Sunday, April 3, 2016

Ignoring the plight of the Rohingya people is shameful

The U.S. State Department’s minimization of the plight of the Rohingya is sending dangerous, mixed messages to Myanmar and its neighbors.

The US State Department’s recent declaration of the Daesh for genocide against groups in areas under its control captured headlines across the globe. The news came out of a congressionally mandated report.

In a must-read article, Daniel Sullivan writes, "However, the biggest story out of that report was not about IS, but rather the failure to find anything more than “discrimination” and “persecution” against the Rohingya in western Myanmar. Such a shockingly understated conclusion and downplaying of atrocities against Rohingya sends a dangerously mixed message at a time of important transition.

It is not so much that the State Department did not find that the Rohingya are facing genocide. Proving intent is always a difficult and controversial barrier for genocide determination. Rather, the greater damage is in the blatant minimization of the plight of the Rohingya and what it means for increasing the risk of further atrocities against them."

To read his article, please, click here.

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