The Rohingya have been described as the ‘world’s most persecuted minority’.
Fuelled by the recent outbreak of violence in August 2017, the humanitarian predicament in Myanmar is deteriorating at an unprecedented rate. This upsurge is not unusual. The reality is that this stateless population has been suffering for decades yet, before this year, their plight was largely underreported by the media.
Who are the Rohingya? What is happening to them and why? Why is so little known about them? In the inaugural episode of Perspectives, we discuss these questions and more.
Original air date: November 2, 2017 at 6pm on St Andrews Radio
Hosts: Kathrina Dabdoub and Elizabeth Barnes
Researchers: Amy Bretherton, Alanna Gow, Kathrina Dabdoub, and Elizabeth Barnes
Special thanks to Dr Matteo Fumagalli, Senior Lecturer at the School of International Relations
Policies of Persecution: Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, report by Fortify Rights
Rohingya crisis: Seeing through the official story in Myanmar, report by Jonathan Head for the BBC
Clandestine sex industry booms in Rohingya refugee camps, report by Stefanie Glinski for Reuters
Guilty verdicts for Rohingya trafficking deaths, report by Al Jazeera
The Rohingya, via the Religious Literacy Project at Harvard University
How geopolitics helped create the latest Rohingya crisis, article by Dr Matteo Fumagalli for The Conversation
Myanmar 2016: from enthusiasm to disillusionment, article by Dr Matteo Fumagalli