Bangladesh can make Myanmar pay for crimes against Rohingya

By Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on July 8, 2019 Dhaka should move International Court of Justice to force Myanmar to pay reparations to for hosting victims of genocide LONDON — Last week, UN International Independent Fact-Finding Mission’s Chris Sidoti, Bangladesh’s high commissioner to the U.K. and prominent experts from Bangladesh, gathered in London to tackle an overlooked, but pressing issue: the challenges of repatriating 1.2 million Rohingya refugees to their homes in Myanmar. This comes in the back drop of Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen reportedly accusing Myanmar of “lying” about the status of the repatriation of […]

Applying law to end Myanmar’s impunity for genocide

By Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on July 2, 2019 Prosecutor to probe alleged crimes in which at least one element occurred in Bangladesh, a state party to the Rome Statute LONDON — As Myanmar continues to commit crimes against the Rohingya people, the international legal community appears to be buzzing with measured excitement over the possibility of holding the country’s senior-most perpetrators accountable for genocide and other crimes against humanity, and justifiably so. Last week saw two important developments at the International Criminal Court (ICC): the establishment by the ICC Presidency of a pretrial chamber regarding “the situation […]

The UN Has Failed the Rohingya in Myanmar. Now it Should Take Responsibility

By Maung Zarni | Published by The Wire on June 30, 2019. The United Nations recently accepted a 36-page report that examined the body’s systemic failures in the country. The United Nations recently accepted a 36-page report that examined the body’s involvement in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018. The report, by former Guatemalan foreign minister and UN executive Gert Rosenthal, acknowledges that there were “systemic failures” in how the UN responded to the crisis in Myanmar. The Rosenthal report (dated May 29, 2019) finds that the UN response was “dysfunctional” in Myanmar, and that its leadership and conduct was “relatively impotent.” These […]

Dr. Zarni offers a first-hand understanding of the failed Myanmar democracy movement and its autocratic leader Suu Kyi

Published by The Citizen on June 24, 2019 ‘Suu Kyi and Virtually the Entire Opposition Were Completely Enamoured with US Power’An extended interview with Maung Zarni, an educator and political activist in exile who was closely associated with Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the National League for Democracy and erstwhile face of democratic politics in Myanmar. Zarni recalls the hopes many vested in Suu Kyi after her father Aung San was assassinated in 1947, and his own journey towards disillusionment. The interview is the first in a series of reports from or about India’s neighbouring countries, yesterday and today. […]

Myanmar: Building businesses over killing fields

By Maung Zarni, Published by Anadolu Agency on June 21, 2019 Bleak future lies ahead of Rohingya, as Myanmar is getting away with genocide amid UN ‘system failure’ LONDON — Amid former Guatemalan Foreign Minister Gert Rosenthal’s shocking report about the UN’s leadership, policy and system failures in Myanmar the Southeast Asian member state has for all intent and purpose accomplished its ongoing national project of cleansing the strategic border region of Northern Rakhine off Muslims — most specifically ethnic Rohingya people.  Other ethnic communities like Kachin, Mon, Karen, Chin, Wa, and Shan also inhabit border or “peripheral” regions of Myanmar. […]

Free Rohingya Coalition Calls for the Resignation of UN Secretary General and Senior Deputies over Systemic UN Failures in Myanmar Genocide

IMMEDIATE RELEASE 19 June 2019 In a 36-page official report (29 May 2019) entitled “A brief and independent inquiry into the involvement of the United nations in Myanmar from 2010 to 2018”, former Guatemalan Foreign Minister and UN diplomat Gert Rosenthal, acknowledges the UN’s ‘systemic failures’. The Rosenthal report finally admits to what the several generations of Rohingya survivors of Myanmar’s genocide have always known through their collective and individual experiences: the United Nations has failed them – not simply since 2011, the report’s cut-of year, but since the first wave of Myanmar’s genocidal destruction in 1978. This is not […]

Zarni’s Comment on the Extra-judicial Killing of Rakhine Civilians by Myanmar Government Troops

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Killing six out of more than 200 detained villagers for different reasons is a lawless activity perpetrated by the Myanmar army, it’s an extrajudicial offence.  Such offences during an armed conflict are viewed as war crimes. When enemies surrender, you have to treat them well as prisoners of war. You are not allowed to bully and torture them. The Tatmadaw committed such offences in every ethnic region, they especially made trouble for hundreds of thousands of Muslims in Arakan State.  The Tatmadaw has carried out whatever they wanted to do for more than 40 years. They have killed monks, communists […]

Protect the Rohingya calls for the end of the Rohingya genocide! Join the movement by wearing BLACK in solidarity on Thursday, 13 June 2019

9 June 2019PRESS RELEASE Protect the Rohingya calls for the end of the Rohingya genocide! Join the movement by wearing BLACK in solidarity on Thursday, 13 June 2019 and remember to tweet your photos and messages of solidarity to us: @ProtectRohingya using the Hashtag: #Black4Rohingya The Rohingya have been described as the world’s most persecuted minority by the United Nations. They live in Arakan State, Myanmar where they have been denied citizenship, freedom of movement, access to education and health services. They have been subject inter aliato land confiscations, arbitrary arrests, forced sterilisation, extortion, torture, rape and collective punishment. Their […]

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi is turning far-right

By Maung Zarni, Published by Anadolu Agency on June 8, 2019 Translation in Spanish| Turkish| Arabic |MalaysianNobel laureate and de-facto ruler of Myanmar is joining ranks of far-right leaders like India’s Modi, Hungary’s Orban ANKARA — The wire pictures from Budapest of a smiling Nobel Peace Laureate and Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi shaking hands with Viktor Orban, Hungary’s president, strikes fear down my spine. That is, fear for my Muslim friends back home in Mandalay in particular and Myanmar’s Muslims in general, including the systematically persecuted Rohingya. The two reportedly exchanged their unconcealed fear and loathing of Muslims and migrants.  In Suu Kyi’s […]