Tens of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar in recent months amidst a campaign by the South Asian nation’s military against the religious minority.

Refugees have told rights groups and U.N. investigators of burned villages, summary executions and mass rapes of women and girls. About 70,000 refugees have arrived in neighboring Bangladesh since October. But Bangladesh has been less than welcoming: that country’s government has proposed moving them to a remote island that is often flooded during the monsoon season.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at a major human rights crisis that is tarnishing the legacy of Nobel prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s democracy icon turned state counselor.


Joining the program:

  • Patrick Winn, an Asia correspondent for Public Radio International
  • Kyaw Win, executive director of the Burma Human Rights Network
  • Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division at Human Rights Watch
  • Michael Thurston, a retired diplomat and former chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Myanmar