Says Amnesty International

World leaders failed to bring perpetrators of crimes against Rohingyas to justice

World leaders failed to bring perpetrators of crimes against Rohingyas to justice

New York, Aug 24 (Just News): World leaders’ failure allowed perpetrators of crimes against Rohingya to remain at large for a year, Amnesty International said today.

"World leaders’ failure to act has allowed the Myanmar security forces’ perpetrators of crimes against humanity to remain at large for a year after their murderous campaign against the Rohingya prompted an exodus of epic proportions," Amnesty International said.

More than 700,000 Rohingya women, men, and children fled from northern Rakhine State to neighbouring Bangladesh after 25 August 2017, when the Myanmar security forces launched a widespread as well as systematic assault on hundreds of Rohingya villages. according to Amnesty International.

Amnesty International also called on the Australian Government to cease its support and assistance to the Myanmar military, impose targeted sanctions on 13 military personnel implicated in the atrocities, and push for accountability and justice for their crimes against humanity committed to date.

“This anniversary marks a shameful milestone. The explosion of violence over the past year perpetrated by Myanmar’s military in villages across northern Rakhine State was not the action of rogue soldiers or units. There is a mountain of evidence that the murder, rape, torture, burning and forced starvation was part of a highly orchestrated, systematic attack on the Rohingya population. That Australian taxpayers’ money is going to support the perpetrators is unthinkable,” said Diana Sayed, Amnesty International Australia’s Crisis Campaigner.

“Cutting Australia’s training support to the Myanmar military is the least the Australian government can do to stand up for the Rohingya people’s rights," she added.

“By its continued failure to hold to account those responsible for crimes against humanity, the international community risks sending the message that Myanmar’s military will not only enjoy impunity but will be allowed to commit such atrocities again. We must not let this happen,” said Tirana Hassan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International.