Belmont University Research Symposium (BURS)

Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar

Publication Date

Spring 4-19-2023


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, College of


Public Relations, Department of

BURS Faculty Advisor

Christie Kleinmann

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation


The Rohingya people are a marginalized group of Muslims residing in the borders of Myanmar under harsh conditions. They have and continue to suffer from acts of genocide under the military government who persistently refuse to acknowledge their existence within the country. Due to these acts, Myanmar was sued by The Gambia, a primarily Muslim country. Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize winner for her humanitarian efforts in fighting for democracy for Myanmar, represented the country at the International Court of Justice. An international uproar ensued as she defended the military government, who imprisoned her for over a decade, against the claims of genocide of the Rohingya people. The decision she made that day would impact Myanmar greatly and resulted in the military government leading a coup against their own country to shut down any power gained from the democratic movement. Her defense was analyzed using a moral relativism perspective and PRSA’s Code of Ethics, as well as its application to ethical leadership.

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