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“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)

 

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

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

In a recent interview with BBC NEWS Mr Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) shared his own experience and testimonies himself collected from the real Raped victims, Burnet houses, Torture & Extreme sufferer on the ground who fled from Northern Arakan State to Bangladesh camps especially after 9th October 2016.

He described the worst situation in Arakan state, where in this 21st century how the Myanmar Military under the so-called democratic Gov is treating the humanity horrifically, it’s catastrophic situation against the Rohingya minority in Myanmar. More than 1000 Rohingya have been killed, more than 500 women been raped, elderly people been burnt alive. houses been burned. This the worse situation Rohingya have been facing especially after 9th October 2016.

Mr Tun also mentions the Rohingya’s history. Rohingya ethnicity was recognised on 1948 democratic period.  There was a time when there used to be a Rohingya language programs were broadcasting on the state radio from 1961 to 1965.

He said “UN intervention is the only way to save the lives of Rohingya in Arakan now. We must bring the military criminals to International Criminal Court.

He also added that “international community must pressure Burmese government to stop the killing Rohingya people and raping the women.” Rohingya should be treat humanely and with dignity.

BROUK 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.

HAPPY NEW YEAR-2017..!!!

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The Rohingya people are stateless and have nowhere to go. Homeless and without the means to earn a living, hundreds and thousands are suffering on a daily basis from the violence and poverty enforced upon them, but this is a new year. A new beginning. And hope things will change ……

Wish you all very sweet and prosperous New Year!!!.

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

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.

 

Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by Al Jazeera on 24th November 2016.

Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK interviewed by Al Jazeera on 24th November 2016.

In a recent interview with Al Jazeera Mr. Tun Khin, President Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said “UN intervention is the only way to save the lives of Rohingya in Arakan now. We must bring the military criminals to International Criminal Court. He also urged Bangladesh Government that they must open their Border and should give temporary shelter and food to the Rohingya.

He also added that “international community must pressure Burmese government to stop the killing Rohingya people and raping the women.”

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

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BROUK Invitation 

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

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

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

 

The demonstration will take place as follow;

Time                   13:00 – 14:00

Date                    19th  October 2016

Place                   In front of Burmese Embassy

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I really doubt about it…!!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

“Burma’s Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever”

“Burma’s Rohingya Need International Help Now More Than Ever”

By TUN KHIN

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10/08/2016

 

Migrants, who were found at sea on a boat, arrive at a temporary shelter near the Kanyin Chaung jetty to MeeThike sub-township outside Maungdaw township, northern Rakhine state on June 4, 2015. More than 700 migrants found adrift on a fishing boat six days ago disembarked in Myanmar's western state of Rakhine as the US warned it was monitoring their fate "very closely". The plight of the Rohingya Muslims, 1.3 million of whom live in western Myanmar but are mostly denied citizenship, has come under scrutiny as a migrant crisis unfurls in Southeast Asia. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU (Photo credit should read Ye Aung Thu/AFP/Getty Images)

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Earlier this year the United Nations published a report ‘Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar’, which concluded that human rights violations against us could amount to crimes against humanity.

The report also stated that the government of Burma needed to take urgent action to end the anti-Rohingya policies of past governments. The response of the NLD led government and rest of the international community was silence. Once again, evidence of violations of international law have been provided, and once again no action has been taken. Our suffering goes on.

Worse, the day after the UN report was published, European Union diplomats based in Burma announced that in response to a demand by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi to avoid using the word Rohingya, they would also not use the word Rohingya when talking about Rohingya people.

The denial of our ethnic identity is an integral part of the discrimination that we face. Nationalists and the government administration under former President Thein Sein have deliberately and tactically escalated controversy over the use of the name Rohingya as part of their campaign to say we are not an ethnic group in Burma and don’t belong there. They called us Bengali instead, claiming we are immigrants from Bangladesh. Instead of standing up to these people and their lies, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi has said because the name is controversial, diplomats should call us ‘Muslims from Rakhine state’.

This is seen as a victory by nationalists. Rather than being pacified by this so-called compromise, they are now demanding the Burmese government officially call us Bengali. Not calling us Rohingya has encouraged them. In effect, the government of Burma and European Union have sided with racists and nationalists rather than with the oppressed and vulnerable.

My people are dying in the camps where they fled to four years ago after they fled mobs burning their homes and villagers. They are dying in part because the new government has kept in place severe restrictions on delivery of aid. In towns and villages my people live in poverty and fear, afraid of attack or arrest at any time. My people are denied the right to travel around the country, are denied citizenship, and denied the right to vote. We are denied access to healthcare. Our children are denied access to higher and university education. We had so much hope in an NLD government, but so far, since they came to power, things have continued to get worse, not better.

Daw Aung San Suu Kyi says her government needs time and space to deal with this issue. As Rohingya we understand that there is much hatred against us in Burma. Fully addressing this will take time. But in the short term restrictions on aid can be lifted, action taken against those inciting hatred and violence, and the process of reforming the 1982 citizenship law which is at the root of depriving us of so many of our rights, could be started. My people are dying and suffering so much, we don’t have time. We need action now.

At the same time, violations of law don’t get much more serious than crimes against humanity. Yet having concluded that these crimes might be happening, no action is being taken by the UN or government of Burma. Imagine if a police force said a murder had been committed, but we are not going to investigate it. That’s the equivalent of what the United Nations are doing now.

At a time when there is so much hope for so many others in Burma, this is our most desperate hour. Pressure needs to be placed on the NLD led government to lift government restrictions on humanitarian aid to the Rohingya still living in squalid camps four years after being forced to flee their homes. Daw Aung San Suu Kyi must be made to live up to her previous statement that the discriminatory 1982 citizenship law should be reviewed. And the United Nations must establish an international investigation into human rights violations against my people. Next month’s UN General Assembly sessions are the opportunity to do this.

Report after report have concluded that multiple violations of international law are being committed against the Rohingya. No government can say they don’t know what is going on. It is to their shame that they allowed it to carry on.

“Tun Khin is President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK and Leading voice of the Rohingya in Exile.”