DoubleQuoting Myanmar and Assam..

It’s the first quote that carries the implication of genocide, but what of the rest?

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It’s not a joke, is it? Myanmar..

The United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention warns of certain indicators that “provide an environment conducive to the commission of atrocity crimes,” including “increased politicization of identity” and discriminatory “measures or legislation” targeting protected groups. In addition to certain prohibited acts, such as killing members of a group, genocidal States often use legal and administrative tools to facilitate the destruction of a targeted group “in whole or in part.”

In Myanmar, successive governments have implemented measures and legislation to erase Rohingya Muslims’ identity and rights, creating an enabling environment for genocide.

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It’s not a joke, is it? Assam..

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi today expressed his concern over the publication of a National Register of Citizens (NRC) that may put large numbers of people in India’s north-eastern state of Assam at risk of becoming stateless.

It is too early to say what the nationality status of those left off the National Register, some 1.9 million according to the authorities, may ultimately be. UNHCR is concerned, however, that many are at risk of statelessness if they do not possess another nationality.

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That’s a DoubleQuote — but it’s also pattern recognition, and the start of a possible concatenation of such quotes — a mala of urgencies.

BTW, it’s more than possible, as Myanmar >> Bangladesh migration illustrates, that mass migration across national borders may be a pragmatic alternative to genocide — but that threatens national sovereignty, doesn’t it?

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Charles Cameron

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One thought on “DoubleQuoting Myanmar and Assam..”

  1. \ mass migration across national borders may be a pragmatic alternative to genocide — but that threatens national sovereignty, doesn’t it?\

    Mass migration – it is difficult question , at what numbers it becomes ‘mass’ – need not threaten national sovereignty, in fact it can add to national sovereignty , when the target nation thinks those migrating in , add to their core national self-image and social values. In fact Israel’s national sovereignty has increased by taking waves of Jews persecuted in other parts of the world.

    Even India has absorbed mass migrations of Hindus persecuted after 1947 in it’s neighborhood and has shown no stress – political or spiritual – about the matter.

    Pakistan, while claiming to be ‘homeland of Islam in south asia’ has refused to take in about a million Biharis from Bangladesh even though they were Pakistani citizens and stuck their necks out for a united Pakistan against overwhelming majority in the present Bangladesh.

    You are right – double quote is a verbal game until definite motives and acts are imputed to countries after which quotes , double or single – are not necessary. It will be taken as a matter of fact.

    The US has to be appreciated for silently and voluntarily taking in thousands of refugees from Se Asia as well as Nepalis from Bhutan.

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