Worrying signs of genocide against Rohingya people

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Worrying signs of genocide against Rohingya people

A call to action for the Rohingya people of Myanmar is getting no response in the UN. Although experts agree that the conflict between the Buddhist majority and the Rohingya Muslim minority has all of the indicators of ethnic-cleansing and genocide, no outside country is willing to take action on the Rohingya’s behalf. 

Leading UN experts have publicly spoken out against the actions of Myanmar’s government. Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire, in charge of the UN peacekeeping forces that witnessed the 1994 Tutsi ethnic cleansing in Rwanda stated. 

“It’s as if they wrote the same book that the hardliners did in Rwanda and how the international community is reacting is following the same book, and this after the great pieces of work like Responsibility to Protect which we’re all afraid to implement and operationalise.” 

The current head of the UN commission for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, has further asserted. 

“You cannot rule out the possibility that acts of genocide have been committed.” 

However dire and conclusive the opinions of these two renowned experts seems to be, no one seems willing to do anything about it. Myanmar’s government denies that they are specifically targeting the Rohingya for genocidal purposes, instead asserting that they are responding to a terrorist threat within their country. The government’s response, killing Rohingya and burning their villages, stems from the killing of nine police officers in 2016 and six Buddhist civilians in late 2017. 

The United States has backed the UN declarations that genocide is being committed against the Rohingya but even this has been of no use. Myanmar is not a member of the UN and therefore is not subject to the UN court system. China is a significant ally of Myanmar and has substantial economic interests in the country. Any attempt to bring Myanmar in front of UN courts could simply be vetoed by China. 

No country is willing to enter Myanmar and force protection for the Rohingya people, especially not after the disastrous attempts to root out Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq. The Rohingya people are not wealthy, they can boast no significant resources or influence, and sadly, their suffering is easily ignored by most of the developed countries of the world.