The Media Review Network expresses its outrage to the Myanmar embassy in South Africa at the continued genocide and the ethnic cleansing of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslim population of Myanmar.

Despite tracing its lineage down many generations, the Rohingya remain stateless and persecuted by the government of Myanmar in the form of systematic persecution, rape, torture and murder at the hands of the Myanmar army.

The recent campaign by the Myanmar government against the Rohingya signals its utter contempt and disregard for the sanctity of human life. Many have also been killed whilst attempting to flee the border into Bangladesh.

Peace loving people around the world will not tolerate such cruelty and hardheartedness by Myanmar’s military junta.

The Media Review Network calls on the Myanmar government to immediately halt all attacks against the Defenceless Rohingya and to grant them equal rights with the rest of Myanmar society.

We also notify the Myanmar embassy in South Africa that the Media Review Network, together with other justice loving civil society organisations, will be embarking on a global campaign to isolate the government of Myanmar through economic, political and military sanctions just as the apartheid government in South Africa was isolated.

An extension of this will be a campaign to lobby the Norwegian Nobel Committee to withdraw the Nobel Peace Prize given to Myanmar’s State Counsellor, Aung San Suu Kyi in 1991.

Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has been conspicuously silent on the Rohingya issue.

This campaign will continue until the Myanmar government ceases all hostilities against the Rohingya and grants them full citizenship will equal rights.

Issued By Dr. Ahmed Haroon Jazbhay

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Ahmed Jazbhay

Ahmed Jazbhay is a lecturer in Political Science at UNISA, and is also a researcher at Media Review Network.He focuses on the decolonisation of knowledge and post-colonial struggles. Ahmed holds a PhD from the University of Johannesburg.