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By MYARF and Maung Aurther
December 3, 2013
Maungdaw, Arakan: Rakhine Police from Maungdaw Police station arrested an innocent Rohingya from Quarter 5 of Maungdaw on 29th December 2013. He was tortured for one day at the Police Station so as to extort Kyat 1 Million.
“At 7:30PM on 29th Novemeber 2013, Rakhine Police from Maungdaw Police Station arbitrarily arrested Lalu (son of) Fazal from West Hamlet of Quarter 5 of Maungdaw under false accusation of involving in the violence in June 2012. He was detainted and tortured in the police station for one day.
And around 12:30PM on 30th Novemeber 2013, Police released him having extorted Kyat 1 Million. He runs a small business of Bamboo-Trading and a bamboo shop in the village. His house was burnt down by Rakhine terrorists in June 2012. He has to still live in a fragile tent built within his house premise” said a Rohingya in Maungdaw.
“It is an opens-secret that the violence has been state-sponsored and against Rohingyas and other Muslims only. The degree that Rakhine suffered during the violence in June 2012 is very very minimal in comparison to the sufferings of Muslims. Yet, Rakhine authority arrest and torture innocent Rohingyas and extort money from them under the banner of incitement of violence. It is extremely cruel and unjust” he added.
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The Maungdaw central market was set on fire on Saturday evening by several troublemakers from the Rakhine community, alleged Anwer (not his real name), a shopkeeper from Maungdaw central market.
“Nobody was allowed to go near the market expect security force and Rakhine,” he reported.
Another shopkeeper by the name of Hakhim also confirmed the market was closed off to the Rohingya community even though they own most of the shops in the area. By the time the firemen arrived to put out the fire some of the shops had already burnt to the ground.
Before the fire broke out the electricity was cut off and there was no mobile network available in Maungdaw, said Ali Ahmed.
Another shopkeeper reported seeing Rakhine gangs looting the shops while security forces did nothing. Eventually the army was called in to control the situation, but by then most of the looters were nowhere to be seen.
A source informed Kaladan Press Network that similar actions against Rohingya properties took place several hours later in Sawmawna village, about three miles away. This time a mosque was set on fire. The fire was later extinguished by firemen.
Members of the Rohingya community also reported being locked out of the area when the mosque was attacked.
Rohingya Refugees Ponder Future Minus Australia Optionsource by : http://www.irrawaddy.org/burma/rohingya-refugees-ponder-future-minus-australia-option.html
More than 90 refugees are being held at the Makassar Immigration Detention Center on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island after being pushed back from East Timor shores. (Photographer’s name withheld)
KUALA LUMPUR — Australia’s clampdown on refugees and migrants trying to reach the country’s shores by boat has prompted uncertainty among Rohingya who, facing state oppression and attacks by Arakanese Buddhists, have fled Burma in the tens of thousands in recent years.
Since Australia’s now-ousted Labor government decided in July to prevent refugees traveling by sea from landing in Australia—saying that would-be arrivals would be taken to processing centers in neighboring Nauru and Papua New Guinea (PNG)—some Rohingya who had hopes of making it to Australia are now in a bind.
“We are disappointed, we feel like we are stuck,” said Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHOM). “Many of us do not have papers here [in Malaysia] and we have no status in Burma. It is a difficult situation for anyone who hoped to travel to Australia,” Ahmad told The Irrawaddy.
Thousands of Rohingya refugees undertake a treacherous maritime journey from western Burma to Thailand or Malaysia. From there some in turn hope to reach Australia, usually attempting another dangerous maritime crossing through the Indian Ocean.
Between 25,000-30,000 Rohingya are estimated to have fled Burma since June 2012, when clashes between Arakanese Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan State turned deadly, with the Rohingya making up the majority of those displaced by violence in the region. Burma is home to an estimated five million Muslims in all, comprising groups such as the Kaman, who unlike the Rohingya, are recognized by the Burma government.
However, Canberra’s tightening-up on sea arrivals has dampened interest in sailing to Australia among Rohingya in Malaysia, who are estimated to number between 30,000 to 40,000 in all, counting just over 30,000 registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and others unlisted. “The new Australia policy of resettlement to PNG and Nauru has definitely cooled down the Rohingya about taking the risk,” said Chris Lewa, head of the Arakan Project, which documents living conditions for Rohingya in Burma and beyond.
Rohingya arrivals to Australia are difficult to quantify, as those who do make it are listed as “stateless” by Australia, while some others who arrived in Australia over recent years claimed to be Rohingya but were assessed by Australia to be either Bangladeshi nationals or Burmese Muslims, according to Chris Lewa.
Australian government statistics—covering the years from 1998 to 2012—list 2,204 stateless maritime arrivals to Australia, a cohort that includes Kurds, Palestinians and Rohingya. Migrant arrivals by boat to Australia have shot up in recent years, from 6,535 passengers landing onboard 134 vessels in 2010 to 17,202 arrivals on 278 boats last year, according to Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
In Australia’s recent national elections, parties competed to offer the most stringent regulations on maritime arrivals. One reason given by Australia is that the boats reaching Australian shores are too often run by people smugglers who extort a high price from their passengers, most of whom travel from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran and Sri Lanka and some of whom are assessed by Australia to be economic migrants rather than refugees.
“Don’t risk your life or waste your time or money by paying people smugglers. If you pay a people smuggler you are buying a ticket to another country,” reads a notice on the website of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
A voter backlash against the arrival of over 40,000 asylum seekers since 2007, when policy was relaxed for a time, prompted both of Australia’s main parties to suggest tighter controls. But critics say Australia’s “offshore processing”—referring to the assessing of asylum claims in PNG and Nauru—of maritime arrivals is contrary to the country’s moral obligations. Additional measures aimed at dissuading maritime refugee arrivals, which have been proposed by new Prime Minister Tony Abbott, could contravene Australia’s obligations under international law, according to human rights groups.
Indonesia is a common transit point for refugees trying to reach Australia, Rohingya included. At least 28 Middle Eastern migrants drowned when a boat, which was aiming to reach Christmas Island, an Australian territory in the Indian Ocean, sank off Indonesia in late September.
That tragedy came just before Abbott visited Indonesia, which like Malaysia and Thailand—two other common destinations or transit points for Rohingya—is not a signatory to the UN Convention relating to the Status of Refugees.
In June this year a group of 99 “boat people,” including some 73 Rohingya, sought to sail to Australia but were forced ashore at East Timor by engine trouble, after which they were taken to Indonesia, where they remain at a detention center in Makassar on the island of Sulawesi.
Some from the group have tried to escape, citing cramped conditions, with 15 people staying in rooms measuring 18 feet by 40 feet, according to an account by Rafi Zaw Win, a Rohingya in the center.
“Please help us to safety to Australia and or to any resettlement country where we would be able to continue our lives for safety,” implored Rafi Zaw Win.
Malaysia, nyatakan pendirianmu mengenai pembunuhan Rohingyasource by : http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2012/06/15/malaysia-nyatakan-pendirianmu-mengenai-pembunuhan-rohingya/
Presiden Merhrom, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata, mayat yang dibakar dan terus hilang.
Pengerusi Gabungan NGO Malaysia Selamatkan Rohingya, Azmi Hamid berkata Ketua Negara-Negara Asean sepatutnya mengadakan mesyuarat tergembar bagi membincangkan isu pembunuhan etnik ini.
“Kami mendesak agar kerajaan Myanmar menghentikan segera perkara ini. Ia tidak boleh dibiarkan lagi,” kata beliau kepada pemberita selepas menghantar memorandum kepada kedutaan Myammar hari ini.
Katanya isu kekejaman ke atas umat Islam Rohingya ini adalah isu sejagat yang wajib khususnya umat Islam bangkit untuk membela dan menyatakan bantahan.
Azmi menyatakan umat Islam etnik Rohingya dibunuh, diseksa, wanita diperkosa manakala rumah-rumah dan perkampungan mereka dibakar.
“Kerajaan Myammar turut dituntut untuk membenarkan campur tangan agensi antarabangsa seperti Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) untuk menyiasat perkara yang dilaporkan,” katanya.
`Situasi masih teruk’
Himpunan tersebut diadakan selepas solat Jumaat, mulai berarak dari Masjid Tabung Haji ke kedutaan Myanmar di Jalan Ampang.
Kira-kira dua ribu orang yang kebanyakkannya pelarian Rohingya di negara ini turut serta dalam himpunan tersebut sehingga berlaku kesesakan trafik di hadapan kawasan kedutaan terbabit.
Sementara itu, Presiden Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (Merhrom), Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata, banyak mayat etnik Rohingya yang dibakar telah hilang.
Melalui maklumat yang diperoleh, Zafar berkata, mayat umat Islam etnik Rohingya ini diambil oleh orang Buddha Rakhine dan kami tidak mengetahui apa yang dilakukan mereka.
“Kami menuntut agar PBB segera melakukan siasatan di atas hal ini. Kami sentiasa menerima maklumat mengenai situasi di kampung halaman. Sehingga sekarang situasinya masih teruk dan akses maklumat dari luar juga dikawal oleh pihak tentera,” katanya.
MERHROM serah memo bantah serangan ke atas etnik Rohingya
KUALA LUMPUR 9 Okt. – Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia (MERHROM) menyerahkan memorandum bantahan kepada wakil pemimpin dunia untuk mendesak campur tangan antarabangsa berikutan serangan terbaharu terhadap etnik Rohingya di Thadwe Arakan, Myanmar.
Presidennya, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata, serangan pada 23 September lalu menyebabkan banyak kematian etnik Rohingya di tiga buah kampung namun sehingga kini tiada tindakan diambil kerajaan Myanmar untuk menyelesaikan masalah tersebut.
Menurut beliau, memorandum itu diserahkan bertujuan menarik perhatian Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) dan pemimpin-pemimpin dunia memandangkan sehingga kini tiada tindakan proaktif diambil mereka untuk menghentikan pembunuhan beramai-ramai terhadap etnik Rohingya.
“Inilah masanya untuk mengambil tindakan terhadap kerajaan Myanmar dan kami mahu pihak bertanggungjawab didakwa di Mahkamah Jenayah Antarabangsa (ICC) kerana melakukan jenayah kemanusiaan,” katanya.
Beliau ditemui selepas menyerahkan memorandum di Ibu Pejabat Program Pembangunan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNDP), di sini hari ini.
Memorandum bantahan itu turut diserah kepada wakil-wakil pegawai kedutaan di pejabat Kedutaan Amerika Syarikat (AS), British, Eropah, dan Turki.
Antara isi kandungan memorandum itu termasuk mendesak pemimpin dunia menghentikan hubungan ekonomi dan politik dengan kerajaan Myanmar sehingga mereka menyelesaikan konflik dan melindungi umat Islam di sana dengan hak sama rata.
Menurut Zafar, hanya kerana isu Rohingya dianggap sebagai masalah dalaman Myanmar tidak bermakna PBB perlu berdiam diri walaupun menghantar pegawai mereka menyaksikan sendiri keadaan sebenar etnik Muslim Rohingya di Myanmar.
“Kami menggesa PBB menghantar pasukan keamanan ke negara berkenaan untuk memantau pencabulan hak asasi yang dihadapi tetapi masih tidak dilakukan sehingga hari ini. Akibatnya kerajaan Myanmar hanya membiarkan etnik Buddha Rakhine membunuh masyarakat minoriti Rohingya,” katanya.
Tambah beliau, deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat (UDHR) menyatakan secara terperinci hak etnik Rohingya namun mereka tidak boleh mengamalkannya dalam kehidupan seharian di negara sendiri.