The Republic of The Gambia (“The Gambia”) today instituted proceedings against the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (“Myanmar”) before the International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, alleging violations of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (the “Genocide Convention”) through “acts adopted, taken and condoned by the Government of Myanmar against members of the Rohingya group”.
Reinforcement of hundreds of fully armed Burmese government troops into villages around Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine State, since early afternoon today is causing panic among local Rohingya communities.
Since the late 1970’s until present, the Rohingya have been ruthlessly persecuted and left stateless within their homeland, Burma/Myanmar. In August 2017, the world witnessed the horrors of genocide the Rohingya people have faced for decades. We call upon the international community to continue to look for mechanisms which can deliver justice, in addition to helping resolve the issues the Rohingya face with regards to a voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable return to our ancestral homeland in Myanmar.
I have repeatedly said that genocide never happens suddenly. It’s planned over a long period of time by perpetrators that require support top-down so that it becomes a national project to eliminate the targeted group. Such sinister initiative requires the support from evil intellectuals  (the likes of Julius Streicher of the Nazi campaign in Germany) and financiers who must propagate with their intellects and finances to create enthusiasm within the larger executing community.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Xenophobia as – fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign. As can be seen, for xenophobia there are two main objects of the phobia (fear). The first is a population group present within a society, which is not considered part of that society. Often they are recent immigrants, but xenophobia may be directed against a group which has been present for centuries. This form of xenophobia can draw out or facilitate hostile and violent reactions, such as mass expulsion of immigrants, or in the worst case, genocide. The second form of xenophobia is primarily cultural, and the objects of the phobia are cultural elements which are considered alien or foreign. Continue reading “Julius Streicher and his relevance in today’s Burma”
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu asked Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to allocate land for building camps for Rohingya refugees on September 24 at a high-level side event entitled “Rohingya Crisis – A Way Forward” at the 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.
An informal trilateral meeting involving officials from Myanmar, Bangladesh, and China has led to the formation of a “tripartite joint working mechanism” to evaluate the situation on the ground for Rohingya repatriation, according to Dr AK Abdul Momen, the Bangladesh Foreign Minister.
The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) handed over four Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) personnel after a battalion commander-level meeting between BGB and BGP on September 4 afternoon through the Ghumdhum border of Bandarban district, according to BGB officials.