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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”

 

“Stop the ethnic cleansing” Press Conference in Madrid, Tun Khin of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK on 4th Mar 2018.

Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) was on advocacy tour in Spain since 1st March 2018. During his tour, he met President of Balear Parliament, Human Rights Commission of Parliament and The Minister of Balear Island. The tour is to make awareness of genocide of Rohingya in Myanmar.

He was also invited by Amnesty International Spain where he described the Rohingya history and raised the concern of ongoing Genocide on Rohingya in Myanmar.

Later In the press conference, Tun Khin discussed the ruthless situation of Rohingyas in the Arakan state of Myanmar and recent forced migration of Rohingya from their own homeland by the barbaric Myanmar Military and Gov. The violence that began in late August 2017 and has led to the exodus of more than 850,000 to 1 Million Rohingyas from Myanmar to Bangladesh. He talked about the recent reports from different organisations and Yanghee Lee, U.N. special rapporteur.

He further added about his personal experiences about his restricted basic rights of Life and Education in Myanmar before exile in the UK.

Tun Khin showed his concern, why Myanmar Gov is in hurry to implement Repatriations where Myanmar Gov is committing Genocide against the Rohingya. “It is actually a plan to ease and divert the international pressure”.

Tun Khin urged International community and all the Europe to intervene in earliest and all possible ways against this Barbarism of Myanmar Military and put pressure on the Burmese Government before it gets very very late. He further emphasizes the seriousness of the problem that the Rohingya people are suffering in Myanmar. He asked the International Community to act and slow down the Genocide that currently happening on our Rohingya population and focus to find the permanent solution for recognising the Rohingyas identity and citizenship instead of talking and focusing on the repatriation plan.

At the end on behalf of all the Rohingya Community and BROUK, Tun Khin appreciated the Spanish Parliament, Amnesty International Spain and different organisation to voice for the Rohingya in their hard time.

“The Berlin Call for Rohingyas’ Protected Return to Protected Homeland” The Berlin Conference on Myanmar Genocide held at the Jewish Museum Berlin on 26th February 2018.

26 February 2018

The Berlin Call for Rohingyas’ Protected Return to Protected Homeland

At the Berlin Conference on Myanmar Genocide held at the Jewish Museum today the participating scholars, activists and concerned citizens issue the following call:

We are gravely concerned about Myanmar’s still unfolding atrocity crimes, with signs of genocide mounting, against the Rohingya people, including undeniable ethnic cleansing on a massive scale with destruction of hundreds of Rohingya villages as the government bulldozes charred villages, burns abandoned Rohingya houses, threatens the Rohingya who are still inside the country and asks Bangladesh authorities to cut off the flow of essential food supplies to over 6,000 Rohingyas who have fled to No Man’s Land between the two countries’ borders.

We thank the people and Government of Bangladesh for their exemplary acts of compassion and humanity in opening their borders to the terror-stricken Rohingyas fleeing the killing fields of Western
Myanmar state of Rakhine or Arakan.

In the immediate terms, we call on governments and non-governmental humanitarians to significantly increase the volume of humanitarian assistance for the Rohingya in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazaar in order to ease the burden on the Government of Bangladesh and enable UN agencies to carry out their humanitarian responsibilities.

We believe that the protected return of Rohingya refugees – estimated at nearly 1 million – into the protected homeland is the only viable long-term solution in a situation where Myanmar – the military, the Buddhist Order, the lay public and the civilian political parties including the ruling NLD – have categorically maintained the country’s long-standing refusal to recognize the presence, identity and history of the Rohingya in Myanmar and disregard their group right to self-identify.

We are profoundly disappointed that the Security Council has failed to agree to take a common stance, after 2 public meetings, in the face of what is increasingly recognized as crimes against humanity and even genocide, and been unable to issue even a single non-binding resolution on Myanmar’s resultant worsening humanitarian crisis six months after 688,000 Rohingya – mainly women and children – fled the country.  If ever there was a time for prevention of genocide and for activation of the Responsibility to Protect principle it is now.

Therefore, we call on the governments of the USA, UK, France, Germany, Sweden and Canada, as well as other national governments such as Turkey and regional associations to hold a Special Conference to explore viable long-term solutions so that the Rohingya people can have a piece of earth they can call their home.

Contact:

Professor Maria do Mar Castro at castrovarela@posteo.de
Tun Khin at tunkhin80@gmail.com; +44 788 871 4866
Dr Maung Zarni at fanon2005@gmail.com; +44 771 047 3322

 

Media Release from BROUK “Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingya Is Not Over: Rohingya Need UN-Protected Safe Zones” Released on 12th February 2018

Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

For Immediate Release 12th February 2018.

Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingya Is Not Over: Rohingya Need UN-Protected Safe Zones

Nayapara Camp, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh: The genocide of Rohingya in Myanmar is far from over, said the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) after a 4-day fact-finding trip to Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

“The evidence is mounting that the Myanmar military, led by Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, and supported by the civilian government led by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, continues its genocidal campaign of the Rohingya people,” said BROUK President Tun Khin, who met with dozens of Rohingya who arrived in Bangladesh in late January and early February from villages in Buthidaung and Rathedaung Township.

The events that have unfolded and the evidence that has come to light proving that the government’s claim of carrying out a security operation is a farce. The Myanmar military’s actions clearly show an intent to destroy the Rohingya’s homes, their livelihoods, and their very lives.

New arrivals spoke of ongoing military abuse, including arbitrary arrests, disappearances, forced starvation, extortion, denial of access to rice fields, denial of access to humanitarian assistance, prevention of access to markets, forced labour and increasing pressure to accept the National Verification Card (NVC), part of a government plan which effectively denies Rohingya identity and citizenship. New arrivals in Bangladesh also reported that movement restrictions, pressure from local Rakhine extremist groups and lack of aid had created major shortages which forced them to flee to Bangladesh.

“We were forced to leave our homes by security forces, who said we had to have our pictures taken for a family list, but when we returned to our houses they had been burnt down by security forces and Rakhine extremists. Later we were accused of burning down our own homes and arrested. After paying bribes, we were released and fled the country,” Anuwar, 25 years old from Kyauk Phyu Taung village, Buthidaung Township, told BROUK.

Residents of Sin Daung say many Rohingya are still living in Buthidaung Township. The refugees told BROUK that soldiers have built a military camp in the village and are using Rohingya for forced labour. Villagers also report that military personnel have threatened the remaining residents with “clearance operations” and a repeat of the massacre in Gu Dar Pyin, where the Associated Press has uncovered evidence of five mass graves.

Recently arrived refugees also reported that pressure from local Rakhine groups had effectively buffered a policy of starvation. “Rakhine extremists threatened us if we left the village. We can’t get out to get food. We were without food for two to three days. Our village was surrounded by Rakhine people. Rakhine people have taken all our rice stock piles,” said Hameed Hussein, 29 years old from Anauk Pyin village, Rathedaung Township.

“It is clear that the Burmese military wants the remaining Rohingya to leave Rakhine State and are using different tactics to drive them out. Genocide does not have to be a military attack, these are genocidal policies and they are still getting away with it,” said Tun Khin.

Also adding to the evidence of genocide is the investigative report by Reuters: “Massacre in Myanmar” (https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/myanmar-rakhine-events/) published on 9 February, which draws for the first time on interviews with Buddhist villagers who confessed to torching Rohingya homes, burying bodies and killing Muslims.

The arrest of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo while reporting this atrocity indicates the Myanmar government and military’s attempt to cover up their crimes and muzzle those who speak against them.

“Almost six months after this brutal campaign began, the military operation against the Rohingya continues, only now they are using different tactics to drive our people out. The UN Security Council meeting on February 13th provides an opportunity for the international community to finally take steps to stop Myanmar’s genocide of the Rohingya and put in place UN protected safe zones for Rohingya communities in Myanmar,” said Tun Khin.

“Not a single country has taken any serious action against the Burmese military and this has sent the message that the military can simply carry on its operations, driving more Rohingya out of the country. At the same time, the army has stepped up attacks against other ethnic minorities, in particular, the Kachin. The international community’s failure to respond has created a system of impunity. Rohingya have no means to defend themselves. The international community: the EU, USA, UK, Canada and OIC members have a responsibility to protect them and must take concrete steps to save this community, including the elderly, women and children, from Myanmar’s brutal campaign of killing, rape and destruction, and be given access to provide life-saving humanitarian aid and services. Furthermore, action should be taken to refer the situation in Burma to the International Criminal Court, impose a UN-mandated global arms embargo, and issue targeted sanctions on military companies.”

 

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

 

This media release can be download in PDF format at: http://brouk.org.uk/BROUK-Press-Release- “Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingya Is Not Over: Rohingya Need UN-Protected Safe Zones” on 12th-Feb-2018.pdf

 

 

Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with “PressTV News” on 17th January 2018: “UN chief concerned about deal on return of Myanmar’s Rohingya”.

Mr Tun Khin President BROUK on PressTV News discussed on the “UN chief showed concerned about the deal on the return of Myanmar’s Rohingya.

Tun Khin said it should really be concerning for all of us that how and where this Rohingya will return where they already facing mass killing, mass rape, in short, it’s a Genocide going against the Rohingya community in our own homeland.

He further said Myanmar’s Gov hurry to implement Repatriation plan is actually to ease and divert the international pressure”.

Tun Khin urged International community to put pressure on the Burmese gov to stop the ongoing genocide on Rohingya and focus to find the permanent solution for recognising the Rohingyas identity and citizenship instead of talking and focusing on the repatriation plan.

@ Bangladesh Refugee camps on the Bangladesh Myanmar Border.

Joint Statement: “Rohingyas’ concerns over the repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh.” Released on 17th January 2018.

Joint Statement
Date: 17th January 2018


Rohingyas’ concerns over the repatriation of refugees from Bangladesh.


We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations worldwide express our serious concern over an agreement, signed on 23rd November 2017, between Myanmar and Bangladesh on the return of some 670,000 Rohingya refugees who have recently taken refuge in Bangladesh after fleeing Myanmar genocide.
But the question is how the terrified and traumatized refugees would be repatriated to Arakan/Rakhine State where they experienced, witnessed and fled the genocidal brutality of Myanmar troops, Rakhine extremists and other vigilantes. There is no change of attitude of the Myanmar government and its Military towards Rohingya; still they identify Rohingya as recent “Bengali interlopers” from Bangladesh; and Rohingyas continue entering into Bangladesh due to continuing violence and brutality against them in Arakan.
Refugees are homesick, but they are unwilling to return as congenial atmosphere has not been created yet for safe and voluntary repatriation with dignity and honour. The refugees should be settled in their homes. It would be worst simply moving the refugees from camps in Bangladesh to dislodgement sites in Myanmar. It is dangerous that the regime has already claimed state-ownership of Rohingyas’ land within the affected region of Northern Arakan/Rakhine state. Before they return to Myanmar the refugees need guarantee ensuring their life and property security and “peaceful-coexistence” as equals with all other people in Arakan and Myanmar.
In consideration of the above, the following measures are imperative for safe and voluntary repatriation of the Rohingya refugees:
1. The UNHCR, which is a mandated UN protection agency, should be involved in all process of repatriation.
2. The Refugees should be allowed to put down their identity as “Rohingya”, the UN-recognized name to self-identify.
3. Refugee representatives should be discussed in all process of repatriation.
4. Repatriation must be fully voluntary. The refuges should be rehabilitated in their original homes and properties, with full compensation under the supervision of the UN with peace-keeping force, NOT to displacement sites in Myanmar.
5. Demilitarized UN safe zones shall be created in Northern Rakhine State, as an interim measure, in order to guarantee security of life, property and dignity of the persecuted people, as well as to ensure confidence, faith and understanding in the minds of the heavily terrified and traumatized refugees.
6. The Myanmar government must restore their full Myanmar citizenship ensuring all rights and freedoms — security of life, property, honour, dignity, freedom of religion, movement, education, marriage, employment etc. — without any infringement, restriction, and discrimination in all affairs of their national activities.
7. The Myanmar government shall recognize the “Rohingya ethnicity” allowing them to peacefully co-exist in Arakan/Rakhine State as equals with their “collective rights” on par with other ethnic nationalities of the country.
8. The Myanmar Citizenship Law of 1982 must be scrapped or amended aligning it with international standards and treaties to which Myanmar is State Party, including articles 7 and 8 of the Convention on the Rights of Child.
9. Land is asset and means of making living. All previous land and landed properties of the refugees must be given back to them immediately.
10. Necessary arrangement shall be made to try and punish all perpetrators by an international independent tribunal. The Myanmar government shall stop and prohibit all forms of racism, incitement, propaganda, hate speech, Islamophobia, decrees and directives against the Rohingyas and other Muslims.
11. The Myanmar government must allow unimpeded humanitarian aids to all needy and unfettered access to the media and rights groups to Northern Arakan/Rakhine state.
12. The welfare of the offspring of rapes and raped women must be ensured.
Signatories:
· Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
· Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)
· British Rohingya Community in UK
· Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
· Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)
· Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan
· Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA)
· Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)
· Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
· European Rohingya Council (ERC)
· Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in Malaysia(MERHROM)
· Rohingya American Society
· Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
· Rohingya Community in Germany
· Rohingya Community in Switzerland
· Rohingya Community in Finland
· Rohingya Community in Italy
· Rohingya Community in Sweden
· Rohingya Organisation Norway
· Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)
· Rohingya Society Netherlands
For more information, please contact:
Tun Khin (Mobile): +44 7888714866
Nay San Lwin(Mobile): +49 69 26022349
Zaw Min Htut (Mobile): +8180 30835327

BBC World News interview with BROUK President Tun Khin on Current Rohingya Issues, ongoing Genocide of Rohingya & recent US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visit to Burma, November 2017.

Mr Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK recently had an Interview with BBC World News, November 2017.

Mr Tun updated the situation of Rohingyas in Rekhaine state and in the Myanmar/Bangladesh border, and later he discussed the recent US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson visit to Burma.

Tun Khin Called for immediate actions from the UK and influential governments to stop the Genocide of Rohingya, he urged British Gov to work with UN Security Council for stronger resolution, provide immediate humanitarian aid, safety and security.

Tun called for a UN-mandated global arms embargo and targeted sanctions on Burmese military. At the end, Mr Tun Khun urged International community to help and put international pressures to bring these Burmese Military criminals into ICC.

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