Silenced and Suppressed: Myanmar’s Marginalised During the Pandemic
7 decades of civil war and military oppression have swept Myanmar. Suppression of the Rohingya, a stateless ethnic minority, has been so severe, they are one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. During the COVID-19 pandemic, despite calls for a nationwide ceasefire, clashes between the military and the Rohingya have continued. On the 10th of May, the government set their own ceasefire, but what did this entail? Increased vulnerabilities have further exacerbated conditions for previously displaced refugees. 15,000 Rohingya face quarantine in already crowded camps. With the suppression of human rights activists and the media, how can these issues be heard and, most importantly, resolved?
Giving a voice to those who are silenced and suppressed, we are joined by peace activists Khin Ohmar, Chair of the Board of Progressive Voice Myanmar, and Marc Batac from Initiatives for International Dialogue for a new episode of the Peace Corner podcast.