Who are these children who have a name and an identity that has also given them the UN label “the most persecuted people in the world” ? They are Myanmar (Burma’s) Rohingya Muslims, a persecuted minority that is undergoing nothing short of genocide as the world remains silently acquiescent of the Buddhist Myanmar Government’s actions. Hopeful of a new more democratic Myanmar government and Nobel Prize winner, Aung San Suu Ky’s influence, are we all being taken for a ride or is it that we just want to increase our interest to exploit Myanmar’s rich resources and large potential market.?
Two years ago, Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey published “Aung San Suu Kyi – Silence to a Genocide?” In last month’s more recent article, “Will #Myanmar Elections on 8 November Reflect Continued Hate?” tragically, the answer is a resounding “YES.”
In the past few weeks (29 November) and (18 November) there were horrific human rights violations reports from the United Nations. (See: “Myanmar: UN Rights Chief Warns of ‘Spiral of Violence’ in Rakhine State”)
and “Myanmar: UN Urges Aid Access, Warms of Rights Violations after ‘lockdown’ in northern Rakhine State.” )
Allegations of serious human rights violations in Northern Rakhine State have been reported, including: extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, sexual violence, rape, spike in hate speech – including on social media. “A United Nations “report documented a wide litany of abuses against the Rohingya, including arbitrary deprivation of nationality, severe restrictions on freedom of movement, threats to life and security, denial of rights to health and education, forced labour, sexual violence and limitations to political rights, among others. It also raised the possibility that the pattern of violations against the Rohingya may amount to crimes against humanity.”