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Media Release from BROUK “International Development Committee report must spur the UK to act on Rohingya atrocities” Released on 22nd May 2018

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

 For Immediate Release 22nd May 2018

International Development Committee report must spur the UK to act on Rohingya atrocities

 

Today’s report by the International Development Committee of the UK Parliament shines a light on ongoing ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people in Burma and must lead to the UK government taking concrete action, said the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

The report calls for a “dramatic change” in the UK’s engagement with Burma, in the light of recent ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya people. The Committee also cites violations in other ethnic conflicts and shrinking space for freedom of the media and civil society as evidence of Burma’s deteriorating human rights situation. 

“This very welcome report must spur the UK government into action. The report clearly spells out that the ethnic cleansing against Rohingya in Burma means the UK cannot continue engaging with the Burmese government as if nothing has changed,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK).

“The continued refusal of the UK government and the international community as a whole to take serious action against the Burmese military is sending a dangerous signal that atrocities will be accepted. There is no question that the genocidal policies of the Burmese military are still continuing. The worst of the violence may be over, but our people are still being driven from our homes through forced starvation and systemic discrimination.”

In February, a delegation from the International Development Committee was refused visas to enter Burma at the last minute. Burma has also denied access to other international observers, notable members of the UN Fact-Finding Mission, which was established in 2017 by the Human Rights Council (HRC) to “establish the facts and circumstances” of alleged security force violations

The UK must push for justice

In August 2017, the Myanmar military launched an operation in Rakhine State that was characterised by human rights violations that amounted to crimes against humanity. Thousands of people were killed, hundreds of homes burned down and at least 693,000 people were forced to flee across the border into neighbouring Bangladesh.

So far, the Burmese authorities – both the military and the civilian government headed by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi – have refused to commit to providing justice and hold those responsible for violations to account. BROUK has urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Burma to the International Criminal Court. Since Burma is not a party to the ICC and has not accepted the court’s jurisdiction, only the Security Council can refer the situation to the Court.

“We urge the UK government to do everything it can to ensure that the UN Security Council refers the situation in Burma to the International Criminal Court. There must be justice for the crimes against the Rohingya people to break this cycle of abuse. The Burmese military and civilian government are both unable and unwilling to hold perpetrators to account – the hope for accountability now lies with the international community,” said Tun Khin.

 

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

 

This media release can be download in PDF format at:

http://brouk.org.uk/Media Release from BROUK “International Development Committee report must spur the UK to act on Rohingya atrocities” 22nd-May-2018.pdf

 

Media Release from BROUK “BROUK welcomes Liechtenstein Support for Burma ICC Referral” Released on 2nd May 2018

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

For Immediate Release 2nd May 2018

BROUK welcomes Liechtenstein Support for Burma ICC Referral

 

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK welcomes the support of Liechtenstein for the UN Security Council referring Burma to the International Criminal Court.

Liechtenstein UN Twitter account, @LiechtensteinUN tweeted on 30th April: Amb. Wenaweser at #UN event with @BenFerencz today coveys his hope that #UNSC members will return from their #Myanmar visit with a renewed sense of duty to take action including #ICC referral #ACTcodeofconduct.

https://twitter.com/LiechtensteinUN/status/990977902010404866

Despite overwhelming evidence of large-scale violations of international law against the Rohingya, including evidence from several of the United Nations’ own agencies, members of the United Nations Security Council have refused to support referring Burma to the International Criminal Court. The United Nations has stated that these violations of international law are so serious that they could constitute genocide.

Rohingya organisations worldwide have been calling for years for the UN Security Council to refer Burma to the International Criminal Court. Had they done so, the current crisis might never have happened.

Kachin civil society organisations, also suffering from large-scale violations of international law, have also called on the United Nations Security Council to ‘do their job’ and refer Burma to the International Criminal Court.

http://www.kachinalliance.org/kachin-communities-worldwide-demand-united-nations-security-council-urgently-refers-burma-to-the-international-criminal-court-23rd-april-2018/

“We would like to thank the government of Lichtenstein for supporting a UNSC referral of Burma to the International Criminal Court,” said Tun Khin President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “Lichtenstein is showing principled leadership. We need to build a global consensus, not just of Security Council Membership, but all UN members, to overcome potential opposition by some Security Council members. The UK can’t claim leadership on this issue when it is dragging its feet and refusing to support an ICC referral. It is time Boris Johnson stopped blocking Foreign Office backing for an ICC referral.”

 

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

 

This media release can be download in PDF format at:

http://brouk.org.uk/BROUK Media Release 2nd May 2018 “BROUK welcomes Liechtenstein Support for Burma ICC Referral”

 

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

 

 

 

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 in a discussion panel in Inside Story – Al JAZEERA English on “Why are Rohingya refugees stranded in no-man’s land?” on 31st Aug 2017.

BROUK

Inside Story – Why are Rohingya refugees stranded in no-man’s land?

It is a humanitarian crisis that is growing all the time, Said Tun Khin.

A week after former UN chief Kofi Annan released a report with recommendations to end years of persecution of the Rohingya people, the situation in Rakhine state in Myanmar appears to be getting worse. 

Women and children are among the tens of thousands of the ethnic Muslim-minority Rohingya community trying to get across the border into Bangladesh. But Bangladesh doesn’t want them. Security is being tightened, and many people are being turned away, and are stuck in no-man’s land.

The refugees tell of attacks by the Myanmar military, of Rohingya villagers being killed and their homes set on fire. But the Myanmar army says it’s launched a security crackdown on a rebel group after coming under attack itself. 

The biggest obstacle to peace is Myanmar citizenship. The commission led by Annan says all restrictions on Rohingya should be lifted and describes them as the biggest single stateless community in the world.

But is the international community listening, and will it do anything about it?

AJ Inside story

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.

 

DEMONSTRATION ON ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN, BURMA ON WEDNESDAY, 30th AUGUST 2017.

DEMONSTRATION ON ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN, BURMA ON WEDNESDAY, 30th AUGUST 2017.

Join us for the demonstration on Wednesday, 30th August 2017 outside Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London from 2:00 pm – 03:00 pm.

Genocide

Background:

From 25th August Myanmar army and police forces have been carrying out indiscriminate killing of Rohingya civilians, torching and wholesale destruction of their homes and villages. More than 700 Rohingyas, mostly old men, women and children were massacred, and at least 18 Rohingya villages were burned down in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung in Rakhine State. As of Today, at least 80,000 people are internally displaced causing a great humanitarian disaster. Due to curfew order, blockade and extensive destruction of foodstuff and essentials, there is an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other necessities. The situation is exponentially worsening.

The Rohingya Community in the UK is holding a demonstration in front of the Foreign & Common Wealth Office of the U.K. to urge the U.K. Government to put pressure on the Myanmar Government to stop this unprecedented campaign of terror and brutality, and to immediately discuss the issue in the UNSC.

We would like to invite you to join us and raise your voice to protect Rohingya lives in Arakan. Thank you so much.

Please show your solidarity with us …!!!

 

The demonstration will take place as follow;

Time: 14:00-15:00

Date:  30th August 2017 (Wednesday)

Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH

Nearest Tube Station: Westminster (District Line and Jubilee Line)

 

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

Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with Al JAZEERA English on 26th Aug 2017 highlighted the current situation of Rohingya and the attack against Rohingya Civilians started again from 26th August 2017.

The attack against Rohingya Civilians in Northern Arakan started again from 26th August 2017.

Rohingya victims arrived in Bangladesh claimed they witnessed mass killings by Myanmar military and BGP. The government troops are not sparing small children. Burning the houses and forcing the villagers to flee.

“ROHINGYA TRAFFICKERS TRIAL IN THAILAND” Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK & Amy Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights interviewed by BBC NEWS on 19th July 2017.

“ROHINGYA TRAFFICKERS TRIAL IN THAILAND”

Mr Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK & Amy Smith, Executive Director of Fortify Rights interviewed by BBC NEWS last Wednesday 19th July 2017. They both have discussed the recent human trafficking trial in Thailand.

Tun Khin mentioned that more investigations and more accountability needed as there is still human trafficking networks exist in the region. At the same time, we must focus on the root cause of the problem where Burmese military and Government pursuing a policy of oppression against Rohingya.

BBC NEWS