What does the Myanmar Provisional Measures Order by the International Court of Justice mean for ASEAN?

By Maung Zarni | Published by FORSEA on February 12, 2020 It is long overdue for ASEAN to sync its policies towards Myanmar with international opinion, legal and human rights, and the global public. On January 23, 2020, the International Court of Justice, the UN’s highest judicial authority which handles legal disputes among the member states, announced its decision to proceed with The Gambia vs Myanmar and issued the provisional measures aimed at preventing (further) genocidal acts against Myanmar’s Rohingya people and at protecting the evidence of the past atrocities which Myanmar troops committed against the ethnic minority community in

הקהילה הבינלאומית התעוררה. אך בשביל בני הרוהינגה זה מעט מדי, מאוחר מדי

By David Stavrou | Published by Haaretz on February 23, 2020 הקהילה הבינלאומית התעוררה. אך בשביל בני הרוהינגה זה מעט מדי, מאוחר מדי בחודש שעבר הוציא בית הדין הבינלאומי לצדק צו ביניים המורה למיאנמר למנוע את הטבח באחד מהמיעוטים הנרדפים כיום בעולם. למשפטנים קשה יהיה להוכיח כוונה לרצח עם, והדיונים בבית הדין צפויים להימשך עוד שנים. ניצולה: “ראיתי אנשים שנדקרו למוות, החיילים גם ריססו בכדורים. הכפר היה מלא בגופות” “חיילים הפרידו את הקבוצות לנשים ולגברים”, כך על פי אחת העדויות, “הגברים הוצאו להורג. אלו שלא מתו מהירי, אלו שנאבקו על חייהם או נפצעו קשה, הומתו באמצעות סכינים. אחר כך הורידו מהגופות תכשיטים ודברי

A hard look into the genesis of Myanmar’s genocide

By Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on February 12, 2020 Genesis of sustained, institutionalized destruction of Rohingya is anchored in group’s identity as Muslims LONDON — The International Court of Justice’s Jan. 23 interim order in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar is designed to protect the Rohingya and preserve the crime sites. It has brought a sense of vindication to several million Rohingya victims – in the diaspora, inside Myanmar, and in refugee camps in Bangladesh. It was by far the most significant act the international community has taken since the Rohingya have been subjected to a national policy

Free Rohingya Coalition calls for Religious Harmony and Respect for Freedom of Religion among Rohingya Refugee Communities

Free Rohingya Coalition calls for Religious Harmony and Respect for Freedom of Religion among Rohingya Refugee Communities February 5, 2020 The Free Rohingya Coalition, an international grassroots network of Rohingya refugee activists and supporters, are profoundly dismayed by the news that on 26 January evening, certain members of Rohingya refugee community had attacked 17 Rohingya Christian families and destroyed their make-shift homes in the Kutupalong refugee camp in Bangladesh. The victims of the religiously motivated attacks have now been relocated to a secure camp by Bangladesh camp authorities. The coalition condemns the violence perpetrated against Christian Rohingyas by their fellow

Myanmar on Trial: Will the Government enforce the ICJ’s Ruling?

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Myanmar’s government must protect the Rohingya Muslim minority from acts of genocide. That was despite a robust defence from de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Once a human rights champion, the Nobel Peace Prize winner has seen her international reputation crumble, after she defended the very military that had locked her away for 15 years. Suu Kyi and her government reject the ruling, and condemn human rights groups for painting a distorted picture. Guests: Maung ZarniCo-ordinator of Free Rohingya Coalition Nyo Ohn MyintFormer Member of Myanmar’s National League for Democracy Michael

ICJ interim genocide ruling on Myanmar vindicates Rohingya

By Maung Zarni | Anadolu Agency | January 24, 2020 Historic decision of World Court makes voice of Rohingya Muslims eventually heard after years-long persecution LONDON — Rohingya around the world on Thursday shared a pervasive sense of vindication after four-decades of policy-inflicted sufferings at the hands of Myanmar state which has systematically sought to destroy their identity and physical existence in the country.  The historic interim decision on Myanmar genocide by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), tasked principally to adjudicate legal disputes among UN member states, has made several millions Rohingya — in the camps in Bangladesh, in the diaspora and inside

Free Rohingya Coalition is alarmed by genocide denial made by Aung San Suu Kyi’s Independent Commission of Enquiry

Nay San Lwin, the co-founder and coordinator of the Coalition, said, “this is yet another Myanmar commission set up to deny and dismiss credible findings of the decades-long and ongoing genocide of our Rohingya people. The Commission has not established facts, but merely handed over a thick pack of lies, distortions and denial for Myanmar’s use at various international tribunals.”

Why Myanmar’s genocide denial will come back to haunt it

By Maung Zarni | Published by The Washington Post | January 15, 2020 Maung Zarni is the co-founder of FORSEA, a grass-roots organization of Southeast Asian human rights defenders, and the co-author of “Essays on Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingyas.” Last month, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi took the stand at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in the Hague to rebut allegations that her country’s systematic persecution of its Rohingya population amounts to genocide. Aung San Suu Kyi, once lionized for her stand against an oppressive military dictatorship, strenuously denied the charges — despite reams of evidence and the presence of nearly

FRC Citizen Ambassador Professor Michimi Muranushi exposes Japan’s material and political support for genocidal Myanmar

Rights group denounces Japan envoy for ‘disturbing’ comments on Myanmar Rohingya By Reuters | January 15, 2020 TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo-based human rights activists on Wednesday decried recent remarks by Japan’s ambassador to Yangon, who told local media he did not think the Myanmar military committed genocide on the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country.  More than 730,000 Rohingya fled the Southeast Asian nation to Bangladesh in 2017 after a military-led crackdown. The United Nations has said the campaign was executed with “genocidal intent” and included mass killings and rape.  The military offensive has sparked a series of ongoing legal

Myanmar continues to make mistakes of the past

By Maung Zarni | Asia Times | January 14, 2020 January 4 marked the 72nd anniversary of Myanmar’s independence from Britain. The civil war in which the country – a patchwork of diverse ethnic regions, with mutually incomprehensible languages, unerasable regional identities and distinct political histories – was born has come a full circle. It is noteworthy that modern Myanmar was not the creation of nationalists. It was born out of the external shock of the Second World War and the dissolution of external colonial powers. Few Myanmar nationalist historians have acknowledged this historical fact, for it fundamentally and effectively undermines the nationalist