Ac­tion must be taken fol­low­ing Ro­hingya cri­sis

Seaway News - - Opinion - Sul­tan Jessa

The fi­nal re­port on eth­nic cleans­ing has fi­nally been re­leased.

This re­port should raise a lot of con­cern from the In­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly from coun­tries in the western world.

Canada’s Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has asked a prom­i­nent Lib­eral Bob Rae, also a for­mer On­tario pre­mier, to look into great de­tails about the Ro­hingya cri­sis.

No Myan­mar (for­merly Burma) politi­cian in­clud­ing No­bel lau­re­ate and hon­orary Cana­dian Aung San Suu Kyi is above a po­ten­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the In­ter­na­tional Crim­i­nal Court of pos­si­ble war crimes stressed Ray.

Rae of­fered this stern warn­ing when he re­leased his fi­nal re­port on the trou­bles en­gulf­ing Myan­mar and im­me­di­ate neigh­bor Bangladesh.

“Who­ever is found re­spon­si­ble, whether in the civil­ian gov­ern­ment or the mil­i­tary gov­ern­ment, for what has hap­pened should be re­spon­si­ble. I don’t ex­clude any­body from that” Rae said in his de­tailed re­port.

Canada should also con­sider grant­ing refuge and re­set­tle­ment to Myan­mar’s per­se­cuted eth­nic Ro­hingya 700,000 Mus­lims who fled to Bangladesh to es­cape a bru­tal cam­paign by Myan­mar’s mil­i­tary, Rae said.

The 39 page re­port makes in­ter­est­ing read­ing and should be of con­cern to all peace lov­ing peo­ple around the world.

Suu Kyi, Myan­mar’s de facto po­lit­i­cal leader has been widely crit­i­cized for not speak­ing out against the atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted against the Ro­hingya.

Rae, the vet­eran politi­cian, made two trips to Myan­mar to get first hand re­ports of what was go­ing on.

Canada must take a lead role with like minded coun­tries in a United Na­tions geno­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Many coun­tries are re­ly­ing on Canada to take an ac­tive ac­tion about the eth­nic cleans­ing in Myan­mar.

Let us hope Prime Min­is­ter Trudeau does not brush aside this very im­por­tant re­port

Let us also hope this was not a pub­lic­ity stunt to in­crease Trudeau’s pop­u­lar­ity for the next fed­eral elec­tions.

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