United Nations suspects genocide acts against Rohingya

United Nations suspects genocide acts against Rohingya

The United Nations human rights chief said yesterday that he strongly suspected that "acts of genocide" might have taken place against Muslim Rohingyas in Myanmar's northern Rakhine state since August.

As a living memorial to the Holocaust, the Museum's mission is to inspire citizens and leaders worldwide to confront hatred, prevent genocide, and promote human dignity.

In 2012, the Holocaust Museum presented Suu Kyi with "the first Elie Wiesel Award" for her pro-democracy efforts under decades of military rule.

"We had hoped that you - as someone we and many others have celebrated for your commitment to human dignity and universal human rights - would have done something to condemn and stop the military's brutal campaign and to express solidarity with the targeted Rohingya population", read the museum's letter to Aung San Suu Kyi sent March 7 and first reported by The New York Times.

Last November, we released detailed findings based on research on the ground documenting crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and what we termed "mounting evidence of genocide" committed by the Myanmar military against Rohingya civilians since October 2016.

Almost 700,000 Rohingya have fled Rakhine into Bangladesh since insurgent attacks sparked a security crackdown in August, joining 200,000 refugees from a previous exodus.

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Aung San Suu Kyi was the second person to receive the Elie Wiesel Award, after only Wiesel himself.

Since Aug. 25 past year, over 656,000 Rohingya have crossed from Myanmar's western state of Rakhine into Bangladesh, according to the UN. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson condemned the violence in November and said that the US could impose certain sanctions on Myanmar in response to the slaughter.

Two Reuters journalists, who were investigating the killing of 10 Rohingya men and their burial in a mass grave, were arrested and face 14 years in prison.

In January, US diplomat Bill Richardson resigned from a Suu Kyi-appointed panel set up to ease tensions with the Rohingya, assailing her for an "absence of moral leadership". "The conversation now must focus on stopping the violence in Rakhine State, ensuring accountability for the perpetrators, and the need for Myanmar to create conditions for return", Gilmour said.

Her party won a landslide victory in 2015 and she became state counsellor.

The Holocaust Museum is dedicated to the victims of National Socialism. Myanmar has denied citizenship to Rohingya since 1982 and excludes them from the 135 ethnic groups it officially recognizes, which effectively renders them stateless. "Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented".

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