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Legal redress for Rohingya: ASEAN's responsibility

  • Christian Donny Putranto and Sangeetha Yogendran

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Jakarta   /   Fri, January 5, 2018   /  08:32 am
Legal redress for Rohingya: ASEAN's responsibility Rohingya refugees fill pots for drinking water from a hand pump at Nayapara refugee campin Teknaf on October 27, 2017. (AFP/Tauseef Mustafa)

Much has been discussed about the current crisis in Myanmar’s Rakhine state and the consequent exodus of more than 620,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh. Yet there is little to no discourse on what the international community and ASEAN should do after the crisis. There should be a legal redress mechanism for the Rohingya subjected to ethnic cleansing and genocidal practices by the Myanmar government. Given the inability of the international and regional community to immediately end their persecution, it is ironically the same community that must work toward establishing a redress mechanism. Such a mechanism should provide accountability for the crimes the military of Myanmar is causing and send a clear message to the world that such actions cannot and will not be tolerated with silence. Southeast Asia is not alien to such mechanisms. The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of...

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