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Media Release from BROUK: New Investigation Commission Lacks Credibility – UN Investigation Needed.

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

For Immediate Release

2nd December 2016

 

New Investigation Commission Lacks Credibility – UN Investigation Needed.

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK rejects the new Commission established by the government of Burma to investigate violence in Rakhine State.

The government and military are not impartial. The military have been committing abuses and the government have been defending them and denying abuses are taking place. A government which has prejudged the situation and taken sides has established an investigation led by a former senior soldier who himself has allegations of human rights violations against him. This cannot be considered independent or credible.

Since 2012 there have been numerous committees and commissions established by the government. None have been credible or led to any solutions, in fact the situation has got worse.

It is disturbing that the investigation committee is chaired by vice-President 1 U   Myint Swe who was Chief of Military Security Affairs when the 2007 Saffron Revolution was crushed.

Burmese government has continuously been denying all the allegations of abuses against the Rohingya, how are we now expected to believe it will conduct a genuine investigation?

This week Adama Dieng, the U.N.’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said the allegations “must be verified as a matter of urgency” and urged the government to allow access to the area.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has also stated:  “the government has largely failed to act on the recommendations made in a report by the UN Human Rights Office… (That) raised the possibility that the pattern of violations against the Rohingya may amount to crimes against humanity,” echoing what another UN official described the government is carrying out “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims.

BROUK President Tun Khin said “It is very surprising that the investigation only happens now 7 weeks after the attacks and after the government and military already made statements about the attacks and launched major military operations against the Rohingya populations. The military have killed at least 400 Rohingyas 240 Women have been raped, at least 600 Rohingyas arrested 2300 houses burnt, and 35,000 forced from their homes, and only now they say they will investigate who is responsible. Who can believe that after all this they will say they got it wrong?”

Tun Khin added: “We strongly reject the commission and we urgently need a UN commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against Rohingya perpetrated by Burmese military in Northern Arakan, The International community have to take immediate steps to pressure NLD government to implement the key recommendations points from the UN human rights office report on this year June”.

For more information please contact Tun Khin +44 7888714866.

 

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Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by Al Jazeera on 24th November 2016.

Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by Al Jazeera on 24th November 2016.

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said “UN intervention is the only way to save the lives of Rohingya in Arakan now. We must bring the military criminals to International Criminal Court. He also urged Bangladesh Government that they must open their Border and should give temporary shelter and food to the Rohingya.

He also added that “international community must pressure Burmese government to stop the killing Rohingya people and raping the women.”

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Media Release from BROUK: INTERNATIONAL ACTION NEEDED AS ROHINGYA FACE EXECUTIONS, RAPE, MASS ARRESTS AND STARVATION.

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

For Immediate Release Thursday 27th October   2016

International action needed as Rohingya face executions, rape, mass arrests and starvation

As the Rohingya of Burma face the worst human rights and humanitarian crisis in decades, Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK calls on governments, ASEAN and the United Nations to act now to prevent further violations of international law and mass starvation as a result of humanitarian aid being blocked.

We appreciate that the NLD led government has limited control over the military and security forces, but it cannot be said that that they are trying to do their best to end violations despite this. Instead they are acting in a way similar to previous military regimes. They are not only failing to act to try to curtail violations of international law by security forces and the military, through its state media it is actively attempting to deny abuses are taking place and publishing false news.  They have rejected United Nations calls for action in exactly the same way as during the Than Shwe military era.

If the widespread abuses currently taking place against the Rohingya were happening under the military era, there would be international condemnation and talk of international investigations, sanctions and discussions at the United Nations Security Council. Instead we are seeing silence or muted responses, and no action.

There is no end in sight to the current abuses and it is clear that neither the military or the government in Burma are willing to admit to what is taking place and take action to prevent it.

It therefore falls upon the international community to step in and protect the vulnerable Rohingya population who are facing multiple violations of international law. International law was designed specifically for situations like this. The international community must now step up to its responsibilities.

“We are facing a major crisis but without a major crisis response from the international community,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “The numbers already killed, raped and arrested could just be the beginning if action is not taken. Every diplomatic, political and legal option must be pursued.”

 

We call for the following initial action:

ASEAN must publicly and privately pressure the military and the government to stop all human rights violations and lift restrictions on humanitarian aid.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon must lead UN efforts personally demanding an end to all human rights violations and lifting all humanitarian aid restrictions. He must be willing to travel to Burma to meet Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and the head of the military, Min Aung Hlaing.

The international community should impose targeted sanctions against all those involved in human rights violations and restrictions on aid including visa bans, asset freezes, and restrictions on doing business with these individuals.

The United Nations Security Council must hold urgent discussions and call for an end to abuses and lifting aid restrictions.

All training programmes with the military and with police and security forces under their control should be suspended.

A UN mandated international investigation such as a UN Commission of Inquiry should be established to investigate recent human rights violations and the situation in Rakhine State.

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Rohingya Burning Houses

 

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Joint Statement: The urgency of the current humanitarian situation in Northern Arakan.

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Joint Statement                                              Date: October 21, 2016

   The urgency of the current humanitarian situation in Northern Arakan

After attacks on police posts, on 9th October, allegedly by unknown Rohingya fighters, Myanmar authorities have disproportionally militarized Northern Arakan/Rakhine state raising a false alarm and creating human tragedies aim at destroying the Rohingya population.

The siege and assault on Rohingya civilians in bordering township of Maungdaw clearly represent the Myanmar military’s intention to use the extraordinary level of mass detention, torture, summary execution, rape and other atrocities against the Rohingya people.

UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has confirmed that its food deliveries planned for more than 80,000 people have been blocked because of a military clampdown in the area and that the military has prevented any supplies from getting through. This interference with aid is clearly intended to directly cause starvation and the deaths of civilians.

Humanitarian principles must be respected by all parties. It is a dire situation that UN agencies should not compromise humanitarian principles in the face of unjust demands by the Myanmar authorities. We demand that Myanmar government lift all restrictions immediately on humanitarian aid.

We urge upon the UN, OIC, EU, USA, UK, ASEAN, Bangladesh and Myanmar’s neighbors and international community and governments to intervene in the matter to urgently provide the needy with humanitarian aid in order to alleviate suffering of the starving population on the ground.

We also request all to protect the Rohingya civilians from ongoing indiscriminate killing, torching houses, arresting and torturing.

Signatories:

  1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  3. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
  4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  5. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  6. Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  7. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  8. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
  9. Rohingya Community in Germany
  10. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  11. Rohingya Community in Finland
  12. Rohingya Community in Italy
  13. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  14. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  15. Rohingya Society Netherlands
  16. Rohingya Society Malaysia

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For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin (Mobile):          +44 7888714866

Zaw Min Htut (Mobile): +818030835327

Nay San Lwin (Mobile): +49 69 26022349

 

BROUK Invitation to “Protest against Extrajudicial Killing of Rohingya in Northern Arakan, Burma”.

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BROUK Invitation 

“Protest against Extra-Judicial Killings of Rohingya in Northern Arakan, Burma”.

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Since 9th October Myanmar military and police forces have been indiscriminately killing the Rohingyas and torching their homes and villages.  At least 150 Rohingyas, including old men, women and children, and  4 Rohingya villages were burned down in Maungdaw Township producing, as of today, more than 10000 internally displaced people causing a humanitarian disaster.  Due to curfew order and blockade, there is an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other essentials. The situation is exponentially worsening. It is a violation of international law and Geneva Convention.

We Rohingya Community in UK holding a demonstration in front of Burmese Embassy  in London to stop extrajudicial  killing of Rohingyas in Northern Arakan.  We would like to invite you to join with us and  raise your voice to protect Rohingya lives in Arakan. Thank you so much.

 

The demonstration will take place as follow;

Time                   13:00 – 14:00

Date                    19th  October 2016

Place                   In front of Burmese Embassy

Address “Burmese Embassy” 19A Charles Street, London, W1J 5DX.

 

Nearest Tube Station: Green Park (Piccadilly & Victoria Line) King Charles Street, London SW1A2AH.

For more information please contact, Tun Khin +44 7888714866.

 

“Save Rohingya from ANNIHILATION” Joint Statement – 16 October 2016

Joint Statement                                                                16 October 2016

Save Rohingya from ANNIHILATION

We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations express our serious concern on the continued military and police crackdown on the civilian population in Northern Arakan.

Since 9 October, under the pretext of looking for attackers, the Myanmar military and police forces have been indiscriminately killing the Rohingya, torching and plundering their homes and villages. Two mass graves were found and about 100 Rohingya civilians were extra-judicially killed that included old men, women and children. At least 5 Rohingya villages were set ablaze destroying many houses or whole villages.

The grave situation has caused many Rohingya to flee their villages. An estimated 5000 Rohingya have been internally displaced causing great humanitarian disaster. Due to curfew order and blockade, there is an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other essentials. The situation is exponentially worsening. It is a violation of international law and Geneva Convention.

Whilst these crimes against humanity have been manifestly committed by the joint armed forces with impunity, the authorities, as a part of an evil design, are spreading lies to the media that “Bengalis” — a racial slur in reference to the Rohingya people—are burning down their own houses to leave the international community in a state of confusion.

We are disappointed by the recent statement of the EU and request them to make an objective assessment of the situation on the ground and help the victims of human rights violations on humanitarian grounds.

We also request the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to intervene into the matter and put an end to the military crackdowns on the civilian population.

In the face of the current humanitarian disaster, we urge upon UN with the international community:

(a)  To provide full protection to the helpless Rohingya community in Northern Arakan.

(b)  To provide the victims with necessary humanitarian assistance, including healthcare.

(c)  To investigate the whole extent of the event and bring those responsible to justice.

Last not least, we are a peace-loving people believe in peaceful co-existence. And we demand a peaceful resolution to the crisis.

Signatories;

  1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  3. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
  4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  5. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  6. Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  7. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  8. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
  9. Rohingya Community in Germany
  10. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  11. Rohingya Community in Finland
  12. Rohingya Community in Italy
  13. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  14. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  15. Rohingya Society Netherlands
  16. Rohingya Society Malaysia

 

For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin (Mobile):        +44 7888714866

Ko Ko Lin (Mobile):       +880 1726068413

Nay San Lwin(Mobile):  +49 69 26022349

STOP KILLING INNOCENT ROHINGYAS IN ARAKAN

Joint Statement                                                Date 10th October 2016

               

STOP KILLING INNOCENT ROHINGYAS IN ARAKAN

 

We, the undersigned organizations, are deeply concerned about a violent crackdown killing innocent Rohingyas which began yesterday in Maungdaw, Arakan State, Myanmar.

Last Saturday night/early Sunday nine police officers were killed in attacks by unknown assailants on three police posts in Maungdaw, Arakan State.

After the incident more than 10 innocent Rohingyas were killed by Burmese military forces and police forces. Mass arrests are taking place. Many Rohingya women were arrested in Wabek village, in Maungdaw Township.

In the past few hours 7 Rohingyas were shot dead by military forces in Myo Thugyi village in Maungdaw.

Central governments in Myanmar have officially stated that it is unknown who carried out the attack. There are no known armed Rohingya organizations, but other non-Rohingya armed organizations do exist in Arakan  State. It appears some security or local government officials are privately briefing media that Rohingya people carried out the attack. There is no evidence for this. They may be doing so because the attack took place in Rohingya areas, or to use the attack as a pretext for a crackdown on Rohingya.

These attacks must not be used by security and military forces as a pretext for a violent crackdown on the Rohingya involving arbitrary executions, mass arrests and further persecution of the Rohingya people. This already appears to be happening. These are criminal acts against innocent and must cease immediately.

The National League for Democracy led government must take immediate steps to ensure rule of law is followed by the military, police and other security services.

Action must also be taken against nationalists who are trying to exploit the deaths of these police officers to whip up anti Rohingya and anti-Muslim hatred and violence.

It is also vital that the international community intervene with the NLD led government to ensure it enforces the rule of law.  

We, therefore, request the international community, United Nations, OIC, EU, ASEAN, US and UK to put pressure on NLD-led government:

(1)   To stop the killing of innocent Rohingyas in Maungdaw and other parts of Arakan

(2)  To restore all basic freedoms, including freedom of movement, marriage, education, healthcare and peaceful-living, and to lift all aid restrictions in Rakhine/Arakan State.

(3)  To end all persecution and ghettoization and to immediately rehabilitate and reintegrate all IDPs in their original places and properties.

Meanwhile, we urge upon the international community to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into the atrocity crimes against Rohingya and other Burmese people in order to publicly announce its findings and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Signatories;

  1. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  2. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
  3. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  4. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  5. Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  6. Rohingya Community in Germany
  7. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  8. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  9. Rohingya Community in Finland
  10. Rohingya Community in Italy
  11. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  12. Rohingya Society Netherlands
  13. Rohingya Society Malaysia
  14. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee

 

For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin :         Mobile  +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin:  Mobile  +49 69 26022349

 

 

 

STOP PLANS TO DEMOLISH MOSQUES, MADRASAS AND ROHINGYA’S HOUSES

Joint Statement                                                     Date 23rd September 2016


STOP PLANS TO DEMOLISH MOSQUES, MADRASAS AND ROHINGYA’S HOUSES

 

We, the undersigned organizations, strongly condemned the Arakan (Rakhine) State government’s plans to demolish more than 3000 Rohingyas’ buildings, including 12 mosques and 35 madrasas, in the townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, under the pretext of illegal construction.

The announcement of the demolition order on 18 September by Arakan State’s Security and Border Affairs Minister Col. Htein Lin at Maungdaw, which was reaffirmed by Maungdaw District General Administrator U Ye Htut, has caused consternation to the entire Rohingya community. This demolition project is part of their long-drawn-out annihilation and ethnic cleansing policy of the defenseless Rohingya people.

It is a joint conspiracy of the Arakan State government and Rakhine Buddhist extremist leaders to destabilize the situation in the territory with intentions to frustrate any attempts to bring about peace and stability in Arakan and produce more internally displaced Rohingyas to be housed in apartheid-like concentration camps also in Maungdaw district.

It is surprising that this sinister design was announced at a time when the State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, in her first address to the 71st U.N. General Assembly, was defending her government’s effort to resolve the crisis over treatment of the Rohingya or Muslim minority by pointing out to the establishment of an advisory commission for Arakan State chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan at the same time assuring that everybody in Arakan would be safe and secure.

Since Ne Win’s military rule in 1962, the basic rights and freedoms of the Rohingya have been severely restricted subjecting them to systematic ethnic, religious and political persecution that amount to crimes against humanity and slow genocide resulting in their deaths, massive destruction of their settlements and holy places of worship causing unprecedented refugee influxes into Bangladesh and other places as witnessed in 1988 and 1991-92.

Since the establishment of  NaSaKa border task force in 1992 in north Arakan no building can be built or extended without permission from the authorities. Even to repair and fence the housing, permission is necessary. Building mosques and madrassa has been long stopped whereas intermittent but planned destructions of Islamic edifices and holy places of worship have been regular phenomenon all over Arakan. The famous Sandhi Khan Mosque of historical importance built by Muslim army at Mintayabyin, Mrauk-U in 1433 A.D was also destroyed by Gen. Khin Nyunt in 1992.

The deadly violence and genocidal onslaughts occurred and reoccurred from June 2012 in Arakan against the Rohingya minority have claimed many hundreds of Muslim lives, left over 160,000 of them homeless, forced thousands of them to take dangerous voyages by rackety boats towards Southeast Asian countries where a number of them were drowned or ended up in human- traffickers’ mass graves.

In spite of all these happenings the Arakan State government has no conscience about its lying and cruelty against Rohingya on grounds of their ethnicity and religion. The alleged existence of any illegal buildings is unfounded and politically motivated since their construction could not have been possible without approval of the concerned authorities.

It is important that international community have to take effective collective action in time to protect the Muslim Rohingya people in Arakan, in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations. Or otherwise this unprotected minority community will be wiped out.

We, therefore, request the international community, United Nations, OIC, EU, ASEAN, US and UK to put pressure on NLD-led government:

(1) To stop forthwith the plans to demolish mosques, madrasas and Rohingyas’ buildings or structures in Arakan under the pretext of illegal construction.

(2)  To ensure freedom of religion and worship, protection of religious sites, and to immediately restore all basic freedoms, including freedom of movement, marriage, education, healthcare and peaceful-living, and to lift all aid restrictions in Rakhine/Arakan State.

(3)  To end all persecution and ghettoization and to immediately rehabilitate and reintegrate all IDPs in their original places and properties.

Meanwhile, we urge upon the international community to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into the atrocity crimes against Rohingya and other Burmese people in order to publicly announce its findings and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

Signatories;

  1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  3. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
  4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  5. Rohingya Community in Germany
  6. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  7. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  8. Rohingya Community in Finland
  9. Rohingya Community in Italy
  10. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  11. Rohingya Society Netherlands

 

For more information, please contact :

Tun Khin :         Mobile         +44 7888714866

Ko Ko Linn:      Mobile         +880 1726068414

Nay San Lwin:   Mobile        +49 69 26022349

 

BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin Interview by Al Jazeera News on first visit of KOFI ANNAN led Commission to Rakhine State, 7th Sept 2016.

Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK had is an interview on Al Jazeera News London studio on 07th September 2016 about first visit of KOFI ANNAN led Commission to Rakhine State.

Mr. Tun Khin spoke about the advisory commission on Rakhine State was formed, the commission is chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Mr. Tun Khin welcomed the new Arakan State Advisory Commission formed and especially former “UN Secretary General Kofi Annan” Mr. Tun Khin also showed his concern that “It is very disappointing that a commission that will decide the future of the Rohingya does not have any Rohingya representative on it”. Rohingya being excluded from most of the commissions or Rohingya’s issue discussion, the international community should not keep going along with it, because none can find any permanent resolve without Rohingya representative.

He said, “Our people are dying in the camps where they fled to four years ago after they fled mobs burning their homes and villagers. They are dying in part because the new government has kept in place severe restrictions on delivery of aid. The NLD-led government should immediately lift all restrictions on international humanitarian aid in Arakan State, and ensure security for aid workers.”

At the end he stressed that even after so many research reports been published like UN human rights Report, Yale School, 45 Rights, Queen Mary University and other international experts has published the reports that whatever is happening in Arakan State is GENOCIDE against Rohingyas in our own motherland but still we did not see any action. We want to see practical actions on ground.

This commission will take one year to release the report and recommendations but we want to highlight here is that the current situation in there is very serious. There is no justice, no safety, and no security for Rohingyas in Arakan State so we can’t wait for one year but international community and NLD Led Government have to deal immediate action by lifting up basic human right restriction like Movement, Education, Health, Marriage and Aid. This is very important point here, so we hope something this Commission will come up with positive step but we do not know how far NLD led Government will implement the recommendations.

I really doubt about it…!!!

Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK is an interview on BBC World News London studio on 24th August 2016, about the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State Chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

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Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK had is an interview on BBC World News London studio on 24th August 2016.

Mr. Tun Khin spoke about the advisory commission on Rakhine State was formed, the commission is chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Mr. Tun Khin welcomed the new Arakan State Advisory Commission formed and especially former “UN Secretary General Kofi Annan” will serve as the chairman.

He added, we will see how this commission will takes forward its work, we hope that having international members will ensure that recommendations are in line with the international laws.

Mr. Tun Khin also showed his concern that “It is very disappointing that a commission that will decide the future of the Rohingya does not have any Rohingya representative on it”. Rohingya being excluded from most of the commissions or Rohingya’s issue discussion, the international community should not keep going along with it, because none can find any permanent resolve without Rohingya representative.

He said, the reality is that the long term peace and stability can only be achieved through the inclusion of Rohingya voices. So the commission should have to consult with all the groups in Rakhine State including the Rohingyas.

With or without the commission, the plight of the Rohingyas is well known and well documented. There’re clear steps that the government can and should take to improve the situation.

  • A first step would be lifting restrictions on access to humanitarian aid and assistance.
  • Another would be ensuring the communities especially Rohingya community should have access to healthcare (specially lifesaving healthcare), education and employment opportunities.

These steps could be taken now and would go a long way to restoring the Rohingya’s dignity.

At the end Mr. Tun Khin stressed that! we also need a UN Commission of inquiry to investigate these crimes as this commission will not be investigating human rights violations against the Rohingya and those responsible for, and the Burmese government is not investigating this either, despite a recent UN report which states that “these human rights violations could constitute crimes against humanity” therefore, we still need a UN Commission of inquiry to be set up to investigate these crimes against Rohingyas.