Global Journalist: Rohingya Crisis in Myanmar After Attacks

Oct 6, 2017

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 Just two years ago, once-isolated Myanmar seemed firmly on a new course.

Longtime opposition leader and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy won a sweeping victory in elections that year, a milestone in moving the southeast Asian nation towards democracy and away from decades of military rule.

Now both Myanmar's progress and Suu Kyi's reputation look starkly different as the nation's security forces carry out a massive offensive against the nation's Rohingya Muslim minority in its southwestern Rakhine state. More than a half million Rohingya refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh in a matter of weeks after what one top U.N. official has called a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at Myanmar's long history of discrimination against the Rohingya and Suu Kyi's role in the current crisis.


Joining the program:

  • Hla Kyaw, chairman of the European Rohingya Council
  • Shafiur Rahman, a documentary filmmaker currently working on a film about Rohingya women refugees
  • Florence Looi, a southeast Asia correspondent for al-Jazeera
  • Robert Lieberman, a documentary filmmaker whose credits include the 2012 film "They Call It Myanmar: Lifting the Curtain." 

Assistant producers: Maria Callejon, Denitsa Tsekova, AnnMarie Welser, Yanqi Xu

Supervising producer: Rachel Foster-Gimbel