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

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

How The Rohingya Community Is Reacting To Aung San Suu Kyi’s ICJ Speech

By NPR | December 13, 2019 NPR’s Ari Shapiro talks with Yasmin Ullah, President of the Rohingya Human Rights Group, about the reaction among the Rohingya community to the ICJ proceedings at the Hague. Transcript ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:  A Nobel Peace Prize winner spoke in court this week and defended a military accused of genocide. Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi said her country’s soldiers were at times brutal, but she denied that they had tried to wipe out the Rohingya, a Muslim minority. (SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING) AUNG SAN SUU KYI: Surely, under the circumstances, genocidal intent

Key Rohingya campaigners face abduction threats

Rohingya campaigners Nay San Lwin and Maung Zarni

By Sorwar Alam | Published by Anadolu Agency on November 30, 2019 2 Myanmar Buddhist and leading Rohingya campaigners in Europe claim they face threats from Myanmar ANKARA  — Two leading figures of the Rohingya campaign in Europe are fearing for their lives after calls for their abduction were circulated in a racist video message.   London-based Maung Zarni and Germany-based Nay San Lwin said they were targeted by Aye Ne Win, a businessman who allegedly financed the genocide against the ethnic group in Myanmar. In a video circulated on social media, Win urged Myanmar’s intelligence service to launch an Israel-style

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