Ethnic cleansing against Rohingyas is consequence of hate: AI

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Rohingya Muslim people, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, walks back to her shelter after collecting handouts at a temporary makeshift after crossing over from Myanmar into the Bangladesh side of the border, near Cox's Bazar's Thangkhali area, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last few weeks as they flee violence in western Myanmar.

Desk Report:

The horrific military campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Myanmar is the ultimate consequence of a society encouraged to hate, scapegoat and fear minorities, said Amnesty International on Thursday.

The human rights watchdog made the observation in its annual assessment on human rights.

The report, the State of the World’s Human Rights, covered 159 countries and delivered the most comprehensive analysis of the state of human rights in the world today.

The Amnesty International warned that the world is reaping the terrifying consequences of hate-filled rhetoric that threatens to normalize massive discrimination against marginalized groups.

Last year, the world was immersed in crises, with prominent leaders offering us a nightmarish vision of a society blinded by hatred and fear. This emboldened those who promote bigotry, but it inspired far more people to campaign for a more hopeful future.

Nevertheless, the organization found that a growing movement of both first-time and seasoned activists campaigning for social justice provides real hope of reversing the slide towards oppression.
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