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“BROUK urged Malaysian Government to take stronger actions to stop the Rohingya Genocide” at the International Conference on Rohingya (ICR). Dated: 16th March 2017
BROUK urged Malaysian Government to take stronger actions to stop the Rohingya Genocide at the International Conference on Rohingya (ICR-2017).
International Conference on Rohingya (ICR) with the theme, “The Plight of the Rohingya: Searching for Solutions” was held from 14th – 16th March 2017 at Marriott Hotel Putrajaya, Malaysia.
The idea of organising ICR was mooted by YAB Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia, when he was addressing the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on the Rohingya issue in September 2016. ICR is jointly organised by Institute of Public Security of Malaysia (IPSOM), Amal Foundation of Malaysia (YAM), and International Union for Muslim Scholars (IUMS), International Federation for Relief and Development Malaysia Chapter.
The objective of the conference is to discuss the Rohingya issue and its impact on world geopolitics and to find the innermost better solutions to resolve the said issue.
(ICR) presents 6 renowned international and local speakers and moderators with vast experience and expertise on the Rohingya issue. They spoke on the multi-dimensional complexities of the Rohingya crisis, focusing on thoroughly selected topics that cover history, racial equality and religion, including insights from the perspectives of international bodies such as UNHCR and OIC. More than 250 participants from 13 countries attended. The audience included international and local delegations of diverse background, and the participation of NGOs, humanitarian activists, academicians, researchers as well as civil Servants.
The three-day conference marks a landmark effort of Malaysia in its pursuit of the humanitarian mission in moving forward to put a stop to the atrocities and crimes against the Rohingya.
Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi gave closing speech and mentioned that will continue to effort and with actions to stop the Rohingya crisis. Malaysia Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman also gave a speech during the dinner at the conference.
BROUK president Tun Khin said, “it was a great honour to speak at the International conference on Rohingya 2017. He expressed many thanks to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and all the people of Malaysia showing their solidarity with Rohingya and showed determination to stop Genocide of the Rohingya”. He strongly urged during the meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman,
- To support UN Commission of Inquiry
- To bring the genocide of Rohingya to the Security Council or any other UN assemblies and demand justice and accountability.
- To put stronger pressure on Myanmar government to end Rohingya Genocide.
- To call ASEAN meeting and call for effective action to end genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar.
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Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by BBC NEWS on 10th March 2017.
Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by BBC NEWS on 10th March 2017.
In a recent interview with BBC NEWS Mr Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) shared his own experience and testimonies himself collected from the real Raped victims, Burnet houses, Torture & Extreme sufferer on the ground who fled from Northern Arakan State to Bangladesh camps especially after 9th October 2016.
He described the worst situation in Arakan state, where in this 21st century how the Myanmar Military under the so-called democratic Gov is treating the humanity horrifically, it’s catastrophic situation against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. More than 1000 Rohingya have been killed, more than 500 women been raped, elderly people been burnt alive. houses been burned. This the worse situation Rohingya have been facing especially after 9th October 2016.
Mr Tun also mentions the Rohingya’s history. Rohingya ethnicity was recognised on 1948 democratic period. There was a time when there used to be a Rohingya language programs were broadcasting on the state radio from 1961 to 1965.
He 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 added that “international community must pressure Burmese government to stop the killing Rohingya people and raping the women.” Rohingya should be treat humanely and with dignity.
“BROUK Urged to support UN Commission of Inquiry at Socialist International Congress” Dated: 4th March 2017
BROUK Urged to support UN Commission of Inquiry at Socialist International Congress
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK President Tun Khin was invited to speak the plight of Rohingyas Situation at the Socialist International XXV Congress Meeting. At the congress meeting more than 400 members attended from 86 parties including Columbia’s President Julian Santos.
Tun Khin, President BROUK gave a speech on Rohingya history and current atrocity crimes against the Rohingyas in Myanmar previously known as Burma.
BROUK President mentioned in his speech, Since 9th October more than 1000 Rohingyas been killed, at least 400 Rohingya women have been raped by military and security forces, many Rohingya children were thrown to the fire while Rohingyas houses were burning down, Rohingya elderly men were burnt alive. Almost 100,000 people have been displaced as a result of the violence and around 73,000 of them had now fled to Bangladesh. I recently met with some of the survivors and they recounted to be tales of violence and devastation so appalling.
The UN Office of the High Commissioner published a report in early February which contained details of the most unspeakable acts of cruelty. These findings have also been documented by human rights groups like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. They have documented unlawful killings, extrajudicial executions, rape, torture, enforced disappearances and mass arrests. The UN has concluded that these crimes very likely amount to crimes against humanity.
Organizations such as , Amnesty International , Human Rights Watch and Fortify Rights have already documented human rights abuses which may constitute ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity. The Special Rapporteur on Burma has also stated that “there may be crimes against humanity against the Rohingya”. No government has supported these statements, but they haven’t publicly disagreed with them either. Privately the British government, the USA, the EU and others know what is being done.
He strongly urged to support the UN Commission of inquiry to bring those responsible to justice, to stop further abuses.
He finally mentioned at the congress “I wish to repeat the Rohingyas’ plea to all citizens governments around the world. Please help to end the slow burning genocide of more than 1 million Rohingyas”. The Burmese government’s plan is to drive us out of our own ancestral land if any Rohingya left standing, they intend to build apartheid against us.
The Rohingya people are stateless and have nowhere to go. Homeless and without the means to earn a living, hundreds and thousands are suffering on a daily basis from the violence and poverty enforced upon them, but this is a new year. A new beginning. And hope things will change ……
Wish you all very sweet and prosperous New Year!!!.
Media Release from BROUK: INTERNATIONAL ACTION NEEDED AS ROHINGYA FACE EXECUTIONS, RAPE, MASS ARRESTS AND STARVATION.
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.
For more information, please contact: +44 (0) 7888714866
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.
- Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
- Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
- Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
- Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
- Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
- Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
- Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
- 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 Netherlands
- Rohingya Society Malaysia
For more information, please contact:
Tun Khin (Mobile): +44 7888714866
Zaw Min Htut (Mobile): +818030835327
Nay San Lwin (Mobile): +49 69 26022349
“Protest against Extra-Judicial Killings of Rohingya in Northern Arakan, Burma”.
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.
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.
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.
“BROUK urges UN Human Rights Council to investigate crimes against humanity against Rohingya” Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. (Tuesday 28th June 2016)
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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
For Immediate Release Tuesday 28th June 2016
BROUK urges UN Human Rights Council to investigate crimes against humanity against Rohingya
As the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to discuss the findings contained in a report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on: ‘Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar’, released on 20th June 2016, Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK spoke at a side panel co-hosted by The International Peace Bureau, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) among others.
Tun Khin provided a briefing on the latest human rights and political situation of the Rohingyas in Burma during the first three months of NLD-led Government. Chris Lewa Director of Arakan Project, presented an overview of the humanitarian conditions in the IDP camps, where Rohingyas have been confined and segregated for the past four years. She said, “Access to health care is a huge problem. Due to restriction of movements, emergency patients have to be referred with police escort to a special ward in Sittwe Hospital where medical care is very poor; overcrowded shelters are on the verge of collapsing; and 120,000 displaced Rohingyas are dependent on humanitarian aid denied access to means of livelihood”. The event was attended by representatives of dozens of missions to the UN, including from the USA, EU and OIC.
“The United Nations concluded that human rights violations against the Rohingya could be crimes against humanity, and must now set up an investigation into these crimes” said Tun Khin President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “If the UN fails to investigate violations against the Rohingya it would be equivalent to a police force saying a murder has been committed, but we are not going to investigate it.”
Tun Khin stated that the new national verification card (NVC) which the new NLD led government has tried to impose on Rohingya without consultation will not be accepted. “It’s not just the Rohingya, no ethnic group in Burma would accept being given these cards” he said.. “The cards are not a step in the right direction. They are an attempt by the government to be seen to be doing something while avoiding addressing difficult issues.
BROUK also stated that when members of the international community stop using the word Rohingya, it is not a neutral step to facilitate a calmer situation. Instead it gives encouragement to racists and nationalists and makes the situation worse. “We are Rohingya and we want the international community to call us Rohingya. We strongly object to the new term Muslims in Rakhine State which the NLD led government is trying to impose on us, denying our identity, which is a key part of the denial of our rights.
Tun Khin stated that delaying difficult and controversial decisions only prolongs the problem and the suffering. As the continued campaigns against the Rohingya, and renewed anti-Muslim violence have demonstrated, the NLD led government does not have time or space to delay action. Action and strong leadership is needed now to stop hatred, violence and discrimination escalating.
Tun Khin expressed disappointment that despite the United Nations issuing a report stating that human rights violations suffered by our people could amount to crimes against humanity, no country has publicly called for action to end these crimes.
We urge UN Human Rights Council to take note of the recommendations in the High Commissioner’s Report and call on the NLD led government to implement the following key steps immediately;
First: Action on hate speech. Those inciting hatred and violence against Rohingya, Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities have continued to do so with impunity under the NLD led government.
Second: The immediate lifting off all restrictions on freedom of movement and on humanitarian access to Rohingya, Rakhine and other communities in Rakhine State. These restrictions, which have been continued by the NLD led government, are costing lives. There can be no excuse for keeping them in place.
Third: Bringing the 1982 citizenship law into line with international law and Burma’s UN treaty obligations. This law lies at the root of many of the human rights violations and discrimination suffered by the Rohingya. It is inherently unfair and discriminatory.
Chris Lewa also urged the Human Rights Council to follow up on the recommendations listed in the High Commissioner’s report and to include them in the March 2017 Human Rights Council resolution on Burma.
For more information please contact Tun Khin +44 7888714866.
The UN report is available here