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ICJ the only feasible route to Rohingya genocide ruling

  • In 2016, it was possible for me to write a book, “The Rohingyas: Inside Myanmar’s Hidden Genocide,” that described the Rohingya as “unknown” and perhaps the most under-acknowledged persecuted community on the planet. At the moment, the Rohingya community is broadly split into three sections. T...
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America’s Rohingya genocide determination an important first step

  • Since the return of partial democracy in Myanmar in 2010, the Rohingya have been the target of persecution, ethnic cleansing and genocide. As of now, about 1 million Rohingya are living as refugees around Cox’s Bazar in Bangladesh, having fled the military violence of 2017. A further 600,000 ar...
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Europe takes the first steps toward defending itself

  • Britain was arming Ukrainian forces, notably with NLAW anti-tank missile systems, before most European countries decided to do the same. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has insisted since January on keeping to Britain’s longstanding training and equipment programs with Ukrainian forces. ...
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West has a moral responsibility to the people of Afghanistan

  • After the chaotic Western withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban takeover of Kabul in August last year, hundreds of thousands of people who believed in the West’s promise of a modern, democratic Afghanistan were left behind and at the mercy of Taliban reprisals. The West still owes these p...
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Myanmar’s army is weaponizing starvation against its own people

  • The Myanmar army, the Tatmadaw, appears to be weaponizing mass starvation in order to beat back resistance to its February coup. The Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, an international group of Myanmar observers, reports that military forces have targeted food supplies, including killing liv...
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Rohingya have lost a pioneering leader in Mohibullah

  • Refugee camps are places of misery and despair more often than places of refuge and hope. In such precarious conditions, some of humanity’s best impulses can come to life. But at least as often, some of the worst impulses will also become manifest. The tragic assassination of Mohibullah, one of...
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Asia must call time on Myanmar’s junta

  • After the military coup in February, the government of Myanmar was formally run by a state administration council chaired by the leader of the military, Gen. Min Aung Hlaing. This form of executive power was provided for by the 2008 constitution for situations in which the military re-asserted ...
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Myanmar coup once again exposes the futility of the UN Security Council

  • After the military coup in Myanmar on Feb. 1, some members of the UN Security Council moved swiftly to draft a condemnation. Just as swiftly, Beijing vetoed the effort, and the whole affair was done by Feb. 3. The justification invoked by the military leadership for the coup was election frau...
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Myanmar military had holy grail of politics, so why the coup?

  • The Tatmadaw (Myanmar’s military) last week threatened to retake power and “protect the constitution” unless its concerns of election fraud were addressed. However, by the weekend, the military seemed to have had a change of heart and announced through its official spokesperson that its words...
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ASEAN countries sweep Rohingya issue under the rug

  • Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc chairs the ASEAN summit, June 26, 2020. (Reuters) When the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries met (virtually) for their annual summit last week, it seems they agreed to not put out any formal statement abo...
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