Posted: December 15, 2017
Written by: Genocide Survivors Foundation
Genocide Survivors Foundation (GSF) condemns the ongoing atrocities against the Rohingya people in Myanmar. The Rohingya, an ethnic minority in Myanmar, are currently facing one of the worst atrocities in modern history. This must end now. Testimonies from those who have managed to escape or survive the violence describe burning of villages, indiscriminate house by house killings as well as gang rapes of Rohingya women and girls by Myanmar’s armed forces.
The United Nations has described the current atrocities against the Rohingya people in Myanmar as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has stated that the recent Myanmar military operations in western Rakhine state “could include elements of genocide.” Some key figures in genocide prevention and a number of organizations have called what is currently going on in Myanmar an outright genocide.
Recalling Rwanda among other cases of genocide, this is not the first time the international community has played the naming game as a way to delay or prevent action to stop a genocide. But irrespective of the name one chooses to attach to the current atrocities against the Rohingya people, the evidence collected and reported by those on the ground in Myanmar all indicate that there is currently a systematic targeting and killings of the Rohingya people by Myanmar’s security forces.
GSF calls on members of the United Nations Security Council and other states to take all necessary measures to stop the current atrocities and ensure accountability and justice for the victims.
For more information, below are several links about the current atrocities.