Nobel laureates for trial of Myanmar for genocide in Rakhine

Pauline Gross
March 1, 2018

Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire said the atrocities against the Rohingya people in Myanmar are clearly "genocide", and demanded that Myanmar is taken to the International Court of Justice.

"Some 720,000 Rohingya children are essentially trapped - either hemmed in by violence and forced displacement inside Myanmar or stranded in overcrowded camps in Bangladesh because they can't return home", Manuel Fontaine, UNICEF Director of Emergency Programmes said Friday. "This is clearly clearly clearly genocide that is going on by the Myanmar government and military against the Rohingya people", she told reporters after meeting the Rohingya women in Cox's Bazar. This is what genocide is about.

Unlike the Rohingya, the Rakhine are recognised by the government as an ethnic minority but are still marginalised in a country historically dominated by the Bamar (Burmese) majority. "They will be taken to the ICC (International Criminal Court) and those who are committing genocide will be held responsible". "Otherwise she will be one of the perpetrators of this crime".

In order to further strengthen global public opinion against the Rohingya torture, Naripakkha, a women-based organization organized their visit in Bangladesh for seeing the condition of Rohingya refugees. The government has done so much for them. We would rather be killed here in Bangladesh.

And we all have to raise our voices... we have to stop this now, ' she said.Iranian Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi said, "And because of all these crimes the government of Myanmar must be punished".

"The Moghs (Buddhists) torched our houses, kept us confined and starving", Mohammad said.

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"I was truly grateful to the government and the people of Bangladesh for their kindness and generosity for hosting these refugees".

"She should tell the truth or she should resign", said Karman by phone from Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh.

In a report* marking six months since the start of the latest exodus of Rohingya refugees into southern Bangladesh, UNICEF says that floods caused by the forthcoming cyclone season are likely to engulf the fragile and insanitary camps where the most of the refugees are living, raising the likelihood of waterborne disease outbreaks and forcing clinics, learning centres and other facilities for children to close. And we call really for the solution of the Rohingya crisis.

According to the report, recognizing the Rohingya people's basic rights would create conditions necessary for the refugees to return to their former homes in Myanmar.

"We are concerned about the nature of the shelters, how robust they are and if they are really prepared and equipped for the heavy rains", said MSF's Nolan.

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