The plight of the Rohingya

Amid Myanmar’s reforms, violence against minorities continues.


  1. Human Rights Watch released a 56-page report today on the violence in Burma's western Rakhine state, sometimes known by its colonial name, Arakan. The report accuses the Burmese security forces of participating in the rape, murder and displacement of Rohingya Muslims in the region: 
  2. This video, also from Human Rights Watch, provides background on the violence against Rohingya Muslims:
  3. Burmese Security Forces Target Muslims
  4. This map of Arakan state shows the areas where violence has been documented:
  5. The government of Myanmar says the Rohingyas should be resettled elsewhere:
  6. Myanmar President Thein Sein said in June the government was only responsible for third-generation Rohingyas whose families had arrived before independence in 1948 and that it was impossible to accept those who had "illegally entered" Myanmar. He recommended that the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR take care of them in camps or resettle them in third countries. UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres replied it could only resettle refugees that fled from one country to another.
  7. A June 18 photo from Human Rights Watch shows Bangladeshi border officials denying boatloads of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar near the port town of Shah Porir Dweep, Bangladesh:
  8. In an interview with Al Jazeera English, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said it is not her country's responsibility to help the Rohingya people:
  9. Rakhine people have also fled their homes in northwest Myanmar to escape the violence. This photo shows some Rakhine taking refuge in a local school in Sittwe.
  10. These photos of Rohingyas in Rakhine trying to escape monsoon floods are from the IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation. The group is collecting donations to provide clean water and relief supplies to the displaced:   
  11. Fueling the anger online are misleading images like this, posted and shared on social media networks. They turned out to be photos from other events, as this blog post from Pakistan's Express Tribune points out. Below is an image from the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in China, but its caption says otherwise.
  12. That hasn't stopped activists from waging online campaigns using graphics and cartoons:
  13. held a demonstration outside a stadium in London where Burmese athletes were competing. They demanded the country be suspended from the Olympic Games: