Rohingya genocide: the world can’t help until Myanmar changes its ways

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By: Ashraful Azad/

After two weeks of extreme violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where at least 400 people have been killed and 270,000 Rohingyas have fled their homes, the country’s de facto leader, Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, finally spoke up to acknowledge the crisis. But to the disappointment of several international human rights agencies, she didn’t oppose the army’s actions – and even described recent events as “a huge iceberg of misinformation” in a phone call with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

This puts her at odds with a growing international consensus on what’s happening. Human Rights Watch has called the ongoing violence against the Rohingyas “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity”, while studies from Yale Law School and Queen Mary University of London have defined it as a genocide.

There has been no sustained peace in Rakhine state for decades. The Rohingyas who live there have faced discrimination on the ground of their ethnicity since the late 1970s, with regular peaks of violence. So why have these conflicts repeatedly erupted despite the pleas of international human rights bodies? What are the realpolitik issues which thwart the peace process?

No respect for human rights

A closer look reveals that even since its transition to democracy, Myanmar has almost zero respect and care for international norms and diplomacy. The government recently told the United Nations it will not issue visas to its inspectors seeking to investigate accusations of rights abuses in Rakhine state. It has also obstructed UN-funded World Food Program attempts to provide aid to vulnerable people.

Regarding the slow response of the international community, many Rohingyas and many Bangladeshis believe that the international community is discriminatory towards Muslims and that the response would be much more serious if this level of brutality happened in any Western country.

It is hard to validate such accusations. But, they may well fuel more anti-Western feelings among a large number of Muslims in the world. Among Rohingyas small groups of radical are already thought to be operating.

A new insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) reportedly attacked Myanmar police and security forces on August 25 and in October 2016.

Vested interests

Unless the warnings by the international community are backed by a credible threat, the Myanmar government and its army, Tatmadaw will just not care.

Following the eruption of the latest round of violence, Britain requested a UN Security Council meeting but China resisted stronger involvement by the UN. The issue is expected to be discussed at the General Assembly meeting in September.

In March 2017, a proposed UN Security Council statement on the violence in Myanmar was blocked by China and Russia. In 2007, a UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in Myanmar was also vetoed by China and Russia. Chinese interests in Myanmar include a US$7.3 billion deep-sea port project as part of its ambitious One Belt, One Road plan. In the Rakhine state, there lies Kyauk Pyu port, an entry point for a Chinese oil and gas pipeline.

Both India and China have interests in Myanmar.
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India is competing with China to establish close ties in Myanmar. In July, Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Tatmadaw – the Burmese armed forces – visited India and met with Indian army’s chief, the prime minister, the defence minister, and the national security advisor.

India, separately from its diplomatic ties with Naypyidaw, is heavily investing it the Tatmadaw via large arms exports. After the eruption of the latest violence, Indian PM Modi visited Myanmar where he clearly supported Myanmar government’s view that it is a ‘terrorist’ problem without criticising the mass killings and refugee exodus.

ASEAN, the regional economic association, could potentially improve the situation in Myanmar. However, it is limited by its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of member states.

At state level, only several Muslim countries have provided strong statements against Myanmar, among them Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives. Bangladesh, as the country most affected by the flow of refugees, does not show enough international engagement on the matter and can’t provide adequate protection to the refugees.

Therefore, the criticisms, warnings, condemnations, and the threats struggle to cut through to the Myanmar government. The Rohingya themselves sense they will have little impact. As such, the Tatmadaw is likely to continue its brutal campaign and the frustrated Rohingyas may well become increasingly radical.

Ashraful Azad, Assistant professor, International Relations, University of Chittagong

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

11 COMMENTS

  1. from the UN to the BBC and the rest of the do gooders – why is all the fault and blame being laid at the feet of Myanmar Govt, & the Buddhists – it take s 2 to Tango and I am providing the reasons as to why the current Bengali Muslims (Rohingyas) are bearing the brunt of their leadership and their miserable existence.
    1947: a coincidence to the British India partition into a Hindu majority India and a Muslim majority Pakistan. The Bengali Muslim (Rohingya) leaders in the Yakhine State, wrote a Petition to Mr. Ali Jinnah of Pakistan to amalgamate portions of the Yakhine state bordering todays Bangladesh, “TO BE WITH THEIR MUSLIM BROTHERS”. To the credit of Mr Ali Jinnah, the request was turned down, failing which the Bengali Muslims (Rohingya) began a Mujahideen Insurgency (Jihad) and eversince which there has been this ongoing clash and with the recent inclusion of Islamic Terrorists, the recent 2016/17 result of a response by the Myanmar Authorities and the resultant consequences “COLLATERAL DAMAGE” a blame that should be rightfully laid at the feet of the Bengali Muslim (Rohingya) Leaders and their supporters.
    1971: as a consequence of the Bangladesh War of Liberation, with a resulting slaughter of more than 3 million Bengali Muslims – Muslim/Muslim exercise (FRATRICIDE)and more than 10 million refugees that crossed the borders into India and Myanmar. A British FO record of conversation between the Bangladesh Ambassador Khawaja Kaiser and the British Ambassador Terence O’Brien, confirming that more than 500,000 Bengali Muslim Refugees had crossed into the Yakhine State.
    2016/17 Myanmar might give some thought as to the eligibility of some if not most of the refugees in Bangladesh as being entitled to Myanmar Citizenship, on the grounds that most if not all are the descendants of the refugees that came from Bangladesh as a consequence of the Bangladesh War.
    Have the Bengali Muslim (Rohinga) leadership taken note of history and repeating the same, by now demanding citizenship, Autonomous State, Sharia Law, with the help and assistance of the self appointed leaders in the UK – Maung Tun Khin, a now British Citizen ( God Help The Queen)

  2. Look who are posting all these faje news here: the same Bengali (aka fake Rohingya).

    Ashraful Azad, Assistant professor, International Relations, University of Chittagong

    These few same people are also posting in independent sites like globalresearch, together with Thai Bangkok based US sponsored writer.

    These people are actually Bengali Muslim from Bangladesh Chittagong, even Bangladeshi fear them. They were initially sent in with weapons to help British murder Buddhists & Hindus staying in Rakkhaine & colonized Myanmar during British era to commit atrocities in whole world. Later they just stay on, hence the locals Rakkhaine people hate them. Tensions are common, they killed each other & Myanmar police always suppressed both.

    More Bengalis then illegally entered Myanmar border & multiply like rabbits uncontrollable. Myanmar once tried to pushed thrm back in 1960’s but UN persuaded not to. That’s the problem,culminating to current problem & also their attempts to secession.

    Now there are similar millions of Bengalis moving into Assam of India, that India is ruthlessly pushing back. This will dwaf Myanmar crisis, but the West msm will never make noise because US is collaborating with India Modi(he had massacred thousands of Indian Muslims & get blacklisted by US before elected as PM).

  3. Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi,…described recent events as “a huge iceberg of misinformation” in a phone call with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

    *AungsanSK is Western darling bestowed with Nobel Peace Price for requesting West to sanction its country to poverty, fervently supported until she win the election. Now with China BRI & investment in Rakkhaine, suddenly a 1960’s Bengalis(west purposely called Rohingya) become a crisis and she got condemn? Turkey Erdogen, the biggest dictator, committing atrocity to its people & ISIS master to invade Syria, this is the author most proud leader.

    This puts her at odds with a growing international consensus on what’s happening. Human Rights Watch has called the ongoing violence against the Rohingyas “ethnic cleansing” and “crimes against humanity”, while studies from Yale Law School and Queen Mary University of London have defined it as a genocide.

    *HRW is now helmed by Saudi, who is now conducting genocide in Yemen & sponsor terrorists everywhere, esp ISIS & Al Queda. Ever heard HRW or any US universities condemn US illegal Iraq war, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Africa, Afghanistan…?

    There has been no sustained peace in Rakhine state for decades. The Rohingyas who live there have faced discrimination on the ground of their ethnicity since the late 1970s, with regular peaks of violence. So why have these conflicts repeatedly erupted despite the pleas of international human rights bodies? What are the realpolitik issues which thwart the peace process?

    No respect for human rights
    *since when Bangladesh & West respect human rights? Today Muslims in Bangladesh are still massacre Buddhists & monks like they did in south Thailand.

    A closer look reveals that even since its transition to democracy, Myanmar has almost zero respect and care for international norms and diplomacy. The government recently told the United Nations it will not issue visas to its inspectors seeking to investigate accusations of rights abuses in Rakhine state. It has also obstructed UN-funded World Food Program attempts to provide aid to vulnerable people.

    *These NGO & UN inspectors lead by South Korean Yankees Lee, are there to conduct subversion & smearing campaign for US CIA, which Myanmar gov decided to revoke their visa.

    Regarding the slow response of the international community, many Rohingyas and many Bangladeshis believe that the international community is discriminatory towards Muslims and that the response would be much more serious if this level of brutality happened in any Western country.
    *But US Nato were so keen to bomb Christian Serbs for armed rebel Muslim Albanians to help them independent from Yugoslavia. All out to help ISIS & moderate terrorists to bomb secular gov Syria Arab Army protecting Syria Christian. Why… u guess.

    It is hard to validate such accusations. But, they may well fuel more anti-Western feelings among a large number of Muslims in the world. Among Rohingyas small groups of radical are already thought to be operating.

    A new insurgent group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) reportedly attacked Myanmar police and security forces on August 25 and in October 2016.

    * and this ARSA members according to their own declaration, are borned in Wahabhi Saudi, trained in Pakistan terrorists. Sound like CIA-Saudi ISIS ver.2?

    Vested interests

    Unless the warnings by the international community are backed by a credible threat, the Myanmar government and its army, Tatmadaw will just not care.

    Following the eruption of the latest round of violence, Britain requested a UN Security Council meeting but China resisted stronger involvement by the UN. The issue is expected to be discussed at the General Assembly meeting in September.

    In March 2017, a proposed UN Security Council statement on the violence in Myanmar was blocked by China and Russia. In 2007, a UN Security Council resolution demanding an end to political repression and human rights violations in Myanmar was also vetoed by China and Russia.

    * Have these same Western countries req UNS to interfer in Yemen, Syria atrocity to prevent Saudi & Nato atrocities?

    Chinese interests in Myanmar include a US$7.3 billion deep-sea port project as part of its ambitious One Belt, One Road plan. In the Rakhine state, there lies Kyauk Pyu port, an entry point for a Chinese oil and gas pipeline.

    *Yes, this is the reason of whole crisis. The west coast had discovered huge oil gas field that South Korea & China invested. $B is invested to pipe oil gas to China, this bypass US effort to choke China throat at Spore navy base. Also its China BRI. So that started the whole US CIA instigated crisis.

    Both India and China have interests in Myanmar.
    PANONIAN/Wikimedia, CC BY
    India is competing with China to establish close ties in Myanmar. In July, Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of Tatmadaw – the Burmese armed forces – visited India and met with Indian army’s chief, the prime minister, the defence minister, and the national security advisor.

    India, separately from its diplomatic ties with Naypyidaw, is heavily investing it the Tatmadaw via large arms exports. After the eruption of the latest violence, Indian PM Modi visited Myanmar where he clearly supported Myanmar government’s view that it is a ‘terrorist’ problem without criticising the mass killings and refugee exodus.

    *India Assam now has millions of same Bengali awaiting to deport. So how can it cooperates with West against own interest? But West msm won’t publish, India is US ally bulwark to encircled China.

    ASEAN, the regional economic association, could potentially improve the situation in Myanmar. However, it is limited by its principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of member states.

    At state level, only several Muslim countries have provided strong statements against Myanmar, among them Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Maldives. Bangladesh, as the country most affected by the flow of refugees, does not show enough international engagement on the matter and can’t provide adequate protection to the refugees.

    *So Msia Najib scream to gain Muslim political mileage, while Indonesia Wahabhi extremists howl according to Saudi demand.

    Therefore, the criticisms, warnings, condemnations, and the threats struggle to cut through to the Myanmar government. The Rohingya themselves sense they will have little impact. As such, the Tatmadaw is likely to continue its brutal campaign and the frustrated Rohingyas may well become increasingly radical.

    * But US plan backfired. Aung Sang SK didn’t backed US plan as she didn’t want to lose all her supporters who have much hatred towards these Muslims extremists. Even local Myanmar Muslims openly do not want to associate with Bengali(Rohingya) case. To condemn Aung, it means attacking its own groomed regime to nbenefit Myanmar army. So the crisis simmer down, awaiting.

    China then came in with all helps to mob it up.

    Part 2, pls wait, US is planning.

  4. US CIA, UK, France, EU, Turkey, Saudi arabia are the team of evils behind the whole Myanmar Rohingya crisis. Malaysia Najib is a asshole trying to get political mileage, when Malaysia is biggest abuser of Rohingya in plantation work. Haven’t you notice and wonder why a sudden intense outpouring of entire Western msm 24/7 reporting since last year …with the USNato countries and their allied Muslim countries(Saudi and Turkey) gone hysteria overdrive in calling for UN immediate intervention, claiming the worst Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing of century? They have never show single concern for these people, nor Yemenis, Syrians, etc.

    Ironically these are also the same countries committing naked genocide & atrocities directly or indirectly in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Africa…in the name of “humanity”.

    Read these:
    1. Why US &Saudi is backing Rohingya suddenly

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/why-u-s-and-saudi-arabia-back-rohingya-in-myanmar/5613015

  5. US CIA, UK, France, EU, Turkey, Saudi arabia are the team of evils behind the whole Myanmar Rohingya crisis. Malaysia Najib is a asshole trying to get political mileage, when Malaysia is biggest abuser of Rohingya in plantation work. Haven’t you notice and wonder why a sudden intense outpouring of entire Western msm 24/7 reporting since last year …with the USNato countries and their allied Muslim countries(Saudi and Turkey) gone hysteria overdrive in calling for UN immediate intervention, claiming the worst Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing of century? They have never show single concern for these people, nor Yemenis, Syrians, etc.

    Ironically these are also the same countries committing naked genocide & atrocities directly or indirectly in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Africa…in the name of “humanity”.

    Read these:
    1. Why US &Saudi is backing Rohingya suddenly

    “https://www.”
    globalresearch.ca/why-u-s-and-saudi-arabia-back-rohingya-in-myanmar/5613015

  6. US CIA, UK, France, EU, Turkey, Saudi arabia are the team of evils behind the whole Myanmar Rohingya crisis. Malaysia Najib is a asshole trying to get political mileage, when Malaysia is biggest abuser of Rohingya in plantation work. Haven’t you notice and wonder why a sudden intense outpouring of entire Western msm 24/7 reporting since last year …with the USNato countries and their allied Muslim countries(Saudi and Turkey) gone hysteria overdrive in calling for UN immediate intervention, claiming the worst Genocide, Ethnic Cleansing of century? They have never show single concern for these people, nor Yemenis, Syrians, etc.

    Ironically these are also the same countries committing naked genocide & atrocities directly or indirectly in Yemen, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Africa…in the name of “humanity”.

  7. Read these:
    1. Why US &Saudi is backing Rohingya suddenly

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/why-u-s-and-saudi-arabia-back-rohingya-in-myanmar/5613015

    2. Who is responsible for the direct killing

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/who-is-responsible-for-ethnic-cleansing-in-myanmar/5611486

    3. Rohingya pawns of US & Saudi.

    https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-rohingya-of-myanmar-pawns-in-an-anglo-chinese-proxy-war-fought-by-saudi-jihadists/5607605

    I have traveled and lived in Myanmar for more than a decade, its a very peaceful and safe country so resource rich yet make so poor by decades of West sanction in order to rob its oil & gas.

  8. Read these:
    1. Why US &Saudi is backing Rohingya suddenly

    globalresearch.ca/why-u-s-and-saudi-arabia-back-rohingya-in-myanmar/5613015

    2. Who is responsible for the direct killing

    globalresearch.ca/who-is-responsible-for-ethnic-cleansing-in-myanmar/5611486

    3. Rohingya pawns of US & Saudi.

    globalresearch.ca/the-rohingya-of-myanmar-pawns-in-an-anglo-chinese-proxy-war-fought-by-saudi-jihadists/5607605

    I have traveled and lived in Myanmar for more than a decade, its a very peaceful and safe country so resource rich yet make so poor by decades of West sanction in order to rob its oil & gas.

    The problem is people are brainwashed and fed with fake msm news the whole life, believing without ever travel to see themselves. All Singapore msm are now controlled by US, churning out west propaganda. Try visit independent websites like
    Globalresearch.ca
    moonofalabama.org
    veteranstoday.com
    southfront.org
    zerohedge.com
    antiwar.com
    consortiumnews.com
    paulcraigroberts.org
    globaltimes.cn

  9. This website is unwisely been used by the US CIA to sent its propaganda. i have pointed out this matter to administrator with independent reports, but no reply and continue of publishing inflammatory smearing campaign to incite Asean hatred towards Burmese. Already in Malaysia some Burmese got slaughtered by misguided Muslim extremists. Stop spreading CIA propaganda. Visit independent websites to see for your self, visit Myanmar, think of Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, ….endless wars you can link up, who is the mastermind & murderers — US, UK, Fr, Nato.