Forced return of Rohingya crime against humanity

World screaming foul at the Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral repatriation scheme scheduled to begin Thursday By Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on November 15, 2018 *The writer is a coordinator of strategic affairs for the Free Rohingya Coalition and co-author of ‘The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya’ (2014) LONDON From the Red Cross to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, with the principal mandate for refugee protection, the world is screaming foul at the Bangladesh-Myanmar bilateral repatriation scheme scheduled to begin on 15 November, today. The International Committee of the Red Cross’ Robert Mardini based in Myanmar told […]

The Situation of the Rohingya: Is there a role for the International Court of Justice?

By Michael A Becker | Published by EJIL: Talk! on November 14, 2018 In April 2017, the UN Human Rights Council established the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar to investigate alleged human rights abuses by military and security forces. The Fact-Finding Mission issued an initial summary report in August 2018, followed by a 444-page report of detailed findings in September. Among other things, the Fact-Finding Mission found that after an armed group called the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army launched a series of small-scale attacks against government military outposts on 25 August 2017, a government campaign aimed at Rohingya communities in Rakhine State […]

Activist for Rohingya Muslims calls on Tokyo to speak out over refugee crisis

By Chisato Tanaka, Published by The Japan Times on October 25, 2018 A leader of a global network of activists for Rohingya Muslims on Thursday called on Japan to actively speak out against the alleged abuse and genocide against Myanmar’s ethnic minority by the country’s military and strongly criticized Tokyo for its relative silence on a crisis that has become a major international concern. “There are 400 villages burned to the ground … Japan cannot be so out of line from the reality. Rohingyas are treated as guilty (just) because they exist,” Maung Zarni, leader of the Free Rohingya Coalition, […]

Five concrete measures can end Rohingya genocide

By Dr. Maung Zarni | Published by Anadolu Agency on October 5, 2018 – The writer is coordinator for strategic affairs at the Free Rohingya Coalition and adviser to the European Center for the Study of Extremism, Cambridge, UK   Five steps can be taken towards achieving justice, repatriation and the rebuilding of Rohingya communities in Myanmar LONDON — Rohingya campaigners and human rights organizations welcomed the UN Human Rights Council’s vote on Sept. 27 to set up a body to conduct a further investigation and future indictment of Myanmar for atrocity crimes, including genocide. The resolution, co-sponsored by the Organization […]

India to deport Rohingya refugees, as the world moves towards prosecuting Myanmar for Genocide.

By Tapan Bose | October 4, 2018 Seven Rohingya Muslims refugees who were held at a detention centre in Assam since 2012 will be handed over to Myanmar. The Supreme Court of India today refused to stop their deportation, as the new Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gagoi said, “We are not inclined to interfere on the decision taken”. Rejecting the argument of lawyer of the Rohingyas that the government’s move was against the UN charter, the Supreme Court accepted the Central Government’s statement that the Rohingya were illegal immigrants and Myanmar had accepted them as citizens. The seven Rohingya […]

The ICC Has Launched a Preliminary Examination Into Myanmar’s Expulsion of Rohingya Muslims

By Eli Meixler | Published by TIME on September 19, 2018 The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor announced on Tuesday the start of a preliminary examination into the recent expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar to Bangladesh. The announcement comes a day after U.N. investigators accused the Myanmar military of committing atrocities against the Rohingya and other ethnic minorities and calling for Myanmar’s top generals to be charged with genocide. “I have decided to proceed to the next phase of the process and to carry out a full-fledged preliminary examination of the situation at hand,” ICC prosecutor Fatou […]

Fake photos in Myanmar army’s ‘True News’ book on the Rohingya crisis

By Poppy McPherson | Published by Reuters on August 31, 2018 YANGON (Reuters) – The grainy black-and-white photo, printed in a new book on the Rohingya crisis authored by Myanmar’s army, shows a man standing over two bodies, wielding a farming tool. “Bengalis killed local ethnics brutally”, reads the caption. The photo appears in a section of the book covering ethnic riots in Myanmar in the 1940s. The text says the image shows Buddhists murdered by Rohingya – members of a Muslim minority the book refers to as “Bengalis” to imply they are illegal immigrants. But a Reuters examination of […]

An open letter to the Rohingya survivors, concerned people and organisations, re: High Court of Australia matter re summons against ASSK for Crimes Against Humanity against the Rohingya

Dear Rohingya brothers and sisters, and concerned friends and organisations:   In March 2018 a summons was lodged in the Melbourne Magistrate’s Court for filing seeking to charge Aung San Suu Kyi with Crimes Against Humanity for the forcible deportation of the Rohingya from Myanmar. The Attorney General of Australia refused to consent to the prosecution. The High Court of Australia will hear an application to strike out the Attorney General’s decision on 3rd October 2018.    The hearing is set for 9.30am on 3rd October at the High Court of Australia, Level 17 Commonwealth Law Courts Building, 305 William […]