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

“ROHINGYA TRAFFICKERS TRIAL IN THAILAND”

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

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

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BROUK Report on “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya” Released on 16th May 2017.


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BROUK Report on “Burned, Stabbed and Shot –  Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya.”

On October 9th, 2016, the long saga of oppression endured by Myanmar’s Rohingya minority entered a new phase. For the first time in a generation, members of the group staged an armed attack, on this occasion against three Border Guard Police (BGP) posts in Rakhine State, killing nine officers and seizing weapons and ammunition.

According to rights groups, the assault was met with months of widespread and systematic violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military and police in parts of northern Rakhine state, near the border with Bangladesh.

A “flash report” released by the UN’s Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on February 3 concluded that these operations likely involved crimes against humanity; the paper detailed acts of “devastating cruelty” including systematic rape, torture and killing and “likely” amounted to crimes against humanity.

The conflagration has sent around 75,000 Rohingya across the border to Bangladesh and displaced at least another 20,000 in northern Rakhine. 4 Officials within two UN agencies estimate that more than a thousand may have been killed.

During the crisis, the Rohingya community also suffered from unnecessary assaults on their conditions of life. After the October 9th attacks, part of northern Rakhine State became a locked-off “military operations zone” in which “clearance operations” were being conducted by the Myanmar army. In this area humanitarian aid was all but suspended, endangering the lives of thousands of children with severe acute malnutrition and causing months of severe deprivation for aid-reliant communities. BROUK has been advised that it is likely that deaths occurred as a result.

In addition to this, massive psychological trauma has been imposed on communities subject to sudden night raids, arbitrary harassment, arrest, arson, torture and killings. The legacy of the army’s crackdown is likely measurable in thousands of traumatised vulnerable people, including children. The full toll of the suffering endured by Rohingya communities since the October 9th attacks will probably never be known.

And the crisis is not over; further escalations could occur at any time, not least because of the conditions imposed on the Rohingya by state policy and security forces, encompassing lack of jobs, controls on movement and routine abuse, actively feed resentment and unrest.

The Rohingya insurgent group that initiated the crisis in October, now known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), have told journalists that they are prepared to wage a relentless campaign against their perceived oppressor until their rights are restored. Given the hardline stance of the military with regard to basic Rohingya rights, let alone Rohingya militancy, the stage has been set for the possibility of a drawn-out conflict in which civilians will likely pay the dearest price.

The only antidote to this state of affairs is accountability and justice. With this in mind, BROUK has compiled this report which is intended to add crucial new material to a body of evidence that demonstrates massive crimes were visited on innocent and long-suffering communities in the aftermath of the October 9th attacks. This has been undertaken with a view to furthering the case that action must be taken against all parties that committed crimes during the recent crisis, without fear of favour.

It is with regret that BROUK notes that virtual impunity for these crimes looks set to be the order of the day. The government of Myanmar has strongly indicated that it will defy the will of the international community as expressed by a consensus resolution at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in which a fact-finding mission was to be dispatched to investigate credible allegations of atrocity crimes against the Rohingya.

Myanmar has “disassociated” itself from the resolution and has said it will not cooperate with the fact-finding team, which may mean that their access to the area where abuses are believed to have taken place will be blocked.

The present situation looks set to be one in which Myanmar’s security forces enjoy impunity for grave human rights violations, a state of affairs which the civilian government in Naypyidaw will become complicit in unless it can guarantee impartial and independent investigations.

BROUK shares the view of rights groups and international analysts regarding the profound inadequacy of government-commissioned probes that have been announced since the crisis began, and believes that only the United Nations can undertake a truly credible investigation.

The international community must not allow the possible obstruction of the Fact-Finding Mission by the government of Burma to lead to further impunity. If obstructed by the government, the Mission must collect evidence by other means.

For the past 20 years, the international community has failed to act when the government of Burma has ignored recommendations regarding the Rohingya made in UN General Assembly Resolutions, UN Human Rights Council Resolutions, and by Special Rapporteurs.

This must not be allowed to happen again after the Fact Finding Mission reports.

Click on the below link to download the Complete BROUK Report released on 16th May 2017. “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya”

BROUK Report “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical evidence of atrocities committed against the Rohingya”. 16th May 2017

“BROUK urged Malaysian Government to take stronger actions to stop the Rohingya Genocide” at the International Conference on Rohingya (ICR). Dated: 16th March 2017

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BROUK urged Malaysian Government to take stronger actions to stop the Rohingya Genocide at the International Conference on Rohingya (ICR-2017).

 

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                     Mr Tun Khin with Foreign Minister Dato Sri Anifah Aman.

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. 

Mr Tun Khin addressing at the International conference on Rohingya 2017

      Mr Tun Khin addressing at the International conference on Rohingya 2017.

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,

  1. To support UN Commission of Inquiry
  2. To bring the genocide of Rohingya to the Security Council or any other UN assemblies and demand justice and accountability.
  3. To put stronger pressure on Myanmar government to end Rohingya Genocide.
  4. To call ASEAN meeting and call for effective action to end genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar

 

Click on the below link to download the PDF file.

BROUK urged Malaysian Government to take stronger actions to stop the Rohingya Genocide at the International Conference on Rohingya (ICR-2017)

 

Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by BBC NEWS on 10th March 2017.

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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

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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.

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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. 

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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…!!!