When a genocide is not a ‘genocide’, Maung Zarni

When a genocide is not a ‘genocide’, Maung Zarni

A sattelite image of Pauk-taw Township, Arakan State, Western Burma, after the organized destruction:
“( c ) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;”
The world is witnessing, and Burma’s Rohingya are experiencing, the genocide, that cannot be called ‘genocide’.
Too much strategic interests (of various external powers such as Washington, Beijing, London, Moscow, Paris, Jakarta, Delhi, Tokyo, etc.) stand in the way of framing the genocide of the Rohingya truthfully.
So, the world hears about ‘sectarian violence’, from the Human Rights Watch down to the hard-core — read amoral — realists in the corridors of power.  It’s not that this characterization of the situation in Western Burma is entirely untrue but that this framing glosses over the central, sustained (over 3 decades), and structural role of the successive Burmese military regimes and successive generations of generals in the genocide of the Rohingya.Source: UK Channel 4 News

Curiously for communal violence, the Rohingya have suffered the overwhelming devastation and the death toll, according to Reuters’s Special Report on the violence against the Rohingya as well as the BBC.

Calling the ethnically motivated violence in Western Burma “sectarian” or “communal” – which implicitly assigns equal responsibilities as Aung San Suu Kyi of all people has done rather dishonestly and shamefully – is like comparing 1,000 Hamas rockets “raining down” on Israel with 1,000 plus Israeli raids against Gaza, or the “Palestinian Ghetto” – both ignore blatantly the most crucial element in both respective narratives:
genocidal structural contexts maintained by both States which were born out of conflicts, violence, and national delusions, internal Burmese imperialism towards ethnic minorities and Zionist racism, respectively.

Here is the most authoritative source on what is and what is not GENOCIDE:
Approved and proposed for signature and ratification or accession by General Assembly resolution 260 A (III) of 9 December 1948, Entry into force: 12 January 1951, in accordance with article XIII
“( c ) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;”
The Irish Center for Human Rights, National University of Galaway
NOVEMBER 17, 2012========================================================

Genocide Watch Emergency Alert on Myanmar’s Rohingya


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