Lwin, left, and Zarni have been in exile outside Myanmar for the past 18 and 30 years respectively [DW News/Anadolu]

Two prominent Rohingya campaigners say they are facing increased online abuse, including death threats, for their work, with the latest warning coming from the grandson of former Myanmar ruler Ne Win who called for their abduction.

Ro Nay San Lwin, a prominent Rohingya activist based in Germany, and Maung Zarni, an academic living in exile in the United Kingdom, have told Al Jazeera that they fear for their lives but will not be “silenced” by the online harassment.

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Lwin, 42, and Zarni, 56, have been fiercely critical of the Myanmar government’s persecution of the mainly Muslim Rohingya community over the past seven

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