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2016 Crackdown on the Rohingya (November-2016)

BROUKA Briefing by Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

2016 Crackdown on the Rohingya

November-2016

On 9th October border guard police posts on the Burma Bangladesh border were attacked by armed men, and police officers were killed. In response the Burmese military launched a major crackdown, alleging Rohingya were responsible. Human rights violations include executions, arrests, beatings, torture, forced relocations, blocking of humanitarian aid, burning of homes and businesses, and the mass rape of ethnic Rohingya women.

From 12th November the military dramatically escalated their attacks against Rohingya villages, using heavy weapons and helicopter gunships, killing and injuring hundreds of people and displacing 20,000 Rohingya in just one weekend.

12th November

Yekai Chaung Gwasone village: at least 500 Rohingya houses were burned down by the military. At least 20 Rohingya children were thrown to the fire of burning homes, according to family members. When Rohingyas fled from their homes to a nearby paddy field at least eight were shot dead by the military.  More than 60 Rohingyas were killed by rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and thirty wounded while houses burned and at least 30 were shot dead. Those dead bodies were burnt in a paddy field. The information was verified after people found the heads and body organs from the dead villagers. 35 Rohingyas were arrested and 25 women were raped, according to rape victims and villagers.

Dar Gyi Sar Village: at least 100 people were wounded and at least 27 killed. There is no medical treatment for those injured. At least 15 Rohingyas were burnt alive and at least 60 killed during RPG attacks by the military.  At least 110 houses were burnt down by military and 5 Rohingyas were arrested.

 

13th November

Myaw Taung Village: At least 40 Rohingyas were killed by RPG fire and 20 were shot dead by military. 30 Rohingyas arrested and 15 houses were burnt down by military. Pwint Phyu Chaung Village. 24 women were raped. 8 were raped and killed. 22 Rohingyas were shot dead and a total of 30 Rohingyas killed. 105 houses were burnt down.

From Nov 12-13th at least 20,000 Rohingyas have become IDPs from Yay Kay Chaung Gwa Sone, Day Gyi Sar, Myaw Taung and Pwint Phyu Chaung villages. They (20k IDPs) are taking shelter near their villages.

Estimated total from 9th October to 20th  November

Deaths: 428 Rohingya

Rape: 192 Rohingya women

Arrest: 440

Missing people: 120

Reports of beatings and physical violence: 160

Burnt down houses and buildings: 1,780

IDPs: At least 35,000

This briefing paper summarises these recent events.

About the Rohingya

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority from Burma. For decades successive regimes and governments in Burma have pursued a twin-track policy of impoverishment and human rights violations in order to attempt to wipe out the Rohingya community from Rakhine State.

New government, old policies

In 2016 a new government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, took power. To date all the old policies, laws and regulations which persecute and discriminate against the Rohingya have been kept in place. Restrictions on humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, which costs lives and cause immense suffering, were also kept in place.

The NLD-led government also continued the policy of not using the word Rohingya, and asked the diplomatic community in Burma not to use the word Rohingya.

No attempt has been made by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or her government to use their moral authority and leadership to start to challenge prejudice against the Rohingya.

A Central Committee for Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State, chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was established, but no Rohingya were included.

New restrictions were put in place for Rohingya in camps for the displaced being able to access hospital care when seriously ill, and new steps were taken to start to implement the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law, which denies most Rohingya of citizenship.

A more positive step by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was the establishment of an advisory Commission including international experts, chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, to make recommendations to the government. However, the Commission will not investigate human rights violations and the government has not committed to accepting its recommendations.

9th October Attacks

On 9th October fighters, alleged to be Rohingya, attacked three border police outposts in Maungdaw, in the north of Rakhine State. 9 Border Guard Police officers were killed along with 8 alleged attackers.

In the days and weeks that have followed, we have received numerous reports of human rights violations committed by the security forces as they claim to be attempting to identify and arrest those responsible for the 9th October attacks. 

Between 9th October to 19th November, BROUK has recorded the following estimates of abuses committed:

 

Deaths: 428 Rohingya

Rape: 192 Rohingya women

Arrest: 303

Missing people: 120

Reports of beatings and physical violence: 160

Burnt down houses and buildings: 1,697

IDPs: At least 30,000

These abuses have taken place mainly in villages in Maungdaw north. Obtaining information about northern Rakhine State is very difficult, and the ongoing security clampdown has made it even more difficult for people to speak out. The cases below are based on field reports directly from the ground.

Where possible, BROUK has sought to corroborate reports by speaking to multiple witnesses, and by obtaining video and photographic evidence. Given the very real risks to those reporting from the ground, detailed case information has been withheld in some instances.

Recommendations

End human rights violations

Pressure must be brought to bear on the government and military to end all human rights violations, including arbitrary executions, arrests, beatings, torture, forced relocations, blocking of humanitarian aid, burning of homes and businesses, and the mass rape of ethnic Rohingya women by the security forces. They must also ensure that the civilian population is protected.

Unrestricted aid access needed

Some humanitarian aid is now being allowed back to a very limited area, but for most people dependent on aid, it has now been disrupted for more than a month. 80,000-85,000 people are in the locked-down area. A return to the previous situation means a return to what was already an unacceptable situation costing lives and causing immense suffering. The government must not just lift new restrictions, they must immediately allow humanitarian organizations and agencies full unrestricted access to all communities in northern Rakhine State.

Investigate abuses

Investigate all reports of human rights violations by the security forces in northern Rakhine State. Ensure the investigations are independent and transparent. Bring those responsible to justice. As the government of Burma appears unwilling to do this, the UN should set up an inquiry to investigate.

End restrictions, intimidation and censorship of media

Media have been banned from accessing Rakhine State, journalists have been publicly attacked by government officials for reporting abuses, government complaints led to one journalist being sacked, and state media have returned to military era style reporting and lies regarding the current situation. Freedom of media and freedom of expression is under threat.

Crackdown timeline

9th October (Sunday)

00:30 – Three border police outposts, including the Border Guard Police Headquarters at Kyi Kan Pyin Village were attacked by a group of alleged Rohingya fighters. According to state media, 9 Border Guard Police officers were killed, and 8 attackers were also killed.

In the evening about 6pm the authorities confirmed that a curfew had been imposed, prohibiting people from being outside of their homes from 7pm to 6am, and from gathering in groups of more than 4 people.

10th October (Monday)

8:30 – Military officers shot and killed 7 Rohingya villagers in Myo Thu Gyi village. Two of the Rohingyas were children under 18 years of age.

9:00 – Military officers burnt down about 20 Rohingya houses in Kyi Kan Pyin village. Eyewitness report seeing men in Burmese military uniforms starting the blazes.

12:30 – A grave of 3 Rohingya dead bodies found in Kyauk Sin Pyin village. Villagers said those 3 people were arrested by military officers the night before, on 9th October evening.

The bodies have been identified as:

(1) Bawsir Ahmed s/o Nazir Hussein (67-year-old) (M)

(2) Eman Hussein s/o Lal Miah (41-year-old) (M)

(3) Mamod Naser s/o Jamal (16-year-old)  (M)

14:30 – Burmese Military burnt down about 15 houses in Wabeik village and shot 6 Rohingyas, they died immediately.  There is 1 mosque and 1 religious school according to eyewitness from the village.

16:00 – Sources report that the military killed 7 Rohingyas and arrested a further 6 people from Oo Chin Kya village.

19:00 – Five military officers beat 5 Rohingya men in Sambana vhamlet near Myo Thu Gyi Village. Some of the men were beaten so badly they lost their teeth. According to sources on the ground, the military officers are from Battalion 263 led by Lt. Col. Hlaing Min Htet.

The names of the Rohingya victims are:

(1) Dowllah (18-year-old) son of Abukar Siddik   (M)

(2) Hamind (35-year-old) son of Basamiah            (M)

(3) Hanfuru (25-year-old) son of Nur Ahmed         (M)

(4) Salim (25-year-old) son of Mamad Huson         (M)

(5) Habiullah (45-year-old) son of Abulusson         (M)

11th October (Tuesday)

11:00 – Burmese Military killed 1 person in Nga Sar Chuu village and 140 houses burnt down in Nga Sar Chuu village according to an eyewitness.

13:00 – Military shot one Rohingya man Aman Ullah (45 years old), who suffered an injury to his chest. When 6 Rohingya came out to the paddy field, they were all arrested by military and Border guard forces. Until now, there is no information about where they are or what happened to them.

The European Union issued a statement expressing sympathy to the families of those killed in the attacks but not for victims or reported human rights violations. The E.U. has called for a formal police investigation into the incident and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice according to the rule of law.

12th October (Wednesday)

10:00 – Burmese Army fired rocket launchers in Kyat Yoe Pyin Village.  At least 35 Rohingyas were killed and 40 Rohingyas were arrested in Maungdaw. Approximately 400 houses burnt down.

17:00 – Eyewitness saw military burying at least 10 dead bodies at the East Mosque in Myo Ma Kayin Tan village, Maungdaw Township.

18:00 – Military officers burnt down about 10 houses and a mosque in Pawa Chaung village. Around 19:30 military arrested 15 Rohingyas from Pawa Chaung Village.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor, said the government will handle the turbulent situation in the country’s western Rakhine State fairly and according to the rule of law

13th October (Thursday)

10:00 – People from Ngan Chaung village report that the Burmese Military burnt down more than 15 houses in their village.

According to one eyewitness, Burmese military shot Kader, a 28 year old Rohingya man in Maungnama village.

12:00- Villagers in Dudan village report that the Burmese Military shot dead Azizullah, a 29 year old Rohingya man.

12:30 – Men wearing military uniforms set fire to 30 houses in Pyaung Piang village, according to eyewitness.

15:00 – Military looted Rohingya shops in Zin Pyaing Nya market, a shop owner with tears explained.

19:00 – Rohingya villagers seen burying at least 10 dead bodies in Maungdaw Town Cemetery according to eyewitness.

21:30 – A Rohingya girl named Zarina Katu (aged16 years) was gang raped by Border Guard Police forces in Kyauk Si Pyin Village, a relative confirms.

14th October (Friday)

01:00 Military officers entered Ngakura village and looted all the goods taken with military trucks from Rohingya’s shops according to the shop owners.

10:00 – 3 Rohingyas were shot by Military in Nga Ku Ra village. One later died on 16th, he had been injured in his chest.

13:00 – A Rohingya man named Robin Ali (age 33) died in Kyauk Sein Pyi village because of lack of medical treatment after military shot him.

15:00 – Military and Border Guard Police personnel raided Kyauk Pyin Seik village. 4 people – 2 women and 2 men were killed, according to villagers who buried them. One of the women was pregnant.  Their names are:

  1. Oli Ahmed (35) (M)
  2. Ismail (28) (M)
  3. Rabika (38) (F) (Pregnant lady)
  4. Amana (15) (F)

15th October (Saturday)

18:00 – Military officers raided Nwa Young Taung and Yat Mya Taung village looking for suspected attackers by Military and police forces. Local sources report a lot of jewellery and property taken away from Rohingya houses.

16th October (Sunday)

13:00 – Military burnt down 3 Rohingya houses and 4 huts near Wabeik village.

17th October (Monday)

14:00 – Border Guard Police shot 3 Rohingya fishermen in Nga Ku Ra village. One died immediately and two injured.

19:00 – About 20 Rohingya shops were looted by Police forces in Kyin Kan Pyin Village.

18th October (Tuesday)

11:00 – Military combined with Police forces looting Rohingya’s property and food in Nga Ku Ra Village.

15:30 – About 15 Rohingyas were brutally beaten by Police forces in Nga Ku Ra village. Military cut some of their hands, hit them with their rifles and some of them were kicked and with blood, according to eyewitness.

18:00 – One Rohingya from Oo Chin Kya village was killed while he was in custody. His name is Mohammed Alam, aged 42 years. He was one of 6 arrested on 10th October according to their family members.

24th October

18:00 – Military combined with Border Guard Police Forces entered Pan Myaung hamlet in Nga Sar Kyuu village and raped 7 Rohingya women. One died the next day after bleeding according to their family members. Due to dignity reason we can not disclose their names.

25th October

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee calls for an investigation into alleged abuses. Her call was rejected by the government and in state media.

28th October

Reuters report that a 40-year-old woman from U Shey Kya stated that four soldiers raped her and assaulted her 15-year-old daughter, while stealing jewellery and cash from the family. “They took me inside the house. They tore my clothes and they took my head scarf off,” the mother of seven told Reuters in an interview outside her home, a cramped bamboo hut. “Two men held me, one holding each arm, and another one held me by my hair from the back and they raped me.”

3rd November

Diplomats from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and China visited Northern Rakhine State and called for a credible investigation into recent events. The government has not established such an investigation. Rohingya who spoke with the delegation were later arrested and or questioned by the military and security forces.

Fiona MacGregor, a journalist who worked at the English-language Myanmar Times was dismissed for an article she wrote on allegations of rape by security forces. The sacking came after the President’s Office had publicly attacked her, and the Ministry of Information complained to the paper’s management about her report.

8th November

BBC reports an interview with a government official stating Rohingya women could not have been raped because they are very dirty and unhygienic.

12th November

Yekai Chaung Gwasone village. At least 500 Rohingya houses were burned down by the military. At least 20 Rohingya children were thrown to the fire of burning homes, according to family members. When Rohingyas fled from their homes to a nearby paddy field at least eight were shot dead by the military.  More than 60 Rohingyas were killed by rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and thirty wounded while houses burned and at least 30 were shot dead. Those dead bodies were burnt in a paddy field. The information was verified after people found the heads and body organs from the dead villagers. 35 Rohingyas were arrested and 25 women were raped, according to rape victims and villagers.

Dar Gyi Sar Village. At least 100 people were wounded and at least 27 killed. There is no medical treatment for those injured. At least 15 Rohingyas were burnt alive and at least 60 killed during RPG attacks by the military.  At least 110 houses were burnt down by military and 5 Rohingyas were arrested.

 13th November

Myaw Taung Village. At least 40 Rohingyas were killed by RPG fire and 20 were shot dead by military. 30 Rohingyas arrested and 15 houses were burnt down by military.

Pwint Phyu Chaung Village. 24 women were raped. 8 were raped and killed. 22 Rohingyas were shot dead and a total of 30 Rohingyas killed. 105 houses were burnt down.

From Nov 12-13th at least 20,000 Rohingyas have become IDPs from Yay Kay Chaung Gwa Sone, Day Gyi Sar ,Myaw Taung and Pwint Phyu Chaung villages. They (20k IDPs) are taking shelter near their villages.

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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

 

“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…!!!

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Must Press For Practical Steps on Rohingya.

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Date 30thAugust 2016

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Must Press For Practical Steps on Rohingya.

We, BROUK are grateful for the UN Secretary General stressing the need for action on problems facing Rohingya, during his press conference with State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi today.

The Annan Commission is looking at long-term solutions on the Rohingya issue, but many problems faced by the Rohingya, including what Ban Ki-moon’s own United Nations has described as crimes against humanity, cannot wait a year or more for this report of the Commission. We therefore request that Ban Ki-moon ask the NLD government to take immediate action to lift all aid restrictions in Rakhine State, and to lift restrictions on movement, education and marriage. These are basic human rights and there is no need or justification for the NLD to continue with these military regime era policies of discrimination.

At the same time we are also concerned that at the 21st Century Pinlong Conference Rohingya and other Muslims are excluded. The Pinlong Conference is going beyond ceasefires, and wider issues about the future of the country are being discussed. Rohingya and Muslim voices should not be excluded from such discussions.

Even though we welcome the announcement last week of the Kofi Annan led Commission, we are seriously concerned that people are dying in the camps where they fled to four years ago after they fled mobs that had burned their homes and villages. They are dying in part because the new government has kept in place severe restrictions on delivery of aid.

“We need long-term solutions and short-term action to start to address the Rohingya crisis,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “We hope that Ban Ki-moon is stressing the need for this approach rather than just waiting for the Annan Commission to make its report.”

 

For more information please contact Tun Khin

Mobile +44 7888714866 and Twitter@tunkhin80.

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.

 

NLD Government Must Lift All Aid Restrictions in Arakan State

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BURMESE ROHINGYA ORGANISATION UK (BROUK)

  617 Romford Road, Manor Park , London E12 5AD
Tel: +44 2034892760, E-mail: rohingya@brouk.org , web : www.brouk.org.

 

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

For Immediate Release Thursday 18th August  2016

 

NLD Government Must Lift All Aid Restrictions in Arakan State

 

Tomorrow, Friday afternoon Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK is organizing  a demonstration in front of Burmese Embassy in London as part of a global day of action being organized by the US based Burma Task Force. Demonstrations are also being held in Chicago, Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Stockholm. Rohingya organizations in more than 10 European countries are supporting the day of action, along with other organizations including Burma Campaign UK, Burmese Muslim Association UK and others.

Four months after coming to power, the NLD led government has still not lifted severe restrictions on humanitarian aid delivery in Rakhine State. Government restrictions on aid are causing death and suffering for Rohingya and Kaman people living in squalid camps after being forced from their homes in 2012. Ethnic Rakhine, Rohingya, Kaman and all people in the State suffer because of the restrictions.

Since increased violence and repression in 2012,Rohingya people have faced a worsening humanitarian situation. Restrictions on travel and lack of security have made growing and buying food much more difficult for Rohingya people. Restrictions on international humanitarian assistance to those in IDP Camps and the rest of Arakan State also make the humanitarian crisis much worse. Since 2012 140,000 internally displaced people have been trapped in camps which UN officials have described as having some of the worst conditions in the world. These restrictions and lack of security force Rohingya people to make long and sometimes dangerous journeys to find food. More than ten percent of the Rohingya population have fled Burma since 2012.

Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK 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.”

Protestors are also calling on the international community, including the British government, to apply pressure on the NLD led government to lift restrictions on aid.

 

For more information please contact Tun Khin +44 7888714866.

“Burma’s Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever”

“Burma’s Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever”

By TUN KHIN

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10/08/2016

 

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, arrive at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015. More than 700 migrants found adrift on a fishing boat six days ago disembarked in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine as the US warned it was monitoring their fate "very closely". The plight of the Rohingya Muslims, 1.3 million of whom live in western Myanmar but are mostly denied citizenship, has come under scrutiny as a migrant crisis unfurls in Southeast Asia. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

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Earlier this year the United Nations published a report ‘Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar’, which concluded that human rights violations against us could amount to crimes against humanity.

The report also stated that the government of Burma needed to take urgent action to end the anti-Rohingya policies of past governments. The response of the NLD led government and rest of the international community was silence. Once again, evidence of violations of international law have been provided, and once again no action has been taken. Our suffering goes on.

Worse, the day after the UN report was published, European Union diplomats based in Burma announced that in response to a demand by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid using the word Rohingya, they would also not use the word Rohingya when talking about Rohingya people.

The denial of our ethnic identity is an integral part of the discrimination that we face. Nationalists and the government administration under former President Thein Sein have deliberately and tactically escalated controversy over the use of the name Rohingya as part of their campaign to say we are not an ethnic group in Burma and don’t belong there. They called us Bengali instead, claiming we are immigrants from Bangladesh. Instead of standing up to these people and their lies, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said because the name is controversial, diplomats should call us ‘Muslims from Rakhine state’.

This is seen as a victory by nationalists. Rather than being pacified by this so-called compromise, they are now demanding the Burmese government officially call us Bengali. Not calling us Rohingya has encouraged them. In effect, the government of Burma and European Union have sided with racists and nationalists rather than with the oppressed and vulnerable.

My 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. In towns and villages my people live in poverty and fear, afraid of attack or arrest at any time. My people are denied the right to travel around the country, are denied citizenship, and denied the right to vote. We are denied access to healthcare. Our children are denied access to higher and university education. We had so much hope in an NLD government, but so far, since they came to power, things have continued to get worse, not better.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says her government needs time and space to deal with this issue. As Rohingya we understand that there is much hatred against us in Burma. Fully addressing this will take time. But in the short term restrictions on aid can be lifted, action taken against those inciting hatred and violence, and the process of reforming the 1982 citizenship law which is at the root of depriving us of so many of our rights, could be started. My people are dying and suffering so much, we don’t have time. We need action now.

At the same time, violations of law don’t get much more serious than crimes against humanity. Yet having concluded that these crimes might be happening, no action is being taken by the UN or government of Burma. Imagine if a police force said a murder had been committed, but we are not going to investigate it. That’s the equivalent of what the United Nations are doing now.

At a time when there is so much hope for so many others in Burma, this is our most desperate hour. Pressure needs to be placed on the NLD led government to lift government restrictions on humanitarian aid to the Rohingya still living in squalid camps four years after being forced to flee their homes. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi must be made to live up to her previous statement that the discriminatory 1982 citizenship law should be reviewed. And the United Nations must establish an international investigation into human rights violations against my people. Next month’s UN General Assembly sessions are the opportunity to do this.

Report after report have concluded that multiple violations of international law are being committed against the Rohingya. No government can say they don’t know what is going on. It is to their shame that they allowed it to carry on.

“Tun Khin is President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and Leading voice of the Rohingya in Exile.”