Alexa Rohingyas’ acute detest on Myanmar

Dhaka, Sunday   19 January 2020


Rohingyas’ acute detest on Myanmar

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 02:39 PM, 12 December 2019  



Myanmar is facing a trial at the International Criminal Court (ICJ) over the Rohingya genocide in Rakhine state. State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi is leading the Myanmar delegation. She has defended Myanmar’s military against genocide allegations made at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) amid accusations of mass killings, rape, and expulsion of the Rohingya Muslim minority.

The Gambia has recently filed a lawsuit against Myanmar over the Rohingya massacre in the ICJ, The Hague, Netherlands. The trial began on December 10 and will continue till December 12.

Myanmar’s military reinforced pre-planned and structured violence after a raid on several security posts in Rakhine in August 2017. Over 7.3 lakhs Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh to escape the violence and oppression including murder and rape.

The United Nations alleged the operation was aimed at ‘genocide’. But Myanmar sharply denied the allegations. In all her speech, Suu Kyi has completely denied the genocide which is a Big Lie. She was blindly taking the side of her Army instead, who committed the crimes against humanity.

Meanwhile, the Rohingya, who are in refugee camps in Bangladesh, are expecting justice. The Rohingyas have reacted sharply to Suu Kyi’s presence in the international court of Justice. They have expressed strong hatred for the leader, calling Suu Kyi a symbol of genocide.

Mohammad Zubair, The 19-year-old Rohingya teenager told Al-Jazeera, “We have seen rape, torture, and murder. Many people were murdered before our eyes. There was no way for us to escape. Now the international community must come forward to punish Myanmar for their hate crimes. They must be held responsible for the genocide on the Rohingya.”

He said before coming to power, Suu Kyi said that the army uses rape as a weapon. And now she (Suu Kyi) is fighting for the army herself. What a shame!

“We are looking forward to hearing,” Zubair said. But because we have poor internet connection here, we are not sure if we can hear it.

A Rohingya, named Noor Alam, 65, said he lost his son in the 2017 Myanmar Army operation.

He once said that Aung San Suu Kyi was a symbol of peace. We had high hopes on her, that she would actually change a lot in power. “We prayed for her. And now she is a symbol of genocide. She joined hands with the murderers without protecting us. She will fight for them. We hate her. She should be ashamed.”

Noor Alam said, “I have been waiting for this day for a long time. Seeing their punishment, there will be no other in my life.”

Rashid Ahmed, 35, said the Myanmar army had killed 12 members of his family. “Only justice can heal our wounds,” he said. I know I will never recover those lost. But if the murderer is punished, they will be at peace.

Mumtaz Begum, a Rohingya woman said her husband had been killed by army personnel.

She wept and said, “They raped me. My house burned down. A six-year-old girl is stabbed in the head. I heard Aung San Suu Kyi and the army will be brought under trial. We demand that the trial of Suu Kyi and the army be done. Why did they kill innocent people, children? Why did they rape and oppress our girls? We want justice.”  

Jamalida Begum, 29, said she was raped in 2016 and her husband was also killed.

“The army came to our village and killed my husband and set fire to the house,” she said. Three army men pulled me in and raped with a gunpoint. One time I became unconscious.

Jamalida said, “I run away.” Later, the army had to find me by hanging my poster and going home to home. I just want justice. I want to punish those who raped, killed, set fire to the house, threw children into the fire.