The Rohingya crisis: Accountability for decades of persecution

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Several periods since 2012 have seen an escalation in violence against the Rohingya population in Myanmar. This violence reached a climax in late 2017, resulting in hundreds of thousands of additional refugees fleeing Myanmar. To many, this acute crisis appeared out of nowhere; however, the Rohingya have been persecuted for decades. This chapter will examine the victimisation of the Rohingya in Myanmar, outlining the history of the crimes committed against them. It will place this in the context of the debate over the categorisation of the crimes being committed: whether they are genocide, crimes against humanity, or ethnic cleansing. In doing so, the discussion will address the relevance of this categorisation for the victims in an international law context and, now that prevention possibilities have long since passed, what avenues for accountability exist for the Rohingya victims against the Burmese perpetrators of these atrocities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGenocide and Victimology
EditorsYarin Eski
Place of PublicationUK
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780429458675
ISBN (Print)9781138311718
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameVictims, Culture and Society


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