No Justice for Rohingya: Recent UN Resolution Is a Joke

The UN General Assembly has issued a resolution concerning the situation in Myanmar (also called Burma), the increasing power of the military, the treatment of #saveourleader-Aung San Suu Kyi, and the potential for civil war in Myanmar.

The resolution calls for what essentially is an arms embargo on the nation, the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other detainees, and for the military to end the state of emergency.

The New York Times notes:

Historians said it was only the fourth time since the end of the Cold War that the General Assembly had passed a resolution condemning a military coup, and was a rare occasion in which the body also called for an arms embargo.”

If only they had called for an arms embargo while the military was razing Rohingya homes to the ground and throwing babies into fires.


Given how many military coups the US has helped to support and popular struggles it has repressed by helping brutal militaries around the world (Chile, El Salvador, Iran, to name a few), this is hilariously dark.

There have been times when the UN has tried to speak out, like during the US’s invasion of Grenada in 1983, but the statement was vetoed by the US. When you’re a permanent member of the Security Council, things usually go in your favor.

It’s understandable for concerns over Myanmar’s brutal military to be growing. However, there appears to be no effort in this resolution to temper statements of concerns about the military’s treatment of and position on Aung San Suu Kyi with her fascist, genocidal policies towards the Rohingya.

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Yes, the UN has spoken out about the treatment of the Rohingya, and yes the current resolution also mentions the UN’s concern of their well-being and possibility to return under current circumstance. Nonetheless, there’s no link made between the person they want released, Aung San Suu Kyi, and the Rohingya.

Calling for the release of people arbitrarily detained (Aung San Suu Kyi is being held for what seem to be spurious charges) are not simply an example of how justice can be blind. They are more of an example of the opposite.

Speaking for her release without qualifying it potentially galvanizes her base of supporters, who seem unfazed by her actions against their Rohingya compatriots and want their dear leader back in power. That is what is unjust. If you democratically elect a murderer, should everyone still simply hope that that person gets back in power?

There are ways to demand that the military not hold someone hostage while also stating that the person they are holding hostage must also be held accountable for her genocidal actions.

How about something like (this is a non-binding UN Gen Assembly resolution, so we can’t expect too much, but their bringing attention to the issue and her connection to it matters): The UN calls for the release of Aung San Suu Kyi on the basis of her arbitrary arrest by the military and demands for a full trial of her and the military at the ICC in relation to the crimes committed against the Rohingya while she was in power.

This should not be that controversial.

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Why was the Rakhine state given to Burma instead of Bangladesh? If it was given to Bangladesh, those filthy animals would not have dared to do any crimes against the muslims there.