TWO laureates of the Nobel Peace Prize have publicly called mass violence against Rohingya Muslims in Burma “genocide” after making a visit to refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh earlier this year.
Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi and Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman last week co-wrote an opinion piece in the prominent Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail published on Thursday 3 May, 2018 in which they described their eyewitness accounts of the “fastest-growing refugee crisis in the world today.”
The two women visited Rohingya refugees in late February along with the Nobel Women Initiative and have vowed to fight for justice on behalf of the persecuted Muslim group. “Nothing could have prepared us for what we saw and heard,” they wrote.
“The systematic use of the most brutal and dehumanising forms of violence that we witnessed in the Bangladesh camps should awaken us all to the fact that what is happening to the Rohingya has a name: It is genocide.”
“Ending the genocide against the Rohingya is a global imperative, and urgently requires robust, concrete leadership from Canada,” wrote Karman and Ebadi.