Sunday, September 29, 2019

Shame on the Gates Foundation for rewarding a fascist


Bill Gates has shamed us all by bestowing award to an unrepentant criminal who masterminded massacre of 2000 Muslims in Gujarat and the on-going daily violence faced by Muslim and Christian minorities in India. Millions of Assamese Muslims have been declared stateless by his fascist government that sees no place for minorities. He has illegally annexed Kashmir violating Indian constitution and ignoring 11 UN resolutions towards allowing the Kashmiris to decide their fate. He is a criminal by any definition and shame on humanity. So, when Bill Gates Foundation honors him it is seen as a reward for fascism and intolerance, bigotry and Hindutva. Shame on Bill Gates and his wife Melinda! You have disappointed us all who wanted to believe that you are a great man, in spite of the unjust way you became a billionaire!


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Another award winner, pan-African activist Aya Chebbi, said during her own acceptance speech that, “We live in a world where it’s okay to trade human rights for a sanitation project.” It was a gutsy jab at the Gates Foundation, and at Modi, a Hindu nationalist with a questionable human rights record.

It also struck at the heart of an ethical dilemma in philanthropy. Is it possible to separate a world leader’s achievements in development from their political conduct?

The backlash clouded what is normally a pretty anodyne event. Three Nobel Peace Prize winners and 37 academics and development professionals sent letters demanding the award be rescinded. Even Gloria Steinem took a stand against it. At another Gates event a day later, the Indian poet-activist Aranya Johar—who Gates awarded last year—held up a sign asking, “Why Modi?” And a Gates Foundation staff member in India resigned over it, writing an op-ed in the New York Times explaining her decision.

It was the fourth year for the Gates Foundations’ Global Goals awards ceremony, which took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The awards are meant to recognize individuals for their contribution to the advancement of development goals. Modi was being recognized for the apparent success of a countrywide sanitation project.

He took that mandate and rescinded the special status of Kashmir, a mostly Muslim semi-autonomous region split between India and Pakistan. Modi then sent in police to make mass arrests. He’s also cut off mobile and internet service. At the same time, India is building mass detention camps in the northeastern state of Assam to hold what it considers “illegal immigrants,” mostly Muslim inhabitants who don’t have the paperwork to prove their citizenship. Modi’s rhetoric, meanwhile, has both incited Hindu violence around the country and inflamed tensions with Pakistan, a mostly Muslim country and India’s neighbor.



“[Modi] has a huge history of inflammatory hate speech, nationalistic violence against minorities and a lot of criticism of any dissent,” Lyla Mehta, a researcher at the Institute of Development Studies, told Quartz. “Democracy, freedom of speech, and human rights are all under threat in India.”

In this context, it seems imprudent at best for a charitable organization like the Gates Foundation to give Modi an award during the UN General Assembly, a week of meetings that is watched by the whole world.

“Civil and political rights and socioeconomic rights go hand in hand. You can’t really distinguish between one freedom and the other,” Mehta said.
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See the link to the OpEd in the NY Times  by Sabah Hamid who resigned from the Gates Foundation:
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By honoring India’s divisive and authoritarian prime minister Narendra Modi, the foundation is going against its professed belief of considering every life valuable.
By Sabah Hamid
NEW DELHI — On Tuesday, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation presented Narendra Modi, the Hindu nationalist prime minister of India, with one of its Global Goal Awards in New York. The Gates Foundation has chosen to honor Mr. Modi for his Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan, or Clean India Mission, which claims to have built 100 million new toilets in India over the past five years.

To read more, click here.

Uighur Muslims shackled and blindfolded in Xi's China

Video shows what appear to be Uighur or other minority prisoners led away by police
Footage shows hundreds of blindfolded and shackled prisoners in China – video
Drone footage has emerged showing police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train in what is believed to be a transfer of inmates in Xinjiang.
The video, posted anonymously on YouTube last week, shows what appear to be Uighur or other minorities wearing blue and yellow uniforms, with cleanly shaven heads, their eyes covered, sitting in rows on the ground and later being led away by police. Prisoners in China are often transferred with handcuffs and masks covering their faces.
Nathan Ruser, a researcher with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s international cyber policy centre, used clues in the footage, including landmarks and the position of the sun, to verify the video, which he believes was shot at a train station west of Korla in south-east Xinjiang in August last year.
Much of the focus of international criticism of China’s far-reaching anti-terrorism campaign in Xinjiang has centred on the extrajudicial detentions of more than 1 million ethnic Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in internment and political re-education camps.
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The number of formal arrests and prison sentences has also increased. According to analysis by the New York Times, local courts sentenced 230,000 people to prison or other punishments in 2017 and 2018, as the campaign got under way. Xinjiang accounts for less than 2% of the country’s population but about 21% of all arrests in 2017.
Ruser said the detainees were most likely being transferred to prisons in Korla from Kashgar, where the crackdown has been particularly severe. The area is believed to be home to several re-education camps but fewer detention centres.
“It counters the propaganda offensive China is trying to show,” he said, underlining the treatment of those within the penal system.
China has been taking diplomats and select groups of journalists on carefully orchestrated tours of Xinjiang and has defended its anti-extremism methods, describing them as a model for other countries to follow.
On Sunday, Australia’s foreign minister, Marise Payne, described the video as “deeply disturbing”.
The video was posted on YouTube by an account named War on Fear, whose stated goal is to fight fear inspired by hi-tech surveillance.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

The 74th UNGA highlights the ‘disquiet’ world we live in




By Habib Siddiqui

The 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) opened the past week amid simmering tension in the Middle East over recent attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which Saudi Arabia and the United States blame on Iran. It also came just days after millions of young activists and their supporters marched in thousands of cities worldwide to demand greater action on climate change.

Amongst the notable absentees this time are Russia’s Putin, Syria’s Assad and Israel’s Netanyahu. For the first time in many years, the annual event was spared of the latter’s lying speeches.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened the first day of debate at UNGA, warning the world was in a state of "disquiet". He said, "A great many people fear getting trampled, thwarted or left behind." "Machines take their jobs, traffickers take their dignity, demagogues take their rights, warlords take their lives, fossil fuels take their futures and yet people believe in the spirits and ideas that bring us to this hall," he added. "They believe in the United Nations ... and we the leaders must deliver for we the peoples."

The Secretary-General told a high-level event celebrating "a new Sudan" that it was "the happiest moment" of the many dozens of meetings he has attended during this week's annual gathering of world leaders. He called the formation of the first civilian-led government since the military overthrew former President Omar al-Bashir in April "a pivotal moment of change and hope". The UN chief said the transition "marks the start of Sudan's long road" to economic recovery, peace and better lives for all Sudanese. He urged the international community to do everything possible to make Sudan's democratic experience a success, including immediately removing the country from the US list of state sponsors of terrorism.

In his speech, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that nuclear power should either be free for all states or banned completely. He also warned that the "inequality" between states which have nuclear power and those which do not undermines global balances. Holding a map of Occupied Palestine, he showed how the successive Israeli governments since the illegitimate birth of the Zionist state have made a mockery of the world’s highest institution (UNO) by grabbing Palestinian lands that have made the two-state theory an impossible proposition.

President Erdogan called for an end to the nearly nine-year-old civil war in Syria and said that many of the more than three million asylum seekers residing in Turkey are Syrian. The number of Syrian children born in Turkey has reached half-a-million. He urged people must "never forget" the world's "baby Alans" as he held up the photo of Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old boy who died in 2015 while trying to reach Turkey's shores. The image of the child's lifeless body prompted outrage and drew the world's attention to the plight of refugees.

On Friday, September 28, 2019, Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad took the UN to task for failing to prevent wars and criticizing the countries of the Security Council for giving themselves "the right practically to rule the world". He railed against the veto power held by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council. He said, “The veto power - they must know was against all the principles of human rights which they themselves claim to be the champions. It killed the very purpose of the great organization that they had created. It ensured that all solution to all conflicts could be negated by any one of them. Broken up into ideological factions they frustrated all attempts at solving problems. Each one of them can negate the wishes of the nearly 200 other members. It is totally and absolutely undemocratic. Yet, there are among them those who berate other countries of the world for not being democratic or being not democratic enough.

As the oldest and wisest statesman of our time, Dr. M wisely recommended that the veto should only be valid if two Veto Powers together with three non-Veto members agree to apply it. That way abuses would be less frequent. He said, “Three quarters of a century is a long time. We cannot be held to ransom by events of the distant past.

He accused European countries of causing wars elsewhere. “The first act engineered by the Western countries is the creation of the state of Israel by seizing Palestinian land and expelling its 90% Arab population. Since then wars have been fought in many countries, many related to the creation of Israel,” he said. He said, “Malaysia accepts the state of Israel as a fait accompli. But it cannot accept the blatant seizure of Palestine land by Israel for their settlements as well as the occupation of Jerusalem by Israel. The Palestinians cannot even enter the settlements built on their land. Because of the creation of Israel, there is now enmity towards the Muslims and Islam. Muslims are accused of terrorism even if they did nothing.”

Dr. M also highlighted the plight of the Rohingyas of Myanmar who dare not return to Myanmar because of insecurity. He said, “The helplessness of the world in stopping atrocities inflicted on the Rohingyas in Myanmar had reduced the regard for the resolution of the UN.”

He blamed the Indian government for its illegal, invasion of Kashmir and advised for peaceful resolution of the problem: “Now, despite UN resolution on Jammu and Kashmir, the country has been invaded and occupied. There may be reasons for this action but it is still wrong. The problem must be solved by peaceful means. India should work with Pakistan to resolve this problem. Ignoring the UN would lead to other forms of disregard for the UN and the Rule of Law.”

Dr. M criticized the mafia-like attitude of the former colonial masters who continue to strangulate the economic progress of their former colonies under the pretext of new regulations. He said trade wars are wasteful and does not benefit anyone.

He said, “In keeping with the objectives of the United Nations, Malaysia had launched a campaign to criminalize war. It is ridiculous to hang a murderer for killing one person but to glorify the people who are responsible for the deaths of millions of people.”

Dr. M ended his speech by advocating for strengthening the world body: “We must resuscitate the original purpose of this great organization – the United Nations Organization. We must punish warmongers. We must make the world peaceful for all. That was our mission and that must remain our mission. Only if we succeed can we claim that we are civilized.”

In his speech the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the political process is the top priority for Syria now, so that in the near future Syrian refugees can return to their homes. He said Russia thinks the UN should play a major role in the return of those refugees.

Mr. Lavrov accused Western countries of having "double standards on human rights, banning journalists and influencing media". "The United States withdrew from the JCPOA, and Washington has started demanding from others to play by its rules," he said.

Probably, the most impassioned speech of this year’s UNGA session was delivered by Pakistani Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan. In his maiden speech, the Oxford-educated PM touched on four major themes: Climate change, money laundering, Islamophobia, and Kashmir.

Corruption is impoverishing the developing world. Difference between rich and poor countries is growing due to this. Money laundering is not treated the same as drug money or terror financing. Today poor countries are being plundered by their elites,” he said.

He spoke about the difficulty of collecting money from corrupt leaders who have properties in western countries. He said, “The rich countries must show political will; they cannot allow this flight of capital from poor countries through corruption. How can poor countries meet the United Nations SDG’s when money for human development can easily leave our countries?”

He spoke about Islamophobia, which, sadly, has defined our world in the post-9/11 era when the lives of ordinary Muslims are not valued at all by criminal regimes. The Islamophobic leaders have equated Islam with terrorism to justify their horrendous crimes against the innocent Muslims. Their criminal actions are leading to marginalization of Muslims, which is responsible for radicalization of the youth who are tired of being humiliated and would rather die as a dignified human being than be abused and witness the death, detention and rape of their loved ones. PM Khan mentioned the utter folly of trying to equate radicalism with any faith. He deplored the fact that Muslim leaders have failed to explain “to the West that there is no such thing as radical Islam.” He rightly noted, “There are radical fringes in every society, but the basis of ALL religion is compassion and justice.”

PM Khan bemoaned the fact that the West has failed to guess Muslims’ love for their Prophet (S), who is the best of creation sent for the guidance of mankind. He said, “The Prophet (PBUH) is the ideal we want to live up to. He created the state of Medina which was a welfare state.” He gave his audience a lesson in history: “The state of Medina was the first that took responsibility of women; the widows, the poor. State announced all humans were equal; whatever the color of their skin. The Prophet (PBUH) announced that one of the greatest deeds is to free a slave. But if you have to; treat them as an equal member of the family. And as a result, the unprecedented happened, [the former] slaves became kings, and slave dynasties were formed.” “In Islam, it was a sacred duty to protect places of worship of all religions. It was announced that all human beings were equal.”

He reminded his audience that the fourth caliph of Medina lost a court case against a Jewish citizen. No one was above the law. “When a Muslim community is unjust to a Minority, it is going against the teachings of our religion. Our Prophet (PBUH) lives in our heart, and when he is maligned, it hurts us,” he said. Thus, he asked them to stop Islamophobia.

PM Khan mentioned how Pakistan fell a victim in the post-9/11 era by joining the war on terror. “We lost 70,000 people to the war, 150 billion dollars to our economy. We joined the war against the Soviets in the 1980’s. Pakistan trained the then “Mujahedeen” at the behest of the Americans. The Soviets called them terrorists, the Americans called them freedom fighters, then. Soviets left, US packed up. Come 9/11, now that we had to join the US and tell the same indoctrinated people this is now not a “freedom struggle” but “terrorism”. They suddenly saw us as collaborators; it became a nightmare and they turned against us. 70,000 Pakistanis lost their lives, due to a war Pakistan had nothing to do with. No Pakistani was involved in 9/11.”

PM Imran Khan then touched upon the most pressing subject of Kashmir stating that India’s criminal actions there are bound to worsen the situation in the sub-continent. He reminded world leaders about Indian Prime Minister’s deep attachment with the RSS – the fascist organization, which is the parent organization of India’s ruling party, BJP, that sees no place for minority Muslims and Christians in India. Eight million Kashmiris are caged up like animals in their homes who are cut off from the rest of the world while 900,000 Indian security forces are stationed there to deny them  their legitimate human rights; the Kashmiri political leadership arrested, even the pro-Indian puppets; 13,000 boys picked up and taken to unknown locations; youngsters blinded with pellets; girls raped by Indian army.

He asked: “How would the Jewish community react if even 8000 Jews were under lockdown? How would the Europeans react? How would any human community react? Are we children of a lesser God? Don’t you know this causes us pain?”

He observed that the phrase Islamic terrorism has allowed India to dismiss human rights and further increase cruelty on the people of Kashmir. He rightly said that Modi’s actions are forcing people towards radicalization. He mentioned about the Hollywood move ‘Death Wish’. “When people lose the will to live, they pick up guns.”

He blamed the world community for their nonchalant attitude on the sufferings of the Kashmiri people and caring more about material gains than standing for what is morally right and just. “But the world did nothing and sees India as a huge market. Materialism has trumped humanity,” he noted.

PM Khan reminded the world community of its responsibility to stop a major bloodbath waiting to happen. “I feel we are back in 1939; Munich. Czechoslovakia has been taken. Will the word community appease a market of 1.2bn or will it stand up for justice and humanity?”

He pleaded them to act: “This is not the time for appeasement like that in 1939 in Munich. This is the time when you, the United Nations, must urge India to lift the curfew; to free the 13,000 Kashmiris who have disappeared meanwhile and this is the time when the UN must insist on Kashmir’s right to self-determination!”

In his speech on Friday at the UNGA, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not mention the ongoing lockdown of Kashmir. He instead talked about India's and his government's achievements.

The same day, Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 74th session urging the world leaders to realize the gravity of the Rohingya crisis, which has resulted in the forced exodus of nearly a million of this most persecuted people in our time. She reminded her audience that the crisis has been lingering for the third year but not a single Rohingya could return to Myanmar due to absence of safety and security, freedom of movement and overall conducive environment in Rakhine State.

Sheikh Hasina said, “I would request the international community to understand the un-tenability of the situation.  The crisis is now going beyond the camps. Despite our all efforts to contain it, the crisis is now becoming a regional threat.” She said the crisis was Myanmar’s own making but Bangladesh is bearing the brunt. “It is an issue solely between Myanmar and its own people, the Rohingya. They themselves have to resolve it,” she said, reiterating that voluntary return of the Rohingya to their homes in the Rakhine state in safety, security and dignity is the “only” solution to the crisis.

She mentioned a five-point proposal she had placed earlier in the 72nd UN General Assembly to resolve the crisis which included full implementation of recommendations of Kofi Annan Commission, and establishment of civilian-monitored safe zone in the Rakhine State. This includes: Myanmar must manifest clear political will supported by concrete actions for sustainable return and reintegration of the Rohingya to Myanmar; Myanmar must build trust among the Rohingya by discarding discriminatory laws and practices and allowing ‘‘go and see” visit to the Northern Rakhine by the Rohingya representatives; Myanmar must guarantee security and safety of the Rohingya by deploying civilian monitors from international community in the Rakhine state; International community must ensure that the root causes of Rohingya problem area addressed and the violation of human rights and other atrocity crimes committed against the Rohingya are accounted for.

A sample of the speeches from the non-veto wielding world leaders is sufficient to see that the UN has failed miserably to live up to its vision; it demands a fundamental change with the Security Council, which needs to be either eliminated or veto power revised for the greater good of human race. The status quo is simply not working and will not fix the world ‘disquiet’.

UNGA speech of the notable leaders

As the civilized world has learned to expect a great speech from the oldest statesman in our time, Dr. Mahathir Mohammad did not disappoint his audience by speaking truth. To read or hear the speech, click here: https://www.nst.com.my/news/nation/2019/09/525269/dr-ms-full-speech-text-74th-unga

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan made a very passionate case for the Muslim world in the post-9/11 era when Muslims are the worst victims of new pogroms and genocides affecting some 1.7 believers. His speech can be viewed or read by clicking here: https://www.brecorder.com/2019/09/27/524851/full-transcript-of-prime-minister-imran-khans-speech-at-the-unga/

President Erdogan's speech can be viewed by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bve1yt0SEb4
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Only Philippines, China vote against UN rights resolution on Rohingya

The report below should not surprise anyone knowing how the two countries, run by Mafia-like bosses with their blood-stained hands, have been responsible for their own mammoth human rights violations by killing thousands and detaining millions of Muslims. Funny that Duterte says he is willing to accept Rohingyas! How can one trust a deceiver!
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MANILA, Philippines — Only the Philippines and China voted against a United Nations resolution addressing the human rights situation of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar.
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), during its 42nd regular session in Switzerland, adopted a resolution supporting justice and accountability for Rohingya Muslims who have fled Myanmar's Rakhine State to escape atrocities committed by state security forces.
The resolution urged the Myanmar government to sustain democratic transition by bringing all national institutions, including the military, under a democratically elected civilian government, the UNHRC said on Twitter.
A total of 37 member states voted in favor of the resolution while seven other countries abstained.
Two countries — the Philippines and China — voting against it.
Those who abstained from voting were Angola, Cameroon, Congo, India, Japan, Nepal and Ukraine.
In March, the Philippines, along with China and Cuba, also voted against a resolution at the UNHRC to condemn the continuing human rights abuses in Myanmar.
In November, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. that abstention on a similar resolution at the UN General Assembly would be the right thing to do "in deference to the Muslim and non-Muslim member states of ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)."
He said then that a “yes” vote would be “divisive” and would “kill” ASEAN.
A report from the Independent International Fact-finding Mission on Myanmar released last week found that 600,000 Rohingya remaining in the country continue to live under the threat of genocide.
The mission found that "genocidal acts" in Myanmar's "clearance operations" in 2017 killed thousands and pushed over 740,000 Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh.
"Myanmar should turn to the international community for assistance, and the international community should continue to provide its support for genuine efforts to address impunity and to promote justice in Myanmar," the report read.
The mission called on the UNHRC to continue monitoring the situation in Myanmar, to react early on signs of human rights crises and to take all steps necessary to prevent violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law.


Friday, September 27, 2019

Dr Mahathir criticised UN for its “deafening silence” on the Rohingya crisis

NEW YORK, Sept 25 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad criticised the United Nations for its “deafening silence” on the Rohingya crisis.
“It is clear that the Myanmar government is unwilling to take any action to resolve the crisis.
“Therefore, it is left up to us — the international community — to do something about the situation.
“For a start, the UN should play its role, taking into account that it was established in hopes of preventing future human-made miseries. Its silence is deafening,” he said during a high-level side event entitled “Rohingya Crisis — A Way Forward” at the 74th United Nations General Assembly here today.
The prime minister also hit out at Myanmar.
“Let us start by calling a spade, a spade. What happened in the Rakhine State is genocide.
“What took place were mass killings, systematic rape and other gross violations of human rights.
“This resulted in Rohingyas fleeing the country en masse. Most ended up in Cox’s Bazar.
“On this, we commend Bangladesh for all it has done in hosting more than 1.2 million Rohingya refugees,” he said, at the meeting which was also attended by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed.
Dr Mahathir said while Myanmar was arguing that it was responding to the threat of terrorism, it was “ironic that millions fled in fear of such counter-terrorism measures.”
“Many faced untold brutality and were even at risk of seeing an entire generation wiped out.
“Some were able to escape but these lucky ones are now unable to return to their homes in Myanmar.
“One thing is clear: the longer the refugees stay in the camps, the more desperate their situation becomes.
“As it is, the refugees have become vulnerable to other forms of exploitation. They become likely targets for cross border crimes such as human trafficking and sex slavery, among others.
“In other words, they can only see a bleak future ahead,” he added.
Dr Mahathir, who will be addressing the UN General Assembly on Friday, said the situation in Myanmar was not any better.
“Many Rohingyas have become internally-displaced persons (IDPs) languishing in camps in Rakhine.
“When the world likened the IDP camps to those notorious concentration camps of the past, the Myanmar government has been quick to deny.
“Yet, the Myanmar authorities have denied access to some UN officials and humanitarian aid workers.
“If Myanmar has nothing to hide, why bar others from seeing the situation in Rakhine? Let these officials and aid workers visit, inspect and assist those living in the camps,” he added.
Dr Mahathir reiterated that Myanmar should demonstrate future ahead,” he added.
Dr Mahathir, who will be addressing the UN General Assembly on Friday, said the situation in Myanmar was not any better.
“Many Rohingyas have become internally-displaced persons (IDPs) languishing in camps in Rakhine.
“When the world likened the IDP camps to those notorious concentration camps of the past, the Myanmar government has been quick to deny.
“Yet, the Myanmar authorities have denied access to some UN officials and humanitarian aid workers.
“If Myanmar has nothing to hide, why bar others from seeing the situation in Rakhine? Let these officials and aid workers visit, inspect and assist those living in the camps,” he added.
Dr Mahathir reiterated that Myanmar should demonstrate that it was serious in alleviating the Rohingya crisis.
“Repatriation should be the main priority. Two attempts have been made to repatriate some of the refugees. Both have failed.
“Reasons for this are obvious. No one would return if they do not feel that their safety is guaranteed. On this, Malaysia will continue to insist that repatriation be done in a safe, voluntary and dignified manner.
“This can only be done by granting full citizenship to the Rohingyas. However, the Myanmar authorities have manipulated the Rohingya issue to incite fear, hatred and violence. Thus, merely considering the idea of granting citizenship is unacceptable,” he added.
The prime minister said it was obvious that Myanmar’s attempt at ensuring accountability had failed.
“How would such attempts work if the perpetrators responsible for the atrocities are part of the system? As it is, none of the atrocities committed in 2017 have been accounted for.
“Even those convicted for the Inn Din mass killings (n 2017), for example, were released after serving barely one year of their 10-year sentence.
“The conviction was an attempt to deceive us into thinking that they are holding perpetrators accountable,” he said.
Seven soldiers were sentenced to 10 years’ jail in 2018 for killing 10 Rohingya Muslim men and boys in Inn Dinn village the year before. However, all were released in November 2018.
He added that without any action from the UN Security Council, others must do their part to resolve the crisis and bring the perpetrators to justice.
“We commend the positive effort of the OIC in addressing the Rohingya issue at the international fora and for the decision to bring the matter to the International Court of Justice.
“We hope other countries would support the OIC to ensure that the perpetrators do not get away with the heinous crimes that they have committed,” he added.
Dr Mahathir said that Malaysia has tried to do all it could for the Rohingyas.
“Apart from rendering humanitarian assistance, Malaysia is operating a field hospital in Cox Bazar. We are also hosting close to 100,000 registered Rohingya refugees. There are many more unregistered.
“While this may seem like a small number compared to those in Bangladesh, plenty of resources have been dedicated to allow them a decent life while they await relocation to a third country.
“We will continue to help the Rohingyas within our means and capacity,” he said.
Dr Mahathir urged the international community to join Bangladesh and Malaysia to “end the miseries that have befallen the Rohingyas”.
“We need to put an end to the crisis and we need to do it now,” he said.
Dr Mahathir said that Malaysia has tried to do all it could for the Rohingyas.
“Apart from rendering humanitarian assistance, Malaysia is operating a field hospital in Cox Bazar. We are also hosting close to 100,000 registered Rohingya refugees. There are many more unregistered.
“While this may seem like a small number compared to those in Bangladesh, plenty of resources have been dedicated to allow them a decent life while they await relocation to a third country.
“We will continue to help the Rohingyas within our means and capacity,” he said.
Dr Mahathir urged the international community to join Bangladesh and Malaysia to “end the miseries that have befallen the Rohingyas”.
“We need to put an end to the crisis and we need to do it now,” he said.