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International Women’s Day 2016: Message of Amina, A Rohingya woman refugee in Malaysia.

The Message of Amina, A Rohingya woman refugee on

International women’s Day 2016

 

As a Rohingya woman I have been facing difficulties and challenges in my life, yet I have never stopped trying and I will not stop.

I believe each and every women have their own talents and abilities, so women and girls, please come forward and spread your wings. Even if your wings may be tied up, please never ever stop flying.

You will be where you meant to be one day. Even if you are not at this moment.

 

 

Courtesy,
“International Catholic Migration Commission”

Is Myanmar’s transition to democracy tainted by the persecution of Rohingya Muslims? Inside Story -Al Jazeera

Inside Story Al-Jazeera
Guests:
Tun Khin – President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation, UK.
Kyaw Zwa Moe – The Irrawaddy News Magazine in Naypyidaw.
Adam Cooper – Myanmar Country Representative at the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue in Yangon.

Maung Tun Khin (aka) Ziaul Gaffar (President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation, UK) is a Rohingya Activist last night spoke on “Is Myanmar’s transition to democracy tainted by the persecution of Rohingya Muslims?” in Inside Story Al-Jazeera
Maung Tun Khin highlighted … “People voted for hope, not for hate”
“It is clear that the huge resources and efforts made by president Thein Sein’s military-backed government, and Ma Ba Tha and other nationalist extremists, warning against voting for the NLD, failed to have a significant impact when people voted. People voted for hope, not for hate.
The election result demonstrates the support and power Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has. Her leadership speaking on Rohingya issue would make a significant difference and give others in Burma who support human rights for the Rohingya to have the ‘cover’ and confidence to add their voices”.
  • Action against hate-speech and extremists
  • NLD-led government should immediately lift all restrictions on the operations of international aid agencies in Rakhine State and take action to ensure the security of aid workers.
  • At the root cause of the denial of rights of the Rohingya is the 1982 Citizenship Law. The lack of full citizenship lies at the root of most of the discrimination faced by the Rohingya, including lack of freedom of movement, and access to health and education services.
  • There is no way Rohingya issue can be avoided, and it is much better that an NLD-led government bite the bullet and deal with it at the start of their period in government when they have a new and strong mandate, strong party unity, and elections are years away.
Myanmar’s first democratically-elected parliament in decades is being called historic. But it’s also the first Parliament that does not include a single Muslim legislator.
More than a million Muslim Rohingya, who do not have citizenship, were prevented from voting in November’s election.
They are among the most persecuted people on earth. Hundreds were killed during violence between Muslim and Buddhist communities in 2012. Muslim-owned businesses and homes were burned.
Since then, 140,000 Rohingya have been forced into refugee camps. Tens of thousands more have fled from the country on overcrowded boats.
So, what will Myanmar’s new mainly civilian government mean for the Rohingya?

Matt Dillon quoted Tun Khin’s speech “I do not exist that is what Burmese Government says” in his BBC interview.

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-33143909?SThisFB&fb_ref=Default

Rohingya migrants trapped without supplies in the Andaman Sea with no food & water. UN, EU, OIC, US, UK to cooperate collectively with ASEAN to stop Persecution on Rohingya said BROUK President Mr.Tun Khin with BBC-News.

Mr Tun Khin President  “Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK – BROUK” in an interview with BBC-News said,

It’s very tragic moment when I talk with them, the way they were screaming we need help, and we have nothing. Please help us and save our lives. We are without food and water for about five, six days.

The fishing boat, carrying people of the Muslim Rohingya minority, has been refused entry to Thailand and 10 people are already said to have died.

Mr Tun Khin added need help from international community that the way they were crying. Hundreds of Rohingya migrants are stranded on a boat for a week in the Andaman Sea with no food or water.

Mr Tun Khin also added … If we look back and see Rohingyas are the original native people of ARAKAN State which is western part Burma. Rohingya are facing systematic ethnic cleansing which is planed from the Burmese government for decades, and after this president Thein Sein Government came they are imposing more restrictions on movement, marriage, Education and creating popular violence and pushing all Rohingyas to the camps.

A Poem dedicated to the 2nd COMMEMORATION OF ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN

The Selfish World

Look around you, the world seems so calm at this time,
Everything seems under control and people go by their lives as usual, like nothing’s happened.
But that is not true.
Somewhere on earth, people are being hidden.
We don’t even know who they are, where they’ve been or what’s happened to them.
But something can’t be hidden, if nobody tried to hide it.
20 years ago, June 1994, Rwanda – a small country situated in the east of Africa had a problem,
This was no small problem, 800,000 innocent people were killed,
and yet this had not been considered by anyone even when they were going through their darkest hours.
History has repeated itself.
June 2012 was when it happened.
The plague of genocide struck the country some of us still call home.
How the great government of Burma portrays this situation in so many different ways,
First, they showed it as communal violence,
Next, immigrant invasion,
Later, sent them to refugee camps,
Last, death.
Burma has arisen the monster of death and destruction and struck it down on the poor Rohingya people,
Veiled this small minority group from the world,
Hid the crimes that they’ve committed,
Is it right to kill people who have lived such happy lives once, but now tormented by people’s envy?
Is it right to burn them to ash, slaughter their loved ones and shoot them down just because they have nothing to offer?
The world looks so beautiful on the outside, all these great people helping the poor, giving money to charity but everyone is actually downright selfish.
Have they even bothered about the Rohingya people, who have suffered, sacrificed and used as target practise for the Burmese government.
The great leaders of our world, once promised,
That ever since the Rwanda accident,
It would never happen again.
Yet, people are still dying due to starvation,
People still die due to lack of medical assistance,
Women and young girls are being raped every day.
Do people even know about this?
The Rohingyas flee to safety, but still die on the way.
They end up floating in the sea,
Or some survivors ended up in jail somewhere in Thailand,
But the population still decreases,
From 1.5 million to 80,000 over two years…
All of us together, is like one body,
When one part of this body is affected, the rest of the body suffers,
But over time, this body has been severed,
And nobody can feel the suffering of one group of people,
The Rohingya issue has grown worse,
Only we can change this, we can stop this tragedy from being hidden,
So that we can all be part of that body again, as one…

By
Ridhwaana Jarmal

Speakers Note from London Conference on Decades of Persecution and Destruction of Myanmar’s Rohingya

Opening Sequence:

1.       A moment of silence

2.       2-minute clip of the slow burning genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya

3.       Opening remarks by Dr Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE – Founding Director, Refugee Studies Centre; Professor Emeritus, Oxford University & Director, Fahamu Refugee Programme (read by Rene)

4.       An Appeal to the World

Tun Khin, President, Burmese Rohingya Organization – UK


 

Surviving Rwanda genocide: A first-hand experience (keynote address)

Prudentienne Seward, 1994 Rwanda Genocide Survivor and Activist; Founder, PAX


 

What is genocide?

Professor Daniel Feierstein

President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars; Director of the Centre for Genocide Studies at the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero; Professor in the Faculty of Genocide at the University of Buenos Aires & author of Genocide as a Social Practice: Reorganizing Society Under the Nazis and Argentina’s Military Juntas (Rutgers University Press, 2014)


 

International Human Rights Law and Mechanisms for the Pursuit of Justice
Professor Gabriele Della Morte
Professor of International Law at the Università Cattolica di Milano; Counsel for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) (2003-2004); Law Clerk for the Prosecutor’s Office of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2000) & a member of a government delegation for the establishment of the International Criminal Court (1998)


 

Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge Tribunal: one model for a combined national and international judicial mechanism
Dr Helen Jarvis
Formerly Chief of Public Affairs of the Cambodian Tribunal; Documentation Consultant for Yale University’s Cambodian Genocide Program & co-author of Getting away with genocide? Elusive justice and the Khmer Rouge tribunal (Pluto, 2012)


 

From the Russell Tribunal(s) to the Permanent Peoples Tribunal(s): alternatives routes to international justice”
Professor Gianni Tognoni
General Secretary, Permanent People’s Tribunal, Rome


 

Defenseless Rohingya and their Protection
Nural Islam, Chairman, Arakan Rohingya National Organization


 

Mass Violence against Myanmar’s Muslims and State Persecution of Muslim Rohingya
Kyaw Win, General Secretary, Burmese Muslim Association, UK


 

Bangladesh Government policies and the Situation of the Rohingya Refugees
Dr Shapan Adnan
Associate, Contemporary South Asian Studies Programme, Oxford University &
Former Associate Professor of South Asian Studies, National U. of Singapore


 

Findings From Myanmar: Documentation of Abuses Against Rohingya
Matthew Smith
Founder and Executive Director of Fortify Rights; author of Fortify Rights report “Policies of Persecution: Ending Abusive State Policies Against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar” (2014) and, of Human Rights Watch reports “All You Can Do Is Pray”: Crimes Against Humanity and Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims in Burma’s Arakan State” (2013) and “The Government Could Have Stopped This: Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses in Burma’s Arakan State” (2012).


 

The Slow-Burning Genocide of the Rohingya
Dr Maung Zarni
Co-author of “The Slow Burning Genocide of Myanmar’s Rohingya”, Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal (University of Washington Law School, Spring 2014)


 

Mapping and Tracking the Persecution of Rohingya
Christopher Tuckwood
Executive Director, The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Canada


 

Marching to Genocide in Burma
Daniel Sullivan
Director of Policy and Government Relations, United to End Genocide and co-author with former U.S. Congressman Tom Andrews of the report “Marching to Genocide in Burma” (March 2014)


Rohingya rights group protest in London