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Media Release from BROUK “I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE” Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya. Release on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

Wednesday 1st November 2017

 

‘I Thought I Would Die’ – New Report Details Eyewitness Accounts of Atrocities – Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

 

The Rohingya are currently being targeted by the fourth wave of ethnic cleansing against them in the past five years.

This new report, ‘I Thought I Would Die’ presents evidence of violations of international law being perpetrated against the Rohingya, including attacks on children, indiscriminate use of landmines, random firing on fleeing villagers and the use of rape.  These accounts add to a growing body of evidence which points the finger squarely at the Myanmar security forces.

The sheer frequency and acuity of this kind of abuse against the Rohingya, committed against the backdrop of chronic and decades-old state persecution, point to an ongoing strategy of “systemic weakening” of the ethnic Rohingya community as a whole, which has been argued to be a precursor stage to full-blown genocide.

Since the latest bout of violence against Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya minority erupted into life on 25th August 2017, the government and military wings of Myanmar’s hybrid government have fallen back on tried and tested narratives of denial. This report provides evidence to prove that the government and military are lying about the current situation.

The report also proposes practical steps the government of Myanmar and the international community should take to stop the violence and address the root causes.

“The evidence of violations of international law against the Rohingya is overwhelming, now we need to see action to hold those responsible to account and end the policies of repression,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “The government and military have been lying to the people of Myanmar and the international community, but they can’t hide from the truth forever.”

 

For more information, contact Tun Khin on +44(0)7888714866 OR +1 646 945 9982

The report is available at http://brouk.org.uk/BROUK Report (NOV-2017) “I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE” Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya.

“I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE” Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya, BROUK Report (Nov-2017).

 

Report Nov-2017

 

“I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE”

Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya

 

This report is based on more than a dozen interviews conducted in the Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh with Rohingya refugees who had arrived from Myanmar since attacks on August 25th. BROUK interviewed six child victims, four rape survivors/victims, a man who was injured by a landmine and two adult civilians who were shot while fleeing their villages. Aall of the cases had been assessed as credible through consultation with officials from NGOs operating in the refugee camps in the area.

As was the case in previous documentation conducted by BROUK in Bangladesh, evidence of gunshot and other weapon wounds were checked against information collected by international NGOs working in the refugee camps, who wish to remain anonymous. Our photographic, video and testimonial evidence was shared with them and with rights experts, from organisations that wish to remain anonymous, for peer review.

Interviewees were consulted through a network supervised by the head of Burmese Rohingya Organisation of the United Kingdom (BROUK), U Tun Khin, in Bangladesh; all were asked a series of questions designed to elicit data according to best practices. The material was translated independently and double-checked by Rohingya speakers.

Analysis of gunshot wounds was sought from either a medical doctor who was not paid for her opinions or checked against available data provided by NGOs who treated victims.

Interviews were conducted in the Kutupalong and Nayapura camps in Cox’s Bazar region of Bangladesh; discussions mostly took place indoors within a space that would allow for maximum privacy and frankness.

Click on the below link to download the full BROUK Report (NOV-2017) “I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE” Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya, in PDF format:

http://brouk.org.uk/BROUK Report (NOV-2017) “I THOUGHT I WOULD DIE” Physical evidence of atrocities against the Rohingya.pdf

 

 

 

CNN interview with BROUK President Tun Khin on Current Issues & ongoing Genocide of Rohingya in the Arakan State of Myanmar, 9th September 2017.

CNN interview with BROUK President Tun Khin on Current Issues & ongoing Genocide of Rohingya in the Arakan State of Myanmar, 9th September 2017.

In the interview, Tun Khin highlighted the mass killings of Rohingyas by Myanmar military and BGP. He further said, the government troops are not even sparing small children, they Burning the houses and forcing the villagers to flee.

“We are seeing the final stages of genocide against the Rohingya minority. Women have been raped, children’s are been thrown into the fire, Rohingya houses have been burnt down. This is what is happening in there now” Said Tun Khin.

 

 

 

 

Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with “FRANCE 24” on 31st Aug 2017 about current Rohingya Genocide in Rakhine region and Myanmar Unrest.

“BURMA UNREST” Mr Tun Khin President BROUK on Chanel France 24 discusses the ruthless situation of Rohingyas in inside the Rakhine State. The mass killing of Rohingyas by Myanmar military and BGP, Burning the houses and forcing the villagers to flee.

According to sources,Two dozen bodies recovered on Bangladeshi Beaches.

Tun Khin President BROUK talks to The Newsmakers in “TRT World” on 30th Aug 2017 about “Rohingya persecution in Myanmar”.

“We are seeing the final stages of genocide against the Rohingya minority.” Said Tun Khin.

Human rights activist Tun Khin talks to The Newsmakers on recent accusations that Myanmar soldiers are committing extrajudicial killings of civilians.

 

BROUK Report on “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya” Released on 16th May 2017.


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BROUK Report on “Burned, Stabbed and Shot –  Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya.”

On October 9th, 2016, the long saga of oppression endured by Myanmar’s Rohingya minority entered a new phase. For the first time in a generation, members of the group staged an armed attack, on this occasion against three Border Guard Police (BGP) posts in Rakhine State, killing nine officers and seizing weapons and ammunition.

According to rights groups, the assault was met with months of widespread and systematic violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and police in parts of northern Rakhine state, near the border with Bangladesh.

A “flash report” released by the UN’s Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on February 3 concluded that these operations likely involved crimes against humanity; the paper detailed acts of “devastating cruelty” including systematic rape, torture and killing and “likely” amounted to crimes against humanity.

The conflagration has sent around 75,000 Rohingya across the border to Bangladesh and displaced at least another 20,000 in northern Rakhine. 4 Officials within two UN agencies estimate that more than a thousand may have been killed.

During the crisis, the Rohingya community also suffered from unnecessary assaults on their conditions of life. After the October 9th attacks, part of northern Rakhine State became a locked-off “military operations zone” in which “clearance operations” were being conducted by the Myanmar army. In this area humanitarian aid was all but suspended, endangering the lives of thousands of children with severe acute malnutrition and causing months of severe deprivation for aid-reliant communities. BROUK has been advised that it is likely that deaths occurred as a result.

In addition to this, massive psychological trauma has been imposed on communities subject to sudden night raids, arbitrary harassment, arrest, arson, torture and killings. The legacy of the army’s crackdown is likely measurable in thousands of traumatised vulnerable people, including children. The full toll of the suffering endured by Rohingya communities since the October 9th attacks will probably never be known.

And the crisis is not over; further escalations could occur at any time, not least because of the conditions imposed on the Rohingya by state policy and security forces, encompassing lack of jobs, controls on movement and routine abuse, actively feed resentment and unrest.

The Rohingya insurgent group that initiated the crisis in October, now known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), have told journalists that they are prepared to wage a relentless campaign against their perceived oppressor until their rights are restored. Given the hardline stance of the military with regard to basic Rohingya rights, let alone Rohingya militancy, the stage has been set for the possibility of a drawn-out conflict in which civilians will likely pay the dearest price.

The only antidote to this state of affairs is accountability and justice. With this in mind, BROUK has compiled this report which is intended to add crucial new material to a body of evidence that demonstrates massive crimes were visited on innocent and long-suffering communities in the aftermath of the October 9th attacks. This has been undertaken with a view to furthering the case that action must be taken against all parties that committed crimes during the recent crisis, without fear of favour.

It is with regret that BROUK notes that virtual impunity for these crimes looks set to be the order of the day. The government of Myanmar has strongly indicated that it will defy the will of the international community as expressed by a consensus resolution at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in which a fact-finding mission was to be dispatched to investigate credible allegations of atrocity crimes against the Rohingya.

Myanmar has “disassociated” itself from the resolution and has said it will not cooperate with the fact-finding team, which may mean that their access to the area where abuses are believed to have taken place will be blocked.

The present situation looks set to be one in which Myanmar’s security forces enjoy impunity for grave human rights violations, a state of affairs which the civilian government in Naypyidaw will become complicit in unless it can guarantee impartial and independent investigations.

BROUK shares the view of rights groups and international analysts regarding the profound inadequacy of government-commissioned probes that have been announced since the crisis began, and believes that only the United Nations can undertake a truly credible investigation.

The international community must not allow the possible obstruction of the Fact-Finding Mission by the government of Burma to lead to further impunity. If obstructed by the government, the Mission must collect evidence by other means.

For the past 20 years, the international community has failed to act when the government of Burma has ignored recommendations regarding the Rohingya made in UN General Assembly Resolutions, UN Human Rights Council Resolutions, and by Special Rapporteurs.

This must not be allowed to happen again after the Fact Finding Mission reports.

Click on the below link to download the Complete BROUK Report released on 16th May 2017. “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya”

BROUK Report “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical evidence of atrocities committed against the Rohingya”. 16th May 2017

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The Rohingya people are stateless and have nowhere to go. Homeless and without the means to earn a living, hundreds and thousands are suffering on a daily basis from the violence and poverty enforced upon them, but this is a new year. A new beginning. And hope things will change ……

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