The charges levelled against the British citizen of Bangladeshi origin by the Delhi police’s special cell raise grave doubts about the agency’s intentions.
Ambassador Vijay Nambiar, Amy Kazmin and Kabir Taneja discuss the situation in Myanmar and beyond with Maya Mirchandani.
A UN commission of experts defined ethnic cleansing as “rendering an area ethnically homogeneous by using force or intimidation to remove persons of given groups”.
The officials at the meeting said that deportation was not a practical response to the ongoing Rohingya crisis.
The top UN human rights official has called Myanmar’s operations against the Rohingya as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing”.
Alongside the present horrors being inflicted against the Rohingya in Myanmar, we must consider the broader political and economic context that continues to marginalise minority groups.
“All the Muslims in our village, about 10,000, fled. Some were killed by gunshots, the rest came here. There’s not a single person left.”
Many have died along the way. Others have found themselves detained by human traffickers, demanding payment for their rescue.
Suu Kyi has been accused by Western critics of not speaking out for the minority that has long complained of persecution.
The independent Burma Human Rights Network said that persecution was backed by the government, elements among the country’s Buddhist monks and ultra-nationalist civilian groups.
The violence in Myanmar was set off by a coordinated attack on Augut 25 on dozens of police posts and an army base by Rohingya insurgents.
The treatment of Myanmar’s roughly 1.1 million Rohingya is the biggest challenge facing national leader Aung San Suu Kyi, accused by Western critics for not speaking out for a minority that has long complained of persecution.
“Many of those fleeing are women and children, some of whom are wounded,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
Myanmar’s state counsellor said decades-old tensions cannot be resolved in a day in a very “young democracy”.