It’s Time to Indict Aung San Suu Kyi for Genocide Against the Rohingya in Myanmar

By Mehdi Hasan | Published by The Intercept on August 24, 2019 ISN’T IT TIME Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was indicted for war crimes and genocide at the International Criminal Court? This Sunday marks two years since the Burmese military, the Tatmadaw, arrived in Rakhine state, in western Myanmar, to launch a renewed campaign of terror and violence against the country’s long-persecuted Rohingya Muslim minority. Unspeakable crimes were committed by Burmese troops and vigilantes: Rohingya men hacked to death; children burned alive; women and girls raped and sexually assaulted in their hundreds and thousands. Scores of villages were pillaged and razed to the ground as more than 700,000 Rohingya were driven from their homes. […]

Inaction on China and India’s crimes emboldens Myanmar

By Maung Zarni | Published by Al Jazeera on August 25, 2019 How can Myanmar reverse its anti-Rohingya policies if it has China and India as an example?  On August 25, Rohingya refugees and survivors in refugee camps, as well as their diasporic communities, commemorate the second Rohingya Genocide Memorial Day. On this day two years ago, a new campaign of genocidal violence was launched by the Myanmar military against the Rohingya. In recent months, small steps have been made to hold those responsible for this tragedy to account. The Prosecutor’s Office at the International Criminal Court is said to be determined to open a […]

The “Enemy of the State” Speaks … Irreverent Essays and Interviews

The web URL for pre-order is: Available 30 August 2019 “While the world’s academics and politicians were focused on the hopes for change conjured up by the charisma and fame of Aung San Suu Kyi, Zarni presciently warned of signs of more fundamental problems with the promised ‘transition’ agenda for Myanmar. Zarni’s various writings and interviews represent an unending attack on the misrepresentations of the Myanmar political, military, commercial, and monastic establishment and the misunderstandings of foreign actors who were beguiled by the promises of natural resources, trade wealth, and political change. Now, as the Myanmar Tatmadaw and the Lady have revealed […]

Rohingya poets turn words into art of resistance

New anthology of Rohingya poets reflects resilience of a community driven away from their homeland Natalie Brinham, Yuriko Cowper-Smith and Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on August 7, 2019 Rohingya poets featured in an anthology, I am Rohingya, write with an urgency and passion of genocide survivors. They reclaim their experience, their group identity and their agency from the victimhood that has framed their existence for so long.  The collection is the first of its kind to be translated and written in English, yet it speaks to the deep significance of all three languages in which the poetry […]

International legal options for addressing the Rohingya genocide in Myanmar and humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh

By Yuriko Cowper-Smith | Published by The Sentinel Project on August 13, 2019 Addressing the seemingly intractable Rohingya genocide and the humanitarian crisis in Bangladesh requires looking at all possible international legal options. The continued (in)action of the Burmese government demonstrates that state officials are unwilling to bring the perpetrators to account. As international pressure mounts for Myanmar’s government to change its conduct, various countries and actors in the international system have started to consider various legal channels. This article articulates a few means of recourse that can be used to introduce a modicum of accountability. The International Criminal Court […]

How ethnonationalists use the UNESCO World Heritage label

Myanmar, India and China have all pursued UNESCO World Heritage status for sites of mass victimisation of minorities.By Azeezah Kanji | Published by Al Jazeera on August 4, 2019 On July 6, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the success of Myanmar‘s application to recognise the ancient Buddhist city of Bagan as a World Heritage Site – a boon for the image and tourism industry of a country accused by the UN‘s own fact-finding mission of committing genocide and crimes against humanity. While preserving the archaeological remnants of “the heart of the largest Buddhist empire of its time” (from the 9th to […]

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 […]