“There We Are Nothing, Here We Are Nothing!”: The Enduring Effects of the Rohingya Genocide

Melanie O'Brien, Gerhard Hoffstaedter

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Abstract

Debates continue as to whether crimes committed against the Rohingya in Myanmar amount to genocide. This article will address this question, framed in the broad context of the Rohingya victimisation in Myanmar, but also the narrow context of the Rohingya refugee lived experience in Malaysia. The authors contend that the Rohingya are victims of genocide, and this is in part evidenced by the destruction of the Rohingya culture, including through assimilation (and therefore loss of group identity) in refugee destination countries, such as Malaysia. This analysis is based on the consideration of theories of genocide process and definition, international law, and qualitative data collected during extensive anthropological fieldwork by one of the authors with urban refugees in peninsular Malaysia.
Original languageEnglish
Article number209
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Sciences
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2020

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