿပီး အလားတူစြာ ရခိုင္ျပည္နယ္ ေျမာက္ပိုင္း ဘဂၤလားေဒရွ္႕ႏွင့္ ဆက္စပ္လွ်က္ရွိေသာ ဘူးသီးေတာင္ ေမာင္းေတာတြင္လည္း ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာမ်ားႏွင့္ စစ္တေကာင္းသားမ်ား ေနထိုင္ၾကေၾကာင္း ေရးသား ေဖာ္ျပ ထားသည္။"


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