State of Denial: Myanmar claims Muslim persecution not genocide

Myanmar: State Dept. Says Persecution of Muslims Does Not Rise to Genocide

Reuters (as published in The New York Times)

21 March 2016


The State Department said on Monday that it had determined thatMyanmar was persecuting its Rohingya Muslims, but that the government’s treatment of the religious minority group did not constitute genocide. In a report to Congress seen by Reuters, the State Department said it was “gravely concerned” about abuses against the Rohingya, but did not determine that they constituted mass atrocities. Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled poverty and persecution in western Myanmar since religious violence erupted there in 2012, prompting international calls for an investigation for evidence of genocide.

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