Two top leaders of Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population.
The customary cordiality of Southeast Asian summits may be missing when the region’s leaders meet next week due to sharp differences over Myanmar, whose military has been accused of genocide against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority.
Myanmar has blatantly rejected the findings of a United Nations (UN) investigation that holds the country’s military responsible for committing genocide against its minority Rohingya Muslim population.
Rohingya leaders in Bangladesh on Tuesday challenged the United Nations to ensure Myanmar’s generals stand trial after investigators called for top military commanders to be prosecuted for genocide against the minority.
Myanmar’s military systematically planned a genocidal campaign to rid the country of Rohingya Muslims, according to a report released by the advocacy group Fortify Rights based on testimony from 254 survivors, officials and workers over a 21-month period.
Turkey summoned the Dutch charge d‘affaires on Friday to complain about the Netherlands Parliament recognizing the massacre of as many as 1.5 million Armenians in 1915 as genocide, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, according to Reuters.
The top UN human rights official said he would not be surprised if a court one day ruled that acts of genocide had been committed against the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar, according to a television interview shown on Monday.
UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander, Ratko Mladic, to life imprisonment after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago.
The United Nations should intervene in Myanmar's Rakhine state to stop further escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims and avoid another genocide like in Cambodia and Rwanda, said the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) special envoy to Myanmar.
The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has called on the United Nations (UN) to intervene in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, where it says the escalation of violence against Rohingya Muslims could lead to “genocide.”
Malaysia’s premier has called on the global community to help stop the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, slamming the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi for her inaction on the bloodletting against the minority community.