The Rohingya crisis is undoubtedly genocide and the international community must intervene to prevent it, former UN general Romeo Dallaire claims, Sky News reports.
As commander of UN peacekeeping forces in Rwanda in the early 1990s, Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire warned that genocide was imminent but was ignored.
As a veteran witness of the mass killings in Rwanda, he has been warning of mass murder being planned in Myanmar, and now for the first time has told the Sky News World View programme that genocide is underway.
“It’s as if they wrote the same book that the hardliners did in Rwanda and how the international community is reacting is following the same book, and this after the great pieces of work like Responsibility to Protect which we’re all afraid to implement and operationalise.” Dallaire explained.
Responsibility to Protect was a UN-backed international agreement to prevent genocide happening again, but Dallaire believes it has been discarded in the wake of the Rohingya crisis.
The UN has condemned Myanmar’s military operation against the Rohingya as “ethnic cleansing.” Myanmar authorities have been severely criticized for the attacks on the minority group in Rakhine State but criticisms have fallen short of using the word ‘genocide’.
Dallaire also called for an international military intervention to prevent and reverse the genocide and says where there is sufficient international will there should be a way.
“We put 60, 70 thousand people in ex-Yugoslavia. Why can’t we do that there? They’re more people being killed and martyred, more internally displaced refugees than there was in the whole Yugoslav campaign so it is purely will to intervene which is missing.” the General said.