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Myanmar must answer for its crimes

  • Published at 11:20 pm September 18th, 2019
ROHINGYA
Photo: MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

The Rohingya crisis has gone on for far too long

The lack of concrete action from the international community to bring to book those responsible for the Rohingya crisis so far has indeed been a great shame, but it is good to see that the United Nations is finally making some decisive moves on the matter. 

A UN independent fact-finding mission to Myanmar has recently identified more than 150 individuals who are suspected of being involved in numerous international crimes, and this is a very important step towards getting justice for the Rohingya. 

This mission has not shied away from indicting the top brass responsible for the persecution of the Rohingya -- people who often see themselves as above the reach of justice. It has unambiguously accused the Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s Armed Forces, of systematic ethnic cleansing in Rakhine state.

The list of people suspected of involvement in numerous international crimes will serve as an important foundation upon which potential prosecution cases can be prepared.

Although further investigation is necessary to bring specific accusations against more individuals and to prepare more detailed complaints against those already indicted, the publication of the current list is definitely a step in the right direction.

This line of action needs to be pursued.

Aung San Suu Kyi herself has not been let off the hook -- the Nobel-winner should also pay the price if found guilty.

The Rohingya crisis has gone on for far too long, and Bangladesh has gone above and beyond the call of duty to shelter and feed the refugee population; but it cannot be denied that the way for this crisis to end is for Myanmar to answer for its crimes.