Sunday, June 24, 2018

International community failed Myanmar’s Rohingya

An activist says the international community has failed Rohingya Muslims, adding that the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) probe into Myanmar’s atrocities against the country’s persecuted minority group needs to be done with "a level of urgency."

“The international community has been really incompetent to deal with it. The United States and the Western world, if anything have actually rewarded Myanmar government by removing sanctions … while people are being ethnically cleansed and this has been established by the United Nations. The international community has really failed dismally when it comes to Myanmar and indeed other areas but international court needs to follow this if indeed we are going to have any sort of respectability for international law because everyone else has failed,” Massoud Shadjareh, head of the Islamic Human Rights Commission told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

Disturbing accounts and evidence of Rohingya women tied to trees and raped by Myanmar’s military forces as well as men shoved into mass graves and set on fire have been turned over to the ICC for potential probe of the atrocities.

The evidence was submitted to the court by a coalition of Bangladeshi organizations as the ICC prosecutors are pressing to conduct an investigation into broad allegations of forced deportation of the minority Muslim population from Myanmar, where the international body has no jurisdiction.

More than 700,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee Myanmar since August 2017 following a brutal campaign of violence conducted by the military. The mass carnage has been described as both ethnic cleansing and “having all the hallmarks of genocide” by the UN.

The Rohingya have lived in Myanmar for generations but are denied citizenship and are branded illegal immigrants from Bangladesh, which likewise denies them citizenship.

The UN has described the 1.1-million-strong Muslim community as the most persecuted minority in the world.

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