The investigation of committed crimes against 'Myanmar's Rohingya' and the invoke necessity to' The theory of responsibility to protect

Author:Alireza Arashpuor - Alireza Roustaei
Position:Assistant Professor in Public International Law, University of Isfahan, Isfahan Iran - Ph.D. Student in Public International Law, Khorasgan (Isfahan) Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Iran
The investigation of committed crimes against “Myanmar’s Rohingya"
and the invoke necessity to" The theory of responsibility to protect"
Assistant professor Alireza ARASHPUOR
Ph.D. student Alireza ROUSTAEI
Abstrac t
For seve ral decades, the Rohin gya ethn ic minority, in "Myan mar's Rak hine state"
is exposed to the systema tic violence by the state and governmen tal agents. The in tensity of
this vio lence was emerged in Jun e 2012 and attra ct the interna tional co mmunity a ttention
toward s of the Myan mar's coun try. The theory of re sponsibili ty to p rotect, is the primary
responsi bility t o protect of the people against the four major crimes, includ ing genoc ide,
war c rimes, crimes ag ainst humani ty and ethn ic cleansing which are in ch arge of the each
count ry state. At the sa me time, in the abse nce of willin g or clear abil ity of the mention ed
govern ment, t he intern ational community has a re sponsibili ty to a ct under the Ch arter of
the United Nations and in accordan ce with the ch arter provision s to prevent or sto p of the
mention ed cri mes. A ccording to the nec essary urgent support from the Roh ingya, i n this
study, in add ition to explain the concept of theory of responsib ility to protect, the possibil ity
of interna tional crimes aga inst of them is examined and wh ereas with reg ard to t his
questi on wh ether in th e Myan mar’s Rohin gya situ ation, th ere is th e invok e cond ition i n
terms of the theory of re sponsibili ty to protect or not, indeed, w hether th e interna tional
community can invok e to protect th em with regard to this theory or not, will be a nswered.
Keywords: Ethn ic minoriti es, The Rohi ngya, Myanmar, Genocid e, Crimes agai nst
humani ty, Theory of respon sibility to p rotect
JEL Cla ssification: K14, K33
1. Introduction
The Rohingya are frontiersman that their ancestral roots and cultural ties
are placed along the borders of Myanmar (Burma) and Bangladesh and today their
residence place are located in Rakhine (Arakan) State Myanmar country. After
Myanmar's independence from Britain colonial rule in 1948, in the regimes that
have ruled in Myanmar one after another, the ethnic-linguistic identity of this group
was recognized, but this identity systematically by the anti-Islamic military
governments that since 1962 have organized, has been ignored
For several decades in Myanmar's state media, official documents and
Alireza A rashpuor - As sistant Professor in Public International Law, University of Isfahan, Isfahan,
Alireza Rous taei - Ph.D. Student in P ublic International Law, Khorasgan (Isfahan) Branch, Is lamic
Azad University , Isfahan, Iran,
Zarni, Maung; Cowley, Alice (2014), The Slow-Burning Genocide of Myanmar's Rohingya, „Pacific
Rim Law & P olicy Journal”, 23/3: 682-752. Available from:
Compilation_2014_Pacific_Rim_Law_and_Policy_ Journal_AssociationZarni, 2012
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school textbooks, the Rohingya is referred to as Bengali, which is somehow a racist
gesture and they imagine them as the remained illegal immigrants from colonial
periods that endanger the national security. However, there are serious differences
about the population amount of this ethnic minority, but the Rohingya states that
ten percent of the Myanmar population is formed about five million people
. Today,
the majority of the Rohingya population is living in Northern Rakhine State and are
. It is about twenty years that the United Nations General Assembly has
asked the Myanmar government that" This state should be ensured from the full
respect to the person’s rights who belong to ethnic and religious minorities and be
finished to the torture, disappearances and hurried executions"
The United Nations special rapporteurs and representatives, have reported
constantly the violence, including murder, rape, destruction of property and forced
labor against the Rohingya and sometimes have been described this violence as
"Organized" and a part of the government policy
. In the past decades, the
Rohingya are placed frequently subjected to violence by Myanmar Buddhists and
government agents. The history of conflict between the Rakhine people and
Muslims returns to World War II, when Muslims were remained loyal to Britain
colonial rulers and other Rakhine people who were supported from the Japanese
invaders. The Muslims after Myanmar's state independence in 1948, have faced
with the next government violence, so that the government has paid to the
Muslims' persecution and in order to change the racial context of Rakhine state has
been acted to their forced deportation
. In the year 1978, Myanmar army was
expelled from the country more than 200 thousand people of the Rohingya
population with the barbaric acts such as murder, rape and the burning of homes.
The most important discrimination against Muslims was started in1982 and with
the approval "Burma Citizenship Law". This law was denied the Rohingya
Myanmar citizenship based on racial discriminating fields. Since this law was not
replaced the Rohingya as the ethnics who were recognized as national races and
had been granted the title of citizenship to them, so they must provide strong
evidence based on their ancestors were living in this country before Myanmar's
independence that this work was very difficult for most Rohingya
. In January
2000, the United Nations special reporter in his report was considered the main
reasons that have led to the Rohingya mass exit from Myanmar that are as follows:
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rapport eurs and representatives”, United Nation General Assembly, A/51/466, para. 1
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from: http :// [Accessed 6 December 2014]
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Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma's Arakan State, 165 p. Available from:
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Idem, p. 16

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