September 21, 2017

What is really happening to the Rohingya?

We meet the Al Jazeera journalists covering the story to hear reports from the ground.

There has been an international chorus of condemnation at the United Nations General Assembly of the violence being carried out against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. Earlier this week, the United Nations' top human rights official called what was happening, "a textbook example of ethnic cleansing".

On Tuesday, Myanmar State Counselor Aung Sung Suu Kyi - a recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize - broke a long silence with an internationally-televised address. She referred to the flight of about 400,0000 Rohingya as an “exodus” and but did not condemn her government's military operations. Amnesty International described her speech as “victim-blaming” and mix of “untruths.

This most recent flare-up came after security forces and allied militias retaliated to a series of attacks by a small Muslim armed group by burning down thousands of Rohingya homes in the predominantly Buddhist nation. Since then Rohingya have streamed across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Al Jazeera has closely covered all the latest developments in this story. We’ll speak to reporters on the beat and hear the latest.

On this episode of The Stream, we speak with:

Divya Gopalan @DivyaGnews
Correspondent, Al Jazeera

Rosiland Jordan @RosJordanAJE
Correspondent, Al Jazeera

Hasan Patel @hasanpatel
Head of Online Planning, Al Jazeera 

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