ASEAN LEADERS MUST STEP UP TO END ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

Leaders show a little solidarity at the opening of the 28th and 29th ASEAN summits in Vientiane on September 6, 2016. (Photo – AP)

When Malaysia Prime Minister Mohd Najib Tun Razak raised voice to end “Rohingya Genocide”, State Counselor, Aung San Suu Kyi decided to use another way to deceive the World covering atrocities with delusive words. Though Malaysia said the plight of Rohingya in Myanmar was a regional concern, Myanmar tried to change its atrocities into an internal humanitarian issue on 19.12.2016.

The meeting held on Monday December 19, was a rare departure from ASEAN’s usual policy of not interfering with other country’s affairs, and came after Malaysia’s Prime Minister described the killing of Rohingya as”genocide”. Rohingyas have been facing deeply rooted discrimination from State’s policy of Burma.

There continue to be reports from many sources alleging arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial killings including of children, rape by soldiers, burning of Rohingya villages as well as destruction of homes and places of worship,” said Anifah Aman, Malaysia’s Foreign Minister, according to a speech released later by the ministry.

State organized a journalist team to send Maungdaw and deceive the World again. Amir Hamza, 22 years old from Kya Gong Taung Village Tract of Maungdaw said “We don’t trust any Burmese journalist, even though they represent foreign media because we expressed every atrocity of army and border guards to 13-members investigation Commission but result was negative. Doesn’t matter whoever comes, if they are Burmese, we never trust.

Let Foreign Journalists come here to get the real facts of atrocities in Maungdaw against us”.

On 20.12.2016, at 8AM, police officers came to Chilkhali IDP camps and surrounding villages and demanded detail information of every mobile phone belongs to Rohingya. Their main target is to stop widespread news about army’s atrocities against Rohingya. Since October 9, Myanmar government has been concealing State’s genocidal operations; extrajudicial killing, gang rape of Rohingya women and girls, torching their homes and looting their properties. Myanmar, denies its crimes as every criminals does.

Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met local Buddhists, Tatmadaw men (army officers) and border guard police doing area security tasks on 20th December 2016. He encouraged Buddhists for unity and work for the nation. He also highlighted to them that illegal Bengali are the threat for the sovereignty of Myanmar and army will continue what is the best for the country, not necessarily need to care any country or any person locally or internationally.

Referring Rohingya, he said “Our most important duty is to protect and maintain independence from the danger of international armed insurgencies and alien intrusions. We have been striving to remove all these danger but could not do that because of shortcoming among us. We should not be careless now. Take lesson from last attack and strive harder to destroy all enemies.”

Town Administrators ordered all Rohingya to destroy their own homes that has no official family list. Min Aung Hlaing directed all government officers to find a legal way for the destruction of Rohingya community. As government does not issue family unit list (အိမ္ေထာင္စုစာရင္း) for new couples of Rohingya since 1990s, a family list contains many houses. Married children are in their parents’ family list but live in separate houses.

Now, government ordered to destroy all those houses though there is no such law that “A house must have a family list”. This is another type of atrocity against Rohingya. If Hitler be alive, he would be surprised that “Myanmar generals are 100 times crueler than him“.

Before her ASEAN counterparts, Aung San Suu Kyi used delusive words and plead for “time and space” to solve Rohingya issue, Rohingya became the most persecuted on Earth since 1970s, how long does it take to end genocidal atrocities against them. World Leaders as well as Regional Leaders must step up and not hide behind the verbal diplomatic niceties.

 

Authority forced Rohingya to demolish their own homes in Northern Maungdaw in this way on 20.12.2016.

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

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Myanmar says Rohingya rape and abuse allegations “made-up”, despite mounting evidence

 COX’S BAZAR/BANGLADESH, 22 December 2016

Jared Ferrie

Asia Editor

 

One by one, seven Myanmar soldiers raped Yasmin in her home, as she stifled her screams for fear of being murdered.

Sixteen days ago, the military attacked Mukhtar’s village, and now the elderly man sits in a small hut nursing shotgun wounds to his thigh.

Two fingers on two-year-old Anwar’s tiny hand are fused together at the base, after he suffered burns when soldiers set houses on fire.

These are a few of the stories shared with IRIN by members of Myanmar’s ethnic Rohingya Muslim minority who have fled across the border into Bangladesh during the past couple months, as the military carried out “clearance operations” against insurgents.

Myanmar’s government and military would have you believe they are lies.

“Most of them are made-up stories, blown out of proportion,” said Aye Aye Soe, a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman. “The things they are accusing us of didn’t happen at all.”
Her comments echo a steady stream of statements from the government since military operations began, following deadly attacks on border police posts in the frontier township of Maungdaw on 9 October. A 3 November article in the state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper went as far as accusing rights groups and media of reporting incidents that were “intentionally fabricated in collusion with terrorist groups”. Yet, the military refuses to allow journalists or investigators into the area to verify or disprove accounts of abuses.
Despite the lack of access, evidence of atrocities has continued to pile up. Organisations including the UN have collected accounts of rapes, killings, and disappearances. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have also published reports that include separate analyses of satellite imagery that strongly indicates villages were set on fire by the military – a direct challenge to government claims that Rohingya residents are burning down their own homes in order to “cast suspicion over security forces”.
On 20 December, the International Organization for Migration said at least 34,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh since October.
Aye Aye Soe raised doubt about such a large number.
“I am sure there are people going for the border, I accept that,” she said in a telephone interview. “But I don’t know if it could be 20 or 30 thousand. It’s blown out of proportion.”
Military operations have “been carried out with very much restraint”, said Aye Aye Soe.
“And regarding rape, ethnic cleansing – it’s completely false.”
Such denials are hard to square with testimonies provided to IRIN as well as groups like Fortify Rights, which just concluded a research trip to Bangladesh where team members interviewed scores of victims and triangulated eyewitness accounts. Some recent arrivals also bear physical injuries, including gunshot wounds and signs of rape.
“The government’s callous denials have reached the heights of absurdity,” Matt Smith, the group’s chief executive officer, told IRIN. “The government’s claim that these accounts might be fabricated is disgusting.”
A Rohingya family
Jared Ferrie/IRIN
A Rohingya family sheltering in the village of Hazibara, Bangladesh, after fleeing Myanmar

Yasmin’s story

Yasmin said soldiers arrived in her village just before dawn, firing shots in the air.
“The feeling of fright – I can’t explain,” she said in an interview in Hazibara, a village about 80 kilometres inside Bangladesh.
Like the other Rohingya quoted in this story, Yasmin is an alias. Using their real names could put them or their families in danger of retribution by Myanmar security forces.
The soldiers forced residents out onto the road and asked where the men were, as most of them had already fled. The soldiers finally left, but the villagers’ nightmare wasn’t over. They returned later in the day and some “had drunk a lot”, said Yasmin.
They took the women into their houses, demanded money and valuables, and then raped them, she said. After they raped her, they set her house on fire, along with the village mosque and other homes. They killed a religious leader and arrested several elderly men, including her father-in-law.
“They took him away and we still don’t know where he is,” Yasmin said.
The soldiers then herded about 400 women and children into a large yard between two houses where they kept them under guard, said Yasmin.
Dates and details of the attack recounted by Yasmin line up with statements provided by Rohingya village leaders to a commission formed by the government to investigate the violence, which were shared with IRIN. Accounts related to IRIN by Rohingya sheltering in a village and unofficial refugee camps in Bangladesh also matched up to testimonies gathered by rights groups. The cumulative evidence suggests a widespread pattern of military abuses.
Yasmin said the soldiers confiscated all mobile phones, but one “clever” woman had hidden hers. Yasmin’s husband, Mohammad, was already in Bangladesh, in the city of Chittagong, where he had found work as a day labourer. She knew his phone number by heart and she called to tell him about the attack, and that his father had been arrested.
“When I heard my wife’s voice, it was unbelievable” said Mohammad. “I was very sorrowful when I heard my father had been taken away by the army.”
He said he is now so consumed by worry that he is unable to look for work.
After three days under guard and without food, Yasmin saw her chance to escape. She fled into the countryside with her four children, and made her way to the Naf River, which forms the border.
Yasmin and her children spent three days on the Myanmar side of the river. The Bangladesh Border Guards were preventing Rohingya from entering the country, and she had no money to pay a smuggler. Finally, her husband was able to transfer money to the smuggler using “BKash”, a mobile phone service, and they crossed the river at night in a small boat.
In the meantime, Mohammad had travelled to Hazibara, the home village of a friend he met while working in Chittagong, and a woman there offered shelter to him and his family.
Jared Ferrie/IRIN
This two-year-old child’s hand was badly burnt when Myanmar soldiers set fire to his village

Aid barriers

Nobody knows how many Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh so far, but the number definitely surpasses the IOM figure of 34,000, which includes only those in official and unofficial camps as well as two towns. Many more are in villages like Hazibara, where residents said Yasmin’s family was one of about 45 sheltering there. Fortify Rights found many Rohingya camped out in forests and fields along the border.
“We have no statistics at all,” said Ali Hossain, deputy commissioner of the border district of Cox’s Bazar.
His government’s reluctance to gather information on new arrivals reflects the tough position Bangladesh is in.
Even before the latest influx, the impoverished and densely-populated country was hosting 32,000 registered refugees and as many as 500,000 undocumented Rohingya who had surged across the border at various times since the 1970s, mainly during bouts of mob violence and military operations in Myanmar similar to those ongoing at the moment. Now, Bangladesh is reluctant to officially open its borders or to allow aid groups to scale up their response to the crisis, afraid that might encourage more Rohingya to come. At the same time, border guards have often turned a blind eye to those crossing over, while aid agencies have quietly increased their support.
But it’s not enough.
Rohingya in makeshift camps said new arrivals are begging from people who themselves have barely enough to survive. Others are suffering from illness or injury but cannot get medical care.
A doctor working in the camps told Fortify Rights that in the past two months alone he had treated 13 women who were victims of rape. One was gang-raped by soldiers and had been bleeding for two weeks.
Another woman told IRIN she was still bleeding after soldiers raped her, but she was afraid to go to government hospitals for fear of being sent back to Myanmar. There are five security checkpoints between her and a clinic run by Médecins Sans Frontiers, so she wouldn’t go there either. Her husband was arrested during the attack on her village, and she had no idea if he was still alive.
“I beg here and there for a living,” said the woman, who has three children. “I have no relatives here.”

PR battles

Myanmar’s government appears unmoved by such testimonies, despite being headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for her pro-democracy struggle against the former military junta.
Instead, the government continues to publish statements like a 19 December article posted on the Ministry of Information website, which accused the international community of unfairly “putting pressure on us” as a result of “false news”.
“Even though [we] have been the victim of violent attacks, Myanmar has handled this problem with full regard to humanitarian considers [sic] and looked upon these criminal acts in a lenient manner and acted in accordance with the law,” said the article.
Critics say the barrage of statements denying abuses provides cover for the military to carry out operations that Amnesty International warned “amount to collective punishment” of Rohingya communities.
The UN and others have called for an independent investigation into allegations of atrocities, and Amnesty has raised the possibility that they could amount to crimes against humanity.
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(TOP PHOTO: A Rohingya woman and child in the Kutupalong informal settlement, Bangladesh, in June, 2014. CREDIT: Will Baxter)
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Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar’s game

December 22, 2016 12:00 pm JST

Rakhine conflict changes Myanmar’s game

Myanmar’s de facto leader makes plea for ASEAN solidarity over conflict

GWEN ROBINSON, Chief editor and KAVI CHONGKITTAVORN, Contributing writer

Several Asian cities have seen protests against a military crackdown on Rohingya in Myanmar, such as this one in New Delhi on Dec. 19. © Reuters

SITTWE/YANGON, Myanmar In an unusual display of diplomatic outreach, Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi called a special “informal” meeting of regional foreign ministers in Yangon on Dec. 19 to discuss the deteriorating security situation in the country’s western Rakhine State. The move, unprecedented within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, came amid growing international protest over her government’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi met to discuss the crisis on Dec. 7. © Reuters

 

International aid agencies estimate that more than 30,000 Rohingya have been displaced, about 30,000 others have fled to neighboring Bangladesh and at least 160,000 people have been cut off from vital food and medical aid in a military crackdown after Muslim militants attacked police border posts on Oct. 9 in northern Rakhine. The numbers add to an estimated 120,000 already living in makeshift camps in the state after bouts of sectarian violence in 2012 and 2013. The government has said that nearly 100 people have been killed and about 600 detained in military operations against suspected militants since then, but has strongly denied reports of torture and destruction of homes.

Satellite imagery issued by New York-based Human Rights Watch, however, shows that about 1,500 homes in the region north of Maungdaw, the largest town in northern Rakhine, have been destroyed since Oct. 9. About 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims — commonly called “Bengalis” by Myanmar’s majority Buddhist population — account for about one-third of the state’s population. They are denied citizenship although many have resided in Myanmar for generations.

ASEAN FAULTLINES International outcry over the crackdown highlighted a glaring rift within ASEAN, between member countries with majority Buddhist and Muslim populations in the 10-member group. In early December, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak broke with ASEAN tradition by publicly castigating Myanmar over its treatment of the Rohingya community and accusing Suu Kyi’s government of presiding over the “genocide” of Rohingya Muslims. Najib also called for ASEAN to review Myanmar’s membership.

Indonesia, home to the world’s largest Muslim population, resisted Najib’s urging to publicly condemn Myanmar, choosing to play more of a mediator role by sending its Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi to talk with Suu Kyi. It was after their Dec. 7 meeting that Myanmar issued its call for an informal ASEAN ministerial meeting.

The public spat with Malaysia, the shuttle diplomacy and the Dec. 19 meeting itself broke with ASEAN’s long-held principle of non-interference in each other’s affairs. But tensions between Muslim and Buddhist blocs within ASEAN could have long-term consequences for the group’s cohesion.

The Rakhine crisis has also damaged Suu Kyi’s international image, leading to international campaigns for the withdrawal of her Nobel Peace Prize and criticism from the U.S., EU and the United Nations secretary-general’s special adviser on Myanmar, who urged Suu Kyi to visit Rakhine and see the problems for herself. A stream of media reports from late October prompted protests in cities including Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dhaka and Karachi about alleged human rights abuses by Myanmar’s military.

The escalating protests could also stymie her country’s so-far successful emergence on the world stage, particularly if Western countries consider attaching conditions on aid to Myanmar. For governments that earlier rallied to support democratization and reform in Myanmar, the Rakhine conflict has become an embarrassment and a potential diplomatic minefield. For Japan, which rarely raises human rights issues in its diplomatic dealings, any move by the U.S. or large Western countries to attach conditions to aid could be awkward. The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has assiduously courted Suu Kyi and staked much — including billions of dollars in aid and assistance — on Japan’s new relationship with her government.

Reinforcing Naypyitaw’s anxiety, Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the U.N., told Security Council members at a closed-door meeting on Nov. 17 that Suu Kyi’s government was not equipped to handle the situation in Rakhine, and also called for an international probe into alleged military abuses.

Myanmar officials have also expressed worries that the incoming U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will pursue tougher action over Rakhine, given concerns he raised with the previous President Thein Sein about the plight of the Rohingya when he was U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees in 2012.

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UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

 22 Dec 2016 – 10:44

UN advisor fears Myanmar situation may get out of hand

NEW YORK, USA – DECEMBER 16: Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Myanmar Vijay Nambiar speaks during an exclusive interview in New York, USA on December 16, 2016. ( Volkan Furuncu – Anadolu Agency )

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NEW YORK: A top United Nations official is warning that the ongoing violence in Myanmar’s west is in danger of “getting out of hand”, and is asking the country’s leaders to be more assertive in resolving historic problems faced by the area’s Muslim and Buddhist communities.

In an exclusive interview earlier this week, the UN secretary-general’s special advisor on Myanmar, Vijay Nambiar, told Anadolu Agency that deadly Oct. 9 attacks on police stations in Rakhine State were condemnable, but laid bare “a deep-seated malaise in the place itself”.

He outlined a rising desperation felt by Rohingya Muslims in the area, saying that the government hadn’t done enough to address the “anxiety and insecurity” they felt.

“For almost three years, there hasn’t been any major outbreak of violence in Rakhine, even though the 2012 events were a pointer,” Nambiar said, referring to inter-communal violence in Rakhine in which more than 100 people — mostly Muslims — died and over 100,000 were displaced.

“We had been bringing this to the notice of the government and telling them that unless some action was taken to address some of the root causes, it was likely that this would erupt once again.”

Since Oct. 9, Myanmar has said that at least 94 people — 17 police and soldiers and 77 alleged “attackers” (including six who reportedly died during interrogation) — have been killed and some 600 suspects have been detained for alleged involvement in attacks on police stations and during a subsequent military crackdown.

The government said Monday that the arrests were continuing, and a further “Muslim man” had been shot dead “as he attacked police”.

Rohingya advocacy groups, however, claim around 400 Rohingya — described by the UN as among the most persecuted groups worldwide — were killed in the military operations in an area which has been closed to aid agencies and independent journalists.

Nambiar said that the operations had seen houses burnt, villages kept under lockdown, while at least 21,000 Rohingya are reported to have fled across the border into neighboring Bangladesh.

The security apparatus has been “defensive rather than proactive”, he underlined.
On Monday, State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi thanked Myanmar’s neighbors at a regional meeting for their offers of help in resolving the “complex and long-standing” issues at the heart of disturbances in Rakhine.

Myanmar has highlighted the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)’s non-interference principle in its response to countries accusing it of human rights atrocities in its treatment of Rohingya, stressing fellow member Indonesia’s “positive and constructive” approach while criticizing Malaysia, whose prime minister has referred to Myanmar’s treatment of the ethnic minority as “genocide” or “ethnic cleansing”.
On its western border, however, is non-ASEAN member Bangladesh, from where Myanmar originally accused many of the attackers of entering and which has also had to cope with a wave of Rohingya fleeing the military clampdown.

Nambiar told Anadolu Agency that in talks with representatives in Bangladesh, he had learnt that the country had been “very constructive” in its cooperation with the Myanmar government.

“In fact, they even handed over some of the people who they felt were attackers to the Myanmar authorities, and they also asked that the situation be addressed very seriously so that the threat of a large exodus of population from northern Rakhine to Bangladesh could be averted.”

Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar for decades, with a new wave of migrations occurring since mid-2012 after communal violence broke out in Rakhine between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya.

The violence left more than 100 people dead, over 100,000 (primarily Rohingya) displaced in camps and more than 2,500 houses razed — most of which belonged to Rohingya.
Members of the minority were also not allowed to stand or vote in Myanmar’s 2015 elections, which Nobel Peace Prize laureate Suu Kyi’s party won in a landslide, as Myanmar does not see them as nationals.

Despite being accused of indifference to the Rohingya and their suffering, Suu Kyi has long said that the situation in Rakhine is economic, not political, as she strives to balance calls for intervention from the international community with anti-Muslim cries from nationalists — many of whom voted for her party — back home.

Talking to Anadolu Agency, Nambiar underlined that he too sees economic development — along with human rights — as a solution to the problems in the region, but primarily the government needed to find ways to convince the community that it would protect them.

“An element of reassurance has to come to the local community,” he said.

“For a variety of reasons, the local communities are very, very highly agitated, and see [military operations] as a threat to their existence, so as long as this sense of either you or me, this kind of zero-sum game, continues, it will be very difficult to see that kind of harmony building.”

He stressed, however, that the situation has not been helped by a “somewhat knee-jerk” reaction from the army and local authorities to communal violence.

“Whenever they face this threat, they automatically want to close the entire situation, seal up the situation and deal with the threat and the problem. That in the past has resulted in the problem actually festering.”

Nambiar called on the new government — the country’s first fully democratic body in more than 50 years — to work closely with its old foe, the military.

“[Suu Kyi] has to work with the army and the army has to work with her. She needs to be a little more assertive in taking action to reassure both the local population and international community and I have confidence that she will do that,” he said.

“I do feel and I am convinced that her intentions are to actually solve the larger problems.”

Nambiar said that the initial step is to reassure the communities that they are safe and in good hands, and then the government needs to restore citizenship rights to the presently stateless Rohingya.

Many nationalists refer to Rohingya as “Bengali”, which suggests they are interlopers from neighboring Bangladesh and fuels the notion that they don’t belong in Myanmar.

“During the [2014] census process, the minister for population said that he had no doubt that the overwhelming majority of… what he called the Bengalis… would be entitled to citizenship. He in fact told me this,” Nambiar said.
He underlined that the situation in Rakhine is far more complex than it at first seems, and that everyone involved needed to ignore knee-jerk reactions and see the situation for what it is.

“This is a very complex problem. It is a long-standing problem and the cure for this is to address the substantive issues and the root causes,” he said.
Nambiar spoke of his fears that the situation could now get out of hand.
“But I think the government is aware of it. By and large, they recognize the seriousness of this issue,” he said.

Vijay Nambiar is a seasoned career diplomat from India. A former Ambassador to the United Nations, he held several high-ranking positions in the global body, including Chef de Cabinet and Under-Secretary-General. He has been Secretary-General’s Special Advisor on Myanmar since 2010.

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KEJAM, BANYAK BANTUAN PADA ROHINGYA TIDAK SAMPAI

KEJAM, BANYAK BANTUAN PADA ROHINGYA TIDAK SAMPAI

Berikutan krisis yang berlaku pada umat Islam Rohingya, boleh dikatakan banyak negara serta badan-badan tertentu tampil menghulurkan bantuan dalam belbagai bentuk termasuklah wang, makanan, keperluan harian dan sebagainya.

Namun, apa yang menjadi persoalannya kini adalah kebanyakkan sumber bantuan yang cuba disalurkan tidak sampai pada pihak yang sepatutnya. Dalam erti kata lain, ada antaranya dirampas oleh kerajaan Myanmar sendiri.

Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar Malaysia (MERHROM), Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, berkata kebanyakan bantuan disalurkan pihak luar tidak diagihkan kepada umat Islam di sana.

“Kerajaan menggunakan pelbagai cara untuk menyekat, sekali gus menindas umat Islam Rohingya,” katanya.

Presiden DMDI, Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam pula berkata DMDI dan Pertubuhan Kebajikan Serantau Muslim (Serantau Muslim) akan bersama pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Islam lain menghantar bantuan ‘Food Flotilla For Myanmar’ kepada etnik Rohingya, Januari ini.

Tambah beliau, usaha berkenaan sebagai tanda menyokong dan memperjuangkan nasib saudara seakidah di Arakan, Myanmar itu dan menghentikan kezaliman terhadap negeri Rakhine.

“Sebanyak 1,000 tan makanan, bantuan perubatan, kit kebersihan dan barangan keperluan harian akan disalurkan kepada etnik Rohingya bersama-sama Kelab Putra 1 Malaysia (KP1M).

“Kita berharap bantuan itu dapat disampaikan kepada masyarakat Islam di sana. “Jika perlu, kita akan tubuhkan DMDI di Myanmar atau Bangladesh segera untuk membantu selesaikan masalah ini,” katanya.

Source by: https://www.wanista.com

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Rohingya refugee issue will not end

Rohingya refugee issue will not end

KUALA LUMPUR May 21 – The issue of Rohingya refugees there will be no end as long as the United Nations (UN) did not intervene to insist on Myanmar to stop the crime of genocide that has lasted over 70 years.

Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani

 

President of the Association of Human Rights Malaysia Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas (MERHROM), Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said that if the United Nations continues to close your eyes and take a hands-off attitude, the refugee issue will continue, bringing the Rohingya community had to find a place to escape.

“The brutality and repression against the people, have occurred since 1942, but now the Myanmar government has the option of whether to ethnic detained in a concentration camp (which may be tortured, killed, raped or left to starve), or take a boat to leave the country.

“So they have no choice, so they act to take a boat and swept into the ocean without shame direction, it may be better than direct victim of the crime of genocide,” he said when contacted by Utusan Malaysia here today.

Accordingly, Zafar Ahmad stressed that the UN has the power and if they intervene and control the situation in Myanmar, the refugee problem would be terminated.

“Who wants to be a refugee and actions fled to countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand not to their liking, but had to because there was no place to go.

“Why the UN is still silent and did not insist, while Myanmar has conducted various atrocities not only violated, but also goes beyond the violation of human rights through the atrocities committed,” he said.

Zafar Ahmad also claimed that, so far there are still seven boats and washed away in a sea of Myanmar and Bangladesh involving between 5,000 to 6,000 Rohingya.

“The Myanmar government providing these boats so that ethnicity can be expelled,” he said.

He added that ASEAN should also insist on the Myanmar issue, thereby helping and defending the fate of the persecuted Rohingya.

“If ASEAN insists or decides cooperation with Myanmar, may urge it will put pressure on the government of that country from continuing to oppress ethnic,” he said.

 

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Information Ministry’s Media Team Visits Northern Maungdaw

Information Ministry’s Media Team Visits Northern Maungdaw

By Anwar M.S.December 22, 2016 18:09

Information Ministry’s Media Team Visits Northern Maungdaw

By Rohingya Mirror | December 22, 2016

Maungdaw — A 13-member media team formed by Myanmar’s Ministry of Information (MOI) visited the northern Maungdaw on Wednesday to look into the reports of the atrocities against the Rohingyas in the region, it has been reported. 

The media/information team was formed with some journalists handpicked by the Information Ministry itself in the backdrop of the international pressure to allow the INDEPENDENT media/journalists in the northern Maungdaw as the reports of the crimes of Genocide against the Rohingya population have been emerging from the region since October 9.

The media team visited the villages of PyaungPaik (Haant Gojja Fara) and Ngakura (Nagpura) where the civilians had been brutally assaulted by the Myanmar Military and Border Guard Police (BGP). The villagers told the media team all the atrocities committed on them such as how the military and BGP raided their villages, forced them out of their homes to plunder their food stocks and properties, raped/gang-raped the village-women and arbitrarily arrested some civilians subjecting them to enforced disappearances.

The Border Guard Police and some staffs from Maungdaw Township Administration also tagged along with the media team to the villages raising some reasonable doubts over the media team’s INDEPENDENT ACCESS to the victims.

U Aye Myint, a human rights observer based in Maungdaw explaining the patterns of the Myanmar government’s attempt to conceal of the crimes it’s military, said “after the genocidal operation against the population in northern Maungdaw began on October 9, 2016, the International Community has pressured the Burmese government to allow the three things in the region: 1) the International Investigation Team, 2) the International Media and 3) the humanitarian access.

“But the government or the military hasn’t allowed any international investigation team or international media lest their crimes should be exposed. Rather, the government formed their own investigation team and media team to look into the crimes committed by its own military.

“It does two things: it reduces the International pressure and helps them cover-up their crimes. Next thing for the government is to form a humanitarian team on the pretext of helping the displaced and vulnerable people here, provide assistances to two to three people and tell the world that the government is helping. And hence, no longer international humanitarian team is needed in the region.

“The international community is also knowingly letting the Burmese government manipulate with the facts of Genocide.”

It has been learnt that the Border Guard Policemen that went along with them media team took photos of the villagers at PyaungPaik while talking to the media team. Because of that, the villagers expressed their worries of getting arrested, while speaking to Rohingya Vision TV on phone.

In the evening on December 21, the BGP arrested and beat seven people at the village of PyaungPaik demanding the list of the people that talked to the media team. Upon releasing them (the seven people), the BGP farther threatened that the villagers must make the list of the people in a few days or many more villagers would be arrested.

At NgaKura, the authorities presented some local Hindus — who look like Rohingya and speak the same language as the Rohingyas do — were presented to the media team as the Rohingya people of the village. They (the Hindus pretending to be Rohingya) said to the media team that the military commit rapes and atrocities in the region and hence, it has been peaceful throughout.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/

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

Three Rohingyas Disappear after Being Arrested by Military

Three Rohingyas Disappear after Being Arrested by Military

By Anwar M.S.
December 22, 2016 02:32

Three Rohingyas Disappear after Being Arrested by Military

By Rohingya Mirror | December 22, 2016

Maungdaw — Three Rohingyas, one man and two teenagers, have disappeared after being arrested by the Myanmar military in northern Maungdaw on December 20 evening, it has been reported.

The man was identified as Mohammed Alam (40), s/o Ula Meah, a local of the village of Kyar Gaung Taung. On his way back home after selling vegetables at the ‘YeDwinChaung’ bazaar at around 5 pm on December 20, he encountered with some military and subsequently got arrested.

After that, the military arrested two teenagers working at a fishery pond at the village of YeDwinChaung. The military were seen to have been taking them towards the Rakhine village of ‘Kan Pyin.’

Since then, three of them have been missing making them some of the latest victims of enforced disappearance by the military.

In another incident on December 20, two Border Guard Policemen from the sentry post based at ‘Kyar Gaung Taung’ arbitrarily arrested Mohammed s/o Noor Ahmed, a Rohingya youth in his 20s, upon encountering him while he was walking a long the road. They beat him and released him after robbing his money.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

Source by: http://www.rvisiontv.com/

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

Rohingyas continue to slip in, but number unknown

Rohingyas continue to slip in, but number unknown

National Taskforce meeting told

Diplomatic Correspondent
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Dhaka is worried as arrival of Myanmar nationals continues in Bangladesh from the western state of Rakhine in the face of persecution since ethnic cleansing began on Rohingya Muslim minority in early October.

According to information received by the government from different authentic sources, security forces in the neighbouring country has taken up such extreme persecution that the Rohingyas are forced to seek protection in Bangladesh, say diplomatic sources.

The 11the meeting of the National Taskforce on Implementation of Strategy on Undocumented Myanmar Nationals (UMN) held yesterday at the foreign ministry discussed the Rohingya situation in Rakhine as well as thousands of newly arrived Myanmar nationals in the face of persecution.

The meeting with Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali in the chair took stock of the situation from the high officials from different ministries and security forces, border guards and other agencies concerned.

Uncounted numbers of Myanmar nationals have already entered Bangladesh and most of them have scattered in different parts of Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar, the meeting was told.

“So far there has been no such initiative or mechanism in place to count the number of new arrivals. The law-enforcement agencies or local authorities have not yet been instructed to trace and count the newly arrived Myanmar nationals,” said a foreign ministry official attending the meeting.

According to UNHCR and IOM, some 34,000 civilians have been forced to cross the border into Bangladesh in recent weeks and months.

However, Bangladesh officials have claimed the number would be much higher as the UN bodies have counted only the people who are now in makeshift settlements at Ukhia in Cox’s Bazar.

Another foreign ministry official said the actual number of new arrivals might be one lakh since violence erupted in Myanmar.

The IOM and its partners working in the makeshift settlements and neighbouring host communities are providing various services to the most vulnerable of around 1 lakh unregistered Myanmar nationals, according to sources.

Bangladesh Ambassador in Yangon Mohammad Sufiur Rahman, who has been called out by the foreign ministry thrice this month, attended the Taskforce meeting and briefed it about the situation in Rakhine as well as steps taken to normalise the situation through diplomatic channels.

Sources say the meeting was informed that the Myanmar security forces have adopted a policy that might force more Rohingyas to cross the border and enter Bangladesh.

They add military forces are involved in perpetrating mass murder, looting and rape against the Rohingyas in Rakhine where the army went on a counterinsurgency offensive after an October 9 attack there on police outposts that killed nine officers.

Houses and other establishments were demolished in such a planned way that it is highly impossible for the poor Rohingyas to rebuild those and return to their dwelling places.

The meeting was further informed that the Myanmar forces have destroyed cropland in vast areas. People who are fully dependent on agriculture have become completely jobless and helpless and are forced to flee from Rakhine for shelter in Bangladesh.

People living in one village are not allowed to go to another village for shopping or buying essentials without “special pass” from local authorities. The authorities are not issuing any such pass to the Rohingyas. As a result, they are moving towards Bangladesh for shelter.

Meeting sources say the Myanmar authorities have created such an inhuman situation in Rakhine that the Rohingyas would never feel like going back to their homeland. They have left their homeland en masse for fear of persecution, killing, rape, arsons on houses and paddy fields, and destruction of houses and business establishments.

Source by: http://www.thedailystar.net/

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

Tales of horror from new arrivals at Rohingya camp

Tales of horror from new arrivals at Rohingya camp

Tales of horror from new arrivals at Rohingya camp
In this November 22, 2016 photo supplied by Amnesty International, Rohingya refugees cross the border into Bangladesh close to Whaikyang in Cox’s Bazar district. The actions of Myanmar military may constitute crimes against humanity, human rights group Amnesty International has warned, based on accounts of violence against the country’s Muslim Rohingya minority AP

According to the UNHCR, more than 27,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the military crackdown began in Myanmar’s Rakhine state after attacks on border posts on October 9.

Every day, new arrivals at the Rohingya refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar bring familiar horror stories of murder and rape from across the Naf River.

But Mohammed Shah Alam will not be able to tell his story.

Shah Alam, 45, suffered a bullet wound when he was attacked by the Myanmar Army on Sunday night. His cousin Fatema Khatun, 40, took him along to flee on a boat around 4am.

She was hoping that he would receive treatment across the border at Leda refugee camp in Teknaf, where their relatives are currently under shelter.

They reached Teknaf around 8am on Monday, but Shah Alam succumbed to his injuries before they reached the camp.

Since the coordinated attacks on Myanmar border posts on October 9, which killed nine policemen, the Myanmar Army launched a fierce crackdown on the Rohingya community in Rakhine State, blaming them for the attacks.

Fleeing the vicious persecution, more than 27,000 Rohingya refugees have entered Bangladesh since the crackdown began, according to the UNHCR.


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Fatema said men and boys of her family in Mangala, a village in Rakhine, have been hiding deep in the forest to escape military brutality, coming home only to eat meals.

On Sunday around 8pm, as Shah Alam went home for dinner, news of the imminent arrival of military forces led him and other males to flee.

The military opened fire on the men, and Shah Alam was shot. Fatema picked him up and brought him inside as soon as the forces left.

Fatema said she was certain that they would have been killed if they had tried going to the nearest hospital in Maungdaw town, which is around four kilometres away.

The pair left behind Shah Alam’s wife, who had just given birth to their eighth child six days ago, and Fatema’s husband and four children.

Fatema is lucky enough to find shelter with her sister Romida, who has been living in Leda camp since 2008.


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With 5,000 new arrivals, many Rohingya refugees have had to share their huts with relative strangers – like Aziza Begum.

With seven in her own family, Aziza gave shelter to Shomsul Alam’s family of six who arrived on Sunday.

Shomsul says the military set fire to his house, killed one of his sons and shot his son-in-law. They then burnt his beard because it marked him as Muslim, tied him up and repeatedly struck him on his back with their guns.

Unable to walk on his own, Shomsul arrived at the camp supported by his son and another person.

“We live on Tk200 [per day], but they are our Muslim brothers and sisters and our own people. So we take them in,” Aziza said.

Fatema hopes that the rest of her family will soon join her in Bangladesh as those who remain in Myanmar are bound to be killed in the violence targeted at Rohingyas.

However, the 1,972 huts within the camp are already crowded beyond capacity. In the past week, hundreds of newcomers have built shacks out of plastic sheets on nearby properties. The owners have allowed the refugees to live there temporarily.

With dozens of arrivals at Leda every week, these spaces are filling up quickly as well. In a few more weeks, Fatema’s family may have no place to put a piece of plastic over their heads.

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

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