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The world takes notice

  • Published at 07:42 pm October 17th, 2017
The world takes notice
Finally. The World Bank and the European Union have, at last, stepped up and taken measures to try and compel Myanmar to stop its clearance operations in the Rakhine state. Although the decision comes more than three weeks after Myanmar’s military began its onslaught against the Rohingya in full-force -- other measures of aggression and persecution had started even earlier -- it is still good to see that influential bodies are finally taking notice. Up until now, the Myanmar army had been perpetrating crimes against humanity without any tangible repercussions or intervention by the international community, thus giving them a sense of impunity. But by halting its $200 million development loan to Myanmar, the World Bank is finally playing an active role in bringing an end to the crisis, and thus living up to its own values of non-discrimination and social inclusion. The EU also announced that it is suspending invitations to Myanmar’s military leaders and reviewing all practical military cooperation with the country. This is the kind of global action that we have been calling for since the atrocities came to light, but it is not enough; world governments and international bodies need to impose tougher sanctions on Myanmar to stop its operations immediately. Nevertheless, we commend the World Bank and the EU for taking the lead and, hopefully, showing others the way. This is how the global community should work in times of crisis, especially when the crisis is an attack on the universal principles of human rights.