Crisis Group’s Report On Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis.
In August this year, Kofi Annan, who was appointed to the Rakhine Advisory Commission by the Myanmar Government and tasked with finding solutions to the ethnic conflict in the Rakhine State released its 63-page report stating the Rakhine Muslim community, the Rohingya, had become vulnerable to human rights abuses due to a protracted conflict, statelessness and discrimination. The report also pointed out that about 10 percent of the world’s stateless people live in Myanmar and that Rohingya make up the single largest stateless community in the world. The commission, headed by former UN Secretary-General comprised three foreign and six local experts. Annan had also warned that the radicalization of the Rohingyas was imminent, given the years of persecution by the government in collusion with the mainly Buddhist Burmese. A few hours after Annan presented the commission’s report, violence broke out in the western Rakhine state when armed Muslim insurgents reportedly attacked security guards in the border region with Bangladesh. At least 71 people, including 12 security personnel, had been killed in these deadly clashes. The recent Crisis Group’s up-to-date report (see below) indicated that further cross-border Rohingya militant attacks are likely as atrocities by the Myanmar military and Buddhist communities are ongoing against the Rohingyas within the country. It seemed unlikely that given the ethnic cleansing that is presently ongoing in Myanmar, a future repatriation programme of Rohingyas back to the Rakhine State is plausible; given the horrendous level of traumatization. More likely, the fighting will spill into both communities along the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Read Crisis Group’s Full Report Here:
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