Genocide is being perpetrated in Myanmar against the Rohingya ethnic group in Rakhine state.
Other crimes against humanity are also being perpetrated against other ethnic nationalities living in the country’s active war zones.
The Myanmar regime’s ideological foundation is the racist, ultranationalist belief that the Burman ethnic group is superior to the country’s other peoples, and that it should dominate – if need be by force. For the genocide, the authorities have both incited the widespread attitude that the Rohingya people should be exterminated and led the way in attacking their communities.
The crime of genocide is covered by an international convention and by the Rome Statute. Both extend the crime to individuals who bear complicity.
An investigation by legal experts from the International State Crime Initiative at Queen Mary University of London has concluded that the Rohingya are being subjected to genocide, and that State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi has entrenched their persecution.
She has refused to speak about the genocide, the report noted, and instead uses “the tactics of blanket denial, an absolute ban on international observation, severe limitations on humanitarian access within the region, the muzzling of the press, and the ‘blacklisting’ and deportation of human-rights activists”.
The worsening violence has forced thousands to flee across the border into Bangladesh. There, UN official John McKissick has reported that Myanmar authorities are carrying out ethnic cleansing and army troops are “killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river”.
Suu Kyi’s actions have empowered the military dictatorship and its racist followers. For all intents and purposes she has granted them immunity. She must be held responsible.
Roland Watson (dictatorwatch.org)