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13 November, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 13 November, 2019 12:21:08 AM
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Gambia’s case against Myanmar appreciated

Gambia’s case against Myanmar appreciated

While the world was slowly letting the Rohingya crisis slip away, the persecution of the Muslims from Myanmar has come to the limelight once more with Gambia, an African country, filing a case at the UN’s highest court, accusing Myanmar for perpetrating genocide against her own people – the ethnic minority Rohingya community living in Rakhine. This is a timely move because since the exodus of around seven lakh Rohingyas into Bangladesh, in 2017, the issue has been repeatedly ignored by Myanmar. While their leaders have resorted to baffling prevarication and equivocation, the army, which set ablaze villages ostensibly to root out insurgents, has now acknowledged their part in what has been described as a genocide.

The plight of the Rohingyas has attracted global attention and while many countries have come forward with humanitarian help, very few, almost none, took any concerted steps to impose sanctions on Myanmar to force the country to apologise for crimes against humanity. As a result, the Rohingyas have become the sole responsibility of Bangladesh with Myanmar repeatedly sidestepping the agreement made for a dignified, safe and secure return of displaced people. Gambia has lodged the case on behalf of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, OIC, which should be an example for others to follow. Unfortunately, no major regional or global powerhouse has taken any notable measure as yet to exert pressure on Myanmar.

Shockingly, the puppet civil administration of Myanmar is hardly condemned by major Western nations for failing to admit to the mistreatment of the Rohingyas. While Bangladesh is making an all-out effort to carve a peaceful solution to the issue, assertive moves from other countries are also needed. While a country in Africa has taken the bold move, the silence of many so called friends of Bangladesh in the region leaves us irked. The Rohingyas can only start to return when there is a third country, with noteworthy leverage in the region, works as a mediator and forces Myanmar to launch a transparent repatriation programme. At the same time, those responsible for the atrocities committed need to be brought to justice because if the engineers of the Rohingya ordeal are allowed to slip away then a belief of impunity will set in. Providing help to those living in refugee camps in Bangladesh is laudable though sustaining the humanitarian crisis and letting Myanmar off the hook isn’t.

 

 

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