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AP Explains: What's behind persecution of Myanmar's Rohingya 
GRANT PECK, Associated Press

 

BANGKOK (AP) — Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali-born student accused of carrying out a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week, reportedly protested on his Facebook page about the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar.

 

Muslim Rohingya face discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in the country, also called Burma. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing. Here are several things to know about the group:

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"THE MOST FRIENDLESS PEOPLE IN THE WORLD"

Although Rohingya — a Muslim ethnic minority of about 1 million among Myanmar's predominantly Buddhist 52 million people — have lived in Myanmar for generations, most people view them as foreign intruders from neighboring Bangladesh. Bangladesh, which hosts many Rohingya refugees, also refuses to recognize them as citizens. "The Rohingya are probably the most friendless people in the world. They just have no one advocating for them at all," Kitty McKinsey, a spokeswoman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said in 2009.

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BORDER ATTACKS LED TO LATEST OUTBREAK OF VIOLENCE

Almost all Rohingya live in western Myanmar's Rakhine state, where the military has stepped up operations since November, when nine police officers were killed in attacks on posts along the border with Bangladesh. The identity of the perpetrators remains unclear. Rohingya villagers armed with homemade weapons resisted troops and an unknown number of villagers died, along with a handful of soldiers and officials. Rohingya solidarity groups say several hundred civilians have been killed since October. The New York-based group Human Rights Watch says satellite imagery shows 1,250 houses and other structures have been burned down. In 2012, violence between Rohingya and the Buddhist community killed hundreds and forced about 140,000 people — predominantly Rohingya — to flee their homes to camps for the internally displaced. About 100,000 remain in the squalid camps and dependent on charity.

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DISAPPOINTMENT WITH SUU KYI

There has been great disappointment that Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, whose political party took power in Myanmar this year after decades of military rule, has failed to ease the plight of Rohingya despite her reputation as a fighter for human rights. Speaking out for Rohingya rights is an unpopular political position. However, Suu Kyi's government in August appointed former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head an advisory panel aimed at finding lasting solutions to the conflict in Rakhine state. He is scheduled to visit Rakhine on Friday. The U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, on Tuesday expressed concern about reports of excessive use of force and other serious human rights violations against civilians, particularly Rohingya, including allegations of extrajudicial executions, torture, rape and the destruction of religious property.

 
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-- © Associated Press 2016-12-01
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Let,s examine a totally basic concept. Why does a certain group of people feel that they are being discriminated against ? Answer :- Because they are basically a bunch of a**eholes who treat everyone else like s**t and cause trouble wherever they go ! Aung San Suu Kyi, I would I think, is totally aware of this, and wishes to protect her country from the problems caused by a group of people who are totally obsessed with their religion that demands the extermination of anyone who is NOT of their faith. Anyone who cannot see the bottom line here is being exceedingly obtuse. Thank God that there are people still around who, like A.S.S.C. can see the end game and are doing what they can to prevent it from happening in the country that they love !

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What is happening in Burma, is tantamount to genocide against the Rohinga people. They are systematically abused, raped, tortured and killed. Why? Their faith, and the fact that they just do not fit into the tiny box that the Burmese people, and government have decided to occupy. There is no justification for any of this. These are not extremist people. They are simply poor, uneducated, and trying to survive, against all odds. 

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