US Declares Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide Against Rohingya

    Photo: Reuters [via The Guardian]

    The Facts

    • The US has declared the Myanmar military's mass killing of the Rohingya Muslim population genocide, joining other nations that include Canada, France and Turkey in doing so.

    • This comes after the US investigated alleged atrocities by speaking to more than 1,000 Rohingya refugees who were displaced during the violence in 2016 and 2017.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    This is a welcome move that the world has been waiting for. It will add pressure on other nations and companies to change their policies toward Myanmar, which could go a long way toward justice for the Rohingya.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Although this puts the US on the right side of history in this particular case, the country's moral authority will remain tarnished until it does more to acknowledge its own genocide of indigenous peoples.

    Establishment split



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