A #Genocide in the Making: The #Rohingya People and (Far-Right) Buddhist Nationalism in Burma/Myanmar // @TheAngryindian Speaks with Geor Hintzen

Summary: The Rohingya Nation is a stateless, culturally Muslim/Hindu, population of nearly one million people primarily situated within Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar with another million of their citizens dispersed across mainly South and Southeast Asia. As a socio-politically marginalised Indo-Aryan ethic minority within Burma/Myanmar, (Indo-Aryans) the Rohingyas are restricted from enjoying citizenship rights – by law – in harsh contrast to the historical record which documents the presence of Rohingya occupation in the Arakan region since (at least) the 8th century. United Nations observers, along with other human rights NGO’s report that the military government of Burma/Myanmar – aside from severely limiting the rights of these people through persistent racialist persecution – are actually operating a programme of ethnic cleansing, gearing-up for a mass, forced-exodus of the Rohingya under the threat of death. The government of supported in these xenophobic measures by the majority Buddhist population and numerous, far-right clerics citing ‘racial purity’ goals as a rationale for advocating Rohingya genocide.

20106649_10213665826030537_5842017-09-04_13-06-52To discuss this appalling crisis, FWR host @TheAngryindian speaks with Professor Geor Hintzen, Coordinator of Knowledge Management and Safety at The Hague University, The Netherlands and one of the leaders of the ‘Protect The Rohingya’ effort taking place in the European Union dedicated to drawing an international focus on the drastic human rights catastrophe that is developing in Burma/Myanmar. A recognised expert on Sino-European politics and relations; ME languages/cultural studies as well as EU immigration, migrant and asylum law in the EU, he is the author of ‘Protest your loyalty: An analysis of the right of assembly, procession, and demonstration in the People’s Republic of China’ (1994) and ‘Protect The Rohingya’ (Editor) with Shabnam Mayet and Andrew Day.

*Note to listeners: We apologise to our guest and our listeners for the poor (Skype) audio quality of this broadcast. However, because of the immediate importance of the subject matter, we decided to release it.

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