Opinion: The ethnic and religious genocide in Myanmar is unacceptable to humanity

Reuters journalist Wa Lone, center, talks to journalists during he is escorted by polices as they leave the court Monday, Sept. 3, 2018, in Yangon, Myanmar. A Myanmar court sentenced two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, to seven years in prison Monday for illegal possession of official documents, a ruling that comes as international criticism mounts over the military's alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims. (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

There is a genocide happening in our world right now.

The victims of these horrible crimes against humanity are the minority Rohingya Muslims who reside in the predominately Buddhist country of Myanmar.

Accurate numbers of the size and scope of the extermination of the Rohingya are not available.

The Myanmar government estimates that 400 people have been killed.

However, according to a recently released un report, the real number is, conservatively, 10,000.

The report also says that at least 725,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled the country for safety. The refugees accuse the Myanmar army of arson, rape and killing aimed at pushing them out of the area and out of existence.

Reporting on these horrible actions of the Myanmar government has come at a cost for two Reuters journalists. They were arrested by Myanmar police in order to prevent the story of this genocide from being told.

On Monday, after 39 court appearances and 265 days of imprisonment, journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo were sentenced to seven more years in prison.

By imprisoning these reporters, the Myanmar government is essentially admitting guilt to ethnic cleansing and are preventing themselves from being held accountable by a free and open press.

Here’s the bottom line: the ethnic and religious genocide that has taken place in Myanmar is unacceptable to humanity.

The united nations should take swift action to protect the victims in Myanmar. The international community has to loudly demand that the Reuters reporters who have been wrongly imprisoned are released immediately and unconditionally.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations

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