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Jakarta Post

Editorial: Remember the Rohingya

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 19 2012   /  08:00 am

Now that information travels more freely in and out of the country, news coming out of Myanmar about the violent treatment of the Rohingya, a Muslim ethnic group living in the Rakhine state on the border with Bangladesh, should disturb the conscience of those who love peace and freedom. Even more disturbing however is the silence of most of the world, including Myanmar’s Southeast Asian neighbors, in the face of clear human rights violations perpetrated by the state and its people against the ethnic group.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), through years of constructive engagements with the Myanmar junta, can take some credit for pushing the regime to take the path of democracy, albeit slowly. The release of Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her election to parliament earlier this year have raised hopes that Myanmar is well on its way to ending its stat...