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

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

The web URL for pre-order is: https://www.gerakbudaya.com/enemyofthepeople 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