Solving statelessness in Myanmar | Zain Khan & Prof. (h.c) Mehmet Şükrü...

Solving statelessness in Myanmar | Zain Khan & Prof. (h.c) Mehmet Şükrü Güzel

Tactical Talk: Season 5 - Episode 54 | Solving statelessness in Myanmar | Zain Khan discusses statelessness in Myanmar with The Representative of USGAM to Switzerland Mehmet Şükrü Güzel. Nominated for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, Mr Şükrü Güzel, is also Policy Adviser on International Relations of Mapuche International Link, the Mapuche Human Rights Commission-Auspice Stella and the Mapuche Permanent Mission to the United Nations.

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Tactical Talk (Update) The word genocide has been used by critics to describe the Myanmar military’s brutal crackdown on Rohingya Muslims, but a team of UN investigators has just brought the allegation to a whole new level. The three-member team says the actions of the nation’s army meet the strict legal definition of the term and recommends that military leader Gen. Min Aung Hlaing and five generals be prosecuted, reports the AP. The panel cites a “conservative” estimate of 10,000 dead, the forced evacuation of 700,000 people, gang rapes, the murder of children in front of their parents, the torching of villages, and enslavement, reports the New York Times. The investigators, working under a mandate from the Human Rights Council, also criticize Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi—a Nobel Peace Prize laureate—for doing nothing to stop the genocide.

“The crimes in Rakhine State, and the manner in which they were perpetrated, are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts,” declares the 20-page report, which will be presented in Geneva next month. Another 400 pages that include eyewitness accounts are annexed. Myanmar has maintained that its crackdown was a necessary response to rebellion, but investigators say the military action was “grossly disproportionate to actual security threats,” per Reuters. Most of the 700,000 Rohingyas who fled Myanmar remain in refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh. As for Suu Kyi and other civilian leaders, they “contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes” by failing to use their positions to stop them, say the investigators. (Rape survivors share their stories.)

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