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Laura Keynes: Liberals ignore rape and murder to moan about Trump


A few days ago, while the BBC bleated on about Donald Trump, the UN released a report detailing human rights abuses in Myanmar.

It cites consistent testimony indicating systematic ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population by Myanmar’s security forces, and it details devastating acts of cruelty and violence against women and children. Readers of a more sensitive persuasion may want to skip the following excerpts:

A 25 year old woman reports: “They went into my house. Five of them took off my clothes and raped me. My eight-month-old son was crying of hunger because he wanted to breastfeed, so to silence him they killed him too with a knife.”

A mother of three: “I was raped by one of them. My five year old daughter tried to protect me, she was screaming, one of the men took out a long knife and killed her by slitting her throat.”

A 19 year old woman reports: “We were all inside the house. My relative could not come out as she was in labour so they dragged her out and hit her stomach with a big stick. They killed the baby by stomping on it with their heavy boots.”

These are testimonies gathered by a team of UN human rights investigators.

Where is the liberal outrage? Where’s Meryl Streep’s speech about this? Where is Angelina Jolie’s photo-op? Where are the placards and demonstrators and petitions? Where are the editorials and op-eds and column inches? Where are the feminists? Hello? Lilly Allen, are you out there?

Oh yeah, that’s right, the UK’s self-appointed social justice warriors are too busy mouthing off about the results of a democratic election in another country. The feminists are too busy knitting “pussy hats” for their Women’s Marches. They’re all too busy to protest outside embassies of countries that are committing actual crimes against humanity.

Does being temporarily detained at an airport for a background check really equate, in terms of human rights abuses, to gang rape and slaughter of innocents?

Come on liberals, lefties, social justice warriors – where are you? Where are the BBC headlines about this? The silence is deafening.

(Image: Norman Maynard)

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Laura Keynes
Laura Keynes
Dr Keynes is a Cambridge-based academic, writer and critic with two very young children. She writes for Standpoint magazine, the Catholic Herald and The Tablet. Find her on twitter @LMKeynes.

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