Burmese Human Rights Activist Maung Zarni: ‘Amnesty International Has Blood on Its Hands’


France 24 – TRANSCEND Media Service

31 May 2018 – We speak to Maung Zarni, a human rights campaigner, academic, and co-author of The Slow-Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya one week after Amnesty International published a report detailing a massacre carried out by Rohingya militants last August in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where nearly 100 Hindus were killed. Zarni vocally criticizes Amnesty, saying the report whips up anti-Rohingya sentiment, not just in Myanmar but across Southeast Asia.

A Buddhist humanist from Burma, Maung Zarni is a member of the TRANSCEND Network for Peace Development Environment, former Visiting Lecturer with Harvard Medical School, specializing in racism and violence in Burma and Sri Lanka, and Non-resident Scholar in Genocide Studies with Documentation Center – Cambodia.  His analyses have appeared in leading newspapers including the New York Times, The Guardian and the Times. Among his academic publications on Rohingya genocide are The Slow-Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingyas (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal), An Evolution of Rohingya Persecution in Myanmar: From Strategic Embrace to Genocide, (Middle East Institute, American University), and Myanmar’s State-directed Persecution of Rohingyas and Other Muslims (Brown World Affairs Journal, forthcoming). He holds a PhD (U Wisconsin at Madison) and a MA (U California), and has held various teaching, research and visiting fellowships at the universities in Asia, Europe and USA including Oxford, LSE, UCL Institute of Education) , National-Louis, Malaya, and Brunei. He is the recipient of the “Cultivation of Harmony” award from the Parliament of the World’s Religions (2015).


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