Rohingya Crisis

(Waqar Butt, Azad Kashmir)

“Authority, power and wealth don’t change a man. It only reveals him”, Imam Ali (A.S). Myanmar’s Nobel peace prize winner, Aung san suu kyi, had spent almost 15 years under house arrest before she began her political carrer. She is now the state Counsellor of Myanmar. During her house arrest, she was praised all over the world because of her unshakable stance for democracy and her unwavering commitment to the rights of people. But these days her government is facing intense international criticism over military action against Rohingya Muslims and her silence about this violence. During the days of her incarceration, she was an emblem of suffering, and now she is a symbol of silence, complicity and cruelty. The determination with which she refused to capitulate to her oppressors then, is now the material of her refusal to have mercy, to impose the suffering that degrades, embitters and enrages an individual. She is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who is devoid of the nobility of character. She is in power and her real cruel face is evident to the whole world.

Most of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist, led by firebrand monks. There is widespread hostility toward the Rohingya Muslim who are in the minority and are discriminated against regularly. The government not only denies them citizenship but also labels them illegal Bengali immigrants. The Buddhist monks are leading an Islamophobic campaign, calling for them to be pushed out of the country. This time the situation aggravated because of the militant attacks on Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine on August 25. The attacks sparked the worst military backlash. In the last three weeks alone 300,000 mostly Rohingya civilians have fled to Bangladesh, where refuge camps have almost burst at the seams.

Suu kyi along with the rest of Myanmar’s government is presiding over this massacre. Even the UN human right chief said, “The country is waging a systematic attack on the Rohingya Muslims.” According to reports, more than 1,000 Rohingya Muslims have been killed; scores have drowned try to make the perilous sea journey in boats. Many of the dead were children. Others have died while trying to flee the fighting in Rakhine state, where witness say entire villages have been burned. Instead of speaking against this massacre and violence, suu kyi’s foreign ministry defended the military for doing their legitimate duty to restore stability, saying troops were under orders to exercise all due restraint and to take full measures to avoid collateral damage.

The inaction of the UN and silence of Pakistani leaders on this issue is condemnable and shameful. Muslims all over the world were expecting that the UN would assert the principle of humanitarian intervention without discrimination, but it is heart breaking that the UN is not fulfilling its duties. Chairman of Pakistan Tahreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan wrote to UN secretary asking him to play his due role in ending the persecution and genocide of Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar termed the world body’s silence on the issue shameful. Imran khan said, “In the past three years, more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled abroad under desperate circumstances and conditions. Even today the Rohingyas have been abandoned on the high seas with no humanitarian assistance forthcoming.”
Turkish President Tayyab Erdogan said that the death of hundreds of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar constituted a genocide aimed at Muslim communities in the region.

“There is a genocide there. They remain silent towards this. All those looking away from this genocide carried out under the veil of democracy are also part of this massacre.”

He said it was Turkey’s moral responsibility to take a stand against the events in Myanmar. Pakistani leaders should learn from Tayyab Erdogan.

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