That genocide had been committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military—that led to the killing of thousands of Rohingya and exodus of more than seven lakh to neighboring Bangladesh—cannot be denied. And the mendacity resorted to by Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is a shame.
What is even more preposterous is the claim by the Nobel Laureate that Myanmar’s own independent investigators were capable of investigating if war crimes or human rights abuses were committed against the Rohingya, since only seven soldiers have so far been prosecuted in this connection. And they had to serve less than one year of a ten-year sentence for the killing of 10 Rohingya men and boys in the village of Inn Din. If this is justice in Myanmar—the punishment for killing innocent civilians—then Myanmar should seriously consider revisiting its concept of justice.
Myanmar could not refute the allegation brought against it at the ICJ, and its failure to acknowledge the crimes it has committed only reinforce the sense of impunity that it operates with in dealing with the Rohingya. And Myanmar’s lackadaisical attitude towards the repatriation of the Rohingya, which has resulted in two failed attempts, and satellite images that shows that the villages in Rakhine state had been levelled, clearly indicate that the country has no intention of taking its people back. Suu Kyi’s assertions to the contrary at the ICJ, with blatant disregard for eye-witness accounts and independent investigations, point to the apathy of the Myanmar regime and its leaders towards the sufferings of the displaced Rohingya. Myanmar has pursued a state policy of decimation of an ethnic minority and it continues with its genocidal policies. We strongly urge the ICJ to issue an interim order on Myanmar to stop all genocidal activities.