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a Chilling Documentary, the UN Discusses the Rohingya and an International Judges Tribunal Declares Genocide

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The UN Security Council held its first meeting on Rohingya in nine years last Thursday (September 28, 2017). The language was harshly critical of Myanmar. Secretary General Antonio Guterres described the situation as a "human rights nightmare" and "urged Myanmar to end its military operations". The number of Rohingya refugees has meanwhile mushroomed to more than 500,000. All the members tiptoed carefully around the word 'genocide' ... for a very good reason. Accepting such triggers action on their part.

During the Kosovo crisis when Serbs were expelling Kosovars, the Clinton administration, reluctant to get involved, invented the euphemism 'ethnic cleansing'. It has remained a favorite substitute.

What does the Convention on Genocide actually state. Well, Article 2 lists five acts, each of which constitute genocide:

(a) Killing members of a group.

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(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group.

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part.

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group.

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(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

The systematic attacks, rapes, killings, burning of villages, destruction of crops, livestock, shooting at fleeing villagers, mining of borders to hinder return are activities so obviously violating acts (a), (b), (c) and (d), there is no counterargument. The Myanmar military and the government by implication are unquestionably guilty of genocide. The real issue is who wants to do something about it.

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