Canada Rohingyas: Burma continues its persecutions despite a condemnation by international justice

03:20  24 november  2020
03:20  24 november  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Ignoring international call for halting cruelty to Rohingyas , Myanmar security forces continue persecution of members of the ethnic.

Since October 2016, thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled Myanmar due to persecution in the Rakhine State. The exodus has become a humanitarian crisis.

En 2017, des Rohingyas ont été contraints de quitter la Birmanie. Ici une femme garde son frère enchaîné pour sa propre sécurité et pour l’empêcher de s’égarer et de se perdre dans le vaste camp de réfugiés. © AFP / INDRANIL MUKHERJEE In 2017, Rohingyas were forced to leave Burma. Here a woman keeps her brother in chains for her own safety and to prevent him from getting lost and lost in the vast refugee camp.

The Burmese government continues to persecute the Rohingya Muslim minority despite its condemnation by international justice, lawyers and human rights defenders said Monday.

Since 2017, some 740,000 Rohingyas have fled abuses by the Burmese army and have taken refuge in neighboring Bangladesh, where they are crammed into huge makeshift camps. This crisis has led Burma to be accused of "genocide" before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the highest judicial body of the UN.

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Lawyers and activists say persecution of Muslim minority is continuing despite UN action. In legal proceedings separate from the ICJ case, the international criminal court last year opened an investigation into the persecution of the Rohingya .

Burma has rejected allegations of ethnic cleansing, claiming its security forces were carrying out clearance operations to defend against the insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and similar, smaller raids in October last year.

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Last January, the ICJ ordered Burma to stop its atrocities, to preserve the evidence of the crimes committed against the Rohingyas and to make a report every six months to the UN.

Despite these decisions of the Court, "the genocide continues," said Monday Tun Khin, president of Burma Rohingya Organization UK, one of the most important NGOs defending this minority, in a statement.

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"The Burmese government and the military think they can ignore the measures provisional (decreed by the ICJ) without incurring any consequences ”, he added.

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Muslim Rohingya facing discrimination and violence from the Buddhist majority in Burma but plight going unnoticed by world at large. Their plight generally goes unnoticed by the world at large, even though some rights activists say their persecution amounts to ethnic cleansing.

The Rohingya crisis in Myanmar continues to escalate and the international community's The Rohingya are considered illegal immigrants by the Myanmar government, despite evidence that the International response. India and China are key regional powers and both have acted cruelly towards

"Burma has done nothing to address the root causes of discrimination and impunity which give rise to the persistent risk of genocide against the Rohingyas", declared for his part the legal director of the NGO Global Justice Center, Grant Shubin.

Aung San Suu Kyi denies any genocidal dimension

The persecution of the Rohingyas, who are still around 600,000 in Burma where they live in conditions that their defenders qualify as apartheid, has permanently tarnished the international reputation of the country and of its leader Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, whose title is contested.

Having come in person to defend his country before the ICJ, Aung San Suu Kyi conceded last year a possible “disproportionate” use of force, but denied any “genocidal intention”.

The former icon of democracy, Nobel Prize 1991 for his resistance to the military junta then in power, is widely criticized by the international community for his passivity in this crisis.

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