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Put the pressure on Myanmar

International pressure is crucial to ensure that Myanmar recognizes the terrible crimes that have been committed

Update : 23 Oct 2018, 06:09 PM

The world is finally waking up to the atrocities carried out by Myanmar against the Rohingya people.

The most recent country to take a noteworthy stance against the Myanmar army is Australia, which has placed sanctions against five army officials for overseeing the brutalities which took place in Rakhine state -- in what has been universally claimed to be a concerted effort to ethnically cleanse the region of the Rohingya people.

More than 700,000 Rohingya have recently been forced to flee their homeland of Rakhine due to the human rights violations that the Myanmar government and army have committed against them.

Now, more than a million Rohingya reside in various refugee camps along the border between Bangladesh and Myanmar.

There is no denying that Bangladesh has gone beyond the call of duty in catering to the needs of the Rohingya refugees, providing them with crucial aid, shelter, and food.

But, for the longest time, the suffering of the Rohingya has remained unrecognized, with Myanmar continuing to deny their atrocities, and the international community staying mostly silent on the matter.

However, we are glad to see that the tides are turning. Australia is the latest country to place sanctions, with Canada, the US, and the EU having already made it clear that the actions carried out by Myanmar are unacceptable, signaling a clear violation of human rights. 

This sort of international pressure is crucial to ensure that Myanmar recognizes the terrible crimes which have been committed, and that those responsible are finally brought to justice. 

Unless and until Myanmar is forced to change its ways, and recognize the Rohingya as citizens of their country with all their rights restored, the Rohingya have no hope of ever returning to their homeland.

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