Reprisals, Rape, and Children Burned Alive: Burma’s Rohingya Speak of Genocidal Terror

Reprisals, Rape, and Children Burned Alive: Burma’s Rohingya Speak of Genocidal Terror

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A Rohingya Muslim woman and her son cry after being caught by Border Guard Bangladesh while illegally crossing at a border check point in Cox’s Bazar
Mohammad Ponir Hossain—REUTERSA Rohingya Muslim woman and her son cry after being caught by Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) while illegally crossing at a border check point in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Nov. 21, 2016

Around 21,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two months, as Burmese forces launched what one U.N official says is “getting very close to what we would all agree are crimes against humanity.” TIME reports from the Bangladesh border, where the full horror is only just emerging

If the Naf River could talk, which horror story would it tell first?

The narrow waterway marks the border between Burma and Bangladesh. On its western bank is the Bangladeshi province of Chittagong. To the east, Burma’s Arakan state, also known as Rakhine, home to the Buddhist-majority country’s Rohingya people, a Muslim minority described over the years as stateless, friendless and forgotten.

But if the river could remember their stories, it might speak, for example, of the night in late November when Arafa, a 25-year-old Rohingya woman, entered its waters with her five children.

She used to have six. As she talks, sitting on the threshold of a hut in a makeshift refugee camp on the Bangladeshi side of the Naf, she is surrounded by her son and four young daughters. They are a lively bunch, noisy, restless, yet shy, hiding behind their mother’s back or running in and out of the hut, as she recounts what happened to her second son.

He was 8 years old. Sometime around Nov. 22, Arafa says her village was attacked by Burmese security forces. Viewed as illegal immigrants and denied citizenship rights by the Burmese state, the Rohingya have long faced intimidation, oppression and violence at the hands of both Buddhist extremists and the country’s security forces. The last major sectarian spasm was in 2012, when clashes between Arakanese Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims displaced some 125,000 people. Rights activists accused security forces of either standing aside as the violence spread, or actively participating in it.

Read More: Aung San Suu Kyi Can’t, or Won’t, Rein In Burma’s Army

This time, Arafa says, the army’s assault felt different. The security men seemed more determined, more driven, to punish the Rohingya. Their weapon of choice was fire.

Arafa says that the military torched her village. As the flames engulfed her home, she just about managed to escape with her six children. That was when the family was confronted by a Burmese soldier. He snatched the fleeing 8-year-old, separating him from his brother and sisters, and flung him into the blaze.

In the chaos, Arafa lost sight of her husband. But she could not turn back; she had to leave him behind, leave her son’s charred body behind, and mourn on the move.

“I had to save my other children. We had to escape [from Burma],” she tells TIME. “They burned everything.”

For two days, Arafa and her children hid in the forests that skirt the riverbank on the Burmese side, laying low to avoid detection by troops, before boarding a rickety boat that took them to safety across the Naf.

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Anik Rahman/NurPhoto/Sipa USAA patrol of Bangladeshi Border Guards attempts to prevent Rohingya refugees from crossing into Bangladesh from Burma, on the banks of the Naf River, near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, on Nov. 22, 2016

They are not alone. Arafa’s family are among the estimated 21,000Rohingya who have sought refuge in Bangladesh over the past two months, as Burmese forces launched what testimony from refugees, satellite imagery compiled by rights groups and leaked photos and videos from inside Arakan indicate is a horrifyingly bloody crackdown against the million-strong Muslim minority.

Burma Is Pursuing ‘Ethnic Cleansing’ of Rohingya Muslims, U.N. Official Says
Burmese authorities are carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s western Arakan state, a senior U.N. official said.

The latest troubles began in early October, when police said three border guard posts were attacked by Islamist militants. Nine policemen were killed, with the government saying the attackers belonged to an extremist group called Aqa Mul Mujahidin. A statement from the Burmese President’s office linked them to the Rohingya Solidarity Organization, a militant group long thought to be defunct. The only proof for these claims was the government’s word.

What followed has been described by Burmese authorities as “clearance operations.” Amnesty International, the rights group, calls it “collective punishment”: a ferocious campaign of violent reprisals against an entire people. In addition to arson attacks on Rohingya villages, the military has been accused of raping Rohingya women and conducting extrajudicial killings of Muslims. Helicopter gunships have been used to fire on Rohingya villages.

Satellite imagery released by Human Rights Watch show that more than 800 buildings were destroyed in five different Rohingya villages between Nov. 10 and 18. An earlier set of high-resolution images showed the destruction of more than 400 homes in three villages between Oct. 22 and Nov. 10. The actual number of destroyed buildings could be higher, given the dense tree cover in the area, the rights group says.

Verifying the picture on the ground is impossible, as Burma has sealed off the affected areas. But the news that is coming out suggests that the situation is “getting very close to what we would all agree are crimes against humanity,” says Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, as the country is officially known.

Read More: Something Shocking Is Happening to Burma’s Rohingya People. Take a Look at This Timeline

“I am getting reports from inside the country and from neighboring places too that things are not as they are being portrayed by the government. We are seeing a lot of very graphic and very disturbing photos and video clips,” she tells TIME. Although unable to independently verify the footage, she says: “We do hear about rape and sexual violence, and even bodies of little kids being uncovered.”

“We can’t verify the numbers of how many have been killed. Many have gone into hiding,” Lee adds, expressing her dissatisfaction with a government-supervised trip to some of the affected areas by a group of foreign diplomats and a U.N. official in early November.

“No one should be satisfied with the trip,” she says. “This was a guided tour. Even though there was a heavy security presence there, people started to come out and try to speak to this delegation. And of course, afterwards, we’ve also heard that there were reprisals. These people were hunted down.”

On Dec. 9, 14 diplomatic missions, including the embassies of the U.S. and France, called on Burma to give humanitarian agencies “full and unfettered access” to northern Arakan, “noting that tens of thousands of people who need humanitarian aid, including children with acute malnutrition, have been without it now for nearly two months.”

 

The official Burmese response to the allegations of rights abuses has been denial and, reflecting the low opinion many Burmese have of the Rohingya, callous dismissal. When asked by the BBC about claims of rape by the Burmese military, Aung Win, a local politician and chairman of a state investigation into the October border posts attack, couldn’t even keep a straight face. Giggling into the camera, he said soldiers would not rape Rohingya women because “they are very dirty … [They] have a very low standard of living and poor hygiene,” Aung Win said. “They are not attractive. So neither the local Buddhist men or the soldiers are interested in them.”

Meanwhile, the country’s top military man, Senior General Min Aung Hlaing, blames the Rohingya for their woes. Referring to them as “Bengali,” a term which implies that they belong across the Naf in Bangladesh, a Dec. 6 post on his Facebook page said: “The Bengali problems in the northern Rakhine State occurred because of the Bengalis’ failure to abide by the existing laws of Myanmar.” And even as Burmese officials promise to investigate claims of rights abuses, the post seemed to pre-judge the outcome: “Myanmar security forces have never committed any human rights violations such as illegal killing, rape and arson attack.”

“It seems like the same old story [from the Burmese authorities], that these people torched their own houses,” says Lee, the U.N. rights investigator.

Read More: Burma Could Be Guilty Of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ As Rohingya Crackdown Intensifies

A Human Rights Watch researcher who recently visited the Bangladeshi side of the border, speaking on condition of anonymity so as not to risk losing access to the area, says testimony from recent Rohingya escapees is uniform on this question: “We haven’t spoken to anybody who has told us that the burnings have been done by anyone other than the military.”

Amid the unfolding crisis, one voice has been largely absent — Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League for Democracy party won a landslide victory in elections in November 2015.

The polls marked Burma’s transition from military dictatorship to its first civilian-led administration in more than half a century. A new military-drafted constitution prohibited Suu Kyi from becoming President, and the generals retained control over Burma’s security apparatus. But she is the nation’s de facto leader, occupying a Prime Minister–like position as Burma’s State Counselor.

Under dictatorship, Suu Kyi’s single-minded determination to challenge the military, the personal sacrifices she made and the years of political detention she endured to bring democracy to her country transformed her into an international human-rights icon. But as northern Arakan burns, she has been proffering bromides about the need for the outside world to be less critical. What’s needed, she says, is a better understanding of the region’s ethnic divisions.

“I would appreciate it so much if the international community would help us to maintain peace and stability and to make progress in building better relations between the two communities [there] instead of always drumming up calls for, well, for bigger fires of resentment, if you like,” she told Singapore’s state-owned Channel News Asia in a rare interview earlier this month. “I’m not saying there are no difficulties, but it helps if people recognize the difficulty and are more focused on resolving these difficulties rather than exaggerating them so that everything seems worse than it really is.”

That dynamic — between a civilian government still consolidating its power and a military machine bent on preserving its influence — has tempered international criticism of Suu Kyi’s stance. “I think the international community is seeing [Burma] in relative terms,” says the U.N.’s Lee. “This is a civilian elected government, it’s been less than a year [since they came to power], let’s give them a little time and space. That’s been the narrative.”

But that view becomes less and less credible as time passes. “Suu Kyi may need more time to maneuver. But she only has five years [the term of the elected government], and already a year is going by,” says Lee.

Adds Wade: “You do have a very difficult relationship between the civilian government and the military, but at the moment, the civilian government is playing into the hands of the military.”

Suu Kyi’s stance is only the latest in a long series of disappointments for Burma’s Muslims. “She’s not doing anything to protect us,” says Yunus, a 30-year-old Rohingya refugee who fled to Bangladesh in November. “We thought there would be a change. But she is the same as everyone else.”

Read More: The Plight of the Rohingya by James Nachtwey

The consequences could be far reaching. “There has traditionally been very little broad support among the Rohingya for armed conflict,” says Wade. “Even when there were several insurgent groups operating there from the mid-1970s to the early to mid-1990s, there was still quite scant support for them, hence they died out quite quickly.” The Rohingya, he explains, have been wary of provoking the Burmese state: “It was recognized quite early on that any sort of armed movement would be collective suicide.”

But the worsening situation in northern Arakan raises troubling red flags, with Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia, issuing a stark warning about the potential fallout. “If mishandled, Rakhine state could be infected and infested by jihadism which already plagues neighboring Bangladesh and other countries,” he told the Associated Press on Dec. 3.

For the Rohingya, the crisis doesn’t end on the Burmese side. Yusuf, Arafa and their families managed to escape and reach land in Bangladesh by avoiding detection from both Burmese and Bangladeshi forces. But in the days since, Bangladesh has stepped up patrols along its border with Burma, putting an additional squeeze on the persecuted population. Many refugees have gone missing, after their boasts capsized in the river’s choppy waters.

Rohingya refugee woman with her boy in unregistered Rohingya
K M Asad—LightRocket/Getty ImagesA Rohingya refugee woman with her boy in a refugee camp at Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Nov. 27, 2016

It is not the first time that the Rohingya have sought shelter across the river. Over the decades, as they fled violence at home, as many as half a million undocumented Rohingya refugees have made their lives in Bangladesh. More than 30,000 registered refugees live in camps near the border. Now Bangladesh says: We can’t accommodate any more people.

“My country is a house. If all the people try to get inside my house, what will happen? I cannot allow all of them,” says Colonel M.M. Anisur Rahman, the deputy director general of Border Guard Bangladesh, the force charged with patrolling the border area.

Bangladesh’s policy, he says, is to push back fleeing refugees. “Of course we are concerned, and if they ask any help regarding food, water and other things, we will provide it. But we cannot provide shelter,” he insists. Those who have slipped in, avoiding detection, will be caught and sent back.”

To this, Du Du Mian, a Rohingya refugee who arrived in Bangladesh more than a decade ago, answers: “The world needs to realize that we have nowhere to go.” His people, he says, have no country. With Burmese soldiers trying to stop them from fleeing and Bangladeshi forces pushing them back, all they have is the Naf, and the Naf, so far, is silent.

— With reporting by A.K.M. Moinuddin / Teknaf and Feliz Solomon / Hong Kong

Source by: http://time.com/4596937/burma-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh-refugees-crimes-against-humanity/

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The ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Myanmar’s Rohingya community is underway

The ‘ethnic cleansing’ of Myanmar’s Rohingya community is underway

A Rohingya mother and her son weep at a border checkpoint into Bangladesh. Thousands have crossed the border to escape the violence.

 

Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma, is often seen as a place of military rule, gradually moving towards democracy. But in recent weeks, a new story has emerged: what one UN official called the “ethnic cleansing” of a religious minority.

Refugees fleeing the affected areas have told horrendous stories of rapes, killings and house burnings. These claims are denied by the government.

Following a military crackdown, at least 10,000 members of the Rohingya Muslim minority have fled their homes. John McKissick, head of the UN High Commission for Refugees in the Bangladeshi border town of Cox’s Bazar, told the BBC that Myanmar was involved in “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohingyas. The military campaign was retaliation for attacks by Rohingya insurgents.

The Rohingya community is Muslim and has linguistic and cultural links to neighboring Bangladesh. The vast majority of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist.

The government has banned journalists from entering Rakhine state, where most of the atrocities are believed to be happening. But members of the Rohingya community have recorded the testimonies of women who claim to have been raped and have witnessed the killings of male relatives. Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have made similar claims about atrocities being committed in Rohingya villages.

Satellite imagery of Rakhine state also shows villages destroyed by fire.

According to journalist Mobeen Azhar, who recently returned from Myanmar, hostility towards the Rohingya is driven by a fear of Islamicization and a growth in Buddhist nationalism. “This Buddhist nationalism is a relatively new phenomenon in Myanmar, and it is gaining a lot of traction,” he said. “It reflects the international situation where a lot of minority groups are being scapegoated. Many average citizens of Myanmar are facing hardship, and many are living in poverty.”

The Burmese government has so far denied any wrongdoing. Myanmar’s civilian leader, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has said the media has misunderstood the situation. She told Singapore’s Channel News Asia that “It doesn’t help if everybody is just concentrating on the negative side of the situation, in spite of the fact that there were attacks against police outposts.”

Source by: http://www.pri.org/

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How can we help the Rohingya?

How can we help the Rohingya?

| December 12, 2016

There are no easy answers.

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“I just received bad news from my village,” said a Rohingya refugee who sat next to my dad in a mosque on Friday.

The man is no stranger to the people who frequent the mosque in our kampung. Working as a contractor in Bukit Mertajam, he has been living in our neighbourhood for a couple of years now with his family.

“What is it?” asked my dad, concerned.

“My family back home have lost their house,” he said. “The army has burned the house. They managed to escape, six of them. But my nieces, aged 13 and 15, were caught and raped. I feel so helpless and sad.”

“How can I help?” Dad asked.

“Please pray for them. Please pray for all of us,” the man said.

As my dad left the mosque, he was still glued to the prayer mat, deeply immersed in his prayers.

When he reached home, Dad shared his encounter with the Rohingya with us. As we gave the Rohingya the gift of our prayers, I saw Dad sink into deep thought. Clearly the news had affected him.

“What can we do to help?” I asked.

Dad smiled bitterly. “A few weeks ago,” he said, “funds to help the Rohingya were collected in the mosque. People chipped in money to be sent to Rakhine. I gave only a few ringgit. I wasn’t sure how much of the collection would end up with the Rohingya.”

For the remainder of the day, I was occupied with the same thought, “How do we, the ordinary citizens of Malaysia, help the persecuted Rohingya?”

It’s not an easy question to answer. However, I remained optimistic and spent a few hours browsing the net, trying to see if someone else would have a solution or at least some suggestions. I ended up with these:

  1. Educate yourself on the situation in Rakhine.
  2. Spread the word.
  3. Sign petitions and join protests.
  4. Donate.
  5. Get involved in whatever way you can.

With villages being burnt, people abducted, concentration camps created, women raped and children killed for the past 25 years, I cannot help but be sceptical of the suggestions. I believe everyone who has already done all the above would share my sentiments.

So we’ve educated ourselves about the Rohingya, shared our learning, signed petitions and made donations. However, the question remains: What can we do to help?

“If only I had the power and wealth to ship every remaining Rohingya out of Rakhine,” I thought. But then again, how about the others? How about other refugees all around the world? Surely their life is a precious as the Rohingya’s.

My thoughts were disturbed by the sound of Dad’s motorbike returning from the mosque. Stepping into the house, he said, “He was not at the mosque. I looked for him after Asar, Maghrib and Isyak. He wasn’t there.”

“Why were you looking for him?” I asked.

“I took out some money for him. I know he has been sending money to his family who are still in Rakhine. That’s all I could think of to help. Maybe it is not enough to stop the violence, but at least it is better than talking about it without doing anything.”

I nodded.

“I hope you find him soon,” I said.

Source by: http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/

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Burma’s Rohingya Muslims speak of massacres and rape as government denies genocide

Burma’s Rohingya Muslims speak of massacres and rape as government denies genocide

‘They burned many people. They burned them in front of my house.’

Rohingya Muslims have described horrific rapes, massacres and atrocities at the hands of Burmese forces as the government continues to deny allegations of genocide.

Tens of thousands of people from the ethnic minority have been fleeing into Bangladesh to escape the violence, described as anti-terror “clearance operations” by the President’s office.

A young mother told the Associated Press how soldiers raided her village in Rakhine state and set light to the thatched homes before shooting anyone trying to flee into surrounding fields.

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Boys stand among debris after fire destroyed shelters at a camp for internally displaced Rohingya Muslims in the western Rakhine State  (Reuters)

“They drove us out of our houses, men and women in separate lines, ordering us to keep our hands folded on the back of our heads,” says 20-year-old Mohsena Begum.

She said that when about 50 people had been gathered together, the soldiers, along with a group of local men, pulled four leaders of Caira Fara village from the crowd and slit their throats.

Ms Begum, who fled to Bangladesh with her son, said her husband was among those killed in the ensuing violence, and that she was also raped.

In a separate attack, a 25-year-old Rohingya woman told Time magazine how troops torched her village, and that one soldier snatched her eight-year-old son away and threw him back into their burning home.

The Rohingya have faced persecution for decades in Buddhist-majority Burma, where most are regarded as immigrants from Bangladesh and denied citizenship.

This latest outbreak of violence was triggered by attacks on guard posts near the Bangladesh border in October that killed nine police officers, with the government launching a huge sweep through Rohingya majority areas in Rakhine state after blaming “sympathisers” of the minority for the attacks.

Ground troops and helicopter gunships have been used in the operations, which have forced up to 30,000 people to abandon their homes, according to the UN.

Satellite images analysed by Human Rights Watch showed 1,250 structures were destroyed in November in Rohingya villages.

Osman Gani, an Arabic teacher, fled after his village was attacked on 11 November.

“They came and killed mercilessly. They burned our homes,” he told AP after fleeing to Bangladesh. “No one was there to save us.”

As he fled north from Gouzo Bil, he used his mobile phone to film destruction in other Rohingya villages he passed through. In some, the blackened remains of what appear to be children can be seen amid the wreckage of homes.

“They (the army) oppressed us and fired at us from aircraft,” Mr Gani said. “People were killed in front of my house. They chased the girls and gunned them down. And they burned many people. They burned them in front of my house.”

The Burmese government called an emergency meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as regional tensions deepen over the crisis.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak lashed out at leader Aung San Suu Kyi for allowing “genocide” last week, speaking before thousands of angry protesters in Kuala Lumpur.

The Nobel Peace prize winner’s party won the country’s first democratic elections in a generation last year but she has been criticised over the military crackdown by the UN, whose special adviser said it had “caused frustration locally and disappointment internationally”.

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The UN’s Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, said that instead of opening impartial investigations into human rights abuses, “the Government has mostly responded with a blanket denial”.

Ms Suu Kyi has accused the international community of stoking unrest over the reported killings and said refugees and the media were “exaggerating” incidents “so that everything seems worse than it really is”.

“It doesn’t help if everybody is just concentrating on the negative side of the situation, in spite of the fact that there were attacks on police outposts,” she said in a recent interview on Singapore’s Channel News Asia.

State media report almost 100 people have been killed – 17 soldiers and 76 suspects – in the army operation in Rakhine that followed the border post attacks on 9 October.

Advocacy groups put the death toll in the hundreds, but foreign journalists and independent investigators have been barred from visiting the area to verify the figures.

Much of Rakhine has been closed to outsiders, including reporters, since the violence began but former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, leader of a commission formed to investigate the situation in the state, was expected to hold a press conference on its findings this week.

Meanwhile, the Burmese government has sent its own “commission” to villages reported to be the scene of massacres in western media.

The president’s office sent out a press release on Tuesday claiming residents of Kyetyoepyin in Maungtaw, the site of alleged rapes and killings of Muslim children, told state investigators “the claimed atrocities did not happen”. The names of the villagers or any details of the alleged interviews were not released.

Source by: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/rohingya-muslims-burma-government-rapes-massacres-government-genocide-ethnic-cleansing-rakhine-a7471636.html

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Bosses, industries unperturbed by Myanmar decision to suspend sending workers

Thursday December 8, 2016
07:34 AM GMT+8

About 200 Muslims gathered in the compound of the Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque in Kuala Kangsar to protest the oppression of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, December 2, 2016. ― Bernama pic  About 200 Muslims gathered in the compound of the Sultan Idris Shah II Mosque in Kuala Kangsar to protest the oppression of the Rohingya ethnic minority in Myanmar, December 2, 2016. ― Bernama picPETALING JAYA, Dec 8 — Employers remained unfazed over the decision by Myanmar to stop sending workers to Malaysia, saying it will not disrupt the various sectors here.

The Malaysian Employers’ Federation said the nation was not dependent on workers from Myanmar as the numbers were “small and insignificant”.

Its executive director, Datuk Shamsuddin Bardan, said there were 141,858 workers from Myanmar in the country with the majority (71 per cent) working in the manufacturing industry. The rest were in construction (11 per cent), service (10.5 per cent) and agriculture (four per cent).

“Some sectors could be affected but not greatly. I believe the government can introduce policies to encourage Malaysians to fill the void,” he said.

“Re-branding jobs and providing skill certification proved to be successful as more Malaysians encouraged to enter the workforce.”

Those reaching retiring age should also be encouraged to continue working.

Shamsuddin said he remainedf uncertain about the fate of existing workers in the country.

“There will be a vacuum if those who remained here were asked to leave but we should not forget we have refugees,” he said.

“Perhaps the government can work out a policy to allow refugees to work in these sectors.”

Myanmar nationals are allowed to work in manufacturing, construction, plantation, agriculture and service industry except as security guards.

The Malaysian Trades Union Congress said the decision by Myanmar would not affect Malaysia in any way as the population of workers was small compared to Bangladeshi and Indonesians.

Its acting president, Abdullah Sani, said: “If they are gone, we can always depend on Bangladeshi and Indonesian workers. We don’t need them. We’re not bothered, really.

“If we want to send a strong message to the Myanmar government regarding the situation there, we should send all of their legal workers here back as well.

“Cut ties entirely. This will teach the Myanmar government a lesson.”

Federation of Malaysian Vegetable Growers Association secretary-general Chay Ee Mong said the move would not impact its members.

“We have a lot of workers from other countries mainly Nepal, Bangladesh and Indonesia. The presence of Myanmar nationals in our sector is small since the beginning and no significant impact, if any, will be felt,” he said.

Myanmar Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (MERHROM) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said he is prepared for the worst over the fate of Myanmar nationals in Malaysia.

Zafar said his countrymen here should return to Myanmar.

“I’m saying this because the Myanmar government has proudly announced they have achieved democracy,” he said.

“If they are so proud of this, it is time for them to care for their own people instead of leaving us out there as refugees.

“Why are Myanmar nationals still suffering there .. being oppressed by their own government?”

Expressing his frustrations, Zafar, a strong advocate against the Myanmar government, said the Myanmar people should not have to suffer anymore when the country had announced “the presence of democracy”.

“We are supposed to feel safe in our own country, but instead we are constantly fearing for our lives up to point where we need to flee the country.

“What kind of democracy is this?”

Zafar also called for the intervention of all universal human rights organisations to put an end to the suffering by the Myanmar people.

“From what I see, there is only one thing that should be done, and that is for all countries who host Burmese workers to end all economic ties with the country,” he said.

“Only by doing so, the Myanmar government will learn. There is no other way.”

 

See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/bosses-industries-unperturbed-by-myanmar-decision-to-suspend-sending-worker#sthash.S8rdmH6u.dpuf

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Suu Kyi pengganas antarabangsa – DMDI

SELASA, 13 DISEMBER 2016 @ 4:32 PM

Suu Kyi pengganas antarabangsa – DMDI

Oleh Mohd Zulkifli Zainuddin mohd.zulkifli@bh.com.my

KAUNSELOR Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi. – Foto AFP

KUALA LUMPUR: Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (DMDI) melabelkan Kaunselor Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi sebagai pengganas antarabangsa kerana tidak mempedulikan nasib rakyatnya sendiri.

Presiden DMDI, Tan Sri Ali Rustam, berkata penerima Hadiah Nobel Keamanan yang selama ini dilihat sebagai pejuang keamanan, demokrasi dan kemanusiaan secara tiba-tiba berubah pendirian.

Katanya, pemimpin Myanmar itu sudah menyinggung umat Islam dunia apabila melarang dan tidak mengiktiraf Rohingya, sekali gus mengharamkan penggunaan nama etnik itu di negaranya berdasarkan ucapan pada Mei lalu.

“DMDI rasa terkejut dengan sikap penerima Hadiah Nobel Keamanan ini yang sanggup menutup mata, mulut dan telinga daripada melihat dan mendengar penderitaan Muslim Rohingya.

“Suu Kyi turut mendakwa bahawa ketegangan ini berpunca daripada wujudnya kelompok Muslim yang mahu memperjuangkan kemerdekaan Wilayah Arakan.

“Justeru, DMDI berikrar menggunakan segala kekuatannya di 20 negara anggota seluruh dunia bagi menekan kerajaan Myanmar sehingga mereka bersedia meminda Perlembagaan 1982 dengan mengiktiraf Rohingya sebagai warga negara, sekali gus menghentikan keganasan yang berlaku,” katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap pada Forum Antarabangsa Rohingya: Stop Genocide di Dewan Perdana Felda di sini, hari ini.

Forum anjuran DMDI itu dihadiri seramai 1,200 peserta dengan menampilkan lima panel terdiri daripada Presiden Pertubuhan Kebajikan Serantau Muslim, Dr Raja Ahmad Iskandar Raja Yaacob; Presiden  Gabungan Pelajar Melayu Semenanjung (GPMS), Zambri Mohd Isa; Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar Malaysia (MERHOM), Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani; Pengerusi Majlis Ulama Rohingya, Mohd Jaber Mohd Subahan; dan Rektor Kolej Universiti Insaniah, Prof Datuk Dr Fakhrudin Abdul Mukti.

Mengulas lanjut, Ali berkata DNDI bercadang akan menghantar satu memorandum pada persidangan Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) di ibu negara ini tidak lama lagi supaya tahun 2017 dijadikan sebagai Tahun Solidariti Rohingya dalam usaha mendapat perhatian dunia.

“Saya bersama sekretariat akan berbincang dengan Kementerian Luar, Jabatan Perdana Menteri dan OIC supaya cadangan itu menjadi kenyataan,” katanya.
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DMDI Akan Hantar Memorandum Jadikan 2017 Tahun Solidariti Untuk Rohingya

DMDI Akan Hantar Memorandum Jadikan 2017 Tahun Solidariti Untuk Rohingya


KUALA LUMPUR, 13 Dis (Bernama) — Dunia Melayu Dunia Islam (DMDI) mencadangkan Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) menjadikan 2017 sebagai ‘Tahun Solidariti Untuk Rohingya’.

Presidennya, Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam berkata DMDI akan berbincang dengan Kementerian Luar untuk menyampaikan cadangan itu semasa Persidangan OIC tidak lama lagi.

“Cadangan itu adalah antara hasil forum ‘Rohingya: Stop Genocide’ anjuran DMDI yang sedang berlangsung,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas merasmikan forum tersebut di sini hari ini…..

Source by: http://www.bernama.com/
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NGO Calls Suu Kyi An International Terrorist, Urge The World To Boycott Myanmar’s Economy

NGO Calls Suu Kyi An International Terrorist, Urge The World To Boycott Myanmar’s Economy

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Following her indifference towards the fate of her own people, especially the plight of the Rohingyas, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been likened to an international terrorist instead.

According to Tan Sri Ali Rustam, President of the Malay and Islamic World (DMDI), Suu Kyi, who is also the the State Counsellor of Myanmar, has been held in high esteem as someone who fought for peace, democracy and humanity but has suddenly changed her stance.

Ali said that DMDI is shocked at Suu Kyi’s appalling inaction, seemingly willing to keep her eyes, mouth and ears turned away from the sufferings of the Rohingya Muslims.

“Suu Kyi is also trying to create confusion that brutality is not only felt by Muslims but also by the Buddhists-majority Myanmar population.

“She also claims that this tension was a result of the existence of a group of Muslims who want to fight for the liberation of the Arkan Territory.

“She also seems to agree with the previous military junta allegations that there are rebels who want independence for the territory,” he said in a speech at the Rohingya International Forum: Stop Genocide at Dewan Perdana Felda, today, according to a report by Malaysia Gazette.

Earlier, the United Nations (UN) urged Suu Kyi to visit the conflicted territory in the northwest region of the country to assure the Rohingyas that they will be protected when there have been allegations of the military raping their women apart from burning down houses and killing civilians.

Ali also asserts that DMDI has vowed to use all of its resources spanning 20 countries in the world to pressure the Myanmar government, acknowledge Rohingya as citizens by amending the 1982 Constitution, and stopping the brutality that is unfolding daily.

He said, the Nobel Peace prize and nine other awards bestowed to Suu Kyi need to be revoked if this issue is not settled.

“We also would not hesitate to ask the cooperation of the DMDI in the world stage to call for an economic boycott if the route of democracy and tolerance meets a dead end.

“A resolution will also be formed at the end of this forum,” he said.

Source by: http://www.malaysiandigest.com/

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USCIRF Issues Reports on Religious Freedom Violations in Burma

USCIRF Issues Reports on Religious Freedom Violations in Burma

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DEcember 13, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released two reports highlighting Burma’s serious religious freedom challenges.

From Hidden Plight: Christian Minorities in Burma

The enduring, constitutionally entrenched power of the military and the elevation of Buddhism as the de facto state religion are key factors in understanding violations of religious freedom currently affecting Christian communities in Burma…Many of the discriminatory policies and practices instituted under the military regime continue today… The Committee for the Protection of Race and Religion, better known as Ma Ba Tha, and other ultra-nationalistic monks have played a key role in abusing the right to religious freedom and inciting violence against Christian pastors and missionaries.

From Suspended in Time: The Ongoing Persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Burma:

More than four years ago, two waves of sectarian violence struck Rakhine State. In the time since, Rohingya Muslims, Rakhine Buddhists, and individuals of other ethnicities and beliefs throughout the state have suffered grievous deprivations of basic rights, including inadequate access to food, water, shelter, education, and health care; restrictions on freedom of movement; denial of needed humanitarian aid; limited opportunities to obtain an education or earn a living; egregious human rights abuses resulting in death, injury, and displacement; and, in the case of Rohingya Muslims, the denial of the right to a nationality and citizenship.

EVENT: USCIRF will present findings from the reports at an event today at 3pm EST at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. For more information on the event, please click here.

To interview a Commisisoner, please contact USCIRF at media@uscirf.gov or 202-786-0615.

Source by: http://www.uscirf.gov/news-room/press-releases/uscirf-issues-reports-religious-freedom-violations-in-burma

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Several Women Raped and Elderly Men Beaten Severely in Zee Pin Chaung

Several Women Raped and Elderly Men Beaten Severely in Zee Pin Chaung

RB News
December 13, 2016
Taung Pyo Let Wel, Arakan – Locals reported that five more Rohingya girls from Chaung Kar Lar hamlet in Zee Pin Chaung village tract situated in Taung Pyo Lt Wel sub-Township were gang raped at gun point by the military.
On December 12th, 2016 at 12 noon a group of 55 soldiers entered Chaung Kar Lar hamlet. Fearing they might be gang raped, as has frequently happened recently, 30 women and girls gathered together and tried to hide at a house in the village owned by a Rohingya man named Hafiz Akbal. They were found there by a group of 12 soldiers who entered the house. The soldiers then were reported taking eight of the women and girls into a separate room of the house by gun point and raping them there, according to a local villager. The remaining women and girls were also reportedly sexually abused by being stripped naked, groped and molested by the soldiers.
Four more girls were gang raped later in the evening in the same house, a local villager informed RB News. Among them were three single women and girls and one married woman. Two of the women were sisters. The women were 16, 17, 18 and 20 years old.
Villagers told RB News that the soldiers tried to rape the 17 year old daughter of a local man at this time in their home. The girl managed to escape but was reportedly caught soon after by soldiers who found her hiding in a paddy field. The soldiers were said to have raped her there once they had found her.
On December 12th 2016, in one day alone 13 Rohingya women and girls were gang raped by the military.
At the same time soldiers were reported looting from many of the houses in the hamlet and severely beating three elderly men, Sar Ahmed (70 years old), Zahid Hussein (71 years old) and Doliah (75 years old). Sar Ahmed is in critical condition now after soldiers beat him with their guns.
That night the soldiers stayed in the mosque in the hamlet and were witnessed desecrating the holy Quran. Witnesses say they saw the soldiers tearing pages from the Quran and throwing and kicking it as they shouted insults. They were witnessed destroying other things inside the mosque at this time as well.
Recently an investigation commission was formed by the Myanmar government, let by Vice President and former general Myint Swe. The commission is currently in Northern Maungdaw and arrived there on December 11th. Despite this the military is still being reported carrying out atrocities aginst the Rohingya in many villages during the commission’s visit. There have also been reports of continued looting and threats to Rohingya villagers causing them to flee so they will not speak to the commission. According to locals these crimes are taking plae in Kyet Yoe Pyin, Yay Khae Chaung Khwa Sone, Dar Gyi Sar and U Shey Kya.
Although the commission has met many victims (including victims of rape and gang rape) in northern Maungdaw, State media is reporting that the commissions findings have not uncovered evidence of any crimes by the Myanmar military. The commission is largely viewed as insincere and a poor attempt to silence international outcry.

– See more at: http://www.rohingyablogger.com/2016/12/several-women-raped-and-elderly-men.html#sthash.4TzE0UnP.dpuf

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