The United Nations has called for the leaders of Myanmar to be charged with genocide following the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya minority.
Specifically, the U.N. is calling for the military’s commander-in-chief and five other generals to stand trial on charges of genocide against the Rohingya people.
It is the first time that the U.N. has called for such measures which will likely further isolate the already secluded nation.
The calls for a trial come as a result of an independent U.N. investigation into the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya population, a Muslim minority community living in remote areas of Myanmar.
“Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages. The Tatmadaw’s tactics are consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats, especially in Rakhine State, but also in northern Myanmar.” — the U.N. report
While an official death toll has yet to be released, the U.N. asserts that an estimate of 10,000 deaths would be “conservative.”
The U.N. has recommended that the case be transferred to the International Criminal Court in the Hague. Alternatively, they have suggested the creation of an ad hoc tribunal to further investigate the allegations against the military.
The military, however, is not solely responsible for these atrocities.
De facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former political prisoner, bears much of the weight as well in spite of her worldwide reputation as a human rights advocate.
The report concludes that while she did not have a direct role in the ethnic cleansing, she was complicit in it, and that by virtue of her complicity she inadvertently contributed to the genocide.
“The State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has not used her de facto position as Head of Government, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding events in Rakhine State.” — the U.N. report
Multiple human rights organizations have rescinded Aung San Suu Kyi’s awards as a result of her inaction throughout this tragedy.
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