By: Kayhan Int’l Staff Writer
As the world, especially the UN and the big powers that control it, deliberate look the other way, the persecution, ethnic cleansing, and genocide of Rohingya Muslims continues in Rakhine state of Myanmar (formerly Burma).
The perpetrators of the gravest tragedy of the modern era against the world’s most persecuted people remain safe from both Myanmar’s constitutional laws as well as international laws, after having driven into exile over a million local Muslims over the past few years.
It is an irony that the killings and other horrors committed by not unknown, but known perpetrators go unpunished. Neither the US, which acts like a world policeman is concerned about this humanitarian crisis nor are the oil-rich Arab states, whose wealth either funds terrorism to destabilize Muslim countries or flows into the coffers of the US and Britain – and now the illegal Zionist entity.
At the heart of the mayhem lies the repressive power of the Tatmadaw, the armed forces organisation that dominates the life of the people of Myanmar despite the notional restoration of democracy in 2011.
Tatmadaw’s attacks on the Rohingya Muslims during 2016-17, which killed thousands of people and forced a million others to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, shocked the world, yet no one has been called to account.
Recently, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned that members of the Tatmadaw were again killing and abducting civilians in Rakhine.
She said: "In some cases, they appear to have been attacked indiscriminately, which may constitute further war crimes or even crimes against humanity.”
This French lady, despite her efforts, can do little to redress the plight of the Rohingua Muslims, since the so-called civilian leader of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, has sided with the military instead of the victims of the army junta’s organized genocide.
It is worth recalling that last year in December, while appearing before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague in December Suu Kyi dismissed reports of genocide and tried to defend the Tatmadaw, saying Rakhine was "an internal conflict”.
It is not for no reason that the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, has called her one of the world’s "most wicked women”.
In view of these facts, Bachelet seems to be doing a hopeless job, in spite of her warnings that the killings of the Rohingyas could increase in scale in view of the fact satellite images have shown the military has bulldozed the ruins of Kan Kya, a Rohingya village burned to the ground three years ago. It has even erased its name and those of other destroyed villages from official maps – part of a wider cover-up.
Eyewitness accounts have confirmed the worst fears. Recently two soliders detailed how the military conducted mass executions, dug mass graves, razed villages and raped women and girls.
Although the case is before the International Criminal Court, the killings continue with impunity. Even the demands of the International Court of Justice have been ignored by the Myanmar regime which has refused to comply with the demand to implement an immediate ceasefire, allow humanitarian access and include Rohingya voters in November’s national elections.
To sum up, unless the world wakes up, the plight of Rohingya Muslims will take the turn for the worst as a permanent blot on the conscience of the modern world.