19 September 2019
Dr Ronan Lee of the School of Law spoke with Aljazeera on the scale of persecution and forced migrations of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh.
Dr Lee said: “We’ve seen four major waves of forced migration from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The common denominator every time is when Myanmar’s military interacts with the Rohingya. During the 70’s they claimed that they were checking citizenship rights within Myanmar, the direct result was atrocities committed against Rohingya civilians and hundreds of thousands crossed into Bangladesh.” This happened again in 1992 and 2016, and “as we know during 2017 the largest forced migration in Asia since the end of the Second World War, 700,000 Rohingya were forced into Bangladesh amid credible accusations from international bodies, including the UN, that acts of genocide were committed. Atrocities against civilians and most certainly crimes against humanity.”