Call it Genocide on Rohingya (not ethnic cleansing alone)

By Anwar S. Mohammad

Dear Rohingya,

UN has officially used the terms ‘Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity’ in regard to the gross atrocities against Rohingya by the Myanmar armed forces.

So, stop using the term ‘Ethnic Cleansing (of Rohingya)’ once and for all. Ethnic Cleansing, though sounds nice to ears, is a Milsosevic’s era media-coined term in former Yugoslavia. It was coined by the media to describe the crimes committed against the people of Bosnia and Kosovo etc by the Serbian forces.

Unlike Genocide, War Crimes & Crimes against Humanity, Ethnic Cleansing has no international legal framework/mechanism in place for it to bring the perpetrators (of the ethnic cleansing) into accountabilty.

In short, no one can punish you for committing ethnic cleansing.