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[23PacRimLPolyJ0511] Myanmar’s Democracy Struggle: The Impact of Communal Violence Upon Rohingya Women and Youth

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dc.contributor.author Abdelkader, Engy
dc.date 2014-08
dc.date.accessioned 2014-08-12T13:42:06Z
dc.date.available 2014-08-12T13:42:06Z
dc.date.issued 2014-06
dc.identifier.citation 23 Pac. Rim L. & Pol'y J. 511 (2014) en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1066-8632
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1773.1/1373
dc.description Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, volume 23 no.3, June 2014 en_US
dc.description.abstract Ms. Abdelkader is the U.S. Representative to the Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. She is the recipient of an invitation-only Speaker and Specialist grant from the U.S. Department of State in gender, human rights, and Islam. She also currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities Committee on National Security and Civil Liberties. Abstract: Since the end of its military rule in 2011, the international community has rewarded Myanmar for perceived political and economic reforms. Still, Burma’s transition to democratic governance is beset by an unfortunate human rights record and marred by state-sanctioned violence against members of its minority Rohingya Muslim population. This article explores the conflict’s impact upon Muslim women and children. It argues that the group is experiencing human rights violations that are specific to its identity and have yet to be adequately recognized and addressed. These violations emanate from discriminatory population control regulations, gender based violence, human trafficking, hard labor, and educational inequality. Such a perspective has not yet been examined in legal scholarship and discourse. This article further argues that official Burmese1 policies and normative practices targeting the country’s Muslim population continue to compromise Burma’s local, regional, and global security interests. To help protect those interests and prevent further human rights violations, this article proposes a number of related legal and policy recommendations, including: a) amending the 1982 Citizenship Act; b) engaging in public education campaigns to help dispel many of the myths that represent causal factors in anti-Muslim violence; c) providing resources and support for victims of gender based violence; and d) exercising increased vigilance in identifying, investigating, and prosecuting all those who facilitate human trafficking. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Seattle: Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal, University of Washington School of Law en_US
dc.subject Article en_US
dc.title [23PacRimLPolyJ0511] Myanmar’s Democracy Struggle: The Impact of Communal Violence Upon Rohingya Women and Youth en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.rights.holder Compilation © 2014 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal Association en_US

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