Burmese Troops Block Rohingya Movements as Kofi Annan Visits Maungdaw

Burmese Troops Block Rohingya Movements as Kofi Annan Visits Maungdaw

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 3, 2016 16:33

Burmese Troops Block Rohingya Movements as Kofi Annan Visits Maungdaw

By Rohingya Eye and Rohingya Mirror | November 3, 2016

Maungdaw – The Burmese military has blocked the Rohingya movements in Northern Maungdaw as the ex-UN Secretary General and Rakhine Inquiry Commission Advisor, Kofi Annan, is in the region for a day-visit to inquire into the military’s ongoing mass atrocities in the region.

The move to block the movements of the Rohingya people is aimed to conceal the actual scenes of the horrible crimes (committed in the region) from Kofi Annan by preventing him from getting into direct contacts with the victims.

Since Friday (December 2), the military have scaled up their presences in the strategic locations all around northern Maungdaw threatening the local Rohingyas not to meet Kofi Anan.

Kofi Anan arrived at Kyikanpyin BGP headquarter in Maungdaw at around 9:30 pm today. After that, he visited KyetYoePyin (Kiyari Ferang) village and observed the remnants of the village market that had been burnt down (by Burmese troops).

“We were unable to meet Kofi Annan to explain our plight as there are military at every important points. He observed the situation of the razed village’s market and headed towards the south,” a Rohingya from KyetYoePyin told us on phone.

Last night, the military left the village of ‘Myau Taung’ — where they had kept hundreds of Rohingya women as hostages without any foods for two days (Read Report HERE) — for DarGyiZar village and took positions at strategic locations.

The military left (the siege of) the Myau Taung for DarGyiZar last night. And then, they removed all the displaced people from their camps along the road so that Kofi Annan doesn’t see them.

Yesterday afternoon, the officials of the Maungdaw Township Administration and the Police arrived at DarGyiZar village and ordered the people to tell Kofi Annan as they asked them to say.

“The township administrator said ‘if Kofi Annan comes and asks about your situation, tell him the authorities didn’t torture you, your homes were burnt down by the militants, not by the military and the government arranged these tents for you to live in meanwhile.’ After that, they went to the villages of YeKhae Chaung Khwatsone and Thu Oo Hla and ordered the villagers to say the same things.

They threatened that if we don’t have say as they order us to, they would torture us even more after he leaves”, said a Rohingya displaced by the military’s violence in northern Maungdaw

Earlier, the military held hundreds of women including children as hostages at Myau Taung for two days. The men fled to the nearest hide-outs in fear of arbitrary arrests, tortures and being labeled as militants. There was nobody in the village.

Therefore, the Rakhine extremist Buddhists raided ‘Myau Taung’ plundered their valuables, properties, foods, livestock’s and even cooking pots. When the villagers returned to their homes after the military left for DarGyiZar at night, they found nothing to eat and no pot to cook anything with, our sources reported.

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Updates:

3/12/16 3:00 pm: A few men, women and children met Mr. Kofi Anan at KyetYoePyin village and biweekly explained their situations. But immediately after Kofi Annan left the village, the Burmese troops arrested five Rohingya men that talked to him and are inhumanely torturing them (the five people).

Another source reports that these five people were not arrested but taken as forced labours by the military to carry their ammunition’s. Nevertheless, they were beaten meanwhile.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/

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Radical Burmese Monks Protest against Malaysian PM for Supporting Rohingya Cause

Radical Burmese Monks Protest against Malaysian PM for Supporting Rohingya Cause

Anwar M.S.

By Anwar M.S.December 3, 2016 20:19

Radical Burmese Monks Protest against Malaysian PM for Supporting Rohingya Cause

By RVision TV Correspondent | December 3, 2016

Yangon, Myanmar – Dozens of radical Burmese Buddhist monks held protests in front of Malaysian Embassy in Yangon today to condemn Malaysian PM Najib Tun Razak for his support to the Rohingya cause.

Around 30 radical monks led by ‘the chief monk or abbot (Pamaukkha) of Magwe Monastery’ gathered in front of the Malaysian embassy and chanted slogans against the PM of Malaysia calling Malaysia is attempting to interfere in Myanmar’s internal affairs.

The monks held banners with the slogans ‘Condemnation of Malaysia Prime Minister, Don’t Pressure Myanmar Government’ written over it and the PM Najib’s photo cross-marked in red color.

The chief monk declared “we will continuously hold protests in front of Malaysian embassy from December 4 onward as the counter-protests to ‘the protests in front of Myanmar embassy in Malaysia’ over Bengali (the term popularly used by the government and Burmese extremists for Rohingya to give them a portrayal of foreigners) issue in Rakhine state.”

The PM Najib is set to give a rare appearance in a public rally to be held tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur in order to denounce the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya conducted by the (Myanmar) army in the Myanmar’s Arakan state, which U Zaw Htay, the deputy director of the President Office, has called ‘Interfering in Myanmar’s internal affairs.’

The Malaysian foreign ministry has hit out at U Zaw Htay stating that the persecution of Rohingya is not an internal affairs of Myanmar anymore but a serious concern for the stability and security of the ASEAN nations and an international humanitarian concern.

Malaysia issued a strongly-worded statement in November calling the atrocities against Rohingyas as Ethnic Cleansing and urged the Myanmar government to immediately stop the violence.

The Myanmar migrant workers in Malaysia, most of whom are without legal permits, show their concerns on social media over their security in the country due to the rising tensions between the two countries (i.e. Myanmar and Malaysia).

Editor’s Note: U Zaw Htay, the current deputy director of the President Office, is an ex-army major who had served as the director of President Office under the ex-President Thein Sein. In 2012, he openly incited hatred against the Rohingya Muslims among the Burmese Buddhist society and is complicit in the 2012 violence.

In Buddhism principles, saffron monks have to refrain from worldly affairs including politics.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/

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Rohingya in Rakhine state suffer government retaliation

Rohingya in Rakhine state suffer government retaliation

Military uses indiscriminate violence in pursuit of Al Yaqeen fighters who demand equal rights for Rohingya Muslims.

Supporters rally against attacks on the Rohingya in Myanmar, in Dhaka, Bangladesh [Abir Abdullah/EPA]

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When Faizul* fled the smouldering remains of his village in Myanmar’s Northern Rakhine state, he barely noticed the shards of wood that punctured every extremity of his body. He just wanted to escape the bullets raining down from a helicopter above. But by the time he reached Bangladesh, a shrapnel wound on his right leg had grown to the size of a golf ball, and its yellow flesh was festering with signs of an infection.

Two weeks later and the bacteria still threatens to invade deeper into his weakened body. He may have reached a refugee camp, but Faizul still cannot access professional healthcare.

“I am moving house to house every day, as it is illegal for me to be here,” he says while beads of perspiration crawl down his face.

The attack on Yay Khaw Chaung Khwa Sone village, where Faizul lived with his pregnant wife and two-year-old child, came in retaliation for the death of a column commander in an ambush by Rohingya fighters a day earlier, as reported by the Center for Diversity and National Harmony (CDNH), an independent non-governmental organisation in Myanmar that has been monitoring and recording such incidents in regular reports.

“The military came into the village and whoever was in front of them, they started killing. Four people were shot while running away with me. I saw it with my own eyes,” says Faizul, who also claims to have seen a number of other atrocities.

“I saw two men hide inside some straw bales. They were burned alive in there … Two girls were also thrown into the fire,” he says.

Government spokesman Zaw Htay questioned the veracity of these claims in a conversation with Al Jazeera.

“Our government is not denying all of the allegations made by the international community … but [it is] very difficult to believe the Muslims in Maungdaw [a city in Rakhine state], as they are setting fire to their own villages, according to our information from ground troops and security forces,” he said.

Rohingya refuge in Bangladesh

The latest outbreak of violence comes nearly two months after Rohingya fighters launched their first attack on a Myanmar border guard post. That ambush left nine officers dead and unleashed a brutal counterinsurgency operation which, according to official numbers, has killed more than 100 Muslims from the Rohingya minority.

Local sources say the death toll is much higher and accuse the military of a litany of human rights abuses including extrajudicial killing, arbitrary arrest, arson and rape. Meanwhile, a UN official has accused the government of pursuing the ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar.

The attack on Yay Khaw Chaung Khwa Sone village was the first to see artillery and airborne ordinance since the counterinsurgency began. Graphic images of bloodied children and charred remains have emerged from the attack. This was the final straw for thousands of Rohingya Muslims, who have fled northern Rakhine state and sought refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

Bangladesh is already a reluctant host to more than 300,000 Rohingya Muslims, who have been arriving in the country intermittently for nearly 40 years.

The government has permitted only 30,000 to register as refugees with the UNHCR. The others survive in the shadows, beside the official camps, relying on the registered refugees for food and clean water, and under the constant threat of deportation.

Like those that preceded them, recent Rohingya arrivals have received a cold welcome in Bangladesh.

According to Amnesty International, the authorities have cracked down on the flow of refugees from Myanmar and, over the past two  weeks, the border guards have detained and forcibly returned hundreds of Rohingya.

The move is a violation of the principle of non-refoulement [PDF] – a prohibition under international law from forcibly returning people to a country or place where they would be at risk of serious human rights violations.

“The Rohingya are being squeezed by the callous actions of both the Myanmar and Bangladesh authorities. Fleeing collective punishment in Myanmar, they are being pushed back by the Bangladeshi authorities. Trapped between these cruel fates, their desperate need for food, water and medical care is not being addressed,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International‘s South Asia director.

Torn community

Faizul travelled to Bangladesh under the cover of night, hoping to evade the border police, who heavily patrol the Naf river which separates the country from its troublesome neighbour. He travelled with seven male companions, leaving his pregnant wife and two-year-old child in a nearby village.

“It would be too dangerous with a small child, as he would cry and draw attention to us,” he says, trying to ease his feelings of guilt at leaving them behind.

“When the situation is calm, I will bring over my wife and child,” he says. “But I am worried all the time for my wife … the baby is due in two months.”

Despite international condemnation, the government campaign continues against the group responsible for the deaths of the military and security personnel in the border attack.

Faizul explains that he felt he had no option but to leave, as members of that group live in Yay Khaw Chaung Khwa Sone village and he feared he would be mistaken for one if he stayed in Myanmar.

READ MORE: Rakhine in Myanmar’s Sittwe tell of renewed attacks

The group has reportedly identified itself as Al Yaqeen, the movement of faith or hope. Their demands are not religiously motivated. In videos posted to their YouTube website, group members, filmed holding machineguns in a jungle setting, demand that their citizenship – revoked by the military government in 1982 – be reinstated and that they be given equal rights within Myanmar.

In their most recent video, uploaded to YouTube two weeks ago, the group calls on the international community to provide medical support and argues against the labelling of their community as “terrorists”.

According to Faizul, the fighters used Yay Khaw Chaung Khwa Sone to launch an ambush on the Myanmar military. Only four members had guns, he says. The rest were armed with homemade swords.

Faizul admits that his entire village cooperated with the fighters when they launched their attack on the military. “The village is supporting them because some of them are from our village and because they are fighting for our rights,” he says. “The military keeps killing people, so we have to defend ourselves.”

The UN estimates that up to 30,000 people have been displaced from their homes in northern Rakhine state since the fighting began last month, while 70,000 are in immediate need of food aid. Half of the 3,000 children already diagnosed with severe malnutrition are now considered to be in their final throes of life, as reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs office in Myanmar, at a news conference in mid-November.

But humanitarian assistance to northern Rakhine state has been prohibited by the military. For many of those Rohingya who are vulnerable, isolated and trapped between the Bangladesh and Myanmar governments, Al Yaqeen offers the only alternative.

“There are over 30,000 IDPs [internally displaced persons]. A thousand people who ran away to Bangladesh are now being pushed back; of course, there is the possibility that group membership will now grow,” Kyaw Win, director of the Burma Human Rights Network, told Al Jazeera.

“This group is the product of oppression,” says Kyaw Win, whose organisation has been researching the fighting groups in Rakhine. “They are people from that area and that location; we do not think they are supported, trained or have any connections to the outside. If they were supported or funded, why don’t they have boots to wear in the jungle, why don’t they have enough food, or any medicine?”

To counter the alleged threat from Rohingya fighters, the Myanmar government has begun arming and training a “regional police force” comprising non-Muslim residents from the troubled townships in northern Rakhine.

Aung San Suu Kyi

As the crisis deepens, many international observers are turning to State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi to condemn the human rights allegations levelled against the military.

But she has been silent on the matter. This silence is indicative of the limitations of Myanmar’s first democratically elected government in more than half a century. Despite winning last year’s landmark election with an overwhelming majority, Aung San Suu Kyi’s party, the National League for Democracy, does not have constitutional authority over the military or security forces.

“If you look at the way the military operates,” David Mathieson from Human Rights Watch told Al Jazeera, “she has no role and no way of directing them on the ground or governing their behaviour.” Mathieson’s organisation has been tracking the destruction of Rohingya villages using satellite technology.

“Aung San Suu Kyi has already said that she is no longer a human rights activist or a humanitarian, but a politician …,” says Mathieson.

It is a bitter lesson for the persecuted minority.

“I was ready to give my life for Aung San Suu Kyi, but now she will not speak up for us,” says Faizul, as he drags his wounded body in search of another bed. “The world needs to intervene, if they don’t help us, then there will be no future for the Rohingya.”

*Faizul asked not to use his real name for fear of persecution

Source: Al Jazeera

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Press Release: UN led Independent Inquiry Needed to Investigate Rakhine Atrocities

Press Release: UN led Independent Inquiry Needed to Investigate Rakhine Atrocities

For Immediate Release
Date:- 3rd December 2016,
UN led Independent Inquiry Needed to Investigate Rakhine Atrocities 
Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan (RANJ) vehemently reject the newly established commission led by an ex-general to investigate recent violence in Rakhine State on 1st December 2016 by the Government of Myanmar.
The Commission is neither credible nor impartial as all the commission members are either former military officers who committed several crimes or government officials who have been pre-occupied with false propaganda against victims. We believe this is a new scheme of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led government to cover up the crimes the Myanmar military forces committed against vulnerable Rohingya Community and to fool again International community as there was nothing happen.
Since 10th October 2016, the Myanmar military and Police forces have killed more than 400 innocent Rohingyas including children and elderly, 250 Rohingya Women have been raped at gun-point ,more than 500 Rohingyas detained, several villages, Religious facilities, Shops and Markets have been burnt down, more than 30,000 Rohingya forced to feel from their homes. The entire community was terrorized by the government forces.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNHCR officials and UN Genocide experts are alarming the atrocities against the Rohingya community is “Crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing or total genocide.” There are several verifiable and credible documents to prove the inhume acts of Myanmar arm forces against Rohingya. But surprisingly the government of Myanmar and state councilor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is publicly denying all the facts and genuine reports from the ground.
We strongly reject the commission and urgently demand a UN led Independent Commission of inquiry to thoroughly investigate crimes against Rohingya community perpetrated by Myanmar arm forces in Arakan. The International Community including Japan, US, UK, UN,EU and ASEAN have to take immediate step to urge Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led Myanmar government establish credible and impartial UN expert led Independent Commission of Inquiry.
We also demand the Myanmar government to let the International Humanitarian Organizations unhindered access to the Rohingyas.
For more information, please contact:-
Zaw Min Htut
Executive Director, Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan (RANJ)
Tel:- +818030835327
Email:- zawminhtut827@gmail.com

 

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Mapim gathering proof on atrocities against Rohingya

Mapim gathering proof on atrocities against Rohingya

BY INTAN BAHA – 3 DECEMBER 2016 @ 4:41 PM

 

IPOH: Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (Mapim) is gathering proof of Myanmar cruelty towards the Rohingya community to bring Myanmar to the International Crime Court (ICC) soonest possible.

Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said this is an effort with the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in London, to file the Rohingya case to the ICC. “We are gathering proof of murder, rape and genocide and will work together with the IHRC to file the case to the ICC as soon as possible.

“We are collecting testimonies of killings; proof is being compiled and we have documents fingering the responsible party.

“IHRC is waiting for Mapim to send reports with Rohingya representatives to fulfil the report standard,” he told a press conference after the launch of the Solidarity Rohingya Fund and ‘Solidariti Rohingya dan Kepedulian Ummah’ at Sultan Azlan Shah Mosque here today.

Mapim would file the case under the crime towards humanity committed by Myanmar troops and it has not been done by any party before, Mohd Azmi added.

He said Mapim also has agreed with several international non-governmental organisations to urge Asean, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and United Nations to pressure the Myanmar government to stop its oppression against the Rohingya.

Meanwhile, Mohd Azmi said Mapim has warned Myanmar to stop the massacre within seven days before Mapim begins an international boycott of the country.

“Any activity such as trade and sporting events will be boycotted if the killing are not halted.

“Myanmar still has four days and if the killings still continue, we will launch the boycott in Kuala Lumpur and expose the atrocities to the world so that economic sanctions would be re-imposed on Myanmar,” he said.

Majlis Perundingan Pertubuhan Islam Malaysia (Mapim) is gathering proof of Myanmar cruelty towards the Rohingya community to bring Myanmar to the International Crime Court (ICC) soonest possible. Its president Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid said this is an effort with the Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in London, to file the Rohingya case to the ICC. Bernama Photo

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/12/194127/mapim-gathering-proof-atrocities-against-rohingya

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US Warns Crackdown in Myanmar Could Radicalize Rohingya

US Warns Crackdown in Myanmar Could Radicalize Rohingya

 

It’s a scene straight out of Myanmar’s dark past: a military offensive waged beyond world view that forces ethnic minority villagers from the smoldering ruins of their homes.

The U.S. government, a key sponsor of Myanmar’s democratic transition, says a security crackdown that has displaced tens of thousands Rohingya Muslims and left an unknown number dead risks radicalizing a downtrodden people and stoking religious tensions in Southeast Asia.

The military moved in after armed attacks by unknown assailants on police posts along the border with Bangladesh in October. The attacks in Rakhine State were a possible sign that a small number of Rohingya were starting to fight back against persecution by majority Buddhists who view them as illegal immigrants although many have lived in Myanmar for generations.

The top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, Daniel Russel, is critical of the military’s heavy-handed approach and says the escalation of violence risks inciting jihadist extremism in the country also known as Burma. He is also calling on neighboring countries, such as Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia, to resist the urge to stage protests that could further stir religious passions.

Assistant Secretary of State Russel told The Associated Press that, “if mishandled, Rakhine State could be infected and infested by jihadism which already plagues neighboring Bangladesh and other countries.”

The plight of the Rohingya, once characterized by the U.N. as the world’s most friendless people, has attracted the attention of Muslim extremists since a spike in intercommunal violence in Rakhine in 2012 that left hundreds dead and forced more than 100,000 into squalid camps.

The Somali-born student who launched a car-and-knife attack at Ohio State University this week reportedly protested on his Facebook page about the killing of minority Muslims in Myanmar. And last weekend, Indonesian authorities arrested two militants who were allegedly planning to attack the Myanmar Embassy in Jakarta.

It has also raised hackles in the political mainstream. Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak, facing domestic pressure over an investment fund scandal, is reportedly planning to attend a protest in his religiously moderate country this weekend condemning the military operation in Myanmar.

Daniel Sullivan at the advocacy group Refugees International said increasing numbers of Rohingya are fleeing across the land border to Bangladesh, and the spike in violence could set off another exodus by sea.

Tens of thousands of Rohingya have fled by rickety boats in recent years to countries like Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, but those routes have been blocked since a crisis in 2015 when thousands were stranded at sea.

The U.S. and other nations have called for an independent investigation into the latest violence in Rakhine. Estimates of the death toll range between dozens and several hundred. Human Rights Watch said Nov. 21 that satellite imagery showed at least 1,250 buildings have been destroyed.

With journalists barred from the affected area, it’s been near-impossible to substantiate reports of rapes and killings by Myanmar soldiers — the kind of conduct that has long blighted the military’s reputation in ethnic conflicts.

Adama Dieng, U.N. special adviser on the prevention of genocide, said this week that if reports of excessive use of force in Rakhine were true, “the lives of thousands of people are at risk.”

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan was appointed by Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in August to find ways to help resolve the communal tensions. On a fact-finding visit Friday, he said that security operations must not impede humanitarian access.

That’s been a repeated demand from the international community, including the United States, but it’s made little impact.

The U.N. World Food Program said Friday that since Oct. 9 it has been able to deliver food or cash to only 20,000 of the 152,000 people who usually receive assistance, and to about 7,000 newly-displaced people.

The Obama administration has diminished leverage. It was instrumental in ending the former pariah state’s diplomatic isolation as it shifted from five decades of military rule but the last U.S. sanctions were lifted in October.

The military’s crackdown in Rakhine has also exposed the limits of Suu Kyi’s power. The Nobel laureate’s party won elections a year ago, but the military still controls key levers of government power, including access to sensitive border regions.

Human rights activists who once lionized Suu Kyi now criticize her for failing to defend the stateless Rohingya, but Russel defended her.

“We all should have confidence in her judgment and not fall prey to the idea that she does not get it and she does not care. She does get it, and she does care,” he said.

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Associated Press writer Michael Astor at the United Nations contributed to this report.

Source by: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/us-warns-crackdown-myanmar-radicalize-rohingya-43946058

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‘Apa nak jadi, jadilah’ kata PM

Hairulazim Mahmud
azim@hmetro.com.my

 

Kuala Lumpur: Datuk Seri Najib Razak menegaskan beliau akan hadir pada Himpunan Solidariti Ummah Untuk Rohingya di Stadium Titiwangsa, esok, walaupun dibantah Kerajaan Myanmar.

Perdana Menteri berkata, kehadirannya sebagai isyarat bahawa Malaysia mempertahankan nilai kemanusiaan dan universal.

“Kezaliman ke atas umat Islam Rohingya bukan tindakan yang boleh diterima oleh Komuniti ASEAN.

“Apa nak jadi, jadilah kita tetap pertahankan pendirian kita,” tegas beliau ketika sesi penggulungan pada Perhimpunan Agung UMNO 2016 di PWTC, hari ini.

Wisma Putra, semalam, secara tegas membantah kenyataan Timbalan Ketua Pengarah Pejabat Presiden Myanmar, U Zaw Htay, yang meminta agar Malaysia tidak campur tangan dalam hal dalaman negara itu.

Ia susulan laporan yang mengatakan Najib Razak akan menghadiri tunjuk perasaan besar-besaran membantah keganasan di wilayah Rakhine.

Menerusi satu kenyataan yang dikeluarkan, hari ini, Kementerian Luar memandang berat krisis kemanusiaan yang berlaku di Rakhine.

Selain bimbang ia memberi kesan limpahan yang akan menjejaskan keselamatan dan kedudukan Malaysia, sebagai negara jiran ASEAN.

Artikel ini disiarkan pada : Sabtu, 3 Disember 2016 @ 6:45 PM
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Najib condemns violence against Rohingyas

Najib condemns violence against Rohingyas

Umno President Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in high spirits during his winding-up speech for the 2016 Umno Annual General Meeting at PWTC, Dec 3, 2016. — Bernama

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has condemned the violence against the Rohingyas in Myanmar, and said he was ready to face any eventualities with open support for the ethnic group.

The Prime Minister said he was aware of a statement by the Myanmar government yesterday that it would regard Najib as interfering with its internal affairs should he attend the Rohingya solidarity assembly tomorrow.

Najib, who is also Umno president, however, said he would not be moved by such a threat and that this was the party and the government’s stand.

“I’d like to tell them (Myanmar government) that this is not a question of interfering with their affairs. But this is about defending humanity.

“I will not be moved even an inch, because I will be present at the assembly not just as Najib, but representing the three million Umno members, and this is our stand!” he said during his winding-up speech at the Umno General Assembly, here, today.

“Furthermore, how can they say that this is not our concern when what they are doing will only force the Rohingyas out of the country, and into Malaysia as well,” he added.

Najib pointed out that presently, there were already over 56,000 Rohingyas holding the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) cards registered in the country.

He said the violent killings and raping of the Rohingyas is not something that is acceptable in the Asean community.

“Asean cannot tolerate any uncivilised and inhumane behaviours, and we urge them to change their attitude.

“This is Umno’s stand. Whatever happens after this, let it happen. We are firm with our stand,” he said, to the roar of some 3,000 delegates present.

Source by: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2083175

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Najib: Rohingya issue not about meddling in Myanmar’s internal matters

Najib: Rohingya issue not about meddling in Myanmar’s internal matters

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) says he will attend Sunday’s Rohingya solidarity rally despite protests from the Myanmar government.

In his winding up speech at the Umno General Assembly at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) on Saturday, Najib said that he would not heed the call of Myanmar’s deputy director general of the President’s Office, U Zaw Htay, for Malaysia to keep out of the Rohingya issue.

“This is not an issue of meddling in Myanmar’s matters. This is us defending humanitarian and universal values,” said Najib to a standing ovation and chants of Allahu Akhbar (God is Great).

“I would like to ask you, what should I do? Attend? Insyallah, tomorrow Umno president Najib Razak will attend,” he said to chants of “hadir!” (attend).

“How can we say, this is an internal matter? Because if Myanmar does not solve the problem, they (the Rohingya) will be refugees in Malaysia. And based on our records, Malaysia has 56,000 Rohingya and Myanmar nationals who hold UNHCR cards which we know of,” he added.

Najib said there was no way Malaysia could keep quiet when there were people being burned alive and women being raped.

“This is not an Asean community that we can accept,” he said.

Myanmar had warned Malaysia to respect the principle of non-interference after Najib agreed to attend a protest condemning the ongoing military operations in the Rakhine State.

Violence in the past few weeks against the Rohingya has resulted in at least 86 people being killed and with more than 30,000 displaced. Many have tried fleeing to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Myanmar troops poured into the western state of Rakhine in response to coordinated attacks on three border posts on Oct 9 that killed nine police officers.

Human rights groups have accused the military and border guard forces of raping Rohinya women, torching houses and killing civilians, although this has been denied by the Myanmar government and military.

Considered to be stateless and often subjected to arbitrary violence and forced labour in Myanmar, the Rohingya are considered by the United Nations as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Source by: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/12/03/najib-rohingya-issue-not-about-meddling-in-myanmars-internal-matters

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Putrajaya: Rohingya issue has become an international matter

Saturday, 3 December 2016 | MYT 9:28 AM

Putrajaya: Rohingya issue has become an international matter

Zaw Htay, speaker of president office talks during a press conference on situation in northern Rakhine State, at president house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 16 November 2016. - EPA

Zaw Htay, speaker of president office talks during a press conference on situation in northern Rakhine State, at president house in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 16 November 2016. – EPA

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia is obligated to ensure that Myanmar takes proactive steps to prevent the Rohingya issue from further deteriorating. Wisma Putra said it was in this context that Malaysia allowed the Solidarity March to take place this Sunday.

It said in a statement the practice of ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas must stop immediately in order to bring back security and stability to the Southeast Asian region.

The statement was to rebut comments made by U Zaw Htay, deputy director of The President’s Office.

Here is the statement in full:

REBUTTAL TO THE ‘MYANMAR TIMES’ ON THE STATEMENT MADE BY U ZAW HTAY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE, MYANMAR

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs views with concern the humanitarian crisis in Rohingya, the spillover effect of which will affect the safety, security and standing of Malaysia, as Myanmar’s ASEAN neighbour. It is in this context that Malaysia has allowed the Solidarity March to take place. As a neighbour and a responsible member of the international community, it is Malaysia’s obligation to ensure that its ASEAN colleague takes proactive steps to prevent the matter from further deteriorating. Malaysia is well aware of the principles upon which ASEAN was built, being a founding member of the regional organisation.

In 2008, all 10 member states of ASEAN adopted the ASEAN Charter, which binds the members to the international principles of the protection and promotion of human rights. Furthermore, all member states of ASEAN agreed to respond effectively, in accordance with the principle of comprehensive security, to threats, which the Rohingya issue poses to Malaysia’s own security. The high number of Rohingya people in Malaysia (approximately 56,000) under the UNHCR banner, coupled with the hundreds of thousands in other neighbouring countries, makes this matter no longer an internal matter but an international matter. The fact that only one particular ethnicity is being driven out is by definition ethnic cleansing.

This practice must stop, and must be stopped immediately in order to bring back security and stability to the Southeast Asian region. Malaysia need not remind U Zaw Htay of the 2015 boat people crisis which eventually became a regional issue with Myanmar’s neighbours taking the brunt of the burden. It is with this in mind that Malaysia has repeatedly offered its assistance to the Myanmar government in finding a solution for a just and durable immediate solution to the persecution of the Rohingya in Northern Rakhine.

This in keeping with Malaysia’s position that this is not a religious issue but an immediate humanitarian concern.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

The Myanmar Times had reported U Zaw as saying Myanmar warned Malaysia to respect the principle of non-interference after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak reportedly agreed to attend a protest condemning the ongoing military operations in Rakhine State.

Putrajaya told AFP that Najib would be taking part in the protest, which has yet to have a confirmed location.

In response, U Zaw said that Malaysia should respect sovereign affairs.

“According to Asean principles, a member country does not interfere in other member countries’ internal affairs. We have always followed and respected this principle. We hope that the Malaysian government will continue to follow it,” U Zaw told The Myanmar Times.

He added that the protest appeared to be a calculated political decision to win the support of the Malaysian public and had little to do with Myanmar.

“We will call on the Malaysian ambassador regarding the protest and to ask if the Malaysian prime minister is participating. If so, we will monitor the event,” said U Zaw.

The report said the announcement by Najib’s office follows a series of recent moves by Malaysia to dial up the rhetoric in response to violence in the Rakhine State, where the Tatmadaw has been conducting a crackdown since Oct 9.

On Nov 25, the Malaysian cabinet discussed Rakhine State and issued a strongly worded statement condemning the escalation of violence “resulting in the loss of innocent lives and displacement of people”.

“Malaysia also calls on the government of Myanmar to take all the necessary actions to address the alleged ethnic cleansing in northern Rakhine State,” the statement issued by the Foreign Ministry said.

Last week, Malaysia summoned the Myanmar ambassador in Kuala Lumpur while around 500 people staged a protest outside Myanmar’s embassy.

Malaysia also abruptly pulled out of two scheduled football matches against Myanmar this week.

The last-minute cancellation was announced on Nov 30 and cited the handling of the Rakhine State crisis as the reason Malaysia would not compete in the Dec 9 and 12 matches.

According to the Tatmadaw’s True News and Information Team, 69 people have been killed and hundreds of suspects have been rounded up in the Muslim-majority townships of Buthidaung and Maungdaw since the military began sweeps to find suspects connected to a spate of lethal attacks on border-guard posts on Oct 9.

The Myanmar government has repeatedly denied allegations of abuse and has said the situation on the ground is being carried out within the parameters of the rule of law.

Journalists and outside observers have been restricted from accessing the military operation zones, making it impossible to independently verify information.

According to the UN refugee agency, as many as 10,000 Muslim residents of Rakhine State who self-identify as Rohingya have fled to neighbouring Bangladesh over the past few weeks.

The UN estimates that 30,000 people in northern Rakhine State have been displaced by the violence.

U Zaw said that amid the public denunciations and protests in Malaysia, the government is concerned for the safety of Myanmar citizens living in the country.

He advised them to keep in contact with the Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

“Myanmar citizens should be careful and they should not go outside without companions,” he said.

Source by: http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/12/03/putrajaya-responds-to-statement-from-myanmar-presidents-office/

By Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia ( MERHROM) Posted in Uncategorized