Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingya Must End

ANALYSIS, 5 May 2014

London Conference on Decades of State-Sponsored Destruction of Myanmar’s Ethnic Rohingya – TRANSCEND Media Service

28 April 2014

What is really going on in Myanmar/Burma beyond tourist brochures, media spin and official reform hype?

Unspeakable crimes are being carried out against innocent humans: children, women and men by the country’s government and racist extremists.

Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya (of whom there are more than 1 million inside the country and another million around the world) have been singled out for systematic destruction.

Successive governments, for decades, have institutionalized a system of apartheid against these people. Kept in concentration camp-like conditions and ghettoized neighborhoods, Rohingya are not permitted freedom of movement.

Every aspect of their lives, including marriage, childbirth and ability to work, is severely restricted.  Their right to identity and citizenship is officially denied; in other words, they are not recognized as humans before the law.  The Myanmar government even denies humanitarian agencies  unfettered access to nearly 200,000 Rohingya in the camps.

Rohingya are profoundly vulnerable to all forms of oppression and atrocities.

As a nation, Myanmar is committing numerous crimes including systematic persecution and discrimination, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.

Of the country’s ethnic groups, only Rohingya are subjected to a policy of compulsory birth and marriage control because of their ethnicity.

As a matter of national policy, Myanmar is:

DENYING Rohingya legal existence, and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life; and

DESIGNING extensive structures of discrimination, genocidal hatred and popular violence that amount to the extermination of Rohingya as an ethnic group. Thereby, both the government and racist extremists, are

DESTROYING an entire people with impunity and popular consent. Myanmar’s official deeds speak volumes about its intent to destroy Rohingya as an ethnic group.

We call on everyone: in governments, in the streets and fields around the world to stop the destruction of Myanmar’s Rohingya.

This is genocide. 


The following organizations and concerned citizens have endorsed this global call:


Non-Rohingya Organizations:

International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), King’s College, University of London

The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Canada

Global Campaign for the Rwandans Human Rights

London Centre for Social Impact

Justice for All, USA

Burma Task Force USA

Burmese Welfare Association, USA

Burmese American Muslim Association

Myanmar Muslim Association in Thailand

Myanmar Muslim Youth – Malaysia

Myanmar Muslim Civil Rights Movement

Dignity International endorses

Pax Romana ICMICA

International Movement for a Just World (JUST)


Concerned Global Citizens:

Prudentienne Seward, a survivor of Rwandan genocide against Tutsi and founder  of PAX – Peace for the African Great Lakes

Rene Claudel Mugenzi, Rwanda genocide Survivor, founder of Global Campaign for Rwandas Human Rights

Sai Latt, Burmese scholar and writer, Simon Frazer University, Canada

Ko Aung, former Burmese political prisoner and activist, London, UK

Soe Aung, Burmese human rights activist, Bangkok Thailand

Dr Kyi May Kaung, Burmese writer, scholar and artist, Washington, DC, USA

Dr Zarni, Burmese scholar and activist, University of Malaya and London School of Economics

Youk Chhang, Executive Director, The Documentation Center of Cambodia

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey, Rome Conference/ICC Signatory, ICTY Witness on Genocide & Former Foreign Minister – Bosnia & herzegovina

Daniel Feierstein, President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars & Professor in the Faculty of Genocide Studies, the University of Buenos Aires

Veronica Pedrosa, journalist and TV presenter

Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in Humanities, Columbia University & founding member of Post-Colonial Studies, USA

Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Dir, Fahamu Refugee Center; founding director, Refugees Studies Center; Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, UK

Mary Kaldor, CBE, Professor of Global Governance and Director, Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, UK

Dr Helen Jarvis, Genocide Studies Researcher and co-author of “Getting Away with Genocide: Elusive justice and the Khmer Rouge tribunal”

Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Parliament of World’s Religions (for identifications only), USA

Penny Green, Professor of Law and Criminology & Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), King’s College, University of London

Dr Hassan Saeed Elmogummer Taha, human rights activist, Qatar

Alex Caring-Lobel, Associate Editor, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, USA

Antara Dev Sen, Editor, The Little Magazine, India

Mohanad Hage Ali, Journalist, Lebanon

Dr Sabina Alkire, Dir. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of Oxford, UK

Bridget Anderson, Professor and Deputy Director Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK

Prof. Johan Galtung, dr hc mult, founder, TRANSCEND International

Barbara Harriss-White, Emeritus Professor of Development Studies and Founder-Director of Contemporary South Asian Studies, University of Oxford, UK

Geoff Whitty, Former Director, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Professor of Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA

James C. Scott, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Professor of Anthropology, Yale University, USA

Jack Healey, Executive Director, Human Rights Action Center, Washington (and former Executive Dir. Amnesty International/USA)

Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, M.A., Editor, TRANSCEND Media Service-TMS, Brazil

William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for, UK

Roland Watson, Dictator Watch, Thailand

Francis Wade, Journalist, Thailand

Dr Nancy Hudson-Rodd, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia

Michael Ratna, Sri Lanka

Chandra Muzaffar, President, JUST, Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia

Darwis Khudori, Indonesian academic, France

Arash Sedighi, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

Dr Laleh Khalili, SOAS, London

Dr Rahul Rao, SOAS, London

Dr Samantha Langsdale, SOAS, London

Dr Ashraf Hoque, University College London (UCL)

Dr (Medical doctor) Mohsin Badat, UK

Dr. James Abdulaziz Brown, UK

Dr. Jonathan Saha, University of Bristol

Sophie Ansel, Journalist & Writer, France

Lynn Lee, Film Maker, Singapore

James Leong, Film Maker, Singapore

Dr Syed Farid Alatas, National University of Singapore

Dr Matt Phillips, University of Aberystwyth, Wales, UK


Rohingya Organizations Worldwide:

Arakan Historical Society

Arakan Rohingya National Organization

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA)

Burmese Rohingya Association (BRA), UAE

Burmese Rohingya Community Netherlands

Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark (BRCD)

Burmese Rohingya Association Deutschland

Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization (CBRO)

European Rohingya Council

Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee, Malaysia

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