Call to take Myanmar leaders to ICC over genocide of Rohingya

Violet Powell
September 10, 2017

Burmese leader Aung Sang Suu Kyi's Nobel Peace Prize can not be revoked in the row over the treatment of Rohingya Muslims, the Norwegian Nobel Institute has said.

"For years I had a photograph of you on my desk to remind me of the injustice and sacrifice you endured out of your love and commitment for Myanmar's people".

Rohingya have described large-scale violence perpetrated by Burmese troops and Buddhist mobs - setting fire to their homes, spraying bullets indiscriminately and ordering them to leave or be killed.

Genocide, mass killing, ethnic cleansing, persecution.these words don't sit well when you talk about a Nobel Peace Prize victor.

But Murphy was careful not to directly criticize the country's civilian government, led by Suu Kyi, which he said represents the "best opportunity in generations for Burma to get on the right track" - referring to the country by its colonial-era name.

"My dear sister: If the political price of your ascension to the highest office in Myanmar is your silence, the price is surely too steep". September 7, 2017. Tens of thousands more people have crossed by boat and on foot into Bangladesh in the last two weeks as they flee violence in western Myanmar.

"The numbers are so alarming". One senior Al-Qaeda leader in Yemen has called for attacks on Myanmar authorities in support of the Rohingyas. "The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting".

Some experts say that while Myanmar's government must be held to account for the crisis, blaming Suu Kyi entirely won't help, given that she leads a fragile new democracy. She spent 15 years of her life in house arrest and yet when she won Nobel Peace Prize for fighting for democracy in 1991, we all felt that an icon was born.

Olav Njølstad, head of the Norwegian Nobel Institute, told AP that neither the will of the prize's founder, Alfred Nobel, nor the Nobel Foundation's rules provide for the possibility of withdrawing the honour from laureates.

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How a Nobel Peace Prize victor can remain silent and tow the line of the very same military against whom she fought all her life?

On Tuesday, the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, said the government clearance operations in Rakhine "risked" ethnic cleansing.

But more than 386,000 have now signed an petition on the website Change.org calling for the award to be revoked.

With mechanisms such as punitive economic sanctions having been discarded, a UN Peacekeeping mission not even on the table, and any resolution in the UN Security Council likely to be blocked by China or Russian Federation, the global community's response to the escalating Rohingya crisis is in disarray.

She told the Delhi-based network Asian News International: 'It is a little unreasonable to expect us to solve the issue in 18 months. "The situation in Rakhine has been such since many decades". This allowed her to buy time, and deflect criticism on all sides.

According to United Nations estimates, up to 300,000 Rohingya could be displaced into neighbouring Bangladesh due to "clearance operations" by the Tatmadaw, Burma's armed forces.

But the country is now in crisis, with tens of thousands of Muslim Rohingyas fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh after a military crackdown in response to attacks on police posts by Rohingya militants.

A total of 157 British parliamentarians urged their government to exert more pressure on the Myanmarese government to stop violence on Rohingya people, BSS reported yesterday.

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