Witness wrote:The Rohingya exodus hasn't interested the SC, so I'll provide a small piece:http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/south- ... ya-refugeeThe Straits Times wrote:Bangladesh police hunt man who married Rohingya refugee
DHAKA (AFP) - Bangladesh police were Sunday (Oct searching for a man who defied a ban and married a Rohingya refugee, hundreds of thousands of whom have fled across the border to escape violence in Myanmar.
More than half a million Rohingya refugees have flocked to Bangladesh since an army crackdown began on Aug 25 in Myanmar's Rakhine state, a process the UN has described as ethnic cleansing.
Shoaib Hossain Jewel, 25, and his 18-year-old Rohingya bride Rafiza have been on the run since marrying last month, said police in Jewel's home town of Singair.
In 2014 Dhaka banned marriages between Bangladeshis and Myanmar's Rohingya Muslim refugees following claims that members of the persecuted community were attempting to wed to gain citizenship in the mainly Muslim nation.
Jewel's father Babul Hossain said citizenship was not the motive this time and defended his son's marriage to Rafiza.
"If Bangladeshis can marry Christians and people of other religions, what's wrong in my son's marriage to a Rohingya?" Hossain told AFP.
"He married a Muslim who took shelter in Bangladesh."
I wonder what the so-called "international community" is doing about Myanmar?
I listened to a podcast this morning, and what is happening there seems to be nothing short of genocide. Certainly crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Any new international sanctions? I seem to recall a few years ago, the country was starting to be accepted back into the international community somewhat and moves were made to normalize relations.
U.S. Moves Toward Normalizing Relations With Myanmar (from 2012)
E.U.:WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced its most significant moves yet to open relations with Myanmar, lifting the travel ban on its senior leaders and easing some sanctions that have starved the country of most American investments for more than two decades.
Only days after special elections that brought the country’s Nobel Prize-winning dissident, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, and her party into office for the first time, the administration also said it would reopen a United States Agency for International Development office, clearing the way for an expansion of foreign assistance. It also will remove restrictions on the work of American nongovernmental organizations in areas like health, education and the environment.
http://ec.europa.eu/trade/policy/countr ... s/myanmar/
And Japan:Since 2011, the EU has progressively re-engaged with Myanmar, including in its trade and investment relations. It has:
lifted sanctions with the exception of an arms embargo
granted preferential access to the EU market
launched negotiations for an investment protection agreement.
On 1 June 2016, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and the European Commission adopted a joint communication. This lays out a plan for coherent EU engagement and intensified cooperation with the country to overcome the challenges it faces.
Adjustment of Japan’s Policy Toward Myanmar Since Myanmar’s Political Transition
(author is Chinese, fwiw)Abstract
With the realization of the milestone-like transition of the democratization process in Myanmar in 2011, the US-led western countries started to foster their relationships with Myanmar in succession, and Japan, which once had huge political and economic interests in Myanmar, would certainly not fall behind. Since the end of 2011, Japan quickly adjusted its policies toward Myanmar, carried out a series of actions in politics, economy, diplomacy and other aspects and began the process of policy implementation aiming at retaking “lost lands”, expanding interests and enhancing influence, as well “getting rid of China” and “containing China”.
Anyway, that was the situation a few years ago: Myanmar was seen as democratizing, and so trade relations were eased and normalized. Now there is a genocide happening there.
Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’
These are reports from refugees in Bangladesh, and I don't know if they can be verified, but it sounds horrific. The army is literally slaughtering civilians if this is true.
Now, I don't know if we should invade Burma, but at the very least, shouldn't the sanctions be reimposed immediately?COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move.
A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Myanmar burned down behind her.
“You,” the soldiers said, pointing at her.
She squeezed her baby tighter.
In the next violent blur of moments, the soldiers clubbed Rajuma in the face, tore her screaming child out of her arms and hurled him into a fire. She was then dragged into a house and gang-raped.
By the time the day was over, she was running through a field naked and covered in blood. Alone, she had lost her son, her mother, her two sisters and her younger brother, all wiped out in front of her eyes, she says.
Rajuma is a Rohingya Muslim, one of the most persecuted ethnic groups on earth, and she now spends her days drifting through a refugee camp in Bangladesh in a daze.
She relayed her story to me during a recent reporting trip I made to the camps, where hundreds of thousands of Rohingya like her have rushed for safety. Her deeply disturbing account of what happened in her village, in late August, was corroborated by dozens of other survivors, whom I spoke with at length, and by human rights groups gathering evidence of atrocities.
Survivors said they saw government soldiers stabbing babies, cutting off boys’ heads, gang-raping girls, shooting 40-millimeter grenades into houses, burning entire families to death, and rounding up dozens of unarmed male villagers and summarily executing them.