Rights group denounces Japan envoy for ‘disturbing’ comments on Myanmar Rohingya By Reuters | January 15, 2020 TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo-based human...
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The Free Rohingya Coalition, for example, is currently seeking international civil society support for a boycott campaign targeting corporations complicit with Myanmar's crimes.
With the Rohingya genocide finally on trial, now is not the time for international self-satisfaction, but reinvigorated solidarity with the victims of the world's violated promise of "never again".
"Aung San Suu Kyi is not simply defending the Burmese military, which is only an organ of the state. Aung San Suu Kyi is there defending Myanmar as a member state and its racist society," Zarni said.
Zarni said he was extremely saddened that Suu Kyi still has a lot of support inside the country; tens of thousands of people attended rallies in Myanmar as she departed for the Netherlands.
Nay San Lwin, the campaign coordinator for Free Rohingya Coalition, said the visit of the Myanmar delegation appears to be nothing but an eyewash and the Bangladesh government was wasting time by allowing their visit to the camps.
“Myanmar wants to show to the international community that they want repatriation to be done,” he told The Daily Star from Germany yesterday.
“We are waiting for the ICJ ruling next month. We already have begun ‘Boycott Myanmar campaign’ and will strengthen it so that Myanmar is obliged to change its laws and grant our citizenship and ethnicity,” he said.
Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya organizer of the Boycott Myanmar Campaign, wants the foreign funding of those local media in Myanmar that continue to use the term “Bengali” to be shut down. “Rohingya worldwide do not accept this name ‘Bengali,’” Lwin explains. “How dare they call us Bengali? We are not Bengali or Bangladeshis.”
"We are doing this to correct the wrongdoings of Myanmar government and military...not because we hate our fellow Burmese," Ro Nay San Lwin, a Rohingya Muslim and cofounder of the FRC, told Al Jazeera.
"We want to see our country as a developed country but as the investments are financing the genocide we are compelled to do this," he added.
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Stand Against Genocide by Stripping Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize
Sign Petition: Stand Against Genocide by Stripping Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel Peace Prize
Ms. Berit Reiss-Andersen
Norwegian Nobel Committee
Dear Ms. Reiss-Andersen,
For decades, Myanmar has violently and systematically persecuted its minorities, including the Rohingya people as well as the Shan, Kachin, Ta’ang, Karen, Chin, Mon and Kayar communities.
Investigations by the United Nations and other bodies confirm the Myanmar military’s leading role in this persecution. They have said that it may amount to the gravest of international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. And this persecution continues until today, with the perpetrators going largely unpunished.
All of this is happening under the watch of Myanmar’s effective head of state: the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize recipient Aung San Suu Kyi.
But rather than focusing on protecting Myanmar’s minorities and pursuing accountability for atrocities, Aung San Suu Kyi has been defensive, denying or justifying the military’s actions. And this is so even as trials have begun to examine these events in the world’s top courts – the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court – and in other national courts.
The Nobel Peace Prize is regarded worldwide as a symbol of hope and solidarity. Its recipients are recognized as such, and linked to the prize, forever. Therefore, the Nobel Committee cannot simply ignore what its prize recipients do after receiving the prize.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s recent conduct has proven that she is wholly unworthy of holding the Nobel Peace Prize. She is arguably complicit in the apparent commission of mass atrocity crimes in Myanmar. Every day that she continues to hold the Nobel Peace Prize, Aung San Suu Kyi undermines all that it stands for.
Several organizations, countries, and cities have already taken a stand and stripped Aung San Suu Kyi of honors they had awarded her. We urge you to join them.
We call upon you to show moral leadership and solidarity with Myanmar’s persecuted minorities by stripping Aung San Suu Kyi of the Nobel Peace Prize.