The United Nations spent a year investigating whether or not Myanmar is engaging in genocide against the Rohingya, a minority Muslim group living in the mostly Buddhist country under repressive military rule.
One year ago, a period of brutality and violence resulted in over 10,000 deaths and drove over 700,000 Rohingya from their homes and across the border into Bangladesh.
The slaughter included soldiers who threw infants and small children in open fires, rivers, wells and burning huts. One refugee reported that a soldier threw an infant in the air and impaled it on a long sword. They beheaded men, and raped women.
From testimonies and satellite imagery, the U.N. concluded that criminal investigation and prosecution of six high-ranking Myanmar generals is warranted.
In the U.S., the one-year anniversary of the mass killing of Rohingyas was marked by a speech from Secretary of State Pompeo, in which he avoided using the term “genocide.”
Why would the U.S., and other countries, avoid using that term? There’s an important debate raging over whether or not the situation should be called out as “genocide.” We bring points to both sides of the issue. Check it out.
And, why are the Rohingyas considered the most oppressed people in the world? Geek out on just enough background to understand their crisis.