October 8, 2014

Latest Sign Clinton’s Myanmar Policy Failing

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton led the way in easing sanctions against against Myanmar. Clinton even listed opening the country up as one of her major foreign policy successes.

This did not turn out so well for the Rohingya Muslim minority which has historically been repressed. According to a report from The Associated Press today which calls the actions “the most aggressive effort yet,” Myanmar is forcing the entire Muslim minority population to register with government. They have set up barricades around Rohingya villages allowing only those who have cooperated to leave. Those who don’t cooperate are being kicked and beaten with clubs.

The Rohingya Muslims are afraid the registers will be used to deny them citizenship.

The Rohingya’s fears are not unfounded. In April 2013, Human Rights Watch accused the Myanmar government of conducting “ethnic cleansing” against the Rohingya Muslims.