Rohingya advocacy groups worldwide as well as rights activists and analysts on Sunday marked two years since the exodus of the oppressed Rohingya from Myanmar with an appeal to ensure justice for the atrocities perpetrated by Myanmar’s army since Aug. 25, 2017.
“Rohingya seek the support of UN, EU, US, OIC [Organization of Islamic Cooperation], ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations] to bring the perpetrators of Myanmar genocide to justice,” tweeted the Dutch-based Rohingya umbrella group EU Rohingya Council.
Accusing the international community of not acting to stop atrocities, it added: “The world has been failing the survivors of Myanmar Genocide. And yet Rohingya are resilient in the pursuit of their rights that have been robbed under the world’s eyes.”
Calling justice a “top priority” for international communities rather than talk over repatriation to Bangladesh, where more than 750,000 Rohingya refugees fled the atrocities, exiled Rohingya activists Ro Zaw Naing tweeted: “Sad to see that persons who committed Rohingya genocide are still at large in Myanmar.”
Irish-based Rohingya advocacy groups the Stateless Rohingya and Rohingya Action Ireland also tweeted demanding justice for the Rohingya genocide. The groups called the Rohingya one of the unique ethnic groups of the southeastern Asian nation of Myanmar.
“The Rohingya are a predominantly Muslim ethnic group, who have been living in independent Arakan Kingdom, now Rakhine State of Myanmar or Burma, for centuries. Their distinct language, culture, tradition and faith make them a unique minority in the Buddhist-majority country,” said Rohingya Action Ireland.
Maung Zarni, head of the umbrella group Free Rohingya Coalition, decried the impunity of Myanmar’s army and called the country’s de facto leader a criminal.
“Worth revisiting my indictment of Aung San Suu Kyi as Nuremberg-worthy criminal – not a Nobel-worthy leader overseeing a fragile demo-transition on the 2nd Anniversary of Rohingya Genocide Memorial Day,” he tweeted.
The Southeast Asia-based Fortify Rights urged the immediate accountability of Myanmar’s army for their crimes in Rakhine state, bordering Bangladesh, perpetrated against the Rohingya.
“Myanmar security forces committed massacres, mass rapes, and other atrocities against Rohingya men, women and children,” it said.
Referring to las week’s failed effort to repatriate some 3,500 Rohingya to Myanmar, researcher Azeem Ibrahim tweeted: “Not a single Rohingya volunteered to return to Myanmar because they have [been] completely excluded from any discussions on their own fate. UN motivated by politics not people in Rohingya crisis.”
Tun Khin, a genocide survivor and head of the British-based Burmese Rohingya Organization, expressed despair over the two-year Rohingya ordeal since 2017, writing on Twitter: “There’s no end in sight to the crisis.”
Saudi-based Rohingya National News stressed the preconditions for any repatriation, tweeting: “We urge the International Community to ensure our rights before we go home.”- Anadolu