The Nation March 13, 2013 8:15 pm
It is does not matter what they are known as – Rohingya or Bengali – but they must have basic rights and be protected from violence and fear while living in Myanmar, which is supposed to be their homeland.
In responding to violence in western Rakhine state, the authorities in Myanmar tried to launch a political discourse to say there are no people called Rohingya in the country, and therefore the authorities have no responsibility for what happened to them.
Rather than finding the truth and the root cause of the violence in June and October last year, lawmakers, officials and intellectuals in Myanmar are debating the very existence of the ethnic group called Rohingya. They have tried to build a consensus within their society and the international community to deny the existence of Rohingya and call them instead “Bengali”, to make this group of people seem alien.
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