In the face of the historical disasters experienced by humanity, a majority of the world has developed some sort of reflex to ‘close their eyes’ and ‘play ostrich’. Many leaders, administrators, and representatives around the world, prefer to remain indifferent and unresponsive to these catastrophes. When asked about what the EU should do regarding the situation in Myanmar, High Representative, Federica Mogherini, gave a marked answer: “I tend to avoid answering questions that are not related to the agenda we had.”
The answer also revealed an important truth: Today, the world agenda is shaped only by the interests and problems of the powerful. Those who are oppressed are often left alone with their own problems if they are not rich, have no oil or natural resources, or do not have any relevance to serving the interests of the powerful.
Ignoring, or underestimating, the inhumane practices Muslims are subjected to has become an ugly tradition, particularly in certain circles. Problems that could easily be solved with simple interventions, with little cost and effort, continue to grow exponentially behind a collective wall of nonchalance. The disastrous events taking place in Rakhine, Syria, Africa or Southeast Asia, continue to find a place in world news reports every day, as a shame on humanity.
Most of the international institutions that could solve the problems of humanity are far from fulfilling their functions. For instance, the UN content themselves with simply condemning the incidents in Rakhine with a Security Council Resolution. They do not produce any concrete or constructive solution to the massacres and persecution the Rohingya Muslims—which the UN itself defines as “the most persecuted minority” —are subjected to.
As is known, the Rohingya Muslims living in Myanmar’s Rakhine state have been subjected to severe oppression and persecution for nearly 40 years. They are continuously forced out of their homes by the Myanmar government and the army. The oppression, persecution, massacres and policies of exile are being systematically escalated by the Myanmar government since 2012, and have reached an unprecedented form of outright ethnic cleansing in the last two years.