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Time for Myanmar army to face the music

  • Published at 05:40 pm August 28th, 2018
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The UN’s call for the top brass of the Myanmar army to be made to answer for their crimes cannot be ignored


The United Nations took its time investigating what was truly happening in Rakhine state, carefully sorting fact from fiction, and their findings are clear as day. 

Naming six of Myanmar’s top military commanders, the UN report said: “The crimes in Rakhine state, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity, and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts.”

The UN investigators did not mince their words: “Top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine state.”

Again and again, Myanmar has denied any wrongdoing against the Rohingya population in Rakhine state, in spite of overwhelming evidence of ethnic cleansing, rape, and unspeakable cruelty.

But this denial will simply not do; the UN has spoken, and the world must take its findings seriously.

Recently, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres saw the situation on the ground first-hand, calling the situation a humanitarian and human rights nightmare, because while Bangladesh has gone above and beyond the call of duty to shelter the refugees on our side of the border, their suffering will not end until the killing stops.

The UN’s call for the top brass of the Myanmar army to be made to answer for their crimes cannot be ignored by the world community -- the time for excuses is long gone.  

Let us no longer pretend the regime in Myanmar is interested in finding a genuine solution to the crisis; it is time to take perpetrators to court.