The genocide against Rohingya shows no sign of abating in Myanmar, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said in a new briefing today, timed to coincide with Myanmar’s duty to report to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on how it is preventing genocidal acts against the minority group in Rakhine State.
The briefing details how the Tatmadaw (Myanmar military) continues to subject Rohingya to a vicious pattern of abuse and extortion in Rakhine State, where Rohingya are kept in what amounts to an open-air prison, creating intolerable conditions of life. Since the start of 2021, at least 15 Rohingya- including nine infants and young children – have died as a direct result of onerous and illegal travel restrictions preventing access to medical care.
BROUK has long maintained that the key to preventing history from repeating itself is ensuring justice and accountability for the gross human rights violations amounting to atrocity crimes perpetrated against the Rohingya and other ethnic and religious minorities in Myanmar. Tragically, the world is yet again bearing witness to atrocity crimes in Myanmar. Emboldened by a culture of impunity and the international community’s failure to hold it accountable for past crimes, the military has brutally cracked down on peaceful protests across the country in response to its unlawful coup d’état on 1 February 2021. At the same time systemic violations against the Rohingya in Myanmar have continued, in the context of an ongoing genocide.
Read the full briefing here: https://www.brouk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/BROUK-ICJ-Briefing-May-2021.pdf