UN condemns Myanmar over Rohingya abuse

UN condemns Myanmar over Rohingya abuse2
The resolution expresses alarm at the continuing influx of Rohingya Muslims to neighboring Bangladesh including 744,000 who arrived since August 2017 Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution on Friday condemning human rights abuse against Rohingya population and other minority groups in Myanmar.

The resolution, what was passed by a total of 134 countries in the 193-member world body, with nine votes against and 28 abstaining also calls on Myanmar to stop stimulating any hatred against the Rohingya and other minorities.

Myanmar has been facing sharp criticism from the international community how it deals with Rohingyas, the most persecuted minority in the world.

More than 700,000 fled to neighbouring Bangladesh during an army crackdown in the Buddhist-majority country in 2017. Myanmar military has been accused of showcasing brutality to this community.

Myanmar denies most of it and the country claims it was tackling an extremist threat.

Earlier this month, the country’s Noble Peace Prize-winning leader Aung San Suu Kyi stood in defence on her country at the UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) and denied allegations of genocide. West-African small nation Gambia brought the Rohingya case to the ICJ on behalf of dozens of other Muslim countries.

Suu Kyi, once seen as the champion of human rights, defended her army’s brutal action and potential ‘ethnic cleansing’ at the ICJ. She said, ‘The violence was an internal armed conflict triggered by Rohingya militant attacks on government security posts’.

‘The Military might have used disproportionate force at times, but if soldiers had committed war crimes, they will be prosecuted’, she added.

What’s on the resolution?

The UN resolution expressed alarm at the continuing influx of Rohingya to Bangladesh over the past four decades ‘in the aftermath of atrocities committed by the security and armed forces of Myanmar’.

The resolution also highlights the findings of an independent international mission ‘of gross human rights violations and abuses suffered by Rohingya Muslims and other minorities by the country’s security forces, which the mission described as ‘the gravest crimes under international law’.

Myanmar was asked to restore human rights to all groups and to ensure justice to all human right violations.

UN General Assembly Resolutions are not legally binding but they can reflect world opinion about a particular matter.

The UN ambassador for Myanmar, Hau Do Suan, criticized the resolution saying it is ‘another classic example of double-standards [and] selective and discriminatory application of human rights norms’.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya fled Myanmar for refugee camps in Bangladesh. Source: Getty Images

Accusations against Myanmar

The Southeast Asian country is mainly a Buddhist country, considers the Rohingya as illegal immigrants and denies them citizenship.

The community is mostly based in Rakhine Stae have long complained of persecution. But what happened in 2017 military crackdown, could surpass them all.

Gambia said in its submission to the ICJ, Myanmar military ‘intended to destroy the Rohingya as a group, in whole or in part, via mass murder, rape and setting fire to their buildings often with inhabitants locked inside’.

In May, seven Myanmar soldiers were released from jail who were accused of killing 10 Rohingya men and boys.

Myanmar military always denied wrongdoings and claimed they targeted Rohingya militants.