One year on from the violence of June 2012, new empirical
evidence about the treatment of the Rohingya in Rakhine State, Burma, has taken
the issue from the realms of international human rights and humanitarian law to
that of international criminal law, says Amal de Chickera.
In order to understand how the ‘Rohingya crisis’ has come to pass we
need to consider the narrative
built by three groupings of international actors - the Burmese government, host
countries for Rohingya who have fled and the international community at large.
It was an amazing
opening ceremony. Danny Boyle and his team had the opportunity at the outset,
to challenge some of the more dominant, ugly trends that have taken over the
Olympics. Acknowledgement of the injustice of colonisation would have gone a
long way to set the right tone for the games. They failed. But perhaps I
expected too much, says Amal de Chickera .
Around 12 million people in the world are stateless, and many find themselves locked up for long periods of time under immigration regulations that don’t apply to them. States need to be reminded of their obligations under international human rights law and stop the arbitrary detention of stateless persons, says Amal de Chickera
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