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Jakarta Post

Consider peacekeeping operations in Myanmar

  • Lina A. Alexandra
    Lina A. Alexandra

    Senior researcher at the department of politics and international relations, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Brisbane   /   Fri, September 22, 2017   /  02:18 pm
Consider peacekeeping operations in Myanmar Helmet and flack jackets of the members of the 1 parachute battalion of the South African contingent of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUC), in a photo dated 14 February 2008. (UN Photo/Marie Frechon)

In response to the escalation of violence against the Rohingya minority in Rakhine state, Myanmar, calls have mounted for the deployment of peacekeeping forces, especially from Indonesia and Malaysia, which have shown their concern over the tragedy, to stop the humanitarian crisis. Ethnic cleansing is happening there, as nearly 400,000 Rohingya have fled their homeland to Bangladesh on account of dire persecution. The United Nations special rapporteur on human rights for Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said at least 1,000 people were killed in recent weeks amid intensified conflict between the government troops and the Arakan militant group in Rakhine. Indeed something has to be done — but, is a peacekeeping operation the solution to the problem? Peacekeeping missions are traditionally conducted in an interstate conflict after gaining consent from the conflicting host parties. The m...

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