Myanmar’s Rohingya Genocide: Identity, History and Hate Speech

“25 years after the genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, will the international community really allow this to happen again? With Ronan Lee’s profound new offering, we can no longer claim ignorance about the horrific plight of the Rohingya people.” –  Lieutenant-General (ret) The Honourable Romeo Dallaire

“Ronan Lee’s book is one of the most important studies of the ongoing genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar to date. It seeks to understand the Rohingya situation in its proper historical context and contemporary political situation, offering a fair, reliable, insightful analysis that identifies the many factors that will keep contributing to this crisis. The biggest contribution, however, is the examination of the genocide from the perspectives of different individuals involved in the crisis, which reveals just how complicated and difficult a resolution will be. This book is highly recommended to anyone seeking to understand the crisis, and importantly, those in governments and NGOs who can adapt practice on the basis of insights a careful reading of this volume offers.” –  Professor Michael W. Charney, SOAS, UK

“Deftly knitting together historical and legal analysis with a wealth of interviews, he traces the toxic interplay of race, identity, and politics that has plagued Myanmar since its independence.” – Sebastian Strangio, author of In the Dragon’s Shadow: Southeast Asia in the Chinese Century (2020)

Genocide brought the Rohingya people to global attention. Decades of appalling human rights abuses and a shockingly brutal military crackdown forced Rohingya into the world’s largest refugee camp adjacent to the Bangladesh-Myanmar frontier.

Myanmar’s civilian leader, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi appears to be presiding over atrocity crimes and human rights violations on an enormous scale yet defends her country and its military against genocide accusations.

This unique study combines Rohingya testimony with extensive historical research to outline and assess the full scale of the disaster faced by this mostly Muslim community.

Casting new light on Rohingya identity, history and culture, this will be an essential contribution to the study of the Rohingya people and to the study of the early stages of genocide.

Ronan Lee is a Visiting Scholar at Queen Mary University of London’s School of Law and the International State Crime Initiative. His work focusses on Asian politics, genocide, hate speech and migration. He was formerly a Queensland State Member of Parliament and served on the frontbench as a Parliamentary Secretary in portfolios including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Justice and Youth.

If you’re interested in hosting an online book event please email Ronan at ronan.lee@qmul.ac.uk

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