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The Rohingya crisis and questions of accountability

Simpson, A and Farrelly, N ORCID: 0000-0001-7768-0719 2020 , 'The Rohingya crisis and questions of accountability' , Australian Journal of International Affairs, vol. 74, no. 5 , 486–494 , doi: 10.1080/10357718.2020.1813251.

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There is no obvious end to the ongoing tragedy that faces theMuslim Rohingya communities of western Myanmar. Yet, with twoimportant international legal cases underway at the InternationalCourt of Justice and the International Criminal Court there arenow important opportunities to maintain pressure on Myanmar’sgovernment. Myanmar’s current government – a fusion ofmilitarist, democratic, ethno-nationalist and conservative interests– has consistently sought to downplay the seriousness of thesituation. This attitude, and the fraught, but politically effective,nexus between Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League forDemocracy (NLD) and the military, has done much to encourage aculture of impunity among military and civilian decision-makers.Nevertheless, with crucial national elections scheduled forNovember 2020, and an economy battered by the global COVID-19 shutdown, Myanmar faces a confluence of grave challenges.Under these conditions, key decision-makers in Naypyitaw mayhope that international scrutiny of violence against the Rohingyawill fade. Given these court actions, however, this is unlikely.Whatever sympathy we may have for Aung San Suu Kyi’spredicament, she will not recover her reputation. And she willforever face hard questions about her inability to prevent, and,more importantly, refusal to condemn, ethnic cleansing.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Simpson, A and Farrelly, N
Keywords: Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, Rohingya, International Court of Justice, genocide, accountability
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Journal of International Affairs
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1035-7718
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/10357718.2020.1813251
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Copyright 2020 Australian Institute of International Affairs

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