School of Law

Alicia de la Cour Venning interviewed for Expresso about the treatment of the Rohingya by the Myanmar government

9 April 2018

International State Crime Initiative researcher Alicia de la Cour Venning, was interviewed for Expresso about the treatment of the Rohingya population by the Myanmar government. She said: ”The Myanmar government is attempting to re-engineer the social landscape in northern Rakhine state, through the appropriation of ‘abandoned’ Rohingya lands, livestock and property; the establishment of new economic zones; and bulldozing any remaining homes, religious structures, and even vegetation, making the land unrecognisable thereby preventing Rohingya from being able to return to their lands of origin. In place of where a thriving Rohingya community once lived, the state is establishing new military, residential and economic infrastructure, and altering demographics by re-settling ethnic Buddhist Rakhine from central Rakhine state to the north, effectively eliminating all memory of how the Rohingya once lived.”