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How long will Myanmar deny the truth?

  • Published at 04:43 pm February 10th, 2017
  • Last updated at 06:34 pm February 11th, 2017
How long will Myanmar deny the truth?

In spite of widespread international condemnation, the Myanmar authorities have reportedly killed more than 1,000 Rohingya in a recent crackdown.

There is no doubt that these horrors are indeed happening, and that the Myanmar government is directly responsible.

And yet, Myanmar continues its denial -- shrugging off claims that civilians were being killed by the numbers.

Myanmar, in this latest move, has shown its lack of political will to curb the persecution of Rohingyas, and a disregard for the opinion of the world.

The world must now stand up and take stern action against Myanmar, if we are to stop this horrifying assault against a stateless people, and the world’s most persecuted minority.

Condemnation is not enough, political and economic sanctions need to be placed to force Myanmar to change it course of action.

There is no national security objective that could justify what Myanmar is doing -- systematic and coordinated attacks on a people, due entirely to their ethnicity and religion.

It is all the more frustrating that Nobel prize-winner Aung San Suu Kyii is nowhere to be found when it comes to stopping or condemning these actions.

Suu Kyi, instead of speaking out on the atrocities, has shown that she cares more about political points, and will not speak out in favour of an unpopular group like the Rohingya.

The recent democratisation of Myanmar has done nothing to change its government’s course of action.

Myanmar now has to take responsibility for this terrible humanitarian crisis.