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Jews in 1939, Rohingya in 2015: Will countries of conscience remain silent?

The persecution of the Rohingya minority in Burma has been among the world's greatest human rights disasters over the past century. The international community's apathy toward the plight of these Burmese refugees stranded at sea mimics the indifference that saw many Jews sent to their death in 1939.
The persecution of the Muslim Rohingya minority in Burma has been among the world's greatest human rights disasters over the past century. However, this tragedy has only recently emerged as a hot-button international issue after the Rohingya have opted for drastic means to escape the sordid conditions faced at home. 
Largely based out of Burma’s Rakhine state and neighboring Bangladesh, the Rohingya have been persecuted for decades on the grounds that they are illegal immigrants, or the descendants of illegal immigrants. Since a 1982 citizenship law effectively rendered the Rohingya stateless, the Burmese government has barred freedom of movement while formally withholding acc…