Ro­hingya plight a re­sult of big­gest loop­hole in in­ter­na­tional norms that dates back cen­turies, writes

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Though a num­ber of Myan­mar’s neigh­bours have con­demned the vi­o­lence, they are wary of go­ing much fur­ther.

In­dia, Tur­key and other nearby coun­tries face in­ter­na­tional crit­i­cism for crack­downs against what they con­sider do­mes­tic ter­ror­ists.

Even if these states do not be­lieve Myan­mar’s claims of root­ing out ter­ror­ists, they fear set­ting a prece­dent that could be turned against them.

The Ro­hingya them­selves may be the fi­nal point of fail­ure. In­ter­na­tional pol­i­tics, though pre­sented as a realm of pure val­ues and rea­son, is still pol­i­tics.

The Ro­hingya, through no fault of their own, like many vic­tims world­wide, are too poor and pow­er­less to take part.

There is no Ro­hingya lobby to push their cause in world cap­i­tals or within com­plex for­eign bu­reau­cra­cies, as Kur­dish groups were able to do.

Nor is there an or­gan­ised Ro­hingya di­as­pora that can mo­bilise stu­dent groups and so­cial me­dia cam­paigns.

Western govern­ments “know that the wel­fare of the Ro­hingya is not gal­vanis­ing their re­spec­tive elec­torates to the ex­tent that they need to take any mean­ing­ful ac­tion”, Ai­dan He­hir, a scholar at Univer­sity of West­min­ster, wrote at Duck of Min­erva, a po­lit­i­cal sci­ence site.

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