ICJ To Deliver Its Order over Genocide Case on January 23

THE HAGUE — In a press release issued on January 15, ICJ announced that the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will deliver, on Thursday 23 January 2020, its Order on the request for the indication of provisional measures made by The Gambia in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (The Gambia v. Myanmar). The Gambia filed the suit in November, alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its minority Muslim Rohingya population.
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ICJ to Rule on Emergency Measures in Myanmar Genocide Case

The International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ highest court, will issue a decision on a request for emergency measures in a genocide case against Myanmar on January 23, the Gambian Ministry of Justice said on Twitter on Monday. The mainly Muslim West African country filed the suit in November, alleging Myanmar was committing “an ongoing genocide” against its minority Muslim Rohingya population. The ICJ did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Gambia has accused Myanmar of violating the 1948 Genocide Convention
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, ICJ |

Hair-raising issues, the sounds of the Sasaab go global, and secret witnesses in Nigeria

Gambia takes Myanmar to court In November 2019, The Gambia filed a case against Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, with the support of 57 members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation . The case filed before the ICJ alleges that Myanmar’s atrocities against the Rohingya in Rakhine State violate various provisions of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (“the Genocide Convention”). The genocide case brought
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Myanmar, China and now India: Is Muslim dignity so cheap?

According to Amit Shah, the national President of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), “Infiltrators [Muslim immigrants] are like termites in the soil of Bengal. The BJP Government will pick up the infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal.” Such terminology may not surprise those living in the West ruled by the likes of Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, wherein there is a growing Islamophobia industry. Nevertheless, they are pushing Muslims into a defeatist, oppressive, victim
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Israel fuels genocide and war crimes, and ‘turns blood into money’ via arms sales

Israel’s GDP was estimated at $387 billion in 2019, compared with $370 billion the previous year, and is expected to be $410 billion by the end of 2020. The Israeli economy is growing steadily which, when its size and population is taken into account, reflects outstanding economic progress. Breaking down these figures, though, we find that illegal and unethical trade plays a very big role in promoting the Israeli economy. Israel was classified by the Stockholm International Peace
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How the crackdown on Muslims has worsened around the world this decade

How the crackdown on Muslims has worsened around the world this decade Muslim communities have faced quite the Islamophobic decade. December 30th, 12:48 pm December 30th, 12:51 pm Mariam Nabbout We live in a world of inexplicable paradoxes, on a planet where nations call for tolerance and coexistence but turn their heads away from blatant abuses of these exact concepts.  Communities of different faiths and backgrounds across the world continue to be
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Australian craft beer brewer faces criticism over partnership with Myanmar military

Brewer’s parent company, Kirin, provides foreign currency to military accused of genocide Australian craft beer brewer Lion Little World has faced international criticism over a business partnership with the Myanmar military, which is accused of genocide in its persecution of the Rohingya ethnic and religious minority. Australia-based Lion Little World Beverages is a wholly owned subsidiary of Japanese beverage giant Kirin, which owns a little over half of both Myanmar Brewery and Mandalay Brewery in partnership with Myanmar Economic
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UN designates 2020 funds for war crimes probes in Syria, Myanmar

The UN's budgets for war crimes investigations in Syria and Myanmar will now receive compulsory contributions from all 193 member states. The United Nations General Assembly on Friday adopted a $3.07 billion operating budget which for the first time includes funding for the investigation of war crimes in Syria and Myanmar . The budget represents a slight increase from 2019's figure of $2.9 billion. The increase is due to additional missions assigned
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UN condemns Myanmar over human rights abuses against Rohingya

General assembly’s vote in favour of resolution also calls on Myanmar to urgently combat incitement of hatred The United Nations general assembly has approved a resolution condemning human rights abuses against Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims and other minorities, including arbitrary arrests, torture, rape and deaths in detention. The 193-member body voted 134-9 with 28 abstentions on Friday in favour of the resolution, which also calls on Myanmar’s government to take urgent measures to combat incitement of hatred against the Rohingya
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Aung San Suu Kyi party official killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state

A Myanmar ruling party official has been killed after being held for weeks by an armed group in Rakhine state. An official from Aung San Suu Kyi’s political party was killed in Myanmar's Rakhine state, as accusations over genocide  mount against the country's leaders.  Ye Thein, who was the the National League for Democracy (NLD) party's chairman in Buthidaung township died after planning a show of support for Suu Kyi’s defence of Myanmar
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Military Shot Dead A Young Rohingya In Maungdaw

MAUNGDAW — A Rohingya youth is believed to be shot dead by the military in Kyun Pauk Pyu Su village of Northern Maungdaw, Arakan State on December 21, 2019. Following multiple gunshots in the evening, the military officers informed the village administration of a dead body laying down in an old grave. The villagers along with the members of village administration found the dead body with bullet injuries at the head. After a postmortem conducted in General Hospital Maungdaw, the dead
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The Kuala Lumpur Summit: between a dream and a challenge

The union of Muslim countries into a single entity has been a dream that Muslims in the east and the west have had for around 100 years, ever since the fall of the Ottoman Caliphate after World War One and the distribution of its territories amongst the victorious colonial countries. The 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement divided the Muslim lands into states, mini-states and emirates, as the colonialists picked on the bones of the Ottomans like hyenas, looting their wealth in the
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Sudan dropped from US violators of religious freedom blacklist amid warming ties with Washington

Khartoum has seen warmer ties with Washington in recent months as it attempts to be removed from the state sponsors of terrorism list. The United States dropped Sudan from its list of nations that severely violate religious freedoms, signalling increased support for Sudan's transitional government .  The US State Department said it had upgraded Sudan to a special watch list for religious freedom, citing "significant steps taken by the civilian-led transitional government".  
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Muslim nations consider gold and barter trade to beat US sanctions

Iran, Malaysia, Turkey and Qatar are considering trading among themselves in gold and through a barter system as a hedge against any future economic sanctions on them, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Saturday. At the end of an Islamic summit in Malaysia , Mahathir praised Iran and Qatar for withstanding economic embargoes and said it was important for the Muslim world to be self-reliant to face future threats. Mahathir said: With the world witnessing nations
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How Big Tech Manipulates Academia to Avoid Regulation

T he irony of the ethical scandal enveloping Joichi Ito, the former director of the MIT Media Lab, is that he used to lead academic initiatives on ethics. After the revelation of his financial ties to Jeffrey Epstein, the financier charged with sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14, Ito resigned from multiple roles at MIT, a visiting professorship at Harvard Law School, and the boards of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the
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The Forgotten Past Will Always be Repeated

Photo by Nathaniel St. Clair “Those who cannot  remember  the  past  are condemned to repeat it.” So said George Santayana. It is difficult today to look at many, many situations in the world and not see some of the worst events in history being repeated, especially as they relate to racism and genocide. Has the world forgotten Nazi atrocities against Jews, Gypsies, intellectuals and others? Do we not remember the horrific U.S. bombing of two Japanese cities?
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Myanmar’s Repatriation Preparation Meaningless, says Refugee Representative

Representatives from Rohingya genocide survivors described Myanmar’s preparation for the repatriation of its deported citizens as “meaningless” as it is the same as the previous plan presented in the last meeting, without refugees’ least demands being met. It has been presented in the meeting between refugee representatives and delegation from Myanmar and ASEAN held on Dec. 18, 2019 at CiC office of Camp 4 extension, Kutupalonga, Cox’s Bazar and organized by RRRC. The meeting focused on the three main topics: dialogue,
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"A Spectacular Fall from Grace": Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Burmese Genocide of Rohingya at The Hague

Burma’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has asked the U.N. International Court of Justice to drop the genocide case against Myanmar, formerly Burma. Suu Kyi is a Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent over a decade fighting against the Burmese military, which she is now defending. Last week, Suu Kyi appeared in person at the court to dispute the charges and called the allegations of genocide against Rohingya Muslims “incomplete and misleading.” The Burmese military killed and raped
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180 Arakanese Rohingya Boat People Fleeing Genocide Arrested Off Kawthaung

A boat carrying nearly 200 Arakanese Rohingya trying to flee the genocide arrested by Myanmar navy at around 155 miles off the coast of Kawthaung, the southernmost township of Myanmar on Dec. 15, at 8 pm, according to VOA. Myanmar Army media spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun confirmed that they are Rohingya and mostly women and minors. They were about to be brought to Kawthaung by the Navy for further interrogation and investigation, perhaps, before being jailed like the previous group of 95.
| Rohingya in Arakan, Boat people, Rakhine |

The Rohingya Finally Got Their Day in Court. For Most of Them It was a First.

By Christian Caryl An extraordinary event took place in the Netherlands this week: a hearing at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) that is a first small step toward justice for one of the world’s longest-suffering minority groups. On Thursday, an ICJ panel wound up the first phase of a legal process aimed at determining whether Myanmar committed an act of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority. In August 2017, using a counterterrorism operation
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Rohingya fury at Aung San Suu Kyi’s genocide denial to world court

Muslim victims of Myanmar ‘clearances’ voice outrage as peace prize winner dismisses atrocity charges When Aung San Suu Kyi rose to denounce genocide charges against her country at the “world court” last week, three victims of Myanmar’s ethnic violence were sitting close behind the Nobel peace prize winner – disbelieving and seething with anger. Hamida Khatun, Yousuf Ali and Hasina Begum had travelled from the sprawling Kutupalong refugee camp outside Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh to sit on the legal delegation
| Rohingya |

Regional Rule Still Practiced in Rohingya Documentation

Contrary to NLD’s stand over the naming of Rohingya, household lists and birth certificates are being issued to Rohingya in Sittwe labeling them racially as Bengali, in the wake of the continued attempt to Bengalize Rohingya ethnically. On Dec. 7, 2019, the township directorate from the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population ordered IDP camp in-charges to issue household lists, NV Cards, and birth certificates and begin e-ID process. As Rohingya normally refuse to cooperate if the government openly
| Rohingya in Arakan, Myanmar, NLD |

Israel gives Myanmar ‘tools, space’ for genocide of Rohingya Muslims: Haaretz

Bethlehem/PNN/ The Haaretz newspaper has shed light on Israel’s “shameful role” in Myanmar’s state-sponsored genocidal campaign against Rohingya Muslims, citing Tel Aviv’s arms sales to the Southeast Asian as well as the regime’s attempts to forge closer relations with the country’s officials. An opinion piece written by journalist Charles Dunst and published by the Israeli …
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The Guardian view on Myanmar and genocide: humanity on trial | Editorial

Criticism of Aung San Suu Kyi’s defence of her country must not overshadow the issue at the heart of the case at the international court of justice: the ongoing suffering of Rohingya Muslims Aung San Suu Kyi’s decision to personally defend Myanmar in the genocide case at the international court of justice this week has torn away any scant remaining shreds of moral credibility from the figure once lauded as a champion of democracy and the fight against
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Haaretz: Israel gave Myanmar ‘tools’ to carry out Rohingya genocide

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz has highlighted the country’s “shameful role” in the Myanmar military regime’s “genocidal campaign” against the Rohingya Muslim minority, citing Tel Aviv’s arms sales to the South East Asian country and the two countries growing ties. An opinion piece by Charles Dunst yesterday criticised Israel’s passive stance towards the stateless Rohingya population, claiming that Israel gave Myanmar the tools and diplomatic space to carry out the atrocities. Dunst also recalled how he met with the Israeli ambassador
| Asia & Americas, Israel, Middle East |

Headlines for December 12, 2019

European Commission Proposes Sweeping European Green Deal DOJ Inspector General Testifies to Senate Judiciary Committee More Than 70 Troops Killed in Attack on Niger Military Camp Demonstrations Sweep Algeria as Protesters Demand Boycott of Today's Election Britain: Voters Head to Polls for Defining National Election Today Aung San Suu Kyi Denies Genocide Against Muslim Rohingya at ICJ India's Upper House Passes "Anti-Muslim"
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The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Appearing before 17 judges of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Aung San Suu Kyi, the de facto civilian leader of Myanmar, became a public apologist for the military government of Myanmar which has long been accused of genocide and forcing over 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a […] The post The Ignoble Fall of a Nobel Peace Prize Winner appeared first on Inter Press Service .
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Myanmar's Rohingya say 'world will judge' Suu Kyi's denial of genocide

Leaders in refugee camps says justice will be delivered based on the evidence they have provided of Myanmar atrocities Rohingya refugees have hit back at Aung San Suu Kyi’s claims at the international court of justice in testimony on Wednesday after she denied that Myanmar’s armed forces were guilty of genocide against the Muslim minority. Suu Kyi told the court that the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to neighbouring Bangladesh was the unfortunate result
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Top 5 Reasons Buddhist Myanmar has been Charged with Genocide of Rohingya Muslims

By Catesby Holmes | – Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi is defending Myanmar in court against accusations of genocide. According to a case brought by the country of Gambia at the United Nations’ International Court of Justice, the Myanmar military in August 2017 carried out a systematic, targeted campaign of terror, rape and murder […]
| Islamophobia, Myanmar |

Factchecking Aung San Suu Kyi's claims over genocide allegations

Myanmar leader tells court in The Hague that civilian deaths were not genocide but part of a civil war She might have been saving her best defence for the highest stage of all. But the arguments advanced by Aung San Suu Kyi at The Hague in response to allegations including genocide were much the same as the Burmese leader has been making for years. Most had been discredited long before she delivered her 20-minute address at the international court of
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Aung San Suu Kyi tells court: Myanmar genocide claims ‘factually misleading’

De facto PM defends actions of government, saying attacks were initiated by insurgents The Nobel peace prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has defended Myanmar’s government against accusations of genocide at the international court of justice, calling the allegations an “incomplete and misleading factual picture of the situation”. Addressing a bench of 17 judges from around the world, the 74-year-old leader dismissed reports of state violence against Rohingya Muslims and blamed the conflict on an uprising by sectarian insurgents.
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Aung San Suu Kyi denies genocide charges against Myanmar – video

Aung San Suu Kyi has dismissed allegations of state violence against Rohingya Muslims at The Hague. Speaking on the second day of hearings at the International Court of Justice in the genocide case against Myanmar, the country's de facto prime minister denied there had been genocidal intent in her government't treatment of the Rohingya and blamed the conflict on an uprising by separatist insurgents Aung San Suu Kyi tells ICJ: Myanmar genocide claims ‘factually misleading’ Continue
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Shan Communities Support Genocide Lawsuit Against Burma

Seventeen Shan organizations jointly released a statement supporting the ongoing legal case rehearsal in ICJ against Burma. The statement was released a day before the hearings begin in the Hague signed by seventeen communities. “We, the undersigned Shan communities, strongly support the international legal cases being brought against Burma’s military leaders, who have authorized atrocities against the country’s ethnic peoples for decades with impunity.” The statement emphasized that like Rohingya the people of Shan have been suffering from state-sponsored atrocities for decades.
| Burma Affairs, Genocide, Justice |

A Reflect on Why the Current Case Against Myanmar in ICJ Is Crucial

Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived at the Hague to defend Myanmar at the International Court of Justice, against charges of genocide of the Rohingya people, as brought on by the Gambia. Gambia’s Minister of Justice Abubacarr Tambadou on Tuesday said in his opening remarks: “All that the Gambia asks is that […] The post A Reflect on Why the Current Case Against Myanmar in ICJ Is Crucial appeared first on Inter Press Service
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Aung San Suu Kyi impassive as genocide hearing begins

World’s failure to act over Myanmar is ‘stain on collective conscience’, UN court told Aung San Suu Kyi has sat impassively through graphic accounts of mass murder and rape perpetrated by Myanmar’s military at the start of a three-day hearing into allegations of genocide at the UN’s highest court. “I stand before you to awaken the conscience of the world and arouse the voice of the international community,” Abubacarr Marie Tambadou, the Gambia’s attorney general and justice minister,
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High stakes: Myanmar’s Lady gambles image in Rohingya genocide lawsuit

From democracy champion to defending Myanmar against genocide charges, the shock decision by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi to face the UN's top court risks further damaging her image overseas and deepening the siege mentality at home. The post High stakes: Myanmar’s Lady gambles image in Rohingya genocide lawsuit appeared first on Asian Correspondent .
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Rohingya Activists Gather at the Hague in Pursuit and Hope of Justice

Many Rohingya activists and friends from all over the world arrived at the Hague in pursuit and hope of justice for the victims of genocide. They came to join the Mass Rohingya Solidarity Rally (the Right Rally) that will be ongoing for two days, 10 – 11 December, before ICJ of the Hague. The participants in the rally are scheduled to gather at Peace Palace, Carnegieplein 2, 2517 KJ, The Hague, Nederlands between 09:30-14:00 today and tomorrow. The rally
| Burma Affairs, Gambia, Genocide |

A legal briefing by The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ)

The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) published a legal briefing on the hearing on provisional measures to be held at the International Court of Justice on 10-12 December 2019 in the case of  The Gambia v Myanmar . Introduction This briefing note focusses on the upcoming hearing between The Gambia and Myanmar on the narrow issue of “provisional measures,” set down for 10-12 December 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)[1] and does not seek to address the
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Rohingya Campaigners: Boycott Myanmar

On the occasion of International Genocide Day on 9th December 2019, Rohingya Campaigners have launched a global boycott movement in London, UK calling corporations, foreign investors, professional and cultural organizations to cut off their institutional ties with Myanmar ahead of Myanmar’s genocide trial at the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Full text is as follows: Boycott Myanmar Campaign Logo London, UK:   On the 9th December 2019,
| Burma Affairs, Boycott, ICJ |

Karen, Mon Communities Welcome Lawsuit Against Myanmar

Karen (48 organizations) and Mon communities worldwide welcome the ICJ lawsuit filed by the Gambia against Myanmar for committing genocide against its Rohingya minority. They…
| Burma Affairs, Gambia, Genocide |

The Story Behind The Gambia’s Lawsuit against Myanmar over the Rohingya Genocide

On Nov. 11, the Gambia filed a lawsuit against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice for the southeast asian country’s atrocities against the Rohingya population. Over the past years, hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh for refuge, sparking one of the more dire refugee crises of the decade. They continue […] The post The Story Behind The Gambia’s Lawsuit against Myanmar over the Rohingya Genocide appeared first on Inter Press Service .
| Armed Conflicts, Asia-Pacific, Crime & Justice |

‘My dignity is destroyed’: the scourge of sexual violence in Cox’s Bazar

With rape and domestic abuse endemic in the lawless refugee camp, safe spaces have been set up to help the women affected In a small, dark hut within the world’s largest refugee settlement, a fan hums quietly as Faizal speaks. He says that last month his 12-year-old sister was raped here in their home. The little girl sits in silence beside him wearing a pink headscarf and red dress. Rape is endemic in the camp in Cox’s Bazar. Although
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Myanmar’s Northern Alliance Releases Statement Against Tatmadaw, Rohingya

Members of Northern Alliance MNTJP/MNDAA, PSLF/TNLA and ULA/AA excluding KIA jointly released a self-contradictory statement on Nov. 28, 2019 in support of the trial against…
| Rohingya in Arakan, Genocide, Rakhine |

Israel: Wishing Myanmar ‘GOOD LUCK’ in genocide case was a mistake

The Israeli ambassador was mistaken to have sent a “GOOD LUCK” message to Myanmar ahead of World Court hearings on accusations the state committed genocide against Rohingya Muslims, Israel’s Foreign Ministry said today. Israel’s Haaretz newspaper reported that the ambassador to Myanmar wished authorities good luck in tweets that have since been deleted ahead of the hearings next month at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, Reuters reported. “The ambassador’s tweet was a mistake and was immediately
| Asia & Americas, International Organisations, Israel |

OIC welcomes first hearing in lawsuit over Myanmar's crimes against Rohingya

The General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) welcomed the decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), The Hague, to conduct its first hearing, from 10-12 December 2019, in the case against Myanmar for its brutal actio
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Myanmar: New Al Jazeera documentary uncovers Rohingya abuse

As Myanmar goes on trial at the International Court of Justice over its crackdown on Muslim Rohingya, Al Jazeera sheds new light on some of its alleged crimes.
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Rohingya in Malaysia Pays Gratitude to International Community

Around a hundred Rohingyas gathered for paying thanks to the global community for fighting Rohingya’s justice at the international level in Kampung Pandan of Kuala…
| Rohingya in Malaysia, Genocide, ICC |

With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims?

The 15-member UN Security Council (UNSC) stands virtually paralyzed in the face of genocide charges against the government of Myanmar where over 730,000 to one million Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to neighboring Bangladesh since a 2016 crackdown by Myanmar’s military. A team of U.N. investigators has declared that the crackdown was carried […] The post With the UN Security Council in Paralysis, Are there New Hopes for Rohingya Muslims? appeared first on Inter Press
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