U.S. Should Do More To Address ‘Slow-Motion Genocide’ Of Rohingya
New York Times: I Saw a Genocide in Slow Motion
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist
“…It is difficult to understand [the] denial of humanitarian access [to the Rohingya] as anything but an intentional policy of grinding down and driving out the Rohingya — one reason I see this as a slow-motion genocide. … Still, we can work with other countries to raise the cost of ethnic cleansing, and under international law we have an obligation to take steps to address genocide … A crucial first step is targeted sanctions against Myanmar leaders, as bipartisan legislation in both the House and the Senate proposes. … The U.S. government can also do more to name and shame the perpetrators, and to exert relentless pressure for humanitarian access. … [A]s Elie Wiesel, the great survivor of a different genocide, said in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, ‘Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.’…” (3/2).