The Muslim massacre of 1942 in Arakan, Burma (Before Independence)

The Muslim massacre of 1942 in Arakan, Burma (Before Independence)

When British withdrew, the administration of Arakan division was entrusted to a Magh Buddhist extremist, U KyawKhine, with the power of commissioner of Arakan division. Many British soldiers left leaving behind a large number of arms, which easily reached the hand of Maghs.

The barbaric Muslim massacre started on 28th March 1942 at the order of Thakin leaders of Arakan. The Magh fell upon the innocent Muslims of Chanbilli village of Minbya Township. The carnage was unbelievable and hundreds of Muslims including children and women met their fatal end. Many Muslims jumped into the river and hid in the forest. People in water were shot dead. With their long swords the Maghs butchered the half-dead men, women and children. Those still alive in the carnage were stabbed with the pointed spears and cut them into pieces. Rohingya girls and women after having been raped were murdered and the children were mercilessly slaughtered by throwing them upward and putting the sharp side of the long-dahs or swords under them. The breasts of the women were peeled.

The same event of the tragic end of Shah Shuja and his followers in 1662 was just repeated once more in 1942. The Maghs of the neighbourhood carried away their cattle, rice, paddy and even clothes. The Thakin leaders took costly things like gold and silver and other booties were given to savage plunderers. The waters of the historic Lemro River had once more turned red with the blood of Muslims.

 The next day on 29th March the armed Maghs attacked Lombaissor. The Rohingya resisted but were defeated and many Muslims were massacred. Like the daughter of Sultan Shuja many women in order to save their modesty threw themselves into the river. Some escaping group of 15000 Muslims were intercepted at TaungyiNyo by the Maghs and were killed after looting their belongings. Women were killed after being raped for some days. Also, 10,000 men, women and children were killed at Apawkwa pass in the same way as TaungyiNyo.

After destroying Chanbilli and Lambaissor in Minbya Township the Thakin attacked Raichaung and Pankha villages of Myebon Township on 1st April 1942. Almost all of 15,000 Muslims of these two villages were massacred.

Attempts were made to carry out massacre at Kyauknimaw of Ramree Township, but they were saved in a miraculous way. The Muslims of Kyaukpyu were given protection by British forces. On 8th April 1942 the Magh carried out the massacre at the villages of Kyauktaw, Mrohaung, Pauktaw and Rathidaung.

Abedin the richest man of Afouk (Apawkwa) used to say that “the Maghs are like dogs, if you throw bones at the dogs they are silent. Similarly if you give money to the Maghs they would not harm you.” But at the last moment his wealth could not save him. Although he narrowly escaped the massacre he had to breathe his last in refugee camps at Rangpur, needy and broken heart. It is one of the thousands of examples.

At the end of April the onslaught swept over the township of Rathidaung and Buthidaung. The villages up to Khwachoung in the township of Buthidaung were destroyed and burnt down. Taung Bazar, north of Buthidaung and its surrounding villages also came under Magh attack.

Three fourths of the Muslims of Rathidaung Township were massacred. The rest were lucky enough to reach Akyab. The Muslims of Akyab had the opportunity of acquiring some arms and training to defend themselves. Both offensive and defensive preparations of the Muslims in Akyab under the leadership of Sultan Mahmud, TambiMaracan and others frightened the Maghs.

The result of the Muslim massacre of 1942 is that, 307 Muslim villages had disappeared from the soil of Arakan. More than 100,000 Muslims were massacred and 80,000 fled to Chittagong and Rangpur Refugee camps. The Muslim majority area of the east of Kaladan River had turned into a Muslim minority area.

But the loss in terms of human civilization and moral value is much greater. The 1942 massacre gave the scar mark of bitterness in the minds of the two-sister people against one another who, otherwise, peacefully co-existed in Arakan since 1200 years back.

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Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel No: +6016-6827287

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Press Statement

25th October 2012

Dear Director/Chief Editor,

STOP MASACCRE: SAVE THE REMAINING ROHINGYAS IN ARAKAN STATE.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) strongly condemned the military regime for starting the riot again towards defenseless Rohingyas. In the recent incidents which started on 21st October until now, twelve (12) villages in Min Bya Township town and MraukOo town have been burnt down by the military, police and Rakhines Buddhist. Though the military has denied their involvement but the villagers confirm the involvement of the military and the police in the recent riots.

The source from the ground stated that about 4200 houses and 7 mosques have been burnt and estimated 1000 Rohingyas has died including women, men and children in Minbya, MraukOo, KyawPyu, Myebon and Pauktaw. This contradicts the number of death stated by the military. The military today stated only 3 person has died which is not true as they want to cover the real toll death.

We heard four (4) more villages will be attacked in MraukOo   town. The military and Rakhines Buddhist has threaten the Rohingyas and scary them. We do not know what will happen tomorrow. How many lives more will be lost.

In Kyawpyu, more houses have been burnt. Thousands of Rohingyas fled their houses. Thousand of Rohingyas now are on the sea struggling to save their lives.

Since the massacre in June 2012, the military, police and the Rakhines Buddhist has warned the Rohingyas to flee the Arakan State if they want to save their life and their family. If the Rohingyas fail to do so, they will be death and that is what happening since June until now.  The military regime will never stop until we are remove from Arakan State.

We are very frustrated as the biggest mandated body in the world which is the UNITED NATIONS has FAILED in their duty to save the lives of the affected Rohingya minority even after they announced that the minority Rohingyas is the most prosecuted ethnic in the world. Unfortunately, until today the United Nations has failed to carry their mandate as they only watching the defenseless and hopeless Rohingyas has been killed without taking any real action. Until now we do not know what is the plan of the United Nations to stop the massacre over Rohingyas. We are Questioning the United Nations why until now they fail to send Peace Keeping Mission to the affected area in Arakan State? What else you are waiting for? What is stopping you from sending your Peace Keeping Mission in this very critical situation?  How many lives more must be sacrifice before you can take real action?

We would like to earnestly request UN, EU, USA, UK, OIC and ASEAN countries to urgently call for an emergency meeting of United Nations Security Council and deploy international peace keeping force and observers in Arakan State to prevent the further loss of lives and property of Rohigyas

The United Nations must be accountable for the massacre of Rohingyas in Arakan State. The failure of the United Nations to stop the massacre caused thousands of Rohingyas has been murdered brutally.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia

Tel No: +6016-6827287

Blog: http://www.merhrom.wordpress.com

Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

PRESS STATEMENT

5th April 2013

FREE ROHINGYAS FROM GENOCIDE.

Dear Chief Editors,

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) received numerous urgent calls from Rohingyas in Arakan State of Myanmar. On 2nd April 2013 at 2.45 am in MaungNifara Village of Maungdaw Township, Rohingyas villagers saw 35 Rakhines Buddhist gathered near the mosques in the village. The Rakhines brought petrol, matches and lethal weapon with them. The Rohingyas immediately reported to the security forces namely Nasakaand  Police. The security forces brought the 35 Rakhines to other place and question them. The Nasaka and the Police then told the Rohingyas to return home without explaining the intention of the Rakhines gathered near the mosque. The Rohingyas believe that they were planning to burn the mosque. However there is no action taken against the Rakhines group who clearly has a plan to burn down the mosque.

On 3rd April 2013, at about 3.00am in Butthidaung main city, a group of Rakhines trying to enter the main mosque. They have petrol, matches, long knife and other weapons with them. Due to the noise some Rohingyas residents who stays near the mosque realized that a group of people trying to enter the mosque. They immediately called the police. The police questioned them what are they doing early morning in that area. The Rakhines told the police that they were looking for frog. According to the Rohingyas resident who stays in the area there is no frog in that area. The Rakhines actually have an intention to burn the main Mosque in the city. The Rohingyas told the police that the Rakhines tried to burn the Mosque but the police got angry. Police ordered the Rohingyas and Rakhines to return home. The police warns the Rohingyas not to prolong the story otherwise the police will put them into the jail.

On 3rd April 2013, at about 6:30am, the police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested two Rakhines Buddhist with two pistols at Ramu fish market under the Cox’s Bazar district. They were arrested on suspicion as they were wondering from place to place and the police and BGB found foreign made two 0.32 pistols with 22 bullets from them. The guns and bullets are in two separate packets.”

The two Rakhines claimed, were new comers from Arakan, but police found their wristwatches are set as Bangladesh Standard Time (BST). One of them said he was a carrier and will get taka 200,000, if he reached Arakan with guns. He is not the owner of the guns, according to Altaf, an aide of BGB.

After the arrest, they were brought to Ramu Police station for further interrogations. Some shopkeepers of Ramu market believe that they are the members of Arakan Liberation Party (ALP) who are appointed to do a special job in Bangladesh. Some local villagers said, “They came here to kill people in Bangladesh and we heard that recently a group of Rakhine people had been sent to Bangladesh from Arakan.”

Today 4th April 2013, two Rakhines from Bangladesh who entered Maungdaw Township were arrested by Nasaka as they were holding two AK-47 guns. The Rohingyas do not know what happen to them and if there is any action taken on them for holding guns.  The Rohingyas villagers feel really unsafe as there are already several incidents in the recent months the security forces found the Rakhines groups with petrol, matches and arms but we do not know what actions taken to them.

On the same day, 14 RohingyasRichmen in Tung Bazar Village, Buthidaung Township were arrested by Nasaka and all of them taken to Nasaka camp. The Nasaka forced them to hold different arms, guns and lethal weapons. Nasaka then took pictures of the Rohingyas holding arms and guns. Then they were beaten and tortured by Nasaka. The Nasaka forced the 14 Rohingyas to admit that they were from Rohingyas Solidarity Organization (RSO) and the weapons belong to them. They were still detain by Nasaka. We do not know their fate as the allegation puts to them is very heavy.

MERHROM strongly emphasized that the Rohingyas Solidarity Organization (RSO) has stop very long time ago. Since the violence started in June 2012, the Rohingyas in Arakan State are highly monitored and controlled by the Security forces. Further to that, the curfew was impose to the Rohingyas until now. In this very tight and highly controlled situation, how could the Rohingyas involved in RSO.

The humanitarian crisis in Arakan State is not over yet. Currently there are more than 125,000 Rohingyas living in the temporary camps with severe lack of food, water, medical, clothes and other basic needs. Day by day the Rohingyas children, women, elderly and men died in the camps due to starvation, malnutrition and diseases. Many more will die as the rainy season already started in Arakan State.

The situation in the camp is worsening as the Myanmar government is systematically restricting humanitarian aid and imposing discriminatory policies on Rohingya Muslims in Arakan State as revealed by the Human Rights Watch.

While the humanitarian crisis for the Rohingyas continues in Arakan State, we were shock to hear the riot started in Meiktila which claims more lives of minority Muslim and destroyed more houses, mosques and Muslim properties. The few days riot has spread quickly to the other Towns and more houses, mosques and properties were destroyed.

Recently the International Community was shocked to hear 13 teenage boys at a Muslim school in Yangon were killed in a blazed. The Myanmar government put blame on electrical fault while the teacher and the student said they could smell of fuel during the blazed. Further to this they were slipping on an oily liquid on the ground floor while escaping.

MERHROM strongly emphasized that all of these incidents proves the continuous attacks against Muslims across Myanmar by the Myanmar government. They are attacking top Muslim businesses, Mosques, Muslim houses and Properties and recently young generations. These are Genocide towards Muslim across Myanmar. We do not know what next by the Myanmar government. The Myanmar government is using all its Security forces together with Buddhist population to clean Muslim from Myanmar.

MERHROM urgently call for the United Nations Security Council to send their Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State, Meiktila and other affected area Urgently to stop the Genocide towards Minority Muslim in Myanmar.

MERHROM urgently call for World Leaders, OIC, ASEAN and to the International Communities to stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve the conflict and protect Muslims in Myanmar with equal rights.

MERHROM urgently urge the World Leaders and International Communities to prosecute the President ThienSein and former General TheinShwe for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. They must be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for killing, raping, torturing, detaining and abusing Minority Muslims and other ethnics.

We thank you for your Urgent Intervention to resolve the conflict and Save the minority Muslims from the state sponsored ethnic cleansing and GENOCIDE.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Email : rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog : www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

YAB DatukHjMohd Ali bin MohdRustam

KetuaMenteri Melaka

Level 4, Suite, Block Temenggong,

Seri Negeri, Hang Tuah Jaya,

Ayer Keroh,

75450, Melaka

29 Ogos 2012

YAB Datuk,

I would like to thank you very much for inviting me for this very important and meaningful forum for Rohingyas.

I hope this Forum will be a starting point for all of us to put our energy together to fight for Rohingya’s Solution.

Your care and support are very meaningful to all Rohingyas in Arakan State and outside Arakan.

I look forward to work with you closely on Rohingyas issues in the near future.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel              : 016-6827287

email          : rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog            : http:www.merhrom.wordpress.com

CURRENT SITUATION IN ARAKAN STATE OF MYANMAR

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FORUM: ROHINGYAS’ SUFFERINGS : WE CARE

29 August 2012

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) continuously receiving information from villagers in Arakan State on the current situation back home.

In recent development the Rakhine community from Maungdaw is stocking lethal weapons to attack Rohingya community in Maungdaw  according to a village admin officer from Mungdaw. The Rakhines have been bringing lethal weapons such as long swords from different townships of Arakan State through Buthidaung by trucks and ships since July. The authorities concerned of Buthidaung jetty have been helping or pretending they don’t know that the lethal weapons have been transporting.

The lethal weapons were loading in the trucks and going to Maungdaw where so many authorities check points and it was also unloaded in Maungdaw without difficult, as the authority are helping the Rakhine community to attack the Rohingya community in Maungdaw, said an eyewitness from Buthidaung jetty. Every night, local Rakhines and Rakhines from out side have been sitting meeting in the Monetary how to attack Rohingyas and to stock the lethal weapons, said an elder from Maungdaw.

This is very worrying as Rohingyas are defenseless people compared to Rakhines who have all the support from the military and security forces.

In another development on 23rd August 2012 around 1.00 a.m,  military and security forces along with many Rakhine hooligans torched Rohingyas’ shops in FoiraBaazaar Village (KamokSeikRua) of northern MaungDaw. Consequently, around 40 Rohingyas’ shops were burned. It is believed that each of the shops was worth around 1 billion Kyats. Therefore, all of the shops were worth around Kyats 40 billion. This place was quiet and unaffected in last June and July because the villagers tried to avoid any kind of violence as much as possible. But Rakhine extremists did not want to see the stable situation of the village and therefore did the destruction of Rohingyas’ properties.

Currently, the military and security forces prohibit the Rohingya’s houses to have lights. The military order all the lights must be off at nights. This order only for Rohingya’s houses.

The curfew is still impose on Rohingyas. Sometimes the military allow few hours for Rohingyas to buy food from the Rakhine’s shop as Rohingya’s shops are not allow to open. On the way back to their houses, the local Rakhines beat the Rohingyas and confiscated their food and money.

Besides this incident on 21st August 2012 around 11pm, in TharayKunbaung village tract, some Rakhine extremists in collaboration with security forces, military and police destroyed an ancient mosque called Khala Masjid. When Rohingyas tried to prevent the destruction, military fired at them. Fortunately, no one died due to Military’s firing.

Currently Rakhines are speeding up their atrocities against Rohingyas and destroying and looting their properties as they might not be able to do more atrocities because there may be the presence of humanitarian workers, non-Rakhine people and investigations in Arakan State in near future.

According to local Rohingyas in MaungDaw, since last few days, Rakhines have been rushing to set up temporary camps (tents) in rural areas of MaungDaw. The few affected Rakhines during the riot are kept safe and sound in the monasteries in the area. But now even unaffected Rakhines and rich ones are planning to move to the camps for one to two days during the visit of inquiry commission set up by the President U TheinSein. Though one cannot expect impartial investigations when the culprits who started this ugly racism and committed all the crimes themselves against Rohingyas have taken charge of the investigations, yet, reportedly, the members of Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) raised some objections against involvement of some people in the Inquiry Commission Team.

Previously, the inquiry was supposed to be done within a month. Now it is delayed and will be done in three months. They are deliberately delaying the inquiry so that they can cover up all the ongoing crimes against Rohingyas and further delay the forthcoming general assembly in United Nation regarding Rohingyas’ case.

According to an internal source, Rakhine terrorists have been bringing the weapons such as guns and hand bombs etc into Arakan. They are keeping it in the places such as Rakhine monasteries and other secret places all over Arakan. They might have secret plans and want to make full use of the situation to achieve their long awaited dream of having independent Arakan.

On top of all this new development, Rohingyas are continuously being killed, raped, abused, arrested and tortured by military, Rakhines and security forces.

The Rohingyas remains hopeless and defenseless. Though there are lots of International Pressures the Junta remains the same. What else can be DONE?

There are many ways used by the military, Rakhines and security forces to destroyed the Rohingyas from the Arakan State.  The ethnic cleansing policy towards Rohingya by the military did not happen today but since 1940s until now. The delay in the ACTION to save Rohingya will only allows more Rohingyas to be the victims of murder, raped and torture and finally there are no more  Rohingyas in the World.

MERHROM would like to thank all parties who involved in highlighting the Rohingya’s plight from the beginning. WE hope for your continuous support until our problem resolve.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel              : 016-6827287

email          : rights4rohingyas@gmail.com

Blog            : http:www.merhrom.wordpress.com

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA : SOLUTIONS?

17 September 2012

Kuala Lumpur

RESOLUTION

The issues surrounding the Rohingyas are not happening now but very long time ago since 1940s. However only in June 2012 the outside world knows what exactly the Rohingyas in Arakan State of Myanmar went through over the decades. The Arakan States is like a prison for the Rohingyas where we cannot move freely even to the next village without the permission from the junta. No outsiders are allows to travel inside Arakan State. There is no media coverage in Arakan State even until now. Everything is covered up by the junta. The junta has turns the Arakan State into the darkest corner in the world.

The ethnic cleansing policy towards the Rohingyas by the junta has caused thousands of Rohingyas has been murdered, abused, raped, tortured, arrested and detained for many years. We do not have the rights to redress for whatever abuses and human rights violations committed to us as we are not recognized as the citizen of Myanmar. The persecutions and prosecutions by the junta have caused millions of Rohingyas fled to the neighboring countries. Currently estimated 2 million Rohingyas are seeking refuge in countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

The Rohingyas are the origin people of Arakan State. We exist in Arakan State since 8th Century and we have a very long history with our Kingdom. However Burma invaded Arakan State in 1784 and since then the Rohingyas were under the tight control of Burma. In 1982 the military pass the Citizenship Law of Burma and the ethnic Rohingyas are excluded as citizen of Burma. Since then the Rohingyas become Stateless in our own homeland. The junta also change the Rohingya history in the history subject in school especially involvement of Rohingya Leaders before and after Burma Independent. 

Recently on 13 September 2012, the Myanmar Immigration Minister, Khin Ye announced that the Rohingyas born in Burma are eligible to apply for citizenship if at least two generations of their families have lived and died in the country. However there is no need for the Rohingyas to apply for the citizenship as we are the legitimate

citizen of Burma @ Myanmar. He also referred Rohingyas as Bengalis from neighboring Bangladesh, were first brought to Burma as laborers during British occupation from 1824 until its independence in 1948. This is not true as we are not from Bangladesh, we do not speak the same language and our culture is different. Furthermore, Bangladesh government itself does not accept us as their citizen.

Though the United Nations has announced that the Rohingyas are the most prosecuted ethnic in the world but the respective bodies such as the United Nations, OIC, and ASEAN are moving slow in addressing the whole issues.  As a result, there are no changes for Rohingyas in Arakan State until now. 

What happen to the Rohingyas is not only the ethnic or religion issue but it is more than that. This is a very tragic humanitarian crisis caused by the ethnic cleansing policy by the junta. Therefore the Urgent Intervention from the United Nations Security Council, OIC, ASEAN, World Leaders, International Organizations as well as the International Communities as a whole is very crucial at this point of time and onwards.

In Arakan, we cannot speak for ourselves as there will be repercussion on us. Therefore we need you to speak for us. Our liberty has been taken away. Therefore we need your liberty to promote ours. 

The real criminal which is the President ThienSein and ex-General ThanShwe and General KyinNyunt must be brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Three of them must be made accountable for their current and past human rights violations towards ethnic minority Rohingya.

We look for a permanent Solution to our plight. However we cannot struggle alone. Therefore we need the Urgent Intervention from the outside world to change our fate. We cannot delay our ACTION as it will only allow more Rohingyas to die.

Therefore we urge the United Nations, OIC, ASEAN, World Leaders, International Organizations and International Communities for the followings:

  1. add more pressure to the junta to recognize ethnic Rohingya as a citizen of Burma with equal rights. The Citizenship Law 1982 must be change to ensure due recognition of the right to citizenship of the Rohingya in Burma
  2. stop referring Rohingyas as Bengalis as we the ethnic Rohingya are the origin people of Arakan State
  3. United Nations Security Council must send its Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State urgently to stop and monitor the human rights violations
  4. strong pressure to the junta to stop the ethnic cleansing towards ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar and Recognize Rohingya as citizen during upcoming United Nations General Assembly
  5. the President ThienSein and former General Than Shwe and General KyinNyunt must be brought to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for killing, raping, torturing, detaining and abusing ethnic Rohingya
  6. pressure the Junta to release the Rohingyas who are detained during 1988 Demonstration. Previously they were detained in Buthidaung, Maungdaw and Sittwe Prisons but since the massacre on Rohingya they were moved to prisons in other states (Shan and Karen State)
  7. the International Humanitarian Organizations must be allowed to provide urgent assistance to the Rohingyas especially for food, medical and shelter
  8. stop the economic and political relationship with Burma until they resolve the conflict and recognized ethnic Rohingya as the citizen of Burma with equal rights.
  9. the British government must be made accountable on the plight of Rohingya. The British government must come forward and explain to the world the Rohingya’s history in Burma. 

Thank you.

Prepared by,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog:  www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

27th March 2013

H.E. Luc Vandebon

Ambassador

Head of Delegation

European Union Delegation of the European Commission

Menara Tan and Tan, Suite 10.01

207 JalanTunRazak,

50400 Kuala Lumpur                              

Dear Yours Excellency,

MEMORANDUM OF AN URGENT INTERVENTION TO STOP CONTINUOUS GENOCIDE TOWARDS MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) strongly condemns the attack on Muslim population in Myanmar since many decades by the Myanmar government. The recent riot involving Buddhist and Muslim in Meiktila is the interpretation of continuous effort to clean Muslim from Myanmar. The riot which started on 20 March 2013, witnessed the death of more than 50 Muslims including 11 women, madrassa students, and religious teachers. Estimated 28 Students and 4 religious teachers were slashed and burnt to destroy the evidence. Though the numbers are low but it will increase tremendously if there is no effort by the Myanmar government to stop the killing immediately.

During the 6 days riot, at least 14 Mosques have been burnt though the government stated the lower number. Hundreds of Muslim houses, shops and other properties have been burnt and thousands of them are homeless. Witnesses saw the Fire engines only douse burning Buddhist homes, while Muslims homes are left to burn.

Initially there are over 1000 Muslims taking refuge in the football field with no proper shelter, food, drink and medical supplies. Currently more than 10,000 residents mostly Muslims become homeless. According to the government the 10,000 were placed in 5 camps with enough foods and water. However our sources reported that the Muslims did not get foods, water and medical supplies. According to source food cannot be sent to them due to “security” reason. It is very weird that in a country full with the security forces the “security” becomes the big hindrance for them to save lives of other people. This shows the reluctant of the Myanmar government to protect its own people from the Muslim faith.

Though the President ThienSein has sent his army and security forces to the affected area, the riot still spread to the other town very fast and uncontrollably. The riot has spread from Meiktila to few other towns. In Yamethin, 64km from Meiktila, a group of Buddhist burnt a mosque and 50 Muslim houses. The same incident took place in Lewei town.  Muslims in Tatkone, 80km from Meiktila witnessed a group of 20 men throwing stone and ransack a mosques as well as breaking the windows. More and more Muslim has been attacked, Mosques and houses have been burnt and Muslim properties have been destroyed.

Buddhist monks and others armed with swords and knives stalked the streets of a city in central Myanmar attacking the Muslims. According to the Muslims, Pamphlets and DVDs of an anti-Muslim nature have been distributed all over in Mandalay. They show Muslims beheading those of other faiths. Some Buddhist monks have been preaching anti-Muslim sermons.

Anti-Muslim campaigns have been getting stronger in Burma during recent weeks. President TheinSein’s government has incited the attacks and ignored the growing anti-Muslim campaigns.”

Until now nothing has been done to stop the riot and killing of Muslims. Military and police special branch only take video recordings while fire engines only watch Muslim houses, mosques and properties burnt down by Buddhist.

Myanmar government doesn’t seem to be serious to tackle the riot which claim more lives day by day. The government is in power, they can control the riot easily or they can stop the riot if they want. But they don’t want to as it is their dream to see Muslim disappear from Myanmar.

MERHROM strongly emphasized that the tragedy in Arakan State and Meiktila is not a religious conflict or communal clashes or ethnic conflict. These are the organized plan by the Myanmar government to clean the Muslims from Myanmar using the religion and ethnic.

We are still not over with the last violence in Arakan State in June 2012. The human rights violations towards Rohingya Muslim by the Myanmar government are ongoing though the International communities think the situation back to normal. The violence claims thousands of lives of Rohinya Muslims though the government stated only 180 deaths. Besides the high toll deaths more than 115,000 Rohingyas lost their houses. They had to stay in overcrowded temporary camp with severe lack of food, drink and medical supplies. The lack of basic needs resulted thousands more Rohingya children, women, elderly and men died in silence. Thousands more drowned in the ocean in their attempt to save their lives from the persecutions and prosecutions by the Myanmar government. 

The violence also witnessed thousands of houses, mosques and Muslim properties were destroyed massively. Looking at the situation added with ethnic cleansing policy towards Muslims from the government, only God knows how long it will take to re-develop the Muslim houses, mosques and properties that have been destroyed in both Arakan State, Meiktila and other towns.

We have learnt from the violence in Arakan State. The violence started in one place and then spread to the other place. It has spread from villages to villages and from Township to Township. Later on it has spread to divisions and finally State to State until there are no more Muslim in Myanmar. What the Myanmar government is doing to the Muslim is the act of GENOCIDE. The Myanmar government has done the biggest crime against humanity and they must be accountable for the crime they have done.

In this very critical situation, MERHROM urge the United Nations Security Council, US Government, British Government, European Union, World Leaders, OIC, ASEAN and International Communities to:

  1. Prosecute the President ThienSein and former General TheinShwe for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. They must be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for killing, raping, torturing, detaining and abusing Minority Muslims and other ethnics.
  • Stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve the conflict and protect Muslims in Myanmar with equal rights
  • Urge the United Nations Security Council to send their Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State and Meiktila Urgently to control and monitor the human rights abuses
  • Urge the United Nations to establish an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate, monitor and access the situation Urgently 

We thank you for your Urgent Intervention to resolve the conflict and Save the minority Muslims from the state sponsored ethnic cleansing and GENOCIDE.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Email :rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog : www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

Press Statement

18th October 2012

Dear Director/Chief Editor,

NO TRANSPARENT AND SINCERITY FOR THE MYANMAR GOVERNMENT TO END THE CONFLICT IN ARAKAN STATE.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) strongly condemned the act of the Myanmar government to ban the establishment of the OIC office in Arakan State and Yangon after the mass demonstration by the Buddhist monks. This clearly shows that the Myanmar government is not transparent and not sincere in ending the conflict. If the government wants the conflict to end, they will welcome the establishment of the International Bodies in Arakan State. However this will not happen as the government is behind the whole conflict. The government will not take any appropriate measures to end the conflict as it contravenes its ethnic cleansing policy towards the Rohingyas.  

Though the Myanmar government has signed the agreement with the OIC in August 2012, they had to cancel it due to the protest by the Buddhist monks. Ironically, the Myanmar government has never listened to anyone. This time why must they listen to the Buddhist Monks despite the agreement has been signed? This shows the Myanmar government already has an advanced plan regarding the request by the OIC countries. The mass demonstration by the Buddhist monks shows the rejection comes from the Buddhist community and not the government itself. The truth is the government doesn’t want the OIC to be presence in Arakan State as it will hamper their plan to destroy the Rohingyas from Myanmar.

We, the Rohingyas are very much hoping that the International Boddies such as OIC, United Nations and International NGOs will step in Arakan State to stop the human rights violations against the Rohingyas. However our hope has been destroyed when the Myanmar government canceled the agreement with OIC. What else we can hope for? The current situation for the Rohingyas is very bad. With the curfew is still impose on us, more and more Rohingyas are dying everyday as there is too little access to food and medicine. The number of Rohingyas who died due to starvation and diseases has been increase tremendously. However it was not reported by the government newspaper as they want to cover the real number of toll death of the Rohingyas.

If there is no OIC in Arakan State, who will stop the human rights violations towards Rohingyas?  Who will monitor the situation in Arakan State? If the Myanmar government rejects the OIC, the United Nation Peace Keeping Mission must step in Arakan State in order to end the human rights violations towards Rohingyas.

In the recent development, two main Mosques in Akyab @ Sittwe have been burned by Rakhines Buddhist. In other development the government has cancelled the business license belongs to the Rohingyas. The government continuously confiscates our document and altered our ethnic as Benggali which is not true. The government will use different ways to destroy our existence in Arakan State. We have nothing left for us except waiting for die. Children and women are the most affected person during this 4 months conflict. Children and babies were not able to get the food and treatment. They suffered malnutrition until we can see their bones. Many of them have died in their struggle for life. The children and babies have no clothes to wear. They have to bare the cold during nights. They have to endure pain without treatment. The suffering we went through this time is unimaginable. Who else we can call for help?

We are thankful to all the International Organizations who step in Arakan State especially from Malaysia, Indonesia,………The food and medicine fulfill the immediate needs of the affected Rohingyas. However we are not sure until when the aid will reach us if there is no real monitoring from independent bodies.

Next week the Muslim all around the world will celebrate EidulAdha. This is very important festival for the Muslims. For us in Arakan State we do not know how to celebrate and conduct Qurban as we have nothing in our hands. Children are the most happiest person during the Eid but this time we have nothing to give to them. We ask for your prayers so that our suffering will be ending soon, so that our children can be smiling again.

Therefore:-

We call for the bigger Intervention from the United Nations Security Council to bring solution to our plight.

We call for the continuous Intervention from the OIC countries to highlight our plight and bring solution to our plight.

We call on the British Government to take appropriate measure and to play a bigger role in order to end our plight

We call on the International Humanitarian Organizations to continuously sending aid to us for our survival

We call on the Local Media and International Media to continuously highlight our plight until we are recognize as the citizen of Myanmar.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Web: http://www.merhrom.wordpress.com

Email:rights4rohingyas@gmail.com

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                                                                                                                      08 November 2012

Dear Yours Excellency,

GENOCIDE ON ROHINGYA OF ARAKAN, BURMA

There are an estimated 8 millions Muslims in Burma. The Muslims in general and the Muslim Rohingyas in particular have long been subjected to ethnic, religious and political persecution. Rohingya are not tolerated and have been denied citizenship despite living in Burma for centuries. Due to large scale persecution, an estimated 1.5 million Rohingya Muslims have either been expelled or have had to flee their homeland to save their lives.

On 11th July 2012, Burmese President TheinSein declared to UHNCR delegation that he will not recogniseRohingya as Citizens of Burma and Rohingya are branded as illegal Bengali who were brought into Burma  to work as farmhands by the English colonialists before the [country’s] independence in 1948 despite the fact that they have been living in Arakan State for centuries. During the 1960s, Rohingyas were recognized as an ethnic group of Burma and news were regularly broadcasted on the national radio channel, Burma Broadcasting Service, in Rohingya Language.

On 11th July 2012, Burmese President TheinSein declared to UHNCR delegation that he will not recogniseRohingya as a Citizen of Burma. He also further mentioned that he will take responsibility for its ethnic nationalities but it is not at all possible to recognise the illegal border-crossing Rohingyas who are not an ethnic [group] in Burma,” As a last resort, the president said the government is prepared to hand over the Rohingyas to the UNHCR and would set up refugee camps for the group before they were eventually settled in any third country “that are willing to take them”.

Since June 2012, President TheinSein is implementing Rohingya cleansing plan by driving out Rohingya after burning houses with the help of Rakhine Buddhist.

Massacre of Muslims in Arakan

Brutal violence in Arakan/Rakhine state in western Burma erupted on June 3, 2012, when a large number of Buddhist Rakhine mobs attacked a bus of Muslim pilgrims, killing 10 passengers. The angry mob was reacting to information that a Buddhist Rakhine girl was allegedly raped and murdered in late May by three Muslim suspects. At the time of the attacks, the suspects were reportedly in police custody.

Since violence started, over 1,600 people mainly youths were arrested, over 400 women and girls were raped, over 5,000 people got killed either directly or due to starvation and over 100,000 Rohingya were displaced.  Many international communities such as OIC, ASEAN, UN, USA and other NGOs did their utmost efforts to put pressures on Burmese government to stop massacre on Rohingya. TheinSein established his own commission of enquiry to uncover his crime and he made broken promises to the international communities on Rohingya issues to get advantage of lifting sanctions and to make partnership with western and OIC countries.  Unfortunately, TheinSein revealed his old military dictatorship ways of handling the country’s political issues. He took few week gaps to change his tactic on Rohingya ethnic cleansing and started to ignite 2nd round of killing on 21st of October from Pauk Thaw and Kyawt Thaw areas.

Since 21 October 2012, organized gangs of the Rakhine extremists headed by monks have burned down over 1000 houses, killed hundreds of Muslims and injured many more in the townships of Myinbya, Mrauk-U, Pauktaw and Kyaukpyu.

These genocidal actions have been carried out with the backing of the police, army and security forces with the intent to destroy the whole Rohingya Muslim population of Arakan.

Systematic killings, rape of women and destruction of villages have continued unabated while every single sign of Muslim or Islam is being erased from Arakan. On 23 October, at about 20:00 hours, while the Paikthay village was ablaze in Kyaukpyu Town, the fire fighters came  to the spot with tank loads of patrol in the guise of putting out the fire.

The state patronized Rakhine terrorists issued ultimatum to Muslims in Sittwe, Mrauk-U, Minbya, Myebon and Pauktaw and many other places to vacate their villages and properties by October 25 or face violent attacks and forced expulsion.

The blocking of OIC to open its offices in Burma — despite MoU signed between Burmese government and OIC — is a clear indication of the TheinSein government’s intention to carry out its ‘ethnic cleansing’ against Rohingya Muslims without outside knowledge.

It is a great disappointment that the international community has staked so much on Burmese President TheinSein’s reform process. When he proposed ethnic cleansing of Rohingya they stayed silent, and even when it has really been taken place they still have stayed silent, although the situation is demanding for immediate attention with action. 

We appeal to International Communities

  1. Urge the UN to intervene in the matter on ground of humanitarianism for the purpose of preventing further death, killing, rape and destruction of the Muslims; and to urgently send UN Peace Keeping Force to Arakan
  • Urge upon the international community, UN, EU, USA, UK, OIC, ASEAN and Burma’s neighbours to put effective pressure on Burmese government to stop violence and crimes against Rohingyas
  • Urge upon USA and her western allies to review their policies on TheinSein government in order to protect the lives of helpless Muslims in Arakan in the light of protecting and promoting human rights and democratic values

    4. Urge upon the international community to put pressure on the Burmese government (i) to allow unhindered humanitarian aid to the Rohingya victims in every nook and cranny of Arakan; (ii) to stop its segregation scheme and replace it with a proactive policy of ‘peaceful co-existence’; and (iii) to repeal or amend the Burma Citizenship Law of 1982 in order to conform it with international law standards.

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia(MERHROM)

Tel No: +6016-6827287

Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog: http://www.merhrom.wordpress.com

27th March 2013

Mr. Kamal Malhotra

UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei

Wisma UN, Block C

KompleksPejabatDamansara

Jalan Dungun, Damansara Heights

50490 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Dear Yours Excellency,

MEMORANDUM OF AN URGENT INTERVENTION TO STOP CONTINUOUS GENOCIDE TOWARDS MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) strongly condemns the attack on Muslim population in Myanmar since many decades by the Myanmar government. The recent riot involving Buddhist and Muslim in Meiktila is the interpretation of continuous effort to clean Muslim from Myanmar. The riot which started on 20 March 2013, witnessed the death of more than 50 Muslims including 11 women, madrassa students, and religious teachers. Estimated 28 Students and 4 religious teachers were slashed and burnt to destroy the evidence. Though the numbers are low but it will increase tremendously if there is no effort by the Myanmar government to stop the killing immediately.

During the 6 days riot, at least 14 Mosques have been burnt though the government stated the lower number. Hundreds of Muslim houses, shops and other properties have been burnt and thousands of them are homeless. Witnesses saw the Fire engines only douse burning Buddhist homes, while Muslims homes are left to burn.

Initially there are over 1000 Muslims taking refuge in the football field with no proper shelter, food, drink and medical supplies. Currently more than 10,000 residents mostly Muslims become homeless. According to the government the 10,000 were placed in 5 camps with enough foods and water. However our sources reported that the Muslims did not get foods, water and medical supplies. According to source food cannot be sent to them due to “security” reason. It is very weird that in a country full with the security forces the “security” becomes the big hindrance for them to save lives of other people. This shows the reluctant of the Myanmar government to protect its own people from the Muslim faith.

Though the President ThienSein has sent his army and security forces to the affected area, the riot still spread to the other town very fast and uncontrollably. The riot has spread from Meiktila to few other towns. In Yamethin, 64km from Meiktila, a group of Buddhist burnt a mosque and 50 Muslim houses. The same incident took place in Lewei town.  Muslims in Tatkone, 80km from Meiktila witnessed a group of 20 men throwing stone and ransack a mosques as well as breaking the windows. More and more Muslim has been attacked, Mosques and houses have been burnt and Muslim properties have been destroyed.

Buddhist monks and others armed with swords and knives stalked the streets of a city in central Myanmar attacking the Muslims. According to the Muslims, Pamphlets and DVDs of an anti-Muslim nature have been distributed all over in Mandalay. They show Muslims beheading those of other faiths. Some Buddhist monks have been preaching anti-Muslim sermons.

Anti-Muslim campaigns have been getting stronger in Burma during recent weeks. President TheinSein’s government has incited the attacks and ignored the growing anti-Muslim campaigns.”

Until now nothing has been done to stop the riot and killing of Muslims. Military and police special branch only take video recordings while fire engines only watch Muslim houses, mosques and properties burnt down by Buddhist.

Myanmar government doesn’t seem to be serious to tackle the riot which claim more lives day by day. The government is in power, they can control the riot easily or they can stop the riot if they want. But they don’t want to as it is their dream to see Muslim disappear from Myanmar.

MERHROM strongly emphasized that the tragedy in Arakan State and Meiktila is not a religious conflict or communal clashes or ethnic conflict. These are the organized plan by the Myanmar government to clean the Muslims from Myanmar using the religion and ethnic.

We are still not over with the last violence in Arakan State in June 2012. The human rights violations towards Rohingya Muslim by the Myanmar government are ongoing though the International communities think the situation back to normal. The violence claims thousands of lives of Rohinya Muslims though the government stated only 180 deaths. Besides the high toll deaths more than 115,000 Rohingyas lost their houses. They had to stay in overcrowded temporary camp with severe lack of food, drink and medical supplies. The lack of basic needs resulted thousands more Rohingya children, women, elderly and men died in silence. Thousands more drowned in the ocean in their attempt to save their lives from the persecutions and prosecutions by the Myanmar government. 

The violence also witnessed thousands of houses, mosques and Muslim properties were destroyed massively. Looking at the situation added with ethnic cleansing policy towards Muslims from the government, only God knows how long it will take to re-develop the Muslim houses, mosques and properties that have been destroyed in both Arakan State, Meiktila and other towns.

We have learnt from the violence in Arakan State. The violence started in one place and then spread to the other place. It has spread from villages to villages and from Township to Township. Later on it has spread to divisions and finally State to State until there are no more Muslim in Myanmar. What the Myanmar government is doing to the Muslim is the act of GENOCIDE. The Myanmar government has done the biggest crime against humanity and they must be accountable for the crime they have done.

In this very critical situation, MERHROM urge the United Nations Security Council, US Government, British Government, European Union, World Leaders, OIC, ASEAN and International Communities to:

  • Prosecute the President ThienSein and former General TheinShwe for Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity. They must be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for killing, raping, torturing, detaining and abusing Minority Muslims and other ethnics.
  • Stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve the conflict and protect Muslims in Myanmar with equal rights
  • Urge the United Nations Security Council to send their Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State and Meiktila Urgently to control and monitor the human rights abuses
  • Urge the United Nations to establish an Independent Commission of Inquiry to investigate, monitor and access the situation Urgently 

We thank you for your Urgent Intervention to resolve the conflict and Save the minority Muslims from the state sponsored ethnic cleansing and GENOCIDE.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Email :rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog : www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

PRESS STATEMENT

15 JUNE 2012

STOP THE KILLING AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS DEFENSELESS STATELESS MUSLIM ROHINGYAS IN ARAKAN STATE OF BURMA.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) is deeply concerns about the continued killing and violence towards Rohingyas in Arakan State of Burma. Though the military junta has stated that the situation is better now but the information we received from back home are different. The killing is still continue, many Rohingyas has been arrested and we do not know what happen to them, women and girls has been raped and sexually abused, many Rohingyas has been missing, many more houses has been burnt and more people stranded without food, shelter and medication. Many Rohingya businessman and educated person has been arrested and till now there is no news about them, the shops and businesses belongs to Rohingya has been confiscated by Rakhine Buddhist, police and military. Rohingya are dying as they could not buy food from the shop belongs to Rakhine Buddhist as they refused to sell the food to Rohingya Muslim.

Many Rohingya death body has been burnt and missing. The information we received from back home stated that the Muslim death body was taken by Rakhine Buddhist and we do not know what are they doing to them. We asked for the United Nations to Urgently Investigate this matter. We continuously receiving information from about the situation back home. Until now the situation are really really bad and the access to information for the outside world is very very bad as the information was covered and controlled by the military.

Currently the military has taken over and controlled the Arakan State. The situation become worse and the violence has increased. The information we received the military and the border security forces has threaten the Rohingyas and asking money for bribery.

The are many information has been released by many parties but we are very concerns about the misinformation regarding the real situation. Many information has been manipulated by some parties for their interest. We urgently asked for the United Nations Peace Keeping Mission to step in and resolve the problem.  

Many Rohingya houses has been burnt. Rohingyas has to fled to the next village. The military has order that they could not go to other village. When they asked where they want to go, the military said we do not care but if you still go the military will take action against them. Many Stateless Rohingyas now become homeless without food, shelter and medication.

We applaud the United Nations to send the Top Envoy Mr. Vijay Nambiar to Arakan State to access the situation. However we are very worried whether he is able to access the real situation as he was escorted by the military officials at all time. Furthermore the Arakan State has taken over and controlled by the military. Although there are 10 Muslim Leaders joining him, there is no guarantee whether they can talk freely without fear. They cannot talk freely as they will face prosecution. We are worried whether the Top Envoy can talk independently with the Rohingyas without the escort from the military officials. We are worried if the Rohingyas give the real information they will face prosecution from the military.  

We are very sad when the Bangladesh Government denied the entry of Rohingya who are trying hard to save their lives. We condemned the act of the Bangladesh Government who failed to protect human being in real need. Many Rohingyas has been arrested in the Bangladesh Prisons for the past two decades. We asked for the Bangladesh Government to release all Rohingya Refugees from their prisons.    

So many violence are taking place in different shape and in different area. The genocide is taking place but the world and international communities are moving slow to act. We asked for the Urgent International Intervention to stop the killing and violence towards Rohingyas.

THEREFORE WE URGE FOR: –

  1. The United Nations Peace Keeping Mission to step in Arakan State Urgently to control the situation
  2. The United Nations to send a group of Investigator to monitor, investigate and access the situation Urgently 
  3. The United Nations to supply the medication, food and shelter for the affected Rohingyas.
  4. The United Nations to bring the General ThienSein to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for the crime he has done to Rohingyas and Burmese people.
  5. The World Leaders to put pressure on the Military Junta to stop the persecutions and prosecutions towards Rohingya and RocognizedRohingyas as Citizen.
  6. The military junta to hand over power to the Aung San SuuKyi immediately as the winner of 1990 General Election.  
  7. The International Media to step in to Arakan State to observe and get the accurate information and release the accurate information.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel No: 016-6827287

URGENT PRESS STATEMENT

Dear Directors/Chief Editors,

10 July 2013

STOP VIOLATIONS DURING RAMADHAN AND RESPECT RELIGIOUS RIGHTS.

Today Muslim around the world is celebrating the Holy Month of Ramadhan. This year would be the most challenging year for Muslims in many countries especially in Myanmar, Palestine, Syria, Egypt, Turkey and Pakistan.

One year has passed since the last violence in Arakan State but until now the situation has not change. The killing of Rohingyas continues underground. The arrest, abused, rape and torture continue while the world thinks everything is under control. We were forced by the government to sign a document to confess we are Benggali and not the Rohingya. Many of us have been arrested and prosecuted as we refused to change our identity. Many more were missing and we do not know their fate.

The violence in Arakan State witnessed the killing of thousands of Rohingyas, hundreds of Mosques and Madrasah were burnt, thousands of Muslims houses and properties were destroyed.  It is very heartbroken to see our Mosques, our Quran and our houses has been burnt and destroyed. It is heartbroken to see our wives, mothers and sisters were raped helplessly and tortured. We can’t do anything to save them. Our hands were tied in the name of curfew and everything were control by the military in the name of safety. But the safety is certainly not for the Rohingyas.

Currently more than 120, 000 Rohingyas living in the temporary camp with severe lack of food and water, medication, clothes and other basic needs. The government has not look into their basic needs. Many children, women and men have died in or out of the camps especially due to diseases and starvation.

Thousands of Rohingyas has fled the country. Thousands of them have died in many countries in order to save their lives. Many have drowned in the sea. Many of them has stranded in detention camps in many countries. Many of them become refugees in many countries for many decades. Many of them has become insane as they could not face the reality as they lost too many.

This Holy Ramadhan will be among the most cheerful moment for children around the world. However there will be no joys for the Rohingya children for this Ramadhan as thousands of them lost their beloved mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, grandparents as well as their friends. They are too small to go through all this hardship, they are too small to understand what’s going on in their home, they are too scared to see the military and police shooting their people, they having nightmares to see blood and death body all over. Too many children died for the past one year due to killing, diseases and starvation. Too many of them suffer from malnutrition and waiting to die.

The attack on Rohingyas and Muslim not only happening in Arakan State but it spread to Meiktila, Lashio and it will move to other parts throughout Myanmar. The Myanmar government will not stop until they achieve their target to get rid of Rohingyas and Muslim in Myanmar. We are peace loving people, we are defenseless and we are stateless. We do not understand what they are afraid of.

Every Muslim in the world is hoping that we can go through this Holy month of Ramadhan in peace. But for us in Myanmar, we are going through the Holy Ramadhan in the blood, starvation and hardship. There is no food for morning breakfast and break fasting. We cannot perform Ramadhan prayers and other religious duties as the Mosques and Madrasah were still locked by the government.

Thousands time we asked for the urgent intervention from the United Nations, World Leaders and International communities but it was not taken seriously and when the time goes our plights faded away even the violations continues.

For this Holy month of Ramadhanwe :-

  1. Appeal especially to our Muslim brother and sisters, OIC, the United Nations, World Leaders and International Communities to continue pressures the Myanmar government to stop Genocide towards Rohingyas and Muslims in Myanmar.
  2. Urge every country must stop political and economic relationship with Myanmar until they stop the Genocide and recognized Rohingya as citizen.
  3. Appeal the International communities to continue to send humanitarian aid for our survival.
  4. Urge the Myanmar government to open all the Mosques and Madrasah and lift all the sanctions towards Rohingyas so that we could perform our religious duties.
  5. Urge the UNHCR headquarter and UNHCR in every country to process registration for Rohingyas who seek refuge in different countries.
  6. Urge the UNHCR and the Resettlement Countries to process Resettlement forRohingyas who become refugees for many decades.   

We, the Rohingyas in Malaysia can only pray that one day miracle could happen, that one day we are recognize as citizen, that one day we can return to our homeland. We will wait for the Day until our last day in this world.

We wish all the Muslims around the world Ramadhan al Mubarak. Please pray for our safety.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel.+6016-6827287

Website: www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

email:rights4rohingyas@gmail.com

H.E. Vincent Piket

Ambassador

Head of Delegation

European Union Delegation of the European Commission.

Menara Tan and Tan, Suite 10.01,

207 JalanTunRazak,

50400 Kuala Lumpur,

Malaysia

9th August 2012

Dear Your Excellency,

MEMORANDUM OF AN URGENT APPEAL TO STOP CONTINUOUS KILLING, TORTURE, DETENTION AND VIOLENCE TOWARDS THE ETHNIC MUSLIM ROHINGYAS IN ARAKAN STATE OF BURMA BY THE ETHNIC RAKHINE, STATE BORDER SECURITY FORCES, POLICE AND THE MILITARY.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) is deeply concerned about the continued killing, detention torture and violence towards Rohingyas in Arakan State of Burma despite the international outcries.

The Myanmar junta led by TheinSein has been trying to convince the world at large that the situation in Arakan State are under control. However the situation on the ground are very much different as the ethnic Rohingya are continuously became the target of the ethnic Rakhines, state border security force, police and the military.

Despite of the pressure from all over the world, Junta Myanmar did not do anything to resolve the conflict as this is a state sponsored ethnic cleansing for the ethnic Rohingya. The junta and ethnic Rakhines are really wants the Rohingya to be out of Myanmar. The non-recognition of ethnic Rohingyas as the citizen of Myanmar has led thousands of Rohingyas has been killed, raped, tortured and detained over decades. Millions of Rohingyas has fled the country to save their lives and left their loves one behind.

The two visit from the United Nations Special Envoy, Mr. Vijay Nambiar and United Nations Human Rights Envoy, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana seems did not produce much positive development but instead the pressures towards the ethnic Rohingyas tremendously increased. After Mr. Tomas left the Arakan State, more houses has been burnt and more Rohingyas has been killed. Since he left estimated 300 Rohingyas has been killed especially in APAUKWA Village, SHWE HLAING and GOKE PI TAUNG. Many children and elderly persons were missing, Many more Rohingyas were reportedly injured and the dead bodies still lie there unburied as the residence are still in the hiding. A total of 4 Mosques were also destroyed except the Mosque in SHWE HLAING.

On 6th and 7th August 2012, few more Villages including RohingyaFara, SedahFara and Ambari in Kyawtaw were burnt down by the Rakhines, police, security border and military. The military has ordered the Rohingyas to leave the villages within 3 days. Failing that the military and security forces will killed them.

While the International Communities add more pressure to the military junta, the killing and torture towards Rohingyas has been increased tremendously. What more can be done to save the Rohingyas?

Today we are here to hand over an Urgent Memorandum to the Head Delegation of European Union, H.E. Vincent Piket with the hope that the European Union can do something to stop the conflict and save the Rohingyas from being eliminated from this earth.

The ethnic cleansing for Rohingyas did not just happen today. It started long time ago before Burma Independence. In 1942, more than 100,000 Muslim Rohingyas were massacre and 80,000 fled to Chittagong and Rangpur. Estimated 307 Muslim villages had disappeared from the soil of Arakan. However the outside world did not know about this as no foreign media or Organizations are allow to go into Arakan State of Burma.

Below are the Armed Operations conducted by the Junta against the unarmed Rohingyas after Independence.

1. Military Operation (5th Burma Regiment) 1948

2. Burma Territorial Force (BTF) Operation 1949-50

3. Military Operation (2nd Emergency Chin Regiment) March 1951-52

4. Mayu Operation October 1952-53

5. Moke-thone Operation October 1954

6. Combined Immigration and Army Operation January 1955

7.Union Military Police (UMP) Operation 1955-58

8. Captain HtinKyawOperation  1959

9. ShweKyi Operation October 1966

10. Kyii Gann Operation October-December 1966

11. Ngazinka Operation 1967-1969

12. Myat Mon Operation February 1969-71

13. Major AungThan  Operation 1973

14. Sabae Operation February 1974-78

15. Nagaamin Operation February 1978-79

16. ShweHintha Operation August 1978-80

17. Galone Operation 1979

18. PyiThaya Operation 1991-1992

19. Na-Sa-Kha Operation 1992-2011.

Out of the above 19 operations, 18 exercises were carried out within 43 years (1948- 1991) time, it means that every 2 1/2 years there was 1 operation against the Rohingyas. The objectives of these operations were to screen out the so-called foreigners from Arakan.

Obviously, Rohingyas are constantly and gradually migrated to Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, United Arabs Emirate, Thailand and Malaysia to escape from the persecution. However, the junta and the racist Rakhine (Magh) are still not satisfied and the Na-Sa-Ka operation was started in 1992 with the intention of ethnic cleansing.

The very recent ASEAN Conference held in Cambodia  on the 8th July 2012 has taken a collective decision to appoint its Secretary General Dr.SurinPitsuwan to spearhead and find an effective solution to the ongoing problem. As the ASEAN is very much limited in resources and the necessary means to find a solution as it is being constrained by the NON-INTERFERENCE POLYCY adopted and practiced by them, only the powers of the European Union, USA and others are in the position to employ their humanitarian salvation steps within the boundary of their formidable standing.

Rakhine extremists and the present Myanmar Junta have been spreading the propaganda to the effect that the current clashes are religious-motivated and sectarian clashes. Their unsuccessful propaganda attempts reflects the official statement by the Myanmar new President ex-General TheinSein who has reportedly requested the UNHCR High Commisioner For Refugees Mr.AntanioGuteress to resettle Rohingyas in a third country crystally reflects the bona fide intention of the government to illegally DE-citizenize the predominantly ethnic citizens of Myanmar, the Rohingyas. The shameful step taken by the Myanmar indicates that the Central Myanmar government approves the actions of the extremist Rakhines  to initiate and continue the heinous killing of the civilians.

In this very critical situation, MERHROM urge the European Union to:

  1. add more pressure to Myanmar Junta to stop the killings, torture, detention and violence towards ethnic Rohingyas
  2. stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve the conflict and recognized ethnic Rohingya as the citizen of Myanmar with equal rights
  3. pressure the Junta to allow the International Humanitarian Organizations to go into Arakan State to provide aid especially, food, medicine and shelter
  4. pressure the Bangladesh government to allow the International Humanitarian Organizations to extend their services to the affected Rohingyas
  5. pressure the United Nations Security Council to send their Peace Keeping Mission to Arakan State to control and monitor the human rights abuses
  6. bring the General ThienSein and former General TheinShwe to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) for killing, raped, torturing, detaining and abusing ethnic Rohingya and other ethnics.

We thank you for your Urgent Intervention to resolve the conflict and Save the Rohingyas from the state sponsored ethnic cleansing.

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Email :rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog : www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

PRESS STATEMENT

6th June 2012

URGENT APPEAL FOR PROTECTION OF ROHINGYA IN ARAKAN STATE, BURMA

A MASSACRE OF 8 ROHINGYA MUSLIM PILGRIM

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) seriously condemn a massacre of 8 Rohingya Muslim pilgrims in Taungup Township in southern Arakan State, Burma on 3rd June 2012 at about 3:00pm by an organized terrorist gang of Buddhist Rakhines. A massacre cannot be accepted at all especially at this time where the world are watching Burma for the political change that will take place in Burma. A massacre is a gross human rights violation and is a bad sign for the development of democracy in Burma and the security of Rohingya Muslim in Arakan State and around Burma.

The victims were Muslim pilgrims (Jamat – Islam religious persons, who are going to one place to another where they discuss about religious matters) returning to Rangoon in a bus after completing of their spiritual service at Thetsa Masjid of Thandwe, southern Arakan on June 3, 2012. Rakhine terrorists set upon it and massacred 8 Muslim pilgrims along with one escort and one helper. The culprits were celebrating triumph spitting and tossing the wine and alcohol on the dead bodies lying on the road.”

“The gang of Rakhine terrorists stopped the bus -7 (Ga) 7868- at junction of Immigration gate where the terrorists Rakhine called “comedown all, if there is Kala” with holding lethal weapons where the escort and helper requested to the terrorists Rakhine not to do any harm to the passengers. But, the terrorists forced to get in bus and shouted that there is Kala. Then they started to beat the 8 Muslim pilgrims and dragged the Muslim from bus to the road where more than 300 organized terrorists gang of Buddhist Rakhines had beaten the Muslim until the dead,” according to elder from the Taungup.

The bus – YomaThettha -was owned by a Muslim and the terrorists Rakhine destroyed the bus and it has been standing still at the gate of Immigration where no authorities came out to the spot to stop the massacre.”

We are very sad and frustrated over this incident as this shows the situation of Stateless Rohingya Muslim in Arakan State did not change at all. After the Parliamentary Election in Burma, we hope the situation and the future of Rohingyas will change but unfortunately the hope remain. 

This is not the first incident where the Rohingyas has been attacked by the Rakhines. Back in 1942-1948 there was a mass massacre towards Rohingyas Muslim in Arakan State committed by RakhinesBuddist. Thousands of Rohingyas Muslims were killed. There is no action taken by the ruling government. In 1978 during the Nagamin Checking, Junta together with Rakhines Buddhist checked the background of Rohingyas Muslim in Arakan State. Many Rohingyas were killed but we do not know the figure. Many Rohingyas were arrested, killed, cross the border and fled the country. In 2010, Rakhines Buddhist burnt the houses of Rohingya Muslims in Kyaw Thaw Town. Many Rohingyas were injured and lost their houses and property.

In recent months anti-Rohingya propagandas have been carried out by Rakhine extremists and xenophobes inside and outside of Burma harping on the old tune, “Rohingya is not a nationality in Burma, they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh” with intent to exterminate them ultimately. Surprisingly these organized efforts have been carried out in line with the recent statements of some responsible ministers and authorities of the U TheinSein government. Nevertheless, the rejection of Rohingya coupled with continued persecution and ‘Rakhine terrorism’ against them indicates the early sign of genocide in Arakan, according to the eight Rohingya organizations’ statement.

We were very sad and worried this bloody incident involving Rohingyas and Rakhines are happening again and again. At the moment the situation is very tensed and dangerous. We are worried if its turn to riot  and claims more lives. Many people have to flee the country and it will increase the number of Refugees in Asean region.

Therefore we urged the United Nations Security Council, World Leaders, Asean Countries Leaders and the International Communities to:

  1. pressure the Junta to control the situation  and stop the massacre
  2. pressure the Junta to recognize Rohingya Muslim as citizen of Burma
  3. urgently pressure the Junta to protect the Rohingyas in Arakan State and assured their security and safety at all time.
  4. visit Arakan State to access the situation and do the necessary action against the perpetrators
  5. closely monitor human rights violations in Burma and take the necessary measures to eliminate the rights violations
  6. to increase their genuine effort to stop the crimes against humanity towards the people of Burma and bring democracy to Burma .

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani

President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: 6016-6827287

Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Blog: http://www.merhrom.wordpress.com

THE HIS. EXCELLENCY MR ANTONIO GUTERRES

SECRETARY GENERAL

OFFICE OF THE UNITED NATIONS

405 EAST 42nd STREET, NEW YORK,

NEW YORK 10017.           

                                                                                4th February 2021

DEAR HIS. EXCELLENCY MR ANTONIO GUTERRES,

MERHROM TO HUMBLY REQUEST THE MR.SECRETARY GENERAL OF UNITED NATIONS  AND WORLD LEADERS TO CONTINUE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE MYANMAR MILITARY JUNTA TO RESPECT DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, THE CONSTITUTION AND TO STOP THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE.

My name is Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM). I am a human rights defender and also a victim of false allegations on social media and facing threats to security since April 2020. I feel very sad for not being able to carry out community work and advocacy since the fake news against me escalated in social media which resulted in me and my family receiving various threats including death threats.

I am deeply worried about the situation in Myanmar following the coup by the Myanmar military. The most worrying things are the impact of the coup on democracy in Myanmar, the impact on Stateless Rohingya Genocide Survivors in Arakan State, the impact on other ethnic minorities and the impact on the neighbouring countries particularly Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

We, the Rohingya are very worried the military will launch several Genocide attacks on the Rohingya ethnic minority within a year of military holding power. Ethnic minority Rohingya is the most prosecuted ethnic in the world who faced ongoing Genocide in Myanmar for long decades. During the civilian government, the Rohingya continuously facing Genocide.

Following the coup, we are worried more Rohingya and other ethnic groups would become refugees in neighbouring countries. This will increase the case of human trafficking and boat people.

Honorable Mr. Secretary General, we are very worried that democracy and human rights will disappear in Myanmar. Democracy and the human rights are the only hope for the Rohingya to end the Rohingya Genocide and restoring our citizenship in Myanmar.

There are many indicators to show that democracy is too difficult to sustain in Myanmar. The efforts for democracy were easily deleted by the junta. The citizenship of the Myanmar citizen was easily terminated. The national identification paper easily confiscated. The property of the people arbitrarily confiscated.  The election results are easily rejected by the military.

The result of the 2020 Election clearly shows the rejection of the Myanmar people for the military government. The election result clearly shows the hope and desire of the Myanmar people for democracy. But what option do we have?

Honorable Mr. Secretary General, as long as Genocide occurs, there will be no democracy. Therefore, we ask for your sincere and earnest commitment to stop the Rohingya Genocide as the first step in realizing real democracy in Myanmar and saving the lives of the people. The road to democracy must start from the root by restoring the citizenship of the Rohingya and guaranteeing the rights of all ethnic groups in Myanmar. There is no democracy as long as the Rohingya are not allowed to vote because the Rohingya are legitimate Myanmar citizens before being stripped of their citizenship in 1982. There is no democracy as long as the people are oppressed.

Honorable Mr. Secretary General, we appeal to you to take the following steps to ensure that democracy survives and is practiced in Myanmar:

  1. To lead coordinated economic and financial sanctions targeted at Myanmar military bureaucrats and conglomerates
  2. To lead efforts to prosecute Myanmar top military generals for Genocide, war crimes and human rights violations (as stated in the UN Fact Finding Mission 2018)
  3. To lead efforts to establish real democracy, stop Rohingya Genocide, war crimes and human rights violations in Myanmar

We hope the suffering of the Myanmar people will end particularly during the challenging Covid-19 Pandemic.

We thank you very much for your sincere commitment and intervention to stop the Rohingya Genocide and establishment of real democracy and human rights in Myanmar. We look forward to your active interventions to uphold democracy and human rights globally.

Thank you.

Signed,

Mr Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani
President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
Tel No: +6016-6827287
Blog: www.merhrom.wordpress.com
Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk
Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/zafar.ahmad.
https://twitter.com/merhromZafar

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 HIS. EXCELLENCY DR. .H.C. HANS”C. GRAF SPONECK

UN ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL

UN HUMANITARIAN COORDINATOR FOR IRAQ (RET.)

HIS. EXCELLENCY MR. STEFAN PRIESNER                                                                                    RESIDENT COORDINATOR                                                                                               UNITED NATIONS MALAYSIA                                                                                           LEVEL 10, MENARA PJH,                                                                                                        2 JALAN TUN ABDUL RAZAK PRECINCT 2,                                                                   62100 PUTRAJAYA.

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SUPPORT THE SURVIVORS OF ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

THE Honorable Joe Biden
President

United States of America
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500                                                             4th February 2021

DEAR HONORABLE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN, 

MERHROM TO HUMBLY REQUEST THE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND WORLD LEADERS TO CONTINUE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE MYANMAR MILITARY JUNTA TO RESPECT DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, THE CONSTITUTION AND TO STOP THE ROHINGYA GENOCIDE.

My name is Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM).  deeply worried about the situation in Myanmar following the coup by the Myanmar military. The most worrying things are the impact of the coup on democracy in Myanmar, the impact on Stateless Rohingya Genocide Survivors in Arakan State, the impact on other ethnic minorities and the impact on the neighbouring countries particularly Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

We, the Rohingya are very worried the military will launch several Genocide attacks on the Rohingya ethnic minority within a year of military holding power. Ethnic minority Rohingya is the most prosecuted ethnic in the world who faced ongoing Genocide in Myanmar for long decades. During the civilian government, the Rohingya continuously facing Genocide.

Following the coup, we are worried more Rohingya and other ethnic groups would become refugees in neighbouring countries. This will increase the case of human trafficking and boat people.

Mr President, we are very worried that democracy and human rights will disappear in Myanmar. Democracy and the human rights are the only hope for the Rohingya to end the Rohingya Genocide and restoring our citizenship in Myanmar.

There are many indicators to show that democracy is too difficult to sustain in Myanmar. The efforts for democracy were easily deleted by the junta. The citizenship of the Myanmar citizen was easily terminated. The national identification paper easily confiscated. The property of the people arbitrarily confiscated.  The election results are easily rejected by the military.

The result of the 2020 Election clearly shows the rejection of the Myanmar people for the military government. The election result clearly shows the hope and desire of the Myanmar people for democracy. But what option do we have?

Mr President, as long as Genocide occurs, there will be no democracy. Therefore, we ask for your sincere and earnest commitment to stop the Rohingya Genocide as the first step in realizing real democracy in Myanmar and saving the lives of the people. The road to democracy must start from the root by restoring the citizenship of the Rohingya and guaranteeing the rights of all ethnic groups in Myanmar. There is no democracy as long as the Rohingya are not allowed to vote because the Rohingya are legitimate Myanmar citizens before being stripped of their citizenship in 1982. There is no democracy as long as the people are oppressed.

Mr, President, we appeal to you to take the following steps to ensure that democracy survives and is practiced in Myanmar:

  • To lead coordinated economic and financial sanctions targeted at Myanmar military bureaucrats and conglomerates
  • To lead efforts to prosecute Myanmar top military generals for Genocide, war crimes and human rights violations (as stated in the UN Fact Finding Mission 2018)
  • To lead efforts to establish real democracy, stop Rohingya Genocide, war crimes and human rights violations in Myanmar

We hope the suffering of the Myanmar people will end particularly during the challenging Covid-19 Pandemic.

We thank you very much for your sincere commitment and intervention to stop the Rohingya Genocide and establishment of real democracy and human rights in Myanmar. We look forward to your active interventions to uphold democracy and human rights globally.

Thank you.

Signed,

Mr Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani
President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
Tel No: +6016-6827287
Blog: www.merhrom.wordpress.com
Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk
Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/zafar.ahmad.
https://twitter.com/merhromZafar

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H.E.Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir                                                                             Ambassador
Embassy of the United States of America
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia.

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Honorable Joe Biden
President of the United States of America

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Tel: + 202-624-9338

        : + 202-615-5845

Fax No: 0012024562461 


3rd FEBRUARY 2021.

MERHROM TO THE  REQUESTS WORLD LEADERS,INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITIES & UNITED NATIONS  MEMBERS STATES COUNTRIES CONTINUE PUTTING PRESSURE ON THE MYANMAR MILITARY JUNTA TO RESPECT DEMOCRACY  THE RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS & THE CONSTITUTION. INCLUDING MYANMAR MILITARY MUST BE PRESSURED TO STOP ETNIC CLEANSING AND GENOCIDE.

DEAR HONORABLE OF FIVE VITO COUNTRYS PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTERS &   

TO THE HONORABLE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND  

I am Mr. Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) on your inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America would like to welcome the Honorable President Joe Biden and Honorable Kamala Harris as the first female Vice President.

For your information, in 1988 I was involved in the mass demonstration for democracy and human rights in Myanmar. I had to flee Myanmar in 1988 because I was facing persecutions from the Myanmar junta and on the junta wanted list. I established MERHROM in 1998 to work on refugees, human rights and democracy issues.

MERHROM is in touch with local and international organizations working on refugees, human rights and democracy issues such as UN, Tenaganita, Suaram, Human Rights Watch, Fidh, Refugees International, Amnesty International, Forum Asia, ALTSEAN Burma, Fortify Rights, Perkemas Sekretariat etc on regular basis.

In Malaysia, MERHROM is in touch with Diplomatic Missions especially United States of America, Britain, European Union as well as ASEAN and OIC countries.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) is deeply concerned on the Myanmar Military Junta government’s the coup shocked the world at a time when all focuss were on the Covid-19 pandemic again Myanmar people’s suffering. 

MERHROM Requests International Communities & all World Leaders pressure must now reign on Myanmar on the military coup that took place on 1st February 2021.

Myanmar army cannot be allowed to continue its persecution on Rohingyas and other minorities which it had brutally exterminated by the thousands of the defenseless Rohingya throughout its years of the junta regime from 1962.

Suu Kyi , the President of NLD  , should now learn that all these years from 2010, the army was not genuine in its commitment to democracy and has always been eying on the opportunity to launch the coup and resume their suppressive military rule on Myanrmar. 

They gave in to democracy with an agenda intending to loosen the international sanction on the regime but at the same time strenghthen their position  by ensuring they hold a guaranteed 25% seats in the parliament.

Throughout the NLD majority rule, Suu Kyi was never free to lead the nation and had to comply with the military brutality on the minorities.

Suu Kyi has lost her human rights agenda and allowed and justified the ethnic cleansing and brutal massacre of the Rohingya populace by the Myanmar tatmadaw    ( Myanmar arm forces ). Suu Kyi had lost her credibility as the beacon of democracy..

The coup shocked the world at a time when all focuss were on the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The military alledged fraudulent practices in the November 2020 general election to justify the coup but the huge landslide victory of NLD could not have overturn the result if a proper investigation is carried out .

Suu Kyi now will have to refer for international intervention. However she will not be able to carry the banner of human rights protection, because she had betrayed the humanitarian principles of justice for the protection of the minorities in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi had let down the Rohingyas by defending the tatmadaw in the ICJ for their suppression and genocidal intend on the Rohingya.

We call the international communities to act against the coup and demand for the reversal to the civil rule as mandated by the will of the people in the November 2020 election.

We however register our protest against the election that had excluded the Rohingyas from the electoral process.

The coup is unjustified as any discrepancies in the election should have been brought to the court and not return to the military rule.

We express great concern as the regional stability in the Asean region should not be compromised. Myanmar Military Junta  has always defended its murderous actions against the Rohingyas as an internal affair. This we reject strongly as the turmoil in Myanmar has affected the regional peace due to the exodus of the victims from Myanmar.

We are consistent in our condemnation on the genocide and ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas by the tatmadaw. The coup cannot be accepted and we reject it strongly. 

We call for the protection of the people especially the minorities in Myanmar which the tatmadaw will usually be targetting. The vulnarable minorities are easy targets for the military regime.

The remaining 600,000 Rohingyas in Rakhine state of which more than 200,000 are in the IDP camps , are now all victims of the clash between the Myanmar army and the Arakan Army.

UNSC must convene before another wave of genocide of Rohingyas will be launched by the military. 

The plan to grant citizenship to the ethnic minority Rohingya as it clearly contradicts with the International law and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The plan by the Myanmar Military Junta  government clearly shows that the government continuously wants to eliminate Rohingya from Myanmar. This is part of their ethnic cleansing  policy towards ethnic Rohingya. This is clearly GENOCIDE against ethnic minority Rohingya.

What is certain the Rohingya will not accept the plan unless the Myanmar government recognizes the minority Rohingya as citizen in a lawful way. If we accept this plan, there will be no longer Rohingya in this world. In future we will be sent to Bangladesh which is not our homeland.

The current plan of the Myanmar government will lead to another humanitarian crisis in the Arakan State and in the region. Again minority Rohingya will be the target. The United Nations, the World Leaders, US, UK, EU Canada ,OIC, ASEAN and the International communities must intervene without delay to avoid future loss of lives.

All parties must open their eyes against these never ended prosecutions on the ethnic minority Rohingya and also others ethnic. Currently all World Leaders are gathered at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City. We urge the United Nations and the World Leaders to address the Rohingya plight  and we hope International communities continue putting pressure on the military to respect democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and the constitution. Intervene with the Myanmar government to stop the GENOCIDE and recognize Rohingya as citizen as before.

We Minority Ethnic Rohingya . Every Second to Second victim of Genocide Our own Mother Land in Arakan state Myanmar. Who are justice our cases . Every Leader’s like to business human life this World. Also United Nations to behind past NLD government Regions & Military Junta government  involved our Rohingyas life continues killed. I hope All  brothers and Sisters us to peace & justice our ethnic Rohingya and also others ethnic in Myanmar. 

We hope for the continuous support of the MEDIA and JOURNALIST to highlight our issues until there is peace in our state and we are Recognize as Citizen of Burma.

Thank you. 

Sincerely,

Zafar Ahmad  Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel No: +6016-6827287

Blog: www.merhrom.wordpress.com

Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/zafar.ahmad

We thank you very much for your committment and intervention to stop the Rohingya Genocide and restore our rights. We look forward for your active intervention to uphold human rights globally.

Thank You.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani
President
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
Tel No: +6016-6827287
Blog: www.merhrom.wordpress.com
Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk
Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/zafar.ahmad.
https://twitter.com/merhromZafar

cc:

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H.E.Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir                                                                             Ambassador
Embassy of the United States of America
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia.

Honorable Joe Biden
President of the United States of America

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Tel: + 202-624-9338

        : + 202-615-5845

Fax No: 0012024562461 


22 January 2021

Dear Honorable President & Vice President,

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE HONORABLE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AND VICE PRESIDENT HONORABLE KAMALA HARRIS.

I am Mr. Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) on your inauguration as the 46th President of the United States of America would like to welcome the Honorable President Joe Biden and Honorable Kamala Harris as the first female Vice President.

For your information, in 1988 I was involved in the mass demonstration for democracy and human rights in Myanmar. I had to flee Myanmar in 1988 because I was facing persecutions from the Myanmar junta and on the junta wanted list. I established MERHROM in 1998 to work on refugees, human rights and democracy issues.

MERHROM is in touch with local and international organizations working on refugees, human rights and democracy issues such as Tenaganita, Suaram, Human Rights Watch, Refugees International, Amnesty International, Forum Asia, ALTSEAN Burma etc on regular basis.

In Malaysia, MERHROM is in touch with Diplomatic Missions especially United States of America, Britain, European Union as well as ASEAN and OIC countries.

We strongly believe that you are very concerns about the situation in Arakan State of Myanmar that causing thousands of minority Rohingya died in different ways. Millions of Rohingya face continuous persecutions and had to flee the country. Thousands of Rohingyas died in the Cox’s Bazar refugee camp due to starvation and diseases. Thousands of Rohingya children suffered from malnutrition.

The current situations are still very bad with continuous killing, rape, torture and arrest of Rohingyas. Thousands of Rohingya became victims of human trafficking and died in the ocean over the years while escaping prosecutions from the Myanmar government.

Due to the continuous persecution from the Myanmar government, more than 2 million Rohingya fled the country and become refugees and asylum seekers in countries like Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Arab Saudi.

The Rohingyas were made Stateless by the Myanmar government. Currently the Myanmar government not only attacking the Rohingya but also other ethnic groups across Myanmar.

There will be more people will be murdered if there is no intervention from outside world. We are very much hoping that the World Leaders like the Honorable President could urgently intervene to deal with the Myanmar government to stop the Genocide against Rohingya in Myanmar. The Myanmar government must stop the mass killing of innocent people immediately and protect the rights of the minorities.

If the World Leaders and the United Nations fail to stop the Rohingya Genocide, there will be more people will be murdered and Myanmar will only become a country that produce refugees in the region which has a severe impact not only to the ASEAN countries but also to the world. This definitely will have a serious impact to their political and economic reform process.

Therefore, we are very much hoping to see the Honorable President and the new government to engage and intervene actively to bring an end to the Rohingya Genocide and restore our rights. We, the refugees cannot travel outside to meet you, therefore we really wish to meet you if you visit Malaysia in the future.

We thank you very much for your committment and intervention to stop the Rohingya Genocide and restore our rights. We look forward for your active intervention to uphold human rights globally.

Thank You.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani
President
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
Tel No: +6016-6827287
Blog: www.merhrom.wordpress.com
Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk
Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/zafar.ahmad.
https://twitter.com/merhromZafar

cc:

H.E.Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir                                                                             Ambassador
Embassy of the United States of America
376 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur
Malaysia.Wave: EVERY SUPPORT IS COUNTED & APPRECIATED
SUPPORT THE SURVIVORS OF ROHINGYA GENOCIDE

25 February 2021

Dear Chief Editors / MEMBERS OF MEDIA,

URGENT PRESS RELEASE.

URGENT APPEAL TO THE UNITED NATIONS SECURITY COUNCIL, UN MEMBER STATES AND THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO TAKE URGENT ACTIONS ON  MYANMAR MILITARY JUNTA TO ENFORCE DEMOCRACY, RULE OF LAW, HUMAN RIGHTS, STOP ONGOING ROHINGYA GENOCIDE AND HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS OF OTHER ETHNICS. 

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) is deeply worried about the situation in Myanmar following the coup by the Myanmar military. The most worrying things are the impact of the coup on democracy and human rights in Myanmar, the impact on Stateless Rohingya Genocide Survivors in Arakan State and in exile, the impact on other ethnic minorities and the impact on the neighbouring countries particularly Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia as well as to the world democracy and human rights record.

When the military arrest and shoots civilians who make peaceful demonstration, this shows that the military completely rejects the principles of democracy and human rights. This shows the military will do anything to maintain their power. When this happens how do we expect the military to stop the Rohingya Genocide and human rights violations against other ethnics? This is the challenge of the UN Security Council, USA, EU, UK, Canada, New Zealand, ASEAN and the rest of UN member States, international community and human rights organizations.

From the source back home we received yesterday, Rohingya in Sittwe are not allow to go to the Sittwe city. The Rohingya now fear of their security. We are very worried the military will launch more genocidal attacks against the Rohingya ethnic minority during the military rules. Ethnic minority Rohingya is the most prosecuted ethnic in the world who faced ongoing Genocide in Myanmar for long decades. But, during the civilian government, the Rohingya continuously facing Genocide. Now, the military took over the country, our lives are continuously at stake.

Following the coup, we are worried more Rohingya and other ethnic groups would become refugees in neighbouring countries. This will increase the case of human trafficking and boat people as well as impacting neighbouring countries subsequently impacting the refugees in exile particularly the minority Stateless Rohingya.

MERHROM are very worried that democracy and human rights will disappear in Myanmar. Democracy and the human rights are the only hope for the Rohingya to end the Rohingya Genocide and restoring our citizenship in Myanmar.

There are many indicators to show that democracy is too difficult to sustain in Myanmar. The efforts for democracy were easily deleted by the junta. The citizenship of the Myanmar citizen was easily terminated. The national identification paper was easily confiscated. The property of the people arbitrarily confiscated. The election results are easily rejected by the military. The result of the 2020 Election clearly shows the rejection of the Myanmar people for the military government. The election result clearly shows the hope and desire of the Myanmar people for democracy. But what option do we have?

As long as Genocide occurs, there will be no democracy. Therefore, we ask for your sincere and earnest commitment to stop the Rohingya Genocide and other gross human rights violations as the first step in realizing real democracy in Myanmar and saving the lives of the people. We must break through this biggest obstacles first before the principles of democracy and human rights can be implemented in Myanmar. The people of Myanmar must united to put a stop to the Rohingya Genocide and other human rights violations.

The UN Member States must recognize the Rohingya Genocide as the first step to End it and the process to End the Rohingya Genocide must be ongoing and without delay. The road to democracy must start from the root by restoring the citizenship of the Rohingya and guaranteeing equal rights of all ethnic groups in Myanmar. There is no democracy as long as the Rohingya are not allowed to vote because the Rohingya are the legitimate Myanmar citizens before being stripped of their citizenship in 1982. There is no democracy as long as the people are oppressed and persecuted. There is no democracy as long as Myanmar continuously producing refugees and affecting other countries.

Therefore, MERHROM appeal to you to take the following urgent measures to ensure that democracy and human rights survives and enforce in Myanmar:

1. To lead coordinated economic and financial sanctions targeted at Myanmar military bureaucrats and conglomerates

2. To lead efforts to prosecute Myanmar top military generals for Genocide, war crimes and human rights violations (as stated in the UN Fact Finding Mission 2018)

3. To enforce coordinated and comprehensive global arms embargo on Myanmar 

4. To lead continuous efforts to stop Rohingya Genocide, war crimes, human rights violations and establishment of real democracy in Myanmar

We hope the suffering of the Myanmar people will end particularly during the challenging Covid-19 Pandemic.

We thank you very much for your sincere commitment and intervention to stop the Rohingya Genocide and establishment of real democracy and human rights in Myanmar. We look forward to your active interventions to uphold democracy and human rights globally.

Thank you.

Prepared by,

Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani

President

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)

Tel: +6016-6827287

Email: rights4rohingyas@gmail.com

Blog:  www.https://merhrom.wordpress.com

Email: rights4rohingya@yahoo.co.uk

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