Despite satellite images and other evidences, the Myanmar government has been denying its involvement in the violation of human rights in Rakhine. However, Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission has admitted to the persecution of Rohingyas in a formal letter sent to the Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh. The letter states that persecution left many people dead and caused a massive influx of Rohingyas into Bangladesh. Now it would be interesting to see how countries that supported Myanmar justify their positions.
Though successive governments in Myanmar gradually stripped the Rohingyas of civil and political rights for decades, hardly any party acknowledged it. Now we find some to verify the atrocities against the minority group. The independent Burma Human Rights Network claimed last month that the ongoing persecution triggered by a military crackdown on August 25 was backed by the government of Myanmar, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
According to the rights group, the so-called transition to democracy in the country has amplified an inhuman narrative that casts Muslims as an alien minority group in that country. And the fact is that the security forces of Myanmar resorted to all sorts of brutalities to drive Rohingyas away from their ancestral homes but they have been denying the allegations.
Security forces of Myanmar killed about 1000 and forced more than five hundred thousand Rohingyas to take shelter in Bangladesh. The formal acknowledgement of the truth by the rights group has provided world community with a strong evidence of brutality against Rohingyas. The UN and world leaders should exert stronger pressure on Myanmar authorities to stop Rohingya persecution and take them back without delay.
Now, we have voices against the persistent denial of the security forces about their involvement in the violation of human rights and persecution.
The UN rightly branded the atrocities as a ‘textbook example of ethnic cleansing’. And the justification of widespread concerns of the world community about the unprecedented violation of rights in Myanmar is now beyond any doubt.
Many countries have been mounting pressure on Myanmar for the involvement of its forces in crimes against humanity. They should engage their technology and resources for carrying out an all-out investigation to bring perpetrators to justice. The acknowledgement of the ongoing atrocities against Rohingyas will drive them towards the right direction to this end.