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The Rohingya are a Muslim group who live in Rakhine state (formerly Arakan state) in western Myanmar (Burma), a majority Buddhist country. According to the United Nations, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. They suffer routine discrimination at the hands of neighboring Buddhist Rakhine groups, but international human rights groups such as Human RiThe Rohingya are a Muslim group who live in Rakhine state (formerly Arakan state) in western Myanmar (Burma), a majority Buddhist country. According to the United Nations, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. They suffer routine discrimination at the hands of neighboring Buddhist Rakhine groups, but international human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) have also accused Myanmar's authorities of being complicit in a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslims. The Rohingya face regular violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, extortion, and other abuses, a situation that has been particularly acute since 2012 in the wake of a serious wave of sectarian violence. Islam is practiced by around 4% of the population of Myanmar, and most Muslims also identify as Rohingya. Yet the authorities refuse to recognize this group as one of the 135 ethnic groups or "national races" making up Myanmar's population. On this basis, Rohingya individuals are denied citizenship rights in the country of their birth, and face severe limitations on many aspects of an ordinary life, such as marriage or movement around the country.This expose of the attempt to erase the Rohingyas from the face of Myanmar is sure to gain widespread attention....

Title : The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar's Hidden Genocide
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ISBN : 9781849046237
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Number of Pages : 235 Pages
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  • Hadrian
    2019-05-05 17:19

    Update: As of 9/12/17, one third of Myanmar's Rohingya population is now in flight., historical, impassioned look at the plight of the Rohingya minority in Burma. Technically, they're not even classified as a 'minority' group in the national census, and are herded into refugee camps, disallowed from accessing social services, forced into slavery, and are often victims of mob violence.Ibrahim first starts by dismantling the myth that the Rohingya are not a separate ethnic group from the Bengalis, taking into account sources from the British colonial period and earlier. The ongoing issue comes from a series of post-independent governments searching for an internal opponent to demonize, often to buttress a Burmese ethnic identity or Buddhist religious fundamentalism. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy, while still attempting to negotiate a federal democracy, keeps its silence, and her political opponents who use it as a perfect wedge issue, and would accuse her of betrayal if she steps out of line. (Does this square with the NLD's recent election results? Do Muslims still support her as an alternative to the military junta as of this year?)

  • Jaymee
    2019-04-28 19:52

    Dense but repetitive and belabors the point which can be distracting. Instead of emphasizing the plight of the Rohingyas, the statistics, numbers and constant references on books and articles can tire the reader; it sounds more like an academic paper that was edited slightly for the general audience. This is not an objective introduction to the Rohingyas but a behest to act on their behalf. Also, I would have loved to hear personal stories; after all, this is about faceless, nameless, stateless people who are on the brink of genocide.This book argues that the Rohingyas have already been part of precolonial Myanmar, is a call on the international community's promise to act and put pressure on the government instead of merely supporting them and strengthening the regime which will only help with the persecution of this ethnic group. And at the start of the book, the author does not conceal his dissatisfaction with Aung San Suu Kyi's silence. Largely, this is a call to action because "the Rohingyas will disappear from Rakhine state. It is sure Rohingya will disappear" (an interview with a Rohingya politician). As this is the only book that focuses solely on the Rohingyas, and the most up to date one, it's a good primer (contextualizing it historically and with collated info/articles/interviews/books/stats), but I look forward to more books which will show me who they are not just as a persecuted minority, but as individuals.

    2019-05-10 21:54

    It's so sad that the Rohingyas are another minorities that is facing genocide but nobody is interested in Burma anymore. Since Aung San Suu Kyi came to power the western world start to think that everything is settled, as far as I know I'm not the only one that has never knew that also Theravada Buddhist could be racist and violent. So this book is important because is written by one of the few person that is still fighting for this ignored minorities of Muslim who are almost all living in refugees camps where they are only waiting to die.È molto triste realizzare come ci siano ancora molte minoranze ignorate che piano piano stanno scomparendo, come i Rohingyas per i quali si parla ormai di genocidio, ma non fanno notizia. Da quando Aung San Suu Kyi é arrivata al potere, il mondo occidentale sembra essersi lavato le mani della Birmania, come se ormai il problema fosse risolto. Inoltre molti ignorano come ci siano frange buddiste violente e razziste. Quindi questo libro é importante perché é scritto da uno dei pochi che ancora cerca di tenere alto l'interesse su questa monoranza mussulmana, che ormai vive quasi tutta in campi di rifugiati dove non viene permesso loro altro che aspettare di morire.THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  • Hunter Marston
    2019-04-30 19:11

    A bit dense but contains some really valuable and well-researched data on the Rohingya's history in Burma/Myanmar

  • Sofron
    2019-05-25 18:12

    Informative, good research. Great book for people who want to know more the origin of Rohingya and how those critical issues still going in our world.

  • Rodney Falberg
    2019-05-19 15:08

    This book clearly shows how the situation in Myanmar is clearly one step away from turning into genocide for the Muslim Rohingyas. They have been thrown between a rock and a hard place. They have no citizenship, despite them being born in the country, which means they can't find employment, they can't travel, and they can't access government services. They cannot have more than two children, intermarriage is illegal, they are contained into concentration camps around the country where conditions are poor, little to no access of medical care and food with numerous human smugglers having infiltrated the camps where Rohingyas are trafficked into slavery into Thailand for the prawn industry, which American and other buyers turn a blind eye too, and women and children into the sex trade. The military has a stranglehold over the political process, and the world needs to stop pretending that they are democratizing, THEY ARE NOT! In every free election, the military junta through its party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party, has lost decisively and they simply annul the elections and ignore the results, and through the Buddhist extremist movement, the 969 movement, they have turned the average Myanmmar citizens against the Rohingyas and anyone not a Buddhist as an other and as a possible enemy of Buddhism and the nation. The only thing needed now to commence the genocide is a trigger. The world cannot ignore the growing danger of this situation as we did in Rwanda, and wait till after the fact, to do something.

  • Nickie Mariager-Lam
    2019-04-26 19:01

    Well-written, sometimes a bit repetitive in its points, but in general a very enlightening book about the Rohingyas historical and current situation in Myanmar. It also gives a refreshing feeling that we, the international community, actual still have a very important role to play, when it comes to the protection of the Rohingyas - even though it sometimes seems like the government in Myanmar do not care for international pressure and criticism, it has earlier showed small, but not less important results and the international community needs to continue the pressure, to ensure that the Rohingyas will once again enjoy their full rights as citizens of Myanmar.

  • Ahmed Al-Majid
    2019-05-04 13:59

    Worthwhile read to get an introduction to the history of the region and the violence that is underway.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-15 15:17

    Well-written and -documented monograph. Pro-Rohingya feeling in places, particularly when dealing with older, debated cources. Great introduction to the history of the current crisis.