Humanity dies a merciless death in Myanmar

Over the last two weeks over 1,20,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled from Myanmar to Bangladesh due to ongoing violence, which has included reports of mass killings, among other crimes.

The silence of leader and noble laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is deafening and nothing has been done much to alleviate the Rohingya’s from one of the most heinous human persecutions.

The Rohingya’s are classified as a stateless Muslim minority group who live primarily in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

They are locally referred to as ‘Bengali’, implying they are foreigners to the land and aren’t acknowledged as citizens by the Myanmar government. However, the Rohingyas have lived in Myanmar for generations.

While the Rohingya crisis had been sparked off several years ago due to communal clashes between  Rakhine Buddhist and the Rohingya, since 2012 the situation has worsened and more so in the last couple of weeks.

The situation has been dubbed as “Genocide” by the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.”You watched the situation that Myanmar and Muslims are in. You saw how villages have been burned … Humanity remained silent to the massacre in Myanmar”, he added.

On Wednesday Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Myanmar over the mounting crisis and assured Aung San Suu Kyi India’s support to curb extremist violence and attacks on the security forces. However, Modi failed to speak about the persecution of the Muslim community altogether.

Suu Kyi, on the other hand, thanked India for taking a strong stand on the “terror threat” faced by her country.

Myanmar has also refused and blocked all help coming from the United Nations. Thousands of civilians are in desperate need of food, water, and medical aid and a thousand others have fled the country.

Most of the neighboring camps are full and cannot intake more refugees.

For the past week, UN has not visited or conducted any field work in the Rakhine area. This not only endangers the life of the Rohingya’s but also the Rakhine Buddhist residents as well.

The world community is growing concerned about the slow and merciless deaths the civilians are dying, while Aung San Suu Kyi sits put.

Today Bangladeshi police say a trawler carrying Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar has capsized in the Bay of Bengal, and an unknown number of people have drowned. More than 20 civilians are feared dead.

In the latest development, Myanmar government says that the insurgents who attacked 30 police personnel’s weeks ago demand a separate state from the Rakhine Buddhists. A group called Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army has taken responsibility for the attacks.

The situation is engorging into one of the goriest genocides we know of today. Unless the Myanmar government seeks the help of world communities, it won’t be long before the entire pocket of Rohingyas will be wiped off the face of the earth.

Sources: ReutersWashington Post

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BNP Paribas accused of involvement in Rwandan genocide

French bank BNP Paribas has been accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, after complaints were lodged by three different civil society organisations in French courts on Thursday. The lawsuits allege that the bank knowingly approved a transfer worth $1.3 million from the Rwandan central bank to an arms dealer.

The complaints were lodged by Sherpa, Ibuka France and the Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda. Sherpa is an organisation that defends victims of economic crimes, while Ibuka France and the Collective of Civil Parties for Rwanda are organisations that attempt to pursue claims linked to the Rwandan genocide and provide aid to victims.

The NGO’s that filed the lawsuit stated that Hutu colonel Théoneste Bagosora agreed to purchase close to 80 tonnes of arms and ammunition from a dealer on June 17, 1994. The transaction occurred just one month after the United Nations had placed an embargo on the delivery of weapons to Rwanda, due to political conditions.

These arms were delivered to Gisenyi, a city located near Rwanda’s border, via Goma, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The money was transferred from Rwanda’s national bank to a Swiss bank account held by Willem Tertius Ehlers, a South African who was an intermediary for the arm-dealing brokerage Delta Aero.

The four-month long genocide that occurred after the arms deal resulted in the death of around 8,00,000 people, with a large majority of them being from Rwanda’s Tutsi minority. The bank reached out to Reuters and AFP, saying that it didn’t have adequate information on the incident and that it could not make a statement.

Sources: Reuters, Daily Mail