There have been reports that in Myanmar’s hidden region, rape has become an epidemic against Muslim women.Rape has become a deliberate tactic used by Myanmar Army to repress muslims.
Disturbing reports in Western Myanmar have been emerging of the brutal crackdown underway on the region’s Muslim Rohingyas.
“The Rakhinese entered and aimed the gun at my forehead. They held my hands strongly and did what they wanted to me,They beat me too much and did what they wanted. The military did this,” one of the victims said.
While Muslim Rohingyas live in Myanmar since centuries for generations,Myanmar’s government doesn’t consider the Rohingya to be citizens.About 1 million Rohingya live in Rakhine state, and they are almost entirely disenfranchised and need permission, for instance, to travel outside their own villages or to marry. Many are restricted to living in internment camps, segregated from the local Buddhist population.
The silence of Aung San Suu Kyi
As for Myanmar’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has seemed oddly indifferent in her rare public comments on the violence against the Rohingya. In a recent interview with Singapore’s Channel News Asia, Suu Kyi told her interviewer: “I’m not saying there’s no difficulties. But it helps if people recognize the difficulties and focus on resolving instead of exaggerating them so that everything seems worse than it really is.”