Matthew Smith

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A demonstrator displays a placard calling for the release of detained Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a protest on Feb. 10. (Str/AP)

For too many years, human rights advocates have wasted precious time and valuable resources pressuring the U.N. Security Council to respond to mass atrocity crimes in Myanmar. I know because I’m one of them.

In September 2017, I flew from the Myanmar-Bangladesh border to New York City to brief the body on an unfolding genocide against the Rohingya in Myanmar, thoroughly documented by the organization I represent, as well as by many others. The military was razing hundreds of villages and murdering men, women and children.

The Security Council failed to protect the people of Myanmar then, and now it’s failing again.…  Seguir leyendo »

Algunas de las atrocidades han sido captadas en video. Credit Matthew F. Smith, Taimoor Sobhan y Japhet Weeks

Este documental de opinión revela imágenes impactantes que han recopilado los refugiados rohinyá sobre el genocidio que se lleva a cabo en Birmania.

La única manera en la que la comunidad internacional hará lo correcto es si los responsables son procesados por estos delitos y es sabido que Birmania no es ni capaz ni está dispuesta a asegurar que se haya justicia a nivel doméstico. La situación es justamente una de las razones por las cuales existe la Corte Penal Internacional (CPI).

El Consejo de Seguridad de la ONU no debe perder más tiempo; debe aprobar una resolución que refiera la situación birmana a la CPI y, ya que eso suceda, los procuradores podrán empezar a armar el caso.…  Seguir leyendo »

The village of Wa Peik (Kyee Kan Pyin) in Myanmar's Maungdaw District.

Four years ago, I was in Myanmar's Rakhine State soon after deadly violence erupted between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and stateless Rohingya Muslims. It was a horrendous scene. And it's happening again.

Back then, Buddhist civilians and state security forces unleashed coordinated attacks against Rohingya and other Muslims. I documented pre-dawn raids and cold-blooded massacres.

In a small village in Mrauk-U Township on October 23, 2012, 70 Rohingya were killed, including 28 children -- 13 under the age of 5. Children were hacked to death. Some were thrown into fires.

Entire villages were razed; smoke billowed from homes and mosques in 13 of 17 townships statewide and bodies were disposed in mass graves, none of which have been exhumed for forensic purposes.…  Seguir leyendo »