Rohingya in Bangladesh welcome US calling repression genocide | Rohingya News

Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh have welcomed an announcement by the USA that it considers the violent repression of their largely Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar a genocide.

As information of the announcement by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken unfold throughout the sprawling camps in Cox’s Bazar district that at the moment are house to about one million Rohingya, many residents expressed their enthusiasm.

“We’re very comfortable in regards to the declaration of the genocide — many many thanks,” mentioned 60-year-old Sala Uddin, who lives at Kutupalong camp.

“It has been 60 years ranging from 1962 that the Myanmar authorities has been torturing us and plenty of different communities together with Rohingya,” he mentioned. “I believe a path to take motion by the worldwide group in opposition to Myanmar has opened up due to the declaration.”

The USA made the willpower on Monday to name the repression a genocide based mostly on confirmed accounts of mass atrocities on civilians by Myanmar’s army in a widespread and systematic marketing campaign in opposition to the Rohingya, Blinken mentioned in a speech on the US Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Antony Blinken tours the "Burma's Path To Genocide"
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken excursions the ‘Burma’s Path To Genocide’ exhibit at the USA Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC [Kevin Lamarque/AP]

Myanmar’s army authorities, which has already been sued within the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice on genocide costs, mentioned it categorically rejected the US declaration.

Imtiaz Ahmed, director of the Centre for Genocide Research on the College of Dhaka, mentioned the declaration was “a constructive step”, however it will be essential to see what actions and “concrete steps” comply with.

“Simply by saying that genocide has been dedicated in Myanmar in opposition to the Rohingya is just not ok. I believe we have to see what would comply with from that assertion,” Ahmed mentioned.

He mentioned it was too early to say how the brand new improvement would guarantee the popularity of the Rohingya refugees, who’ve lengthy been denied citizenship in Myanmar, and the elemental questions remained on how and once they would return to Myanmar.

He additionally mentioned that going for harsh financial sanctions by the US in opposition to Myanmar may very well be the following final result. He mentioned it was additionally equally essential to see whether or not the US would take curiosity in supporting the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice in The Hague the place Myanmar is dealing with a trial put ahead by the African nation of The Gambia.

Myanmar’s authorities is already underneath a number of layers of US sanctions since a army coup ousted the democratically elected authorities in February 2021. Hundreds of civilians all through the nation have been killed and imprisoned as a part of the continued repression of anybody against the ruling army authorities.

Presently, Bangladesh is internet hosting a couple of million Rohingya refugees. Greater than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Buddhist-majority Myanmar to refugee camps in Bangladesh since August 2017, when the army launched a crackdown in opposition to the largely Muslim minority.

Rohingya refugees walk at the Kutupalong Rohingya camp
Rohingya refugees stroll on the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar district, Bangladesh [Shafiqur Rahman/AP]

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has repeatedly mentioned their repatriation to Myanmar is the answer to the disaster however the authorities wouldn’t pressure them to depart Bangladesh.

In its first official response following the US motion, the overseas ministry of Myanmar’s army authorities firmly rejected the accusations. The assertion issued on Tuesday night charged that Blinken’s declaration was politically motivated and amounted to interference in Myanmar’s inner affairs.

Nonetheless, a press release from Myanmar’s essential opposition group, the Nationwide Unity Authorities, which considers itself to be the nation’s respectable administrative physique, mentioned it welcomed the US declaration.

The group was established by lawmakers who weren’t allowed to take their seats when the military seized energy from the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi.

“The NUG acknowledges that discriminatory practices and rhetoric in opposition to the Rohingya additionally laid the bottom for these atrocities,” mentioned a press release issued within the identify of the group’s appearing president, Duwa Lashi La.

“The impunity loved by the army’s management has since enabled their route of countrywide crimes on the helm of an unlawful army junta.”

“Justice and accountability should comply with this willpower,” it mentioned.

Human Rights Watch on Tuesday additionally welcomed the US declaration.

“It was a very long time coming and it ought to have occurred earlier than, however we’re very comfortable that it has the truth is occurred,” the organisation’s Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson mentioned.

Robertson mentioned he believed the US announcement would generate larger help for authorized strikes in opposition to Myanmar on the ICJ: “It’s a name for motion now.”

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