Say “Rohingya Genocide” Confidently and Take Immediate Action
Honorable George Soros who said “In Aung Mingalar of Sittwe, I heard the echoes of my childhood. You see, in 1944, as a Jew in Budapest, I too was a Rohingya. Much like the Jewish ghettos set up by Nazis around Eastern Europe during World War II” Oslo Conference on May 25, 2015. ( Photo – Newsweek )
Imagine a patient who is chronically ill suffering on his sick-bed since decades and many doctors are arguing beside him to define the name of disease without providing him any treatment. How would you feel it you are really a true human? Both Myanmar government and international community hunt a question whether the Myanmar government in committing genocide or not.
Under Article II of the 1948 Genocide Convention, which Myanmar has ratified, ‘genocide’ is defined as any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
(a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.’ Under genocidal operations, Burmese regime carried out “systematic process of demolition of Rohingya’s lives and properties since 1970s.
What could be more unbearable than watching Rohingya children cry themselves to sleep from hunger, day and night?” The Burmese leadership is not trying to exterminate all Rohingya, but they are prepared to kill them freely, take away their lands, and make life so harsh that they will die off or leave. Isn’t it called genocidal process?
Some leaders prefer argument about the definition of genocide rather than the situation on the ground. We don’t know what is the critique of Human Rights or the legal definition of genocide. Current legal definition of Genocide is problematic and overly narrow. Some people prefer to say that Rohingya are victims of apartheid, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing rather than victims of genocide.
Many scholars and leaders confidently claim that Crimes against humanity have been committed against Rohingya but no one could even decide to end the crimes as if they are waiting until Myanmar generals kill all Rohingya or drive all of them out of Arakan. Crimes against humanity are serious enough to prompt action. Some leaders are reluctance to acknowledge the genocidal intent of the State’s policies and genocidal oppressions.
Watch these and other profound statements in this video, which was presented before the The Oslo Conference to End the Systematic Persecution of Rohingyas (May 26-28, 2015)
The definition of “intent” becomes another argument among some scholars. According to law, no Judge on Earth could ever release a legal acquittal for a murderer who claims that he has no intention to kill the victim.
Following facts insist you to say “Rohingya Genocide” confidently and take immediate action for it.
(1) Ne Win regime deliberately changed the term Rohingya into Chillagonian in 1974 as a genocidal process.
(2) Ne Win regime started genocidal operation called “Dragon” that caused 300,000 Rohingya refugees fled to Bangladesh in 1978.
(3) Long term institutionalized persecution since 1970s forced two third of Rohingya population to leave the country.
(4) In 1992, General Khin Nyunt formed NaSaKa which confiscated all Rohingya’s national identity cards and replaced them with the White Cards to make them stateless on purpose.
(5) In 2012, Thein Sein government accused Rohingya illegal Bengali immigrants from Bangladesh deliberately and staged violence against Rohingya using Buddhist extremists and security forces that caused 140,000 internally displaced Rohingya, 100s of them lost their lives and properties. After violence, Myanmar deliberately keeps all Rohingya under genocidal blockage deprive all fundamental human rights.
Now, so-called civilian government, runs genocidal operations called “Four Cuts Policy” or Clearance Operation torching 1000s of Rohingya’s homes, gang rape of women and girls, mass killing, arbitrarily arrest 1000s of them, and force Rohingya to leave the country since October 9, 2016.
Though Rohingya face genocidal persecution and threaten of killing all or drive them all, World Leaders like the doctors mentioned above are still arguing whether we should call it Genocide or not, instead of charging criminal generals, rather, some praise those criminals as reformers.