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The Forgotten Rohingya: Stuck in Limbo in Myanmar’s Prison-Like Camps


The Myanmar government has begun “closing” down camps keeping some 128,000 Rohingya and other displaced Muslims but to date, Rohingya still aren’t allowed to leave these sites. The International State Crime Initiative, based at Queen Mary University of London, released a report last year again warning that genocide is a process still ongoing, so presenting the camp closure as progress or a positive step must be questioned. Alicia de la Cour Venning, executive board member at the International State Crime Initiative explains: “The closure of the camps alongside persistent failures to address the state-driven processes of dehumanization, isolation, and systematic weakening, which are central to the perpetration of genocide, will only exacerbate the already bare life existence of the Rohingya.”

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