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ISCI's Alicia de la Cour Venning and Dr Thomas MacMannus speak to The Diplomat on the Rohingya Crisis

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Top UN official recently called the treatment of the Rohingya a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, according to the article. Alicia de la Cour Venning, a researcher at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) who has studied the treatment of the Rohingya extensively, said: “Our research reveals that the historic and current conditions of persecution against the Rohingya minority have developed into genocidal practice.” Thomas MacManus, an ISCI Research Fellow who authored a report on the genocide in Myanmar, said: “The stages don’t always happen in such a clear cut, step by step, way and often repeat and overlap and what I was saying is that we have entered a ‘new’ phase since August. I would say that ‘systematic weakening’ is well under way and that we now need to start investigating whether ‘annihilation’ has begun in earnest.” Read the full article.