ethnic cleansing


Definition of ethnic cleansing 

: the expulsion, imprisonment, or killing of an ethnic minority by a dominant majority in order to achieve ethnic homogeneity

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Representative Barney Fyffe called George Bush's response to Katrina ethnic cleansing by inaction. Fox News, "Rudy Giuliani reacts to Paul Manafort's plea deal," 14 Sep. 2018 Not one has resulted in any meaningful soul-searching by the military for actions that the United States has deemed ethnic cleansing. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Myanmar and U.N. Agree to Aim for Repatriation of Rohingya," 31 May 2018 In November, the United States declared that violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar’s Rakhine state constituted ethnic cleansing, and the US later imposed sanctions., "US report: Ethnic cleansing of Rohingya persists in Myanmar," 30 May 2018 Trump’s actions are an ethnic cleansing campaign in attempts to make America less diverse and keep whites in the majority in the U.S., says columnist Will Bunch. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Families of Cosmo DiNardo murder victims speak out, Pa. to pay $2M to fight teacher shortage | Morning Newsletter," 13 July 2018 More: Halting Myanmar ethnic cleansing: 5 critical steps But the area around Kutupalong is desperately unsuited to house so many people. Poppy Mcpherson, USA TODAY, "Elephants and Rohingya Muslim refugees jostle for space in Bangladesh," 18 Jan. 2018 Violence against the Rohingya, nearly all of whom are Muslim, in the country’s Rakhine state has been likened to ethnic cleansing and has tarnished the reputation of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel laureate whose party now controls Myanmar. Gardiner Harris, New York Times, "Myanmar Is Intensifying Violence Against Ethnic Minorities, U.S. Says," 29 May 2018 Zuckerberg told Vox’s Ezra Klein a story about receiving a phone call related to ethnic cleansing in Myanmar. Fortune, "Facebook Scans the Photos, Links and Some of the Conversations You Send on Messenger," 5 Apr. 2018 Several governments, human rights groups and international organizations have warned that the military's offensive may amount to ethnic cleansing. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Holocaust Museum pulls Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi's human rights award," 7 Mar. 2018

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1991, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of ethnic cleansing

: the practice of removing or killing people who belong to an ethnic group that is different from the ruling group in a country or region

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