5 genocides that are still going on today

Bosnian war coffins

After a grueling, five-year trial, Ratko Mladić, the general of the Bosnian Serb Army during the Bosnian civil war in the ’90s, was convicted of war crimes including genocide on Wednesday by a United Nations court at The Hague.

He was sentenced to life in prison.

He was also found responsible for the 1995 massacre of over 8,000 Muslim Bosniak men and boys in Srebrenica in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is considered the worst atrocity committed in Europe since World War II. Many victims of the massacre are still being identified to this day.

Even though Mladić is one of the most high-profile perpetrators of genocide convicted in recent years, genocides are by no means a thing of the past.

Here are five genocides going on right now around the world:

SEE ALSO: The US has taken a backseat on preventing genocide since well before Trump became president

The Rohingya in Myanmar

Perhaps the most high-profile genocide of recent years is that of the Rohingya, who live in Rakhine state in northwestern Myanmar.

Unlike the majority of the Buddhist country, the Rohingya are Muslim, and have long suffered as second-class citizens in Myanmar because most people in the country believe they are illegal immigrants and “terrorists” from Bangladesh.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson officially declared the Rohingya crisis a case of ethnic cleansing on Wednesday. So far, up to 3,000 people have been killed in Myanmar, and at least 270,000 have been displaced.

The Nuer and other ethnic groups in South Sudan

South Sudan became the world’s newest country in 2011, but since 2013, the country has been mired in a brutal civil war.

Throughout the multifaceted conflict, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, a member of the Dinka ethnic group, has been using his army to wage a campaign of genocide …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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