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State Violence and the Rohingya: A Case of "Textbook Ethnic Cleansing"

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For decades, the Rohingya people in Myanmar have been victims of widespread governmental violations that reveal a bleak conclusion: the Rohingya people are gradually but systematically being decimated. Nearly all of Myanmar's 1.1 million Rohingya live in the western coastal state of Rakhine. The government does not recognise them as citizens, effectively rendering them stateless. State violence against the group has recently escalated further, with "clearance operations" in Rakhine by the security forces leading to widespread massacres and rape, forced population displacement and the systematic destruction of villages.

The International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) has, for several years, been at the forefront of activist research regarding the persecution of the Rohingya people, with an ESRC-funded project in 2014-15, "Rapid Descent into Genocide in Myanmar?" This involved extensive field research in Rakhine, which is notoriously hard to access, and the publication of a ground-breaking report which provided one of the first international accounts of the crimes taking place.

Dr Thomas MacManus, a key member of ISCI for many years, has been invoved in the Rohingya project since its inception, and in October 2017 travelled to the refugee camps in Bangladesh, where 100,000s refugees are now based. At this event, Tom will discuss his findings, and set these within the wider context of ongoing state violence against the Rohingya, which has been decribed by the United Nations as a case of "textbook ethnic cleansing".

The event will be chaired by Dr Sam Raphael, Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Westminster.

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