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“Rohingya Muslims facing world’s most enduring sentiment: bigotry” Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with “CBCnews” on 8th September 2017.

By Nahlah Ayed, CBC News 

Posted: Sep 08, 2017

“Rohingya Muslims facing world’s most enduring sentiment: bigotry” Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with “CBCnews” on 8th September 2017.

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A Rohingya refugee girl stands next to newly arrived refugees who fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in Ukhiya on Sept. 6. More than 125,000 refugees have flooded across the border into Bangladesh. The government of Buddhist-majority Myanmar largely does not recognize them as citizens. (KM Asad/AFP/Getty Images)


“Discrimination doesn’t come naturally. It is taught.”

With simple, stinging words, Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu offered a reminder of how far humans will go in the name of their differences.

His intervention — a rebuke — was an open letter to de facto Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi, condemning her refusal to call out the horror endured by the minority Rohingya Muslims in her country.

But within was also an indictment of the world’s muted reaction to the violence against, and extraordinary displacement of, thousands of people who are already labelled the most persecuted minority in the world.

“We know that you know that human beings may look and worship differently — and some may have greater firepower than others,” he writes.

“But none are superior and none inferior … when you scratch the surface we are all the same.”

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu: 'When you scratch the surface we are all the same.' (The Associated Press)

Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu: ‘When you scratch the surface we are all the same.’ (The Associated Press)

But to be Rohingya in 2017 is to be the other. It is to face that most enduring and insidious human sentiment: bigotry.

And they are facing it not only in Myanmar, where bigotry is at the root of their longtime effective quarantine, but also from the wider world, where prejudice has long manifested itself as indifference.

“We are friendless in our own country: because we are racially different, we are religiously different and our appearance is different,” says Tun Khin, a U.K.-based Rohingya Muslim activist whose family fled an earlier wave of violence to Bangladesh. He is president of Burmese Rohingya Organization UK.

“We are witnessing the most horrific situation in our history.”

This Aug. 30, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees reach for food aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Aug. 30. (AFP/Getty Images

This Aug. 30, 2017 photo shows Rohingya refugees reach for food aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border on Aug. 30. (AFP/Getty Images


Long before the latest violence sent 270,000 Rohingyas pouring across the border to Bangladesh, fleeing for their lives, they lived a bleak existence.

Once afforded rights as an ethnic minority among a majority Buddhist population—Khin says Burma once even had a radio station in Rohingya language, and his grandfather served as a parliamentary secretary—things changed following a 1962 military coup.

Since then, their rights have gradually been removed. They have been segregated in the Rakhine state and denied education and freedom of movement.

Though many have been in Burma for generations, they are considered illegals and were effectively stripped of the right to citizenship in 1982. Hundreds of thousands who fled earlier violence haven’t come back.

Rohingya refugees at a crowded camp in 2012 on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar. The UN calls them one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Rohingya refugees at a crowded camp in 2012 on the outskirts of Sittwe, Myanmar. The UN calls them one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)


“There’s no safety and security… you are living like a hell. [An] open prison.”

And none of this is new. As a persecuted people, they have long been neglected by the world, even when it championed the cause of democracy in Burma.

When elections finally happened in 2015, Rohingya were not allowed to vote. Still they hoped their lot might improve when Aung San Suu Kyi, an opposition activist who was put under house arrest by the military, became the state counsellor.

Khin, who campaigned for her release back then, is bitterly disappointed.

When she was under house arrest, “she mentioned that, ‘please use your liberty to promote ours.’ Now I want to ask Aung San Suu Kyi: Please use your liberty to promote ours.”


Feels well planned

The Myanmar military undertook the current “clearance operations” after Rohingya militants attacked government forces on Aug. 25, killing and injuring many of them.

Rohingya Muslims say they condemn the violence, but the military’s response amounts to collective punishment. Bolstered by Buddhist nationalists, the violence, to the Rohingya, has the feel of being well planned. They believe it is a continuation of a sustained campaign to wipe them out.

Khin calls it ethnic cleansing, a slow genocide.

During earlier flareups, Suu Kyi said ethnic cleansing was “too strong” a term.

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Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t have the power to halt military operations, but many of her supporters, including Desmond Tutu, insist she has the moral standing and obligation to do so. (Jorge Silva/Reuters)


This time around, she’s quoted as saying there was a “huge iceberg of misinformation” surrounding the crisis, but that “we have to take care of everybody who is in our country whether or not they are citizen — it is our duty, and we try our best.”

Suu Kyi doesn’t have the power to order a halt to the military’s operations.

But many of her supporters, including Tutu, have insisted she has the moral standing—and obligation—to do so.

They also insist this isn’t a legal or immigration question. It is a human rights question, a dangerous case of mass discrimination, prejudice, racism and ultimately, hate.

“She was the one person in the country who really could have challenged this really ingrained and endemic prejudice against Muslims in the country and Rohingya in particular,” Mark Farmaner, of Burma Campaign UK, told CBC News.

Get to root causes

Her government has kept in place all the policies of the previous military regime, he added. They use “the combination of human rights violations, and deliberate impoverishment, to force Rohingyas to leave.”

This week, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres advised getting to the root causes to solve the crisis.

“It will be crucial to give the Muslims of Rakhine state either nationality or, at least for now, a legal status that will allow them to have a normal life—including freedom of movement and access to labour markets, education and health services.”

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar's Rakhine state holds a baby as she sits in a makeshift shelter after arriving at the Kutupalong refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on Sept. 5. (KM Asad/AFP/Getty Images)

A Rohingya refugee from Myanmar’s Rakhine state holds a baby as she sits in a makeshift shelter after arriving at the Kutupalong refugee camp near the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on Sept. 5. (KM Asad/AFP/Getty Images)


But to the hellish turn of events in the past weeks, world leaders have so far only offered couched words.

Many have only this week expressed concern—or any hint of support for Bangladesh, an already impoverished country that must contend with a huge added responsibility.

World powers continue to support a leader who appears to be maintaining her position at a cost that Tutu described as “surely too steep.”

Khin says some of those countries help train and equip the Myanmar military and can send a powerful message by suspending that support.

Peacekeepers must be sent in, he added. Suspended aid in Rakhine state must be restored. Willing media should be allowed to monitor.

“It’s not a time to condemn by releasing statements and mentioning their concern,” said Khin. “It is time to act.”

 

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“Rohingya Muslims facing world’s most enduring sentiment: bigotry” Tun Khin President BROUK in an interview with “CBCnews” on 8th September 2017.

DEMONSTRATION ON ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN, BURMA ON WEDNESDAY, 30th AUGUST 2017.

DEMONSTRATION ON ROHINGYA GENOCIDE IN ARAKAN, BURMA ON WEDNESDAY, 30th AUGUST 2017.

Join us for the demonstration on Wednesday, 30th August 2017 outside Foreign & Commonwealth Office, London from 2:00 pm – 03:00 pm.

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Background:

From 25th August Myanmar army and police forces have been carrying out indiscriminate killing of Rohingya civilians, torching and wholesale destruction of their homes and villages. More than 700 Rohingyas, mostly old men, women and children were massacred, and at least 18 Rohingya villages were burned down in the townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung in Rakhine State. As of Today, at least 80,000 people are internally displaced causing a great humanitarian disaster. Due to curfew order, blockade and extensive destruction of foodstuff and essentials, there is an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other necessities. The situation is exponentially worsening.

The Rohingya Community in the UK is holding a demonstration in front of the Foreign & Common Wealth Office of the U.K. to urge the U.K. Government to put pressure on the Myanmar Government to stop this unprecedented campaign of terror and brutality, and to immediately discuss the issue in the UNSC.

We would like to invite you to join us and raise your voice to protect Rohingya lives in Arakan. Thank you so much.

Please show your solidarity with us …!!!

 

The demonstration will take place as follow;

Time: 14:00-15:00

Date:  30th August 2017 (Wednesday)

Place: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AH

Nearest Tube Station: Westminster (District Line and Jubilee Line)

 

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

Media Release from BROUK “Urgent Action Needed to Implement Rakhine Commission Recommendations” Release on Thursday 24th August 2017

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)

For Immediate Release Thursday 24th August 2017

Urgent Action Needed to Implement Rakhine Commission Recommendations

Today the Rakhine State Advisory Commission led by former UN chief Kofi Annan published their final report on Rakhine state. We, BROUK welcome the recommendations made by the commission, but we are concerned whether the NLD-led government will actually implement them, and call on the international community to ensure that the recommendations are implemented as quickly as possible.

At the top of the government’s agenda should be the revising of the 1982 Citizenship Law in line with “international standards and treaties”, “to ensure full and unimpeded humanitarian access … to all communities in Rakhine State”, to “ensure freedom of movement for all people in Rakhine State, irrespective of religion, ethnicity or citizenship status” and “closing all IDP camps … and ensure that return/relocation is carried out in accordance with international standards”.

The Commission issued its interim report in March with 30 points of recommendations. However, there has been the very little implementation of those recommendations, and even those where the action was taken were not done in a proper manner, for example, proper support for those moved from camps. There is little political willingness to solve the Rohingya issue from the Burmese Military, NLD government and Rakhine State government. In fact, they are all currently escalating tensions and increasing the likelihood of further violence.

Rising tensions, instability, and any further violence is likely to be used as an excuse by authorities for not implementing recommendations.

It is time now for the international community to put collective pressure on the government in Burma to implement the recommendations submitted by the Kofi Annan Commission.

BROUK President Tun Khin said, “The international community has supported the Kofi Annan commission but unless they now pressure the government to implement the recommendations without delay, the whole process will have been a waste of time. We also need to see action on the serious human rights violations committed by the Burmese army, which was not covered by the Commission.”

For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin +44 7888714866.

 

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Media Release from BROUK “Urgent Action Needed to Implement Rakhine Commission Recommendations” Release on Thursday 24th August 2017

Media Release From BROUK on REPORT “Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya”. issued on 16th May 2017.

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Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK

For Immediate Release Tuesday 16th May 2017

Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya

A new report, Burned, Stabbed and Shot – Physical Evidence of Atrocities Committed against the Rohingya, published today by Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK documents physical evidence of atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Burmese Army.

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 posts, killing nine.

The assault was answered with months of systematic and widespread violence perpetrated by Myanmar’s military. 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.

The report contains further evidence advances the civilian population was targeted in an organised manner by state forces which systematically targeted civilians, including children, in a campaign of killing and cruelty.

What is new about the material contained in this report is that it documents, through photographs, testimony and forensic analysis, physical evidence of attacks against civilians.

One case study is of a boy aged 8 who was burnt when soldiers set fire to his home after killing his father.

Another case study is of a 16-year-old who was shot in the back whilst running away when the Burmese Army attacked his village.

The report argues that the international community must not allow the obstruction of the Fact-Finding Mission by the government of Burma to lead to further impunity for crimes being committed. If obstructed by the government, the Mission must collect evidence by other means, and this report demonstrates that it is possible to collect evidence in neighbouring countries.

The report contains detailed practical recommendations of steps the government of Burma should take to address the situation.

“For the past 20 years the international community has failed to act when the government of Burma has ignored recommendations about the Rohingya in UN General Assembly Resolutions, UN Human Rights Council Resolutions, and by Special Rapporteurs,” said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK. “This must not be allowed to happen again after the Fact Finding Mission reports. This time we need action or we’ll keep seeing this kind of abuses over and over again.”

 

For more information please contact Tun Khin +44 7888714866

 

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Press-Release from BROUK on a new report issued on 16th May 2017

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.

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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

 

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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)

 

“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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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:
http://brouk.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Rohingya-Condemn-Assassination-of-U-Ko-Ni-and-Call-for-Urgent-investigation.pdf

“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