Undercover in Myanmar
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The media spotlight may have faded, but Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims remain a persecuted people. Despite living in constant fear, some citizen journalists are committed to reporting what is happening to Rohingya people inside what they call an apartheid state.
The Rohingya, who live in Rakhine state, have been persecuted by the Myanmar military for a long time. Since 1982, when they were stripped of all citizenship rights, the Rohingya are a stateless people. “They won’t even accept the Rohingya Muslims as second or third-class citizens. There is no class for the Rohingya. The Rohingya live in fear” says Rashid, a citizen journalist. Rohingya people are subject to constant monitoring and policing. Ahmed, another citizen journalist, says: “the government still conducts the annual household inspection on the Rohingya only.” These inspections often require Rohingya to pay bribes for ostensibly free procedures, and if they do not comply they are blacklisted, meaning they can have no access to government services. In 2022, the United States recognized that “members of the Burmese military committed genocide and crimes against humanity against Rohingya.” But the violence continues. Fighting between the Myanmar military and majority-Buddhist Arakan Army, the most powerful armed group in Rakhine State, puts the Rohingya at greater risk.FULL SYNOPSIS