The Burma Genocide By: Jacob Helmann and Andrew Will

The Burma Genocide
By: Jacob Helmann and Andrew Will
• The military regime in Burma is one of the world’s most aggressive
and violent governments.
• The Muslim Rohingya are a small group of people that face serious
abuse from the government.
• The main motive for the abuse is the goal of achieving “ethnic
How it started
• Burma’s 1982 citizenship law does not include Rohingya in the list of
recognized ethnicities.
• The government insists that the Rohingya people are all illegal
immigrants, even though they have lived in Burma since 1948.
• They live in the Rakhine State
• The government of Burma limits their right to marry and have
• Rohingya must obtain permission to marry, and usually are not
pemitted to have more than two children.
• Some Rogingya people disobey this law, and a result their children are
considered “invalid” and are denied access to all government
services, continuing the cycle.
• The Rohingya are essentially contained and locked into their current
• Applications must be complete to leave
the city, and the government makes it
near-impossible to obtain them.
• The majority of the Rohingya are
required to work without pay for
the government or military, with
many of these workers being
• Many Rohingya that try to escape
are quickly captured by human
traffickers and are sent either to
plantations or sex-slavery.
Police Corruption
• Rohingya are always at risk of having property confiscated, arbitrary
arrest and detention.
• Additionally, they are constantly physically and sexually abused,
sometimes even tortured, by the authorities.
• Rohingya are barred from the teaching, medical, and engineering
• Many health care facilities will not treat them and few businesses will
hire them other than for manual labor.
• Starting in 1948, the Rohingya people have been persecuted.
• In 1982, a new citizenship law was passed that classified them as
illegal immigrants, which essentially gave approval to the genocide.
• The worst violence came in 2012, when hundreds were killed and
more than 140,000 were displaced
• Unfortunately, the Rohingya people are still being abused to this day.
• There have been improvements recently towards improving
humanitarian access, but the citizenship law has not been changed.
Awareness and Support
• I will never commit a hate crime.
• We are all equal, so I will give my full support to all those being
• I will stay aware and informed to help prevent any other genocides
from happening.