Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Is the verdict against Karadzic a precursor for other such mass murderers?
Last week, on Thursday, March 24, 2016, the International Criminal Court (ICC) convicted Radovan Karadzic, former president of Republika Srpska during the Bosnian War, to 40 years in prison for war crimes.
Thanks to all those human rights activist around the globe to see to it that the butcher of Bosnia gets justice for his heinous crimes.
For more than four decades, another genocide is taking place as the world watches. In Burma, Rohingya Muslims are slowly being annihilated. As was the case during the Bosnian war, world powers, activists and human rights groups refuse to name the persecution of Rohingya for what it is: genocide. What is necessary for truth to prevail and injustice to end is for the good people to act and speak out for those who are silenced.
Stripped of their citizenship and facing systematic persecution, hundreds of Rohingya have been killed, raped or vanished since 2012. After their homes and businesses were burned down, over 140,000 Rohingya were herded into concentration camps where they languish in horrid conditions. Many die due to lack of food and healthcare. They expect better from our world community.
Thousands of Rohingya have attempted to flee their native land, seeking refuge in neighboring nations. Unfortunately, they are at the mercy of criminal human traffickers who exploit and often sell them into slavery, many others drown at sea.
Will the persecuted Rohingyas of Myanmar one day see the same justice for all those who committed equally heinous crimes?