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BROUK President Tun Khin interview with Bangladesh Channel 24. Dated: 18th Feb 2017

BROUK President Tun Khin interview with Bangladesh Channel 24, asked for UN commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against Rohingya perpetrated by Burmese military in Northern Arakan.

In a recent interview with Bangladesh Channel 24 Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said “We must bring the military criminals to International Criminal Court and we urgently need a UN commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against Rohingya perpetrated by Burmese military in Northern Arakan. Tun Khin added: “UN intervention is the only way to save the lives of Rohingya in Arakan now.  He also thanks sheikh hasina, Bangladesh Government and all the people who gave temporary shelter and food to the Rohingya.

Joint Statement: “Rohingya Condemn Assassination of U Ko Ni and Call for Urgent investigation”. Dated: 30th January 2017

Joint Statement

Date: 30th January 2017

Rohingya Condemn Assassination of U Ko Ni and Call for Urgent investigation

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Mr. U Ko Ni

We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations worldwide strongly condemn the assassination of U Ko Ni, 65, ahigh profile Muslim leader and legal advisor of NLD on Sunday, January 29, 2017 upon arrival at Yangon international airport from his official tour to examine the Indonesian model of interfaith. 

U Ko Ni, a 1988 activist, was well known in Myanmar as a sincere, honorable, dedicated and patriotic man. He was the founder of Myanmar’s Muslim lawyers Association and had contributed the nation with his expertise in law. He was a strong advocate for peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony in the country. It is an irreparable loss for the nation.

We express our deep condolences to the members of the bereaved families U Ko Ni and Ko Nay Win, the taxi driver who bravely chased the murderer.

The assassination of U Ko Ni, is a reflection of how intimidating the situation is for those who are working for peace and dialogue, especially when they are from minorities or non-Buddhist religious groups.

We call for an urgent independent investigation to identify the motives and people associated with this heinous murder.

We also call on Rohingya people and all Muslims of the country to pray for U Ko Ni.

U Ko Ni will be remembered all times for his heroic struggle for the rights of Muslim communities and other minorities in the country, and also for his relentless fight for constitutional changes for a truly democratic Myanmar.

Signatories:

  • Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  • Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  • British Rohingya Community in UK
  • Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  • Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  • Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan
  • Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  • Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)
  • Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  • 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
  • Rohingya Society Netherlands

For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin (Mobile):           +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin (Mobile):   +49 69 26022349 

Ko Ko Lin (Mobile):          +880 1726068413

Click below link to download the PDF Joint Statement:
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“Request OIC to support UN Commission of Inquiry” Statement from Rohingya Communities Worldwide. Dated: 17th January 2017

Statement from Rohingya Communities Worldwide

Request OIC to support UN Commission of Inquiry

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17th January 2017

We, the undersigned organisations, representing Rohingya communities around the world, would like to express our deepest appreciation to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Government of Malaysia with Honourable Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for holding an Emergency Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers on Rohingya crisis on 19 January in Kuala Lumpur. 

The longstanding Rohingya problem of ethnic, religious and political problem has been going on for over seven decades from 1942 Muslim Massacre in Arakan. Particularly the successive military regimes from 1962 have been making all out efforts to annihilate the Rohingya people from their ancestral homeland of Arakan, by means of frequent armed operations and oppressive laws under consistent state policies of discrimination, exclusion and extermination against them. In violation of the customary international law the military had enacted the world’s most oppressive Myanmar Citizenship Law of 1982 criminally depriving the Rohingya of their right to nationality as well as their human rights and freedom. 

Due to mass atrocity crimes, more than half of the Rohingya population has had left the country. Those who are still in Arakan are being systematically destroyed since 1978. From June 2012 state-sponsored genocidal onslaughts occurred and reoccurred in Arakan and about 300,000 Rohingya were killed, drowned and missing in addition to large-scale destruction of their villages, mosques and madarassas and properties. More than 140,000 displaced Rohingya were herded to squalid semi-concentration camps while over 100,000 escaped persecution to take refuge in foreign countries. 

From 9 October 2016, under the pretext of hunting down the assailants of the police outposts, the military, security forces and Buddhist Rakhine militias have been carrying mass atrocity crimes creating the Maungdaw district a “killing zone”, unobserved by the outside world due to sealing off the area in Northern Arakan. An estimated 500 people were killed or burned down; at least 300 women and girls were raped, unknown number of people arrested, about 2500 houses torched, valuables and properties looted and foodstuff destroyed forcing about 65,000 people to cross over to Bangladesh. These crimes are still on-going. State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been protecting the criminal military, is morally and officially responsible for the crimes against Rohingya that amount to genocide and crimes against humanity as per Articles 6 and 7 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998). The UN Human Rights Commission stated that violation of human rights of Rohingya may constitute crimes against humanity.   

The Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD-led government has manifestly failed or is unwilling to conduct any credible investigation into atrocity crimes against Rohingya. Instead the government with the military is shamelessly denying any human rights violations against them. Thus the defenceless Rohingya continue to be subjected to crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing. In the absence of national protection, the international community has a responsibility to intervene into Arakan in order to end the violations and protect the civilian population.

We therefore call upon the OIC and its member states to officially support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into the totality of the situation in Rakhine State, where most Rohingya live.

We further call upon the OIC to endeavour utmost for ensuring that the establishment of such a Commission is included in the Burma/Myanmar resolution at the next session of the Human Rights Council.

We believe that the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry is a crucial first step to start to address the cycle of discrimination, persecution and violence our people face.  The Commission must investigate human rights violations which have taken place in order to establish the truth, investigate government laws and policies used against the Rohingya, and make recommendations to the government of Burma/Myanmar and the international community on how to address the situation, ensuring strict compliance with international law and human rights standards.

Our existence as a race is under threat. Failure to act now will prolong our suffering and create greater regional problems and insecurity in the future, and hence we look to you for help in our most desperate hour.

Signatories;

  1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  3. British Rohingya Community in UK
  4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  5. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  6. Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  7. Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)
  8. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  9. Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in Malaysia (MERHROM)
  10. Rohingya American Society
  11. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
  12. Rohingya Community in Germany
  13. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  14. Rohingya Community in Finland
  15. Rohingya Community in Italy
  16. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  17. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  18. Rohingya Society Malaysia
  19. Rohingya Society Netherlands

 

For more information, please contact;

Tun Khin (Mobile):                 +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin(Mobile):          +49 69 26022349

Ko Ko Lin (Mobile):                +880 1726068413

 

Click below link to download the PDF Statement:

 http://brouk.org.uk/17th/January/2017/Request-OIC-to-Support-UN-Commission-of-Inquiry..pdf

 

Statement of the 3rd European Rohingya Conference Dated:29th December 2016

Statement of the 3rd European Rohingya Conference

Dated:29th December 2016

A diverse group of Rohingya activists across Europe met at the third European Rohingya Conference held in Esbjerg, Denmark for days 28-29 December 2016. They discussed the ongoing genocidal persecution of fellow Rohingya people in their own ancestral border region of present-day Burma and Bangladesh.  Also discussed are the plight of Rohingya refugees who have risked their lives fleeing sexual violence, summary execution, and other atrocity crimes committed by the Myanmar Government. Conference participants commonly expressed their grave concerns about the situation of the Rohingya in Northern Arakan (or Rakhine), the situation that has gone from bad to worse since the Aung San Suu Kyi government assumed office 8 months ago. 

The following are the resolutions adopted by the conference:

  • Reaffirm our collective desire as the borderland people of Northen Arakan to live in peace with our fellow Buddhist country people, in our ancestral region, and throughout Myanmar, as equal citizens who are entitled to basic respect and rights;
  • Condemn any acts of violence by any groups or individuals; we the overwhelming Rohingya people of Northen Arakan (Rakhine) remain committed to non-violence principles in striving for full and equal citizenship and basic rights in the borderland country of our ancestors – as evidenced in the total absence of any terrorist or militant attacks on civilians either on Myanmar soil or anywhere in the world;
  • Reserve our utmost condemnation for Myanmar Government, the main perpetrator of death and destruction against our Rohingya people, for its ongoing scorched-earth military attacks since 9 October, under the pretext of “anti-militant” or “counter-insurgency” operations in Northern Arakan, with the verifiable intention of destroying substantial part of the Rohingya community as an identifiable ethnic group;
  • Further condemn both Myanmar military leadership of Senior General Min Aung Hlaing and the popularly elected Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi who, by her own admission, “cooperates fully” with the genocidal Myanmar military;
  • Condemn atrocity crimes committed against our Rohingya people – as a recognizable form of collective punishment – by Myanmar security forces, including sexual violence, summary executions, arson, hundreds of cases of arbitrary arrest, torture, burning of children alive in house fire, systematic destruction of sources of staple food items, blockage of emergency humanitarian aid, internal displacement of about 40,000 Rohingya villagers, the flight of 34,000 people to Bangladesh, and chasing violently boat-loads of Rohingya families as they attempted to escape the current bout of death and destruction at the hands of Myanmar government troops;
  • Reject categorically the Rakhine Investigation Commission’s findings, which were based on the “oral testimonies” extracted from the terrified Rohingya villagers under duress and hastily carried out in a 2-day visit to selected Rohingya villages.  We share the international human rights organization’s dismissal of the Arakan Investigation Commission, headed by military appointed Vice-President and ex-Lt. General Myint Swe, as nothing more than a public relations exercise.   In fact, the previous government of Thein Sein formed and conducted its own internal investigation following the first bout of violence in Arakan in June 2012, and we would like to remind the international community that Myanmar Government commissions and their findings have proven to lack any credibility, impartiality or independence;
  • Call attention of the international community to the distorted interviews conducted by the western media for failing to reflect accurately the exact testimonies given in Rohingya and Burmese languages by Rohingya victims of sexual violence and other horrible rights violations by Myanmar Government troops;
  • Register our gravest concerns about Myanmar’s blocking humanitarian and essential health services to reach the Rohingya communities in desperate need of both;
  • Stress the urgency of lifting severe restrictions on Rohingya villagers, estimated to be over 120,000 – who are on the brink of mass starvation and dying as the result of access to emergency medical services, and suffering curable diseases;
  • Demand the Aung San Suu Kyi government and its military partner to halt all acts of genocide as defined clearly in the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide;
  • Further demand that the Aung San Suu Kyi government stop the charm diplomatic offensive with ASEAN, allow independent and impartial investigation of the allegations of crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing and genocide;
  • Call on Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to come to terms with the fact that Myanmar Tatmadaw, her military partner, are committing international state crimes in violation of human rights and humanitarian law, whatever the exact legal names;
  • Express our collective gratitude and appreciation to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for standing firmly in ending Rohingya genocide.
  • Urge the European Union – and its member states – to place its responsibility to end genocide and atrocity crimes against Rohingya before its business interests;
  • Appeal to all UN member states to activate the never-before-used principle of “the responsibility to protect” in order to make the slogan “Never Again!” a reality.   The decades-long systematic persecution of Rohingya people as an ethnic group, warrants immediate humanitarian intervention in the Northern Arakan (or Rakhine) in order to put an end to the violent operations against the defenceless, vulnerable and unarmed peaceful Rohingya communities and prevent further deaths and destructions;
  • Urge Myanmar’s neighbouring governments to help create Myanmar’s predominantly Rohingya district of Maungdaw closest to Bangladesh border a ‘safe zone’, particularly in the absence of national or domestic protection for them;
  • Call on the Government of Bangladesh to stop sending back forcibly hundreds persecution fleeing Rohingya refugees, including women, children and infants, back to Myanmar, and honour its obligations under international conventions on refugees; and
  • Request earnestly the international community to assist and support the Government of Bangladesh as it attempts to handle the latest influx of Rohingya refugees.

The undersigned organizations adopt the text of the resolution: 

1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation

2. Bradford Rohingya Community in UK

3. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark

4. Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

5. Rohingya Community in Germany

6. Rohingya Community in Switzerland

7. Rohingya Organisation Norway

8. Rohingya Community in Finland

9. Rohingya Community in Italy

10. Rohingya Community in Sweden

11. Rohingya Society in Netherlands

For more information please contact:

Tun Khin:         +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin: +49 69 26022349

Joint Statement: “Investigation Commission of Myanmar Indulges in Falsehood again”. Date 18th December 2016

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Joint Statement.

Date 18th December 2016

Investigation Commission of Myanmar Indulges in Falsehood again

We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations worldwide, strongly condemn the false and fabricated statement of the Government Investigation Commission, led by military appointed Vice-President U Myint Swe, which was released on 14 December 2016 particularly for the following reasons:

  1. The members of the Commission made a 3-day trip to Rohingya villages in northern Maungdaw Township, such as Kyigang Pyin, Kyein Chaung (Bawli Bazar), Ngakura, Pyint Phyu Chaung, Praung Pyite, Wabeik, Gwa Sone, Thara Oat, Dar Gyi Zar, Zin Pyin Nya and Kyet Yoe Pyin before issuing this statement.
  1. But 95% of the male villagers, including the leading persons of the villages, had been driven out or asked to stay away from their villages, ahead of the visit by the Commission members to most of the Rohingya villages. The soldiers even threatened the villagers of serious consequences if they apprised the commission of any human rights violations committed by the forces there.
  1. Despite such threats and pressure some of the Rohingya village elders came out from their hiding places and met with the members of the Commission. In all villages the Rohingya men, women, students and children categorically informed them that the soldiers had committed mass atrocities and indulged in killings, rapes, arson and loots. The commission members heard them without taking any note of what the Rohingyas complained. The Rohingya villagers are aggrieved that whatever they had narrated of the atrocities committed by them before the Commission members their accounts and complaints were deliberately kept out of the statement of the Commission. It is clear that this statement of the commission is not transparent and is devoid of any truth.
  1. The news that appeared in the U.K. Guardian newspaper on 10 December that 8 members of the Noor Ayesha of Kyet Yoe Pyin village were killed was a true occurrence. Her 5 children were burned to death, her husband was shot dead, her two daughters were raped before they were killed and she was also raped. A number of Kyet Yoe Pyin villagers knew her family. With her family she indeed lived in Kyet Yoe Pyin until that day of October she lost 8 members of her family.
  1. It is a blatant lie that, according to the Commission’s statement, the soldiers did not perpetrate any human rights violations in any Rohingya village. However, such statement does not surprise us as we had already rejected the formation of such Investigation Commission, which in fact is not independent and represents the perpetrators themselves.
  1. Therefore, we again demand for an UN-sponsored International Investigation Commission in order to find out the truth and bring the perpetrators of all atrocities in the Rohingya villages to justice.

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 Community in Australia
  6. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  7. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  8. Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan
  9. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
  10. Rohingya Community in Germany
  11. Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  12. Rohingya Community in Finland
  13. Rohingya Community in Italy
  14. Rohingya Community in Sweden
  15. Rohingya Organisation Norway
  16. Rohingya Society Netherlands
  17. Rohingya Society Malaysia

 

For more information, please contact:

U.K:                 Tun Khin            +44 7888714866

Germany:       Nay San Lwin    +49 69 26022349

Japan:             Zaw Min Htut   +81-8030835327

Australia:        Dr. Hla Myint   +61-423381904

Canada:          Nur Hasim         +1 (519) 572-5359

Bangladesh:   Ko Ko Linn:       +880-1726068413

 

For download PDF file please click on the below link.

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Joint Statement: “Rohingya Thank Malaysia – Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next”. Date 5th December 2016

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Joint Statement.

Date 5th December 2016

 

Rohingya Thank Malaysia – Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next.

On behalf of Rohingya people worldwide, we, the undersigned Rohingya organizations, strongly express many thanks to the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak for standing with us and showing solidarity to stop “Genocide of Rohingyas in Myanmar”. We would like to extend our thanks to the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) President Abdul Hadi Awang, other top leaders from both Malay Muslim-based parties and all the Malaysian People.

We Rohingya people feel a great moral encouragement.  Prime Minister Najib Razak has become the first head of state to speak up for the justice of Rohingya since the latest crisis began.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib  Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbours and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.

We also very pleased that Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has urged the International Criminal Court to take action against the Myanmar army for atrocities committed against Rohingya in Rakhine State.

Meanwhile, as the situation worsens day by day, we are receiving information that Rohingyas are being killed, including children and women.

We request the Malaysian government to take the following practical steps to stop the genocide of our people:

 

  • Support the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into the totality of the situation in Rakhine State, including violence and human rights violations since 2012.
  • Call an emergency meeting of ASEAN Foreign Ministers to request Myanmar/Burma end human rights violations, abides by international law and lifts all restrictions on aid.
  • Work with members of the Organization for Islamic Co-operation, securing the support of the OIC for a UN Commission of Inquiry.
  • Work internationally for the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry to be included in the next Human Rights Council Resolution on Burma in early 2017.
  • Work with other countries to ensure that as long as human rights violations continue, the UN General Assembly Resolution on Burma will once again be tabled every year.

 

Signatories;

  • Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
  • Bradford Rohingya Community in UK
  • Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
  • Burmese Rohingya Association Japan
  • Burmese Rohingya Community Australia
  • Rohingya Community in Germany
  • Rohingya Community in Switzerland
  • Rohingya Organisation Norway
  • Rohingya Community in Finland
  • Rohingya Community in Italy
  • Rohingya Community in Sweden
  • Rohingya Society Netherlands
  • Rohingya Society Malaysia
  • Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee

 

For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin Mobile:   +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin Mobile: +49 69 26022349

 

For download PDF file please click on the below link.

http://brouk.org.uk/Joint Statement/Rohingya Thank Malaysia-Request to Promote UN Inquiry Next/Dated-5th-December-2016.pdf

 

Al Jazeera, INSIDE STORY: Is the world ignoring the plight of the Rohingya?

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Inside Story

Is the world ignoring the plight of the Rohingya?

 

Guests:

Tun Khin – President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation in the UK.

Maung Zarni – Genocide Documentation Centre of Cambodia and human rights activist.

 

Media Release from BROUK: New Investigation Commission Lacks Credibility – UN Investigation Needed.

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.

For Immediate Release

2nd December 2016

 

New Investigation Commission Lacks Credibility – UN Investigation Needed.

Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK rejects the new Commission established by the government of Burma to investigate violence in Rakhine State.

The government and military are not impartial. The military have been committing abuses and the government have been defending them and denying abuses are taking place. A government which has prejudged the situation and taken sides has established an investigation led by a former senior soldier who himself has allegations of human rights violations against him. This cannot be considered independent or credible.

Since 2012 there have been numerous committees and commissions established by the government. None have been credible or led to any solutions, in fact the situation has got worse.

It is disturbing that the investigation committee is chaired by vice-President 1 U   Myint Swe who was Chief of Military Security Affairs when the 2007 Saffron Revolution was crushed.

Burmese government has continuously been denying all the allegations of abuses against the Rohingya, how are we now expected to believe it will conduct a genuine investigation?

This week Adama Dieng, the U.N.’s special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said the allegations “must be verified as a matter of urgency” and urged the government to allow access to the area.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has also stated:  “the government has largely failed to act on the recommendations made in a report by the UN Human Rights Office… (That) raised the possibility that the pattern of violations against the Rohingya may amount to crimes against humanity,” echoing what another UN official described the government is carrying out “ethnic cleansing” of Rohingya Muslims.

BROUK President Tun Khin said “It is very surprising that the investigation only happens now 7 weeks after the attacks and after the government and military already made statements about the attacks and launched major military operations against the Rohingya populations. The military have killed at least 400 Rohingyas 240 Women have been raped, at least 600 Rohingyas arrested 2300 houses burnt, and 35,000 forced from their homes, and only now they say they will investigate who is responsible. Who can believe that after all this they will say they got it wrong?”

Tun Khin added: “We strongly reject the commission and we urgently need a UN commission of Inquiry to investigate crimes against Rohingya perpetrated by Burmese military in Northern Arakan, The International community have to take immediate steps to pressure NLD government to implement the key recommendations points from the UN human rights office report on this year June”.

For more information please contact Tun Khin +44 7888714866.

 

For download PDF file please click on the below link.

http://brouk.org.uk/PDF/Press Release 2nd Dec 2016/New Investigation Commission Lacks Credibility – UN Investigation Needed.

2016 Crackdown on the Rohingya (November-2016)

BROUKA Briefing by Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

2016 Crackdown on the Rohingya

November-2016

On 9th October border guard police posts on the Burma Bangladesh border were attacked by armed men, and police officers were killed. In response the Burmese military launched a major crackdown, alleging Rohingya were responsible. Human rights violations include executions, arrests, beatings, torture, forced relocations, blocking of humanitarian aid, burning of homes and businesses, and the mass rape of ethnic Rohingya women.

From 12th November the military dramatically escalated their attacks against Rohingya villages, using heavy weapons and helicopter gunships, killing and injuring hundreds of people and displacing 20,000 Rohingya in just one weekend.

12th November

Yekai Chaung Gwasone village: at least 500 Rohingya houses were burned down by the military. At least 20 Rohingya children were thrown to the fire of burning homes, according to family members. When Rohingyas fled from their homes to a nearby paddy field at least eight were shot dead by the military.  More than 60 Rohingyas were killed by rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and thirty wounded while houses burned and at least 30 were shot dead. Those dead bodies were burnt in a paddy field. The information was verified after people found the heads and body organs from the dead villagers. 35 Rohingyas were arrested and 25 women were raped, according to rape victims and villagers.

Dar Gyi Sar Village: at least 100 people were wounded and at least 27 killed. There is no medical treatment for those injured. At least 15 Rohingyas were burnt alive and at least 60 killed during RPG attacks by the military.  At least 110 houses were burnt down by military and 5 Rohingyas were arrested.

 

13th November

Myaw Taung Village: At least 40 Rohingyas were killed by RPG fire and 20 were shot dead by military. 30 Rohingyas arrested and 15 houses were burnt down by military. Pwint Phyu Chaung Village. 24 women were raped. 8 were raped and killed. 22 Rohingyas were shot dead and a total of 30 Rohingyas killed. 105 houses were burnt down.

From Nov 12-13th at least 20,000 Rohingyas have become IDPs from Yay Kay Chaung Gwa Sone, Day Gyi Sar, Myaw Taung and Pwint Phyu Chaung villages. They (20k IDPs) are taking shelter near their villages.

Estimated total from 9th October to 20th  November

Deaths: 428 Rohingya

Rape: 192 Rohingya women

Arrest: 440

Missing people: 120

Reports of beatings and physical violence: 160

Burnt down houses and buildings: 1,780

IDPs: At least 35,000

This briefing paper summarises these recent events.

About the Rohingya

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority from Burma. For decades successive regimes and governments in Burma have pursued a twin-track policy of impoverishment and human rights violations in order to attempt to wipe out the Rohingya community from Rakhine State.

New government, old policies

In 2016 a new government, led by Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy, took power. To date all the old policies, laws and regulations which persecute and discriminate against the Rohingya have been kept in place. Restrictions on humanitarian aid in Rakhine State, which costs lives and cause immense suffering, were also kept in place.

The NLD-led government also continued the policy of not using the word Rohingya, and asked the diplomatic community in Burma not to use the word Rohingya.

No attempt has been made by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi or her government to use their moral authority and leadership to start to challenge prejudice against the Rohingya.

A Central Committee for Implementation of Peace and Development in Rakhine State, chaired by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, was established, but no Rohingya were included.

New restrictions were put in place for Rohingya in camps for the displaced being able to access hospital care when seriously ill, and new steps were taken to start to implement the discriminatory 1982 Citizenship Law, which denies most Rohingya of citizenship.

A more positive step by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi was the establishment of an advisory Commission including international experts, chaired by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, to make recommendations to the government. However, the Commission will not investigate human rights violations and the government has not committed to accepting its recommendations.

9th October Attacks

On 9th October fighters, alleged to be Rohingya, attacked three border police outposts in Maungdaw, in the north of Rakhine State. 9 Border Guard Police officers were killed along with 8 alleged attackers.

In the days and weeks that have followed, we have received numerous reports of human rights violations committed by the security forces as they claim to be attempting to identify and arrest those responsible for the 9th October attacks. 

Between 9th October to 19th November, BROUK has recorded the following estimates of abuses committed:

 

Deaths: 428 Rohingya

Rape: 192 Rohingya women

Arrest: 303

Missing people: 120

Reports of beatings and physical violence: 160

Burnt down houses and buildings: 1,697

IDPs: At least 30,000

These abuses have taken place mainly in villages in Maungdaw north. Obtaining information about northern Rakhine State is very difficult, and the ongoing security clampdown has made it even more difficult for people to speak out. The cases below are based on field reports directly from the ground.

Where possible, BROUK has sought to corroborate reports by speaking to multiple witnesses, and by obtaining video and photographic evidence. Given the very real risks to those reporting from the ground, detailed case information has been withheld in some instances.

Recommendations

End human rights violations

Pressure must be brought to bear on the government and military to end all human rights violations, including arbitrary executions, arrests, beatings, torture, forced relocations, blocking of humanitarian aid, burning of homes and businesses, and the mass rape of ethnic Rohingya women by the security forces. They must also ensure that the civilian population is protected.

Unrestricted aid access needed

Some humanitarian aid is now being allowed back to a very limited area, but for most people dependent on aid, it has now been disrupted for more than a month. 80,000-85,000 people are in the locked-down area. A return to the previous situation means a return to what was already an unacceptable situation costing lives and causing immense suffering. The government must not just lift new restrictions, they must immediately allow humanitarian organizations and agencies full unrestricted access to all communities in northern Rakhine State.

Investigate abuses

Investigate all reports of human rights violations by the security forces in northern Rakhine State. Ensure the investigations are independent and transparent. Bring those responsible to justice. As the government of Burma appears unwilling to do this, the UN should set up an inquiry to investigate.

End restrictions, intimidation and censorship of media

Media have been banned from accessing Rakhine State, journalists have been publicly attacked by government officials for reporting abuses, government complaints led to one journalist being sacked, and state media have returned to military era style reporting and lies regarding the current situation. Freedom of media and freedom of expression is under threat.

Crackdown timeline

9th October (Sunday)

00:30 – Three border police outposts, including the Border Guard Police Headquarters at Kyi Kan Pyin Village were attacked by a group of alleged Rohingya fighters. According to state media, 9 Border Guard Police officers were killed, and 8 attackers were also killed.

In the evening about 6pm the authorities confirmed that a curfew had been imposed, prohibiting people from being outside of their homes from 7pm to 6am, and from gathering in groups of more than 4 people.

10th October (Monday)

8:30 – Military officers shot and killed 7 Rohingya villagers in Myo Thu Gyi village. Two of the Rohingyas were children under 18 years of age.

9:00 – Military officers burnt down about 20 Rohingya houses in Kyi Kan Pyin village. Eyewitness report seeing men in Burmese military uniforms starting the blazes.

12:30 – A grave of 3 Rohingya dead bodies found in Kyauk Sin Pyin village. Villagers said those 3 people were arrested by military officers the night before, on 9th October evening.

The bodies have been identified as:

(1) Bawsir Ahmed s/o Nazir Hussein (67-year-old) (M)

(2) Eman Hussein s/o Lal Miah (41-year-old) (M)

(3) Mamod Naser s/o Jamal (16-year-old)  (M)

14:30 – Burmese Military burnt down about 15 houses in Wabeik village and shot 6 Rohingyas, they died immediately.  There is 1 mosque and 1 religious school according to eyewitness from the village.

16:00 – Sources report that the military killed 7 Rohingyas and arrested a further 6 people from Oo Chin Kya village.

19:00 – Five military officers beat 5 Rohingya men in Sambana vhamlet near Myo Thu Gyi Village. Some of the men were beaten so badly they lost their teeth. According to sources on the ground, the military officers are from Battalion 263 led by Lt. Col. Hlaing Min Htet.

The names of the Rohingya victims are:

(1) Dowllah (18-year-old) son of Abukar Siddik   (M)

(2) Hamind (35-year-old) son of Basamiah            (M)

(3) Hanfuru (25-year-old) son of Nur Ahmed         (M)

(4) Salim (25-year-old) son of Mamad Huson         (M)

(5) Habiullah (45-year-old) son of Abulusson         (M)

11th October (Tuesday)

11:00 – Burmese Military killed 1 person in Nga Sar Chuu village and 140 houses burnt down in Nga Sar Chuu village according to an eyewitness.

13:00 – Military shot one Rohingya man Aman Ullah (45 years old), who suffered an injury to his chest. When 6 Rohingya came out to the paddy field, they were all arrested by military and Border guard forces. Until now, there is no information about where they are or what happened to them.

The European Union issued a statement expressing sympathy to the families of those killed in the attacks but not for victims or reported human rights violations. The E.U. has called for a formal police investigation into the incident and for the perpetrators to be brought to justice according to the rule of law.

12th October (Wednesday)

10:00 – Burmese Army fired rocket launchers in Kyat Yoe Pyin Village.  At least 35 Rohingyas were killed and 40 Rohingyas were arrested in Maungdaw. Approximately 400 houses burnt down.

17:00 – Eyewitness saw military burying at least 10 dead bodies at the East Mosque in Myo Ma Kayin Tan village, Maungdaw Township.

18:00 – Military officers burnt down about 10 houses and a mosque in Pawa Chaung village. Around 19:30 military arrested 15 Rohingyas from Pawa Chaung Village.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmar’s State Counselor, said the government will handle the turbulent situation in the country’s western Rakhine State fairly and according to the rule of law

13th October (Thursday)

10:00 – People from Ngan Chaung village report that the Burmese Military burnt down more than 15 houses in their village.

According to one eyewitness, Burmese military shot Kader, a 28 year old Rohingya man in Maungnama village.

12:00- Villagers in Dudan village report that the Burmese Military shot dead Azizullah, a 29 year old Rohingya man.

12:30 – Men wearing military uniforms set fire to 30 houses in Pyaung Piang village, according to eyewitness.

15:00 – Military looted Rohingya shops in Zin Pyaing Nya market, a shop owner with tears explained.

19:00 – Rohingya villagers seen burying at least 10 dead bodies in Maungdaw Town Cemetery according to eyewitness.

21:30 – A Rohingya girl named Zarina Katu (aged16 years) was gang raped by Border Guard Police forces in Kyauk Si Pyin Village, a relative confirms.

14th October (Friday)

01:00 Military officers entered Ngakura village and looted all the goods taken with military trucks from Rohingya’s shops according to the shop owners.

10:00 – 3 Rohingyas were shot by Military in Nga Ku Ra village. One later died on 16th, he had been injured in his chest.

13:00 – A Rohingya man named Robin Ali (age 33) died in Kyauk Sein Pyi village because of lack of medical treatment after military shot him.

15:00 – Military and Border Guard Police personnel raided Kyauk Pyin Seik village. 4 people – 2 women and 2 men were killed, according to villagers who buried them. One of the women was pregnant.  Their names are:

  1. Oli Ahmed (35) (M)
  2. Ismail (28) (M)
  3. Rabika (38) (F) (Pregnant lady)
  4. Amana (15) (F)

15th October (Saturday)

18:00 – Military officers raided Nwa Young Taung and Yat Mya Taung village looking for suspected attackers by Military and police forces. Local sources report a lot of jewellery and property taken away from Rohingya houses.

16th October (Sunday)

13:00 – Military burnt down 3 Rohingya houses and 4 huts near Wabeik village.

17th October (Monday)

14:00 – Border Guard Police shot 3 Rohingya fishermen in Nga Ku Ra village. One died immediately and two injured.

19:00 – About 20 Rohingya shops were looted by Police forces in Kyin Kan Pyin Village.

18th October (Tuesday)

11:00 – Military combined with Police forces looting Rohingya’s property and food in Nga Ku Ra Village.

15:30 – About 15 Rohingyas were brutally beaten by Police forces in Nga Ku Ra village. Military cut some of their hands, hit them with their rifles and some of them were kicked and with blood, according to eyewitness.

18:00 – One Rohingya from Oo Chin Kya village was killed while he was in custody. His name is Mohammed Alam, aged 42 years. He was one of 6 arrested on 10th October according to their family members.

24th October

18:00 – Military combined with Border Guard Police Forces entered Pan Myaung hamlet in Nga Sar Kyuu village and raped 7 Rohingya women. One died the next day after bleeding according to their family members. Due to dignity reason we can not disclose their names.

25th October

UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee calls for an investigation into alleged abuses. Her call was rejected by the government and in state media.

28th October

Reuters report that a 40-year-old woman from U Shey Kya stated that four soldiers raped her and assaulted her 15-year-old daughter, while stealing jewellery and cash from the family. “They took me inside the house. They tore my clothes and they took my head scarf off,” the mother of seven told Reuters in an interview outside her home, a cramped bamboo hut. “Two men held me, one holding each arm, and another one held me by my hair from the back and they raped me.”

3rd November

Diplomats from the United States, United Kingdom, European Union and China visited Northern Rakhine State and called for a credible investigation into recent events. The government has not established such an investigation. Rohingya who spoke with the delegation were later arrested and or questioned by the military and security forces.

Fiona MacGregor, a journalist who worked at the English-language Myanmar Times was dismissed for an article she wrote on allegations of rape by security forces. The sacking came after the President’s Office had publicly attacked her, and the Ministry of Information complained to the paper’s management about her report.

8th November

BBC reports an interview with a government official stating Rohingya women could not have been raped because they are very dirty and unhygienic.

12th November

Yekai Chaung Gwasone village. At least 500 Rohingya houses were burned down by the military. At least 20 Rohingya children were thrown to the fire of burning homes, according to family members. When Rohingyas fled from their homes to a nearby paddy field at least eight were shot dead by the military.  More than 60 Rohingyas were killed by rocket propelled grenades (RPGs) and thirty wounded while houses burned and at least 30 were shot dead. Those dead bodies were burnt in a paddy field. The information was verified after people found the heads and body organs from the dead villagers. 35 Rohingyas were arrested and 25 women were raped, according to rape victims and villagers.

Dar Gyi Sar Village. At least 100 people were wounded and at least 27 killed. There is no medical treatment for those injured. At least 15 Rohingyas were burnt alive and at least 60 killed during RPG attacks by the military.  At least 110 houses were burnt down by military and 5 Rohingyas were arrested.

 13th November

Myaw Taung Village. At least 40 Rohingyas were killed by RPG fire and 20 were shot dead by military. 30 Rohingyas arrested and 15 houses were burnt down by military.

Pwint Phyu Chaung Village. 24 women were raped. 8 were raped and killed. 22 Rohingyas were shot dead and a total of 30 Rohingyas killed. 105 houses were burnt down.

From Nov 12-13th at least 20,000 Rohingyas have become IDPs from Yay Kay Chaung Gwa Sone, Day Gyi Sar ,Myaw Taung and Pwint Phyu Chaung villages. They (20k IDPs) are taking shelter near their villages.

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

BROUK MEDIA

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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