“Aqerat” is screening at Aperture: Asia & Pacific Film Festival
According to Human Rights Watch, the 1982 laws “effectively deny to the Rohingya the possibility of acquiring a nationality. Despite being able to trace Rohingya history to the 8th century, Myanmar law does not recognize the ethnic minority as one of the eight “national indigenous races.” They are also restricted from freedom of movement, state education and civil service jobs. The legal conditions faced by the Rohingya in Myanmar have been widely compared to apartheid, by many international academics, analysts and political figures, including Desmond Tutu, a famous South African anti-apartheid activist. Un officials and Hrw have described Myanmar’s persecution of the Rohingya as ethnic cleansing.