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HAPPY NEW YEAR-2017..!!!

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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!!!.

May Allah Almighty pour his love and blessings on all the oppressed Communities in the world specially “Rohingya Community”

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

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

For Immediate Release Thursday 27th October   2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

We call for the following initial action:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Rohingya Burning Houses

 

For more information, please contact:  +44 (0) 7888714866

 

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

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Joint Statement                                              Date: October 21, 2016

   The urgency of the current humanitarian situation in Northern Arakan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Signatories:

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

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For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin (Mobile):          +44 7888714866

Zaw Min Htut (Mobile): +818030835327

Nay San Lwin (Mobile): +49 69 26022349

 

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

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BROUK Invitation 

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

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

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

 

The demonstration will take place as follow;

Time                   13:00 – 14:00

Date                    19th  October 2016

Place                   In front of Burmese Embassy

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I really doubt about it…!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

“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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BURMESE ROHINGYA ORGANISATION UK (BROUK)

  617 Romford Road, Manor Park , London E12 5AD

    Tel +44 2034892760, E-mail: brorg.london@gmail.com , web : www.brouk.org.uk

 

 

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 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20137&LangID=E


BROUK Strongly urged the US Senate, US State Department, US Assistant Secretary and United Nations, to take immediate action to protect the Rohingyas in Arakan and Rohingya Refugees in diaspora.

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Media release from Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK)

29th May 2016

BROUK Strongly urged the US Senate, US State Department, US Assistant Secretary and United Nations, to take immediate action to protect the Rohingyas in Arakan and Rohingya Refugees in diaspora.

BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin made High Level meetings with US Officials and Hollywood Actors in Washington DC and New York in a lobbying tour of United States of America from 23rd May to 27th May 2016.

Tom Malinowski US Assistant Secretary of State

In Washington DC, BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin had meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, US Senate Foreign Relation Committee, US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration from State Department, Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, US Congressional Staff and NGO’S from DC.

BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin briefed update situation of Rohingya people in Arakan and Rohingya Refugee’s situation in all over the world specially in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, India and Sri Lanka.

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson US Mission to United Nation

Ambassador Sarah Mendelson US Mission to UN

In New York, BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin met with Ambassador Sarah Mendelson US Mission to United Nation, EU representative, Missions from ASEAN countries and other State dignitaries.

Mr. Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK referenced the current situation in Myanmar (Burma) that “We respect the right to freedom of expression and protest, but

it needs to be within the framework of the democratic norms and principle”. We are very much concerned that the current waves of protest spreading hate speech and Islamophobia against Rohingya in particular which could lead to violence against them.

Round the clock senses of utter insecurity and abject helplessness on the part of the persecuted and traumatized Rohingya people are prevalent in squalid segregated concentration camps, confined villages and ghettos under siege in Rakhine State.

The government should not allow people to disturb the law and order situation with threat of violence that could amount to a breach of the peace. The NLD government has the responsibility to protect the defenseless Rohingya people. It has also the responsibility to uphold the internationally recognized principle of having the right to self-identify”.

Hollywood Actor Matthew Raymond “Matt” Dillon.

Mr. Tun Khin also met with Matthew Raymond “Matt” Dillon a Hollywood American actor and film director. Mr. Mat himself an eye witness of the Rohingya conditions in Arakan State and in concentration camps where Rohingya community forced to live. His first reaction stepping in the concentration camps was “No one would live there and now I understand why people would risk their lives to move out of the country and people are forced to live there.” Mr. Matt showed his concern and support in on going Rohingya crisis in Arakan state of Myanmar (Burma). 

BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin Urged US Government to Pressure NLD–Led Government,

  • To allow Rohingya people to self-identify their ethnic name “Rohingya

  • To take action against those spreading hate speech against Rohingyas and Muslims in Myanmar.

  • To allow all internally displaced persons to return to their places, properties and community.

  • To end persecution against Rohingya, including restrictions on movement and their basic human rights.

  • To lift all the restrictions on operations of international aid agencies in Rakhine State and take action to ensure the security of aid workers.

  • To amend 1982 Citizenship Law to conform it to international human rights law and citizenship standards ensuring full citizenship and all accompanying rights to Rohingya.

From the US government,

  • To Provide and increased humanitarian aid to displaced people in Rakhine State specially to Rohingya and all other impoverished people in Rakhine State.

  • To Provide schools for Rohingyas in IDP camps and allowing Higher Education in Northern Arakan State.

  • To Support the establishment on a UN mandated international investigation, such as UN Commission of Inquiry, into the situation in Rakhine State and all policies and laws targeting the Rohingya and other Muslims in Rakhine state.

  • To Work building international support for the establishment of a United Nation Investigation.

  • To Provide technical expertise and resources to support the government of Myanmar (Burma) and civil society to counter the hate speech and promote such a society in which there is tolerance and equality for people of all races and religions.

Mr. Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK-(BROUK) have asked US Government, “This is the high time to intervene and put pressure on NLD-Led Government to take practical steps to make sure the security of Rohingya community inside Myanmar and Rohingya Refugees outside.”

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.”

Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

BROUK – USA – Lobby Trip 2016 (23rd-28th May 2016)

Mr. Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK-(BROUK) is on a trip to United State. In this current crisis situation of Rohingya community, in inside Myanmar (Burma) and outside the country, all Rohingya Refugees need special assistance and help from outside the world. In this regard Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK-(BROUK) is lobbying with US State Department and other important dignitaries of the state.

Mr Tun Khin meeting with Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski and other US government officials in Washington DC.

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Mr. Tun Khin briefed about the update situation of Rohingyas in Arakan & Rohingya Refugees all over the world. He urged immediate action to protect Rohingyas and their health condition in concentration camps. Mr Tun Khin showed his concerned and highlighted that Burma’s persecuted Rohingya are slowly succumbing to starvation, despair and disease in the concentration camps.

Tun Khin Said, “These Aren’t Refugee Camps, They’re Concentration Camps, and People Are Dying in There”

BROUK President Mr. Tun Khin also met with US Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration Department, where he had good discussion on Resettlement of Rohingya Refugees.

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Furthermore Tun Khin raised Rohingya refugee’s situation in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and India.

Mr. Tun Khin President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK-(BROUK) said,

“If you want to see to stop Persecution against Rohingya in Burma, International Community MUST intervene”.

4th COMMEMORATION OF ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN.

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