School of Law

Professor Penny Green comments on Ashin Wirathu and his violence towards the Rohinyga

20 December 2017

β€˜The Venerable W.’ is based on the life of Ashin Wirathu, a Burmese Buddhist monk, and premiered at the 2017 Cannes International Film Festival. It is also the final instalment in a trilogy by Iranian-Swiss director Barbet Schoeder. Wirathu is known for his violence towards the Rohinyga in Myanmar and perpetuating anti-Muslim ideals, reports Tricycle. Penny Green, Professor of Law and Globalisation and Director of the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), said: β€œ[Wirathu plays] a central role with his hate speech and the Islamophobia that it creates, given that the Rohingya are surrounded by a hostile community that can be whipped into violence very quickly.”