Ethnic Cleansing

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CLEANSING THE NON-TAGALOG NATIONALITIES
Benjie Yballe In 1998 I published “Ethnic Cleansing in the Philippines” on the internet under the name Herb Mantawe and revised this in 2005. (This was on the defunct website philippines.com/ColonialRP.) I have been questioned on several occasions on how appropriate the term ethnic cleansing is in regard to state-directed discrimination against language groups or ethnic nationalities that stand in the way of the national language. Has there ever been mass murder in the forensic sense? The Yugoslav and Rwandan examples educate us that ethnic cleansing is achieved by actions that eliminate ethnic groups you despise. For a country like Japan to formalize a national language is tantamount to ethnic cleansing yet so what, they are almost entirely Niponggo in the first place. But for the multicultural Philippines to maintain a national language is a vocation to get rid of all non-Tagalog “impurities.” Ethnic Cleansing in the Philippines The United Nations Convention on Genocide drafted in December 1948 mainly defines the physical means by which governments or rogue militia weed out ethnic or cultural communities. With bullets or bladed weapons, separation of younglings from their elders, we've heard it all before from the news and read it in the history books. But there is one more form of genocide or ethnic cleansing that we are less familiar with. Article Two of the convention declares genocide "acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group." An example stated therein is "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction." Should not one-sided national language policies in multicultural countries fall into this category? Cases from countries with aggressive national language policies like mainland China best illustrate this. Let us ask if the enforcement of exclusive Mandarin-Putonghua usage across China...
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