"This is not a time for us to be cautious or muted in our denunciation," Katrina Lantos Swett of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said. "It is a time for us to boldly declare that what they are doing is the worst of crimes and that is genocide."
"The plight of the Rohingya right now is kind of like a tinderbox situation where any match can...result in untold numbers of people killed," Naomi Kikolar of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum said.
Just after the Armenian Genocide began 100 years ago, U.S. Ambassador Henry Morgenthau wrote in a confidential telegram to the U.S. Secretary of State, "It appears that a campaign of racial extermination is in progress under a pretext of reprisal against rebellion."
Former Guatemalan dictator General Efrain Jose Rios Montt is standing trial for alleged genocide he committed in the 1980s. The case against him — which has been fraught with delays and dead-ends — is a race against the clock for victims’ families, who fear the 88-year-old will die before facing justice.