Thursday, March 21, 2019 | ePaper
Global Rohingya groups to US
Take urgent action against Myanmar
Rohingya organisations across the world on Monday called for accountability for genocide and crimes against humanity in Myanmar and urged the US government to take urgent actions. "We urge the US government to urgently act to hold Myanmar military official's accountable for genocide," said a statement jointlyÂ Â issued by the Rohingya groups.
The US government has referred to what happened to Rohingya people as "ethnic cleansing," which is partially accurate, they said.
However, they claimed, the US should make a clear legal determination of the facts which amount to the crime of genocide. "The Myanmar military and authorities made systematic preparations to commit mass atrocity crimes against our Rohingya community - with the intent to destroy us."
"We're deeply concerned by international inaction, including from the US government. We urge the US government to make a clear genocide determination and to pursue other policies and responses," the statement said.
The Rohingya groups also called on the Donald Trump administration and all the people of conscience within the US government to make sure the United Nations Security Council impose an arms embargo on Myanmar and refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC).