Rohingya Muslim Crisis


ROHINGYA MUSLIM CRISIS Ethnic cleaning has been practiced since the World War I and the most prominent example was the Nazis’ annihilation of some 6 million European Jews in the Holocaust. The phrase “ethnic cleansing” came into wide usage in the 1990s, to describe the treatment suffered by particular ethnic groups during conflicts that erupted after the disintegration of the former Yugoslavia. What is surprising is even today with the domination media, democratic and secularist ideas, many ethnic groups are subjected to such autrocities. The Rohingya community who predominantly live in the western Myanmar province of Rakhine are one of the ethnic groups subjected to such ill- practices. The Myanmar military coup still continues to burn their homes and violate their physical and mental integrity and The leader Aung San Suu kyi and the Myanmar authorities still continue to fuel this persisting national and international crisis. Then inhumanity served against the Rohingya population have and still continue to wreck families and lives, rapes against women and young girls and murders against this ethnic community continue to soar despite the intervention and incentives offered by many neighbouring countries. Introduction Rohingya are and ethnic group, largely comprising muslims, who predominantly live in the western Myanmar province of Rakhine. Myanmar (Buddhist majority) consider them as persons who migrated in to their land during the colonial rule, so it has granted Rohingya full citizenship and even excluded them from the 2014 census. In August 2017, the Myanmar military embarked on a “clearance operation” against the Rohingya that left them homeless and helpless, they were compelled to leave their hones in order to escape military offences which the United Nations later described as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing” the Rohingya Muslims are the largest stateless population and are subjected to persecution and discriminative treatment. According to the medical charity médecins sans frontières (MSF), at least 6,700 Rohingya, including 730 children under the age of five were killed in the month after the violence broke out, the Myanmar government have manipulated the figures of the dead to 500, and it estimated that currently around 80,000 of Rohingya Muslims seek refugee in Bangladesh and around 40,000 Rohingyas seek refugee in India. The military still continues to practice mass killing and mass rape as war weapon against the civilians under the pretext of operational cleansing of the Rohingya militants, the Rakhine Buddhist view them as terrorist and continue to abuse the Rohingya civilians. Current scenario The top UN court agreed last year to consider a case brought by The Gambia alleging that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya. In January 2020, The Hague based Court ordered Myanmar to take measures to protect the Rohingya community from genocide. The country’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi who is a noble peace price laureate has repeatedly denied allegations of genocide, the army of Myanmar denied allegations against mass rape and murder and stated that it was fighting Rohingya militants and denied targeting civilians. The gravity of the crisis has broaden with the refusal of the Bangladesh authority to take in further Rohingya refugees due to overcrowding of refugee camps, Bangladesh has the largest number of Rohingya refugees and the Bangladesh government actively provides them with food, shelter and vaccines. Thousands of children are still stranded alone in these tormenting crisis and it continues to inflict their growth, the suicide rates among the Rohingya community have also soared up, neither have they been rewarded justice for the atrocities inflected over them. Conclusion Ethnic cleansing is not only a national crisis but a global crisis as well that needs to be constructively dealt with, the consequences of no International intervention can be astronomical, at this rate of mass rape and killing of the community the islamic nation and should intervene and demand for a change for their people. The Myanmar authorities should be held liable for prolonged suffering of the innocent. What took me aback was the fact that the country’s leader who is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate still fuels the military for annihilating the Rohingya community. Canada has stripped away the honorary citizenship of the Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi, in response of her active assistance towards the genocide. The damages they have caused is beyond repair, if crisis like this is overlooked it can be very detrimental and can incite ethic cleansing in many more places without the government facing any consequences of the offences they commit. Unless and until the Myanmar government is not heavily criticised by the International community all together and is not covered widely by the media the abuses against the Rohingya community is not likely to plummet. References Myanmar Rohingya: What you need to know about the crisis Rohingya | Human Rights Watch For Rohingya, there is no place called home Myanmar submits first report on Rohingya to UN’s top court

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