Sad Plight

Sad Plight
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A United Nations committee overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday strongly condemning the continuing gross human rights violations and abuses against Rohingya Muslims who are treated as outsiders in Myanmar and were victims of a brutal campaign by the country’s military. So far so good. That there has been a systematic ethnocide against the poor, hapless and vulnerable Rohingya Muslims is a fact and iterating this amounts to stating the obvious. But, actually, and in reality, the Rohingyas need more than condemnatory declarations. Their plight and condition remains miserable, both within and without. Hundreds and thousands are trapped in conditions of misery in refugee camps where disease, hunger and other problems stalk them on a quotidian basis. Overlaying this is the hostility they have unwarrantedly generated in many placed where they sought refuge. The question that should nag the consciences of those with the power and ability to do something about ameliorating the condition of Rohingya Muslims is what can be done? There are three major prongs to the answer. One is to pressure the Maynmar regime to actually accept Rohingyas back home. This can be done through concerted international pressure and sanctions and make it difficult for the regime to carry investment activities within Myanmar. The second prong is to accept Rohingyas, especially those who have a fear of being persecuted in Myanmar or are too traumatized to return as refugees and accord them refugee status. Third, make the Myanmar regime bound to pledges to not to persecute and harass the Rohingyas with strict penalties that decidedly raise the price for the regime if it does not honor this pledge. Full and expansive citizenship rights to Rohingyas should be the end goal of their rehabilitation in and within Myanmar. Moreover, Aung Suu Kyi, who stands thoroughly discredited because of her implied complicity in the persecution of Rohingyas must be named and shamed. In the final analysis, the world has failed the poor , persecuted Rohingya Muslims for an n number of reasons, which don’t actually wash. It is then about time that the world redeem itself and help in creating conditions which allow the hapless Muslims of Myanmar to not only rebuild their lives but also live in safety, security and in peace and dignity. Mere declamations and condemnations won’t do or are not enough. Talk should and must be translated into substantive and meaningful action.