Amnesty International condemns human rights abuses in Myanmar
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Amnesty International condemns human rights abuses in Myanmar

Yangon : Myanmar | Jul 20, 2012 at 3:52 PM PDT
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In third world countries like Myanmar, human rights abuses are often condoned by authorities. It is believed that rulers in developing countries often resort to violence and other human rights abuses just to prolong their rule and keep the people their subservient. In Myanmar, the latest example of gross human rights violations, Muslims and minority groups including Rohingiyas are being killed and discriminated on daily basis.

International human rights organization Amnesty International should be lauded for its role in highlighting the abuses and conveying its concerns to the Myanmar authorities. However, the only thing human rights groups and watchdogs can do is to highlight and condemn the violations. It is the responsibility of the relevant state and large international bodies such as the UN to look into the matter and put an end to the human rights violations. If my short memory serves me correctly, there is no politician or military dictator that has been held on the charges of human rights violations. The phenomenon encourages tyrants and dictators to continue with their brutal ways, as they know they will never be held accountable for the crime. If ever a tyrant was held for the crime, he was absolved later for reasons we know better.

The International Court of Justice, the United States and other European countries, besides Arab countries should intervene immediately in Myanmar to curb the human rights violations, as otherwise the situation can slip out of their hands. A number of discerning observers believe that if the situation in Myanmar is not controlled right away, Muslim terrorists and extremists would get an excuse to enter the country for the protection of their brethren. If once al-Qaeda-linked terrorists and extremists succeed in entering the country, it will become another breeding ground for militants.

The United States, being the champion of human rights, should come up with a clear-cut stance on Myanmar and take effective steps to counter the situation. Also, human rights groups should move the United Nations against the leadership of Myanmar and dispatch their representatives to the country to obtain firsthand information on the terrific incidents like killings of Muslims and other minority groups.

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Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi poses for a photograph after being awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International Secretary General Shetty and Bono in Dublin
Myanmar's pro-democracy leader Suu Kyi poses for a photograph after being awarded the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award from Amnesty International Secretary General Shetty and Bono in Dublin
StephenManual is based in New York City, New York, United States of America, and is a Reporter for Allvoices.
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