Genocide in Myanmar


Dear Editor,

The genocide, ethnic cleansing and other crimes against humanity happening against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar (former Burma) since August 25, 2017, is a continuing process of annihilating a community from the face of the earth. It is unfortunate and sad to witness this in this age of instant mass communication. The international media need to be more vociferous to protest against these crimes and force the world bodies to take action to stop this and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The civilian Myanmar government leader Aung Sun Suu Kyi, a Nobel laureate, seems to have sold her soul to the devil. She is using her clout to protect Myanmar’s military leaders and hate preaching Buddhist monks who are committing rapes, tortures and killings in a scale which has few parallels in history.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent visit to Myanmar extended his support to Aung Sun Suu Kyi but failed to denounce the heinous crimes committed against a minority population in the country. Subsequent actions on the issue such as his persistent silence and refusal to criticise the Myanmar government for their crimes against humanity lend to the perception that he has not moved far from the time when as Chief Minister of Gujarat in India he presided over mass killings of minority Muslims there.

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg made a one sided decision by restricting Rohingya issues on the platform for its users without putting any restriction on the Myanmar government/military who are trying to annihilate an entire community of people from the face of the earth. Mr Zuckerberg would be wise to review his decision, otherwise history may judge him unfavourably as an abettor to the crime.

Nuruddin Azam