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Big powers must help resolve Rohingya crisis

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20th-Mar-2017       
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CHINA and Russia on Friday blocked a UK backed UN Security Council statement on troubled Rakhine State in Myanmar, where Rohingya Muslims are facing mindless killing, arson and torture forcing them to take shelter in Bangladesh. The UN Human Rights Council recently brought fresh accusations against Myanmar military for torching their villages as part of an ongoing ethnic cleansing. It is really unfortunate. The UN body has termed the situation as genocide; which amounts to crime against humanity. The Council worked for UN Security Council statement at a time when the Myanmar government is paying no heed to stop genocide of the Rohingya Muslims and agree to take back the displaced people who   remained disenfranchised from 2012.

The move by China and Russia opposing the statement; which goes in direct support to the Myanmar government's persecution is a mindless step for the stateless Rohingya Muslims in their bid to draw global support to their right cause. Such move was also blocked in the past raising question as to why the big powers mandated to preserve world peace should not agree to bring pressure on Myanmar to stop persecution. We don't understand what the reason may be behind it to deny justice to the aggrieved people losing homes and becoming stateless. This is a gross violation of human rights and the right to existence of those people to live in their ancestral homes as they were inheriting it over the generations.

It is clear that Myanmar government is forcing Rohingyas to leave the country because under the new State policy Muslims are denied of their right to live with Buddhist majority nation. This is a policy emanated from hatred taking the shape of ethnic cleansing that needs to be resisted by the global action. But instead of demanding accountability against the crime how big countries like China or Russia can take side with Myanmar is the big humanitarian question. It is against all international laws and conventions but when it comes to the question of an small ethnic minority, they feel quite free to support the bigger state power. 

To be Muslims can't be a crime. It can't be also the criteria for big powers to handle ethnic crisis and allow a third country like Myanmar to punish its Muslims population evicting them from homes. One can't be blamed if he or she believes that since Russia and China have Muslim ethnic population fighting for their cause, they are not receptive to the crisis of Rohingya Muslims. We believe humanitarian consideration must prevail over local problems and they must stop opposition to the cause of Rohingya Muslims in  Myanmar..

We know they have bigger political support for Aung San Suu Kyi government. But they should pay heed to what the UN Human Rights Commission says and what the Annan Commission suggests to save those people. All that the global community wants is an inclusive investigation and peaceful resolution of the crisis. In our view China and Russia should review their stance and come forward to help Rohingyas to end their plight.  


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