UN urged NGOs to send security missions to Gaza

UN urged NGOs to send security missions to Gaza

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United Nations (UN) Representative, Security and Security Department, Devendra Patel (left) met with Myanmar's Rohingya Human Rights Society President Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani at the UN Homes compound in Damansara Heights today.  - DAILY FOTO ONLINE-NIZAM ZAINUnited Nations (UN) Representative, Security and Security Department, Devendra Patel (left) met with Myanmar’s Rohingya Human Rights Society President Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani at the UN Homes compound in Damansara Heights today. – DAILY FOTO ONLINE-NIZAM ZAIN

DAMANSARA HEIGHTS – The United Nations (UN) urged to act promptly by sending peace missions to the Gaza Strip to enforce ceasefire and to monitor human rights abuses. 

The Myanmar Rohingya Human Rights Association (Merhrom) President, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani stressed that the move was necessary to stop the massacre of innocent Palestinian civilians in the series of air raids launched by Israeli troops since last week. 

Zafar Ahmad claimed that the UN was losing its mandate when UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was forced to appeal to the Israeli and Palestinian government for a cease-fire while the matter did not take place.

“It is clear that the UN has lost its mandate to provide security to its member states. 

” We have various laws, declarations and resources to save these innocent from a series of massacres, “he told reporters after handing over a protest memorandum to the guesthouse UN, here, today’s 

Memorandum submitted to UN representative, Security and Securities Department, Devendra Patel, who assured the matter will be taken seriously. The 

NGO presented eight protests and a call to the UN for the issue of violence and tyranny in Palestine The 

UN is urged to ensure that external medical teams are allowed to enter Gaza without any restrictions.

In addition, the NGO also urged allied Israeli states to stop military and financial relief immediately until the Zionist army stopped the killing of Palestinians. 

The NGO also urged UN member states to boycott all Israeli products at once to stop the killing. 

In addition, the Petroleum Exporting Organization (OPEC) is also urged to immediately stop oil-exporting activities to the Israeli-Israeli state until a cease-fire is enforced. 

In the meantime, all nations are also urged to cease economic and diplomatic ties with Israel and liberate Palestinian prisoners.

The highlight is to prosecute the former and Israeli Prime Minister on a massacre of crimes. 

“They must be brought to the International Criminal Court for the murder of Palestinians and commit crimes against humanity,” he said.

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

Rohingyas are the easy prey of human trafficking

12:00 AM, May 05, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:01 AM, May 14, 2015

Rohingyas are the easy prey of human trafficking

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Kids play along the St Martin’s coast. Lately, at least three students of St. Martin’s Government School were lured or tricked into the trap of human trafficking from the island. Photo: Emran Hossain/The Daily Star
Porimol Palma with Walid Bin Habib

Rohingya youth Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani was on the run since the Burmese military junta seized power through a coup d’état in late 1988.

After months of hiding from military oppression on Rohingya Muslims — killing, looting and land grabbing — in the western Rakhine state of Buddhist-dominant Myanmar, Zafar and others fled to Bangladesh and then to India.

Failing to make a decent living, he decided to go to Malaysia that had held better prospects. Finally, he found a way — a boat journey through the Indian Ocean against a hefty pay to the agents. After two weeks of perilous journey, they landed in Thailand coast only to be arrested and sent to the detention centre.

“When we explained to Thai police our persecutions in Burma, we were released only to be handed over to other boat agents,” Zafar who has been living in Malaysia since 1992 told The Daily Star over the phone.

To cross into Malaysia, he had to pay the agents $300 that he had collected from his relatives staying in Thailand.

“I was lucky to be able to pay. I never knew the fate of others who could not,” said Zafar.

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Rohingyas in Ukhia’s Kutupalong area. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das/The Daily Star

He is one of the thousands of Rohingya men and women, who have been fleeing to Bangladesh, India, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and China to escape persecutions in Myanmar.

While some could manage fake passports of other countries like Bangladesh to move to third countries such as Saudi Arabia, a large number of them took the dangerous sea journeys.

The trend began in the 1990s as the military juntas continued to rule the country, imposing discriminatory regulations on the Rohingyas who are estimated to be 1.1 million, mostly in Rakhine.

According to the UN refugee agency UNHCR, the Rohingyas were not formally recognised as Burmese national group after the country’s independence in 1948. The 1982 Citizenship Law too denied them citizenship.

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Rohingyas in Ukhia’s Kutupalong area. Photo: Anurup Kanti Das/The Daily Star

They are subject to various exploitations including forced labour, extortion, restrictions on movement, denial of residence rights, inequitable marriage regulations, and land confiscation.

Amid military oppression, some 5 lakh Rohingyas fled to Bangladesh — first in 1978 and then in 1991-92. Presently, around 32,000 refugees stay in the UNHCR-run camps in Bangladesh, while an estimated 5 lakh live outside the camps.

According to the UNHCR, some 1.4 lakh Rohingyas live in Malaysia and 1.32 lakh in Thailand, but the unofficial figure could be much higher.

Under the present reformist government formed in 2011, Myanmar saw the worst sectarian violence in 2012 that left hundreds dead and 1.4 lakh homeless, mostly Rohingyas in Rakhine province. Already grappling with the refugees, Bangladesh this time closed its door to new Rohingya influx.

Transnational human trafficking gangs, meanwhile, are cashing in on the growing desperation of the Rohingya people subjected to violence by the Buddhist mobs.

The UNHCR says from June 2012 to June 2014, some 87,000 people have departed by sea from Bangladesh and Myanmar border.

On reaching Thailand by cargo ships, each Rohingya is asked to pay a ransom worth $1500-2000 [Tk 1.2 lakh to 1.6 lakh] before being pushed into Malaysia, it said.

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At least three students of this school, bottom, and two family members of the house, above, in St Martin’s Island have been missing since they left for Malaysia falling prey to trafficking gangs. Photo: Star

“In remote jungle camps in Thailand, transnational criminal networks are beating and torturing their captives in an attempt to extract ransom payments from their families and friends,” said Matthew Smith, executive director of Thailand-based rights group Fortify Rights, in an email interview to The Daily Star.

Those failing to pay ransom are sold to the fishing industry as slave labour or forced to work in the jungle camps, international media reported.

Exhumation of 26 bodies from the mass graves in such jungle camps in Thailand’s Sadao district last week comes as yet another testimony to the horrific conditions the trafficking victims face and how many of them end up dying there.

These deaths are in addition to those killed during the sea journeys where they were either starved to death or being dumped or shot by the traffickers.

The UNHCR said that last year alone, over 200 people may have died along the route beginning at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border.

In some cases, Matthew Smith said, Thai authorities have been complicit in human trafficking, selling detainees to criminal syndicates, who then bring them to traffickers’ camps.

Even after crossing into Malaysia, the Rohingya men, women and children are held captive in holding houses in Penang and other northern states until ransom is paid.

“If the ransom is not paid, the person is then further trafficked or killed,” a human rights activist in Penang told this correspondent, requesting anonymity.

Zafar said that soon after they reached Malaysia sometime in 1992, he and some other Rohingyas were arrested and put in jail. Released after four months, he was handed over to the “agents” in Thai bordering areas of Kelantan, northeastern state of Malaysia, only to be extorted twice.

Eventually, he reached Kuala Lumpur and got registered with the UNHCR after months of efforts, but that was of no use as Malaysia neither has refugee camps nor provides aid to the refugees.

With no passport or legal job document, life in Malaysia has always been difficult and humiliating for him. He was arrested a dozen times there.

“I sometimes work in construction, but the pay is very low. I have a wife and three children to look after, but I can’t do much for them,” said Zafar.

“I have no state, no security of life. I feel very sad, frustrated. Often I cry and have sleepless nights,” he went on.

His tale sums up the plight thousands of stateless Rohingyas go through.

Rasheduzzaman, professor of international relations at Dhaka University, said the reformist government of Myanmar was said to be democratic, but there were no signs that its policy on the Rohingya would see a change in the near future.

Even the opposition democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who had been kept under house arrest for almost 15 of the 21 years from 1989  to 2010, is silent on it. It means the humanitarian crisis that the world sees today on the Rohingya issue may continue, he said.

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the international community, however, can surely play a proactive role in the process, he said.

Calls for better regional effort to stop influx of Rohingya

Calls for better regional effort to stop influx of Rohingya

zahid-rohingyaPETALING JAYA: Human rights groups claim the outflow of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar can only be controlled through greater regional cooperation.

Responding to a statement yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, several human rights groups claimed a durable solution to the refugee crisis can only come about if there was a greater sharing of responsibilities by countries near Myanmar.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had said the Malaysian government would not arbitrarily issue the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) card to Rohingya refugees as it wanted to better manage their influx into the country.

“Our priority is our people and their welfare. It is not that we are not being humanitarian. I think the international community should show concern for the plight of the Rohingyas,” Zahid had said, but added that Malaysia did not wish to be a receiving country for Rohingya refugees whenever there were problems in Myanmar.

Alarmed by the statement, Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshini said it was important for the Malaysian government to develop common asylum practices that met with international standards of protection for refugees.

“Malaysia is a transit country for refugees and asylum seekers.

“We need to ensure Rohingya refugees are able to have protection and fully enjoy their human rights.

“The Rohingya crisis is a part of the larger global refugee crisis.

“Thus, genuine and strong commitments from Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations would go a long way towards refugee protection and assistance.”

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Santiago urges government to ramp up efforts to assist UNHCR to document refugees.

Klang MP Charles Santiago meanwhile urged the government to ramp up its efforts to assist UNHCR to document refugees in the country.

“The government should assist the agency as the process to document these refugees is taking too long.”

Santiago also said Zahid’s statement defeated the whole purpose of helping the refugees survive in the country.

“The Malaysian government should be proactive and consistent in their efforts,” he said.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani lamented the measures taken against refugees in the country and said, “If the government decides not to give UNHCR cards, how will the 60,000 refugees be able to survive?

“They need the card for them to at least be acknowledged as refugees and not mistaken for illegals.”

“Aside from that, they need jobs and medical assistance,” he said, stating the refugees would be unable to receive aid without proper documentation from the UNHCR.

Vice-president for the Humanitarian Aid for the Rohingya Community, Badariah Abdul Hamid, said although they supported the government’s decision to be cautious, it did not fully address the refugee issues here in Malaysia.

“The government is concerned with national security first and we accept that. However, that does not resolve the issue of their rights while they are here.

“It is not the babies dying in Rakhine that we should only be concerned about, it’s the babies dying here,” she said.

UNHCR, when contacted by FMT, said the agency had registered 60,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, as of July 2017.

Zahid: Malaysia tak mudah keluarkan kad UNHCR kepada pelarian Rohingya

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zahid-rohingyaPETALING JAYA: Human rights groups claim the outflow of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar can only be controlled through greater regional cooperation.

Responding to a statement yesterday by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, several human rights groups claimed a durable solution to the refugee crisis can only come about if there was a greater sharing of responsibilities by countries near Myanmar.

Zahid, who is also Home Minister, had said the Malaysian government would not arbitrarily issue the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) card to Rohingya refugees as it wanted to better manage their influx into the country.

“Our priority is our people and their welfare. It is not that we are not being humanitarian. I think the international community should show concern for the plight of the Rohingyas,” Zahid had said, but added that Malaysia did not wish to be a receiving country for Rohingya refugees whenever there were problems in Myanmar.

Alarmed by the statement, Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshini said it was important for the Malaysian government to develop common asylum practices that met with international standards of protection for refugees.

“Malaysia is a transit country for refugees and asylum seekers.

“We need to ensure Rohingya refugees are able to have protection and fully enjoy their human rights.

“The Rohingya crisis is a part of the larger global refugee crisis.

“Thus, genuine and strong commitments from Malaysia and other Southeast Asian nations would go a long way towards refugee protection and assistance.”

charles
Santiago urges government to ramp up efforts to assist UNHCR to document refugees.

Klang MP Charles Santiago meanwhile urged the government to ramp up its efforts to assist UNHCR to document refugees in the country.

“The government should assist the agency as the process to document these refugees is taking too long.”

Santiago also said Zahid’s statement defeated the whole purpose of helping the refugees survive in the country.

“The Malaysian government should be proactive and consistent in their efforts,” he said.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani lamented the measures taken against refugees in the country and said, “If the government decides not to give UNHCR cards, how will the 60,000 refugees be able to survive?

“They need the card for them to at least be acknowledged as refugees and not mistaken for illegals.”

“Aside from that, they need jobs and medical assistance,” he said, stating the refugees would be unable to receive aid without proper documentation from the UNHCR.

Vice-president for the Humanitarian Aid for the Rohingya Community, Badariah Abdul Hamid, said although they supported the government’s decision to be cautious, it did not fully address the refugee issues here in Malaysia.

“The government is concerned with national security first and we accept that. However, that does not resolve the issue of their rights while they are here.

“It is not the babies dying in Rakhine that we should only be concerned about, it’s the babies dying here,” she said.

UNHCR, when contacted by FMT, said the agency had registered 60,000 Rohingya refugees in Malaysia, as of July 2017.

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Myanmar still silent over Rohingya migrant crisis hitting Asia

Myanmar still silent over Rohingya migrant crisis hitting Asia

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Published20.05.201516:40
Updated20.05.201516:41
Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are rescued by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 20 May 2015 (EPA Photo)

Refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh are rescued by Aceh fisherman in Julok, East Aceh, Sumatra, Indonesia, 20 May 2015 (EPA Photo)

Malaysia and Indonesia have agreed to allow 7,000 Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants stuck at sea to land temporarily. No solid solution to end the human tragedy has yet been provided by Myanmar

With Southeast Asia’s migrant crisis is far from over, Malaysia and Indonesia have said they will allow thousands of boat migrants from Myanmar and Bangladesh to come ashore amid growing international pressure to end migrant tragedies on the Andaman Sea. The countries’ joint decision was welcomed by the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which said that the cooperation between the three countries is “vital for the purpose of saving” thousands of refugees and migrants stranded in boats in the Bay of Bengal and off the coast of Southeast Asia while calling for further international action to save lives.

According to Bay of Bengal crossing statistics released by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the total number of migrants confirmed landed since May 4 hit 3,200. Reportedly, 1,395 of them landed in Indonesia and 1,158 in Malaysia. It is estimated that around 4,000 migrants from Bangladesh and Myanmar are still at sea waiting to be rescued.

The Malaysian and Indonesian ministers of foreign affairs made the announcement after talks, also attended by Thailand, over how to deal with the stranded migrants, mostly from the persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar. “Indonesia and Malaysia agreed to continue to provide humanitarian assistance to those 7,000 irregular migrants still at sea,” Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs Anifah Aman said alongside his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsude. “We also agreed to offer them temporary shelter provided that the resettlement and repatriation process will be done in one year by the international community,” he added after the meeting near Kuala Lumpur.

Indonesia, Thailand and Malaysia are not signatories to the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention that would oblige it to resettle a certain number of refugees.

The migrant crisis in Southeast Asia will continue unless the government of Myanmar can stop discriminatory policies and ethnic discrimination of Rohingya Muslims, who have fled the country due to violence. Prejudice against the minority group is widespread in Myanmar and many people refer to them as Bengali, a term suggesting they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh despite having lived in the area for generations.

The United States called on “governments to identify and address the root causes of the [migrant] crisis” in a daily press briefing by the State Department. During U.S. President Barack Obama’s last visit to Myanmar in November 2014, he called on the country’s government to end discrimination of Rohingyas, urging in his strongest comments on the persecuted minority that the government grant them equal rights.

“[Rohingyas] face gross human rights violations by the state, we became victims of genocide for generations and were left to die in horrible makeshift camps in our own homeland without food, water and medicine supply from the government,” Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization in Malaysia said. “Due to the horrible situation we face in our homeland we take risks to flee the country to seek refuge in other countries,” he said.

Since the crisis erupted in Myanmar in 2012, more than 125,000 Rohingyas have fled oppression in majority Buddhist Myanmar. The U.N. considers Rohingyas to be one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Despite many families having lived in Myanmar for generations, government authorities still consider them illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Rohingyas have long been subjected to severe discrimination and violence under the country’s previous dictatorship. The violent surge of Buddhist nationalism against minority Muslim communities in the state of Rakhine in Myanma has led to both political and religious extremism. Rohingyas are a Muslim ethnic group who are not recognized among the 134 official ethnicities in Myanmar, nor are they recognized as citizens because the government considers them illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. They are victims of statelessness, deprived of the right to nationality.

Isu Rohingya: Kuatkuasa Sepenuhnya Atipsom

Isu Rohingya: Kuatkuasa Sepenuhnya Atipsom

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KUALA LUMPUR 2 Julai – Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar Malaysia (MERHROM) menggesa kerajaan melaksanakan penguatkuasaan sepenuhnya Akta Antipemerdagangan Orang dan Antipenyeludupan Migran (ATIPSOM) 2007.

Dalam satu kenyataan Presidennya, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani  berkata langkah itu,  berupaya menanagni permasalahan pemerdagangan etnik Rohingya di negara ini dan juga di rantau ASEAN.

Beliau juga mahu kerajaan menjalinkan kerjasama erat dengan negara-negara rantau ini terutamanya Myanmar dan Thailand untuk menghentikan kegiatan pemerdagangan manusia.

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BERI KEBENARAN KEPADA PELARIAN ROHINGYA MOHON LESEN MEMANDU – NGO

BERI KEBENARAN KEPADA PELARIAN ROHINGYA MOHON LESEN MEMANDU – NGO

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Sebuah badan bukan kerajaan Rohingya mencadangkan kerajaan membenarkan pemegang kad Suruhanjaya Tinggi Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu bagi Pelarian (UNHCR) memohon lesen memandu bagi mengelakkan isu pemalsuan lesen memandu terus berleluasa dan memudahkan pemantauan pihak berkuasa.

Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar di Malaysia, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani berkata kebanyakan pemegang kad UNHCR tahu memandu, tetapi mereka tidak memahami undang-undang dan peraturan jalan raya di negara ini yang merupakan satu daripada faktor berlaku kemalangan.

“Bagi merealisasikan cadangan ini, saya mengesyorkan Kementerian Pengangkutan melalui Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan bekerjasama dengan institut memandu dan mengadakan perbincangan bagi melicinkan pelaksanaan konsep ini.

“Setiap pemohon lesen memandu sementara itu wajib menghadiri kursus di institut memandu atau mana-mana tempat yang dipersetujui institut memandu dan JPJ, sekali gus memudahkan pihak berkuasa untuk melaksanakan pemantauan dan kawalan terhadap mereka,” katanya dalam surat kepada Perdana Menteri, Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini.

Surat itu turut dituju kepada Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Menteri Dalam Negeri, Muhyiddin Yassin, Menteri Luar, Saifuddin Abdullah dan Menteri Pengangkutan, Loke Siew Fook.

Zafar berkata, cadangan itu dapat meningkatkan pendapatan kerajaan dan menangani isu pemalsuan lesen memandu dalam kalangan pelarian serta pemegang kad UNHCR yang menjadi mangsa penipuan.

“Inisiatif ini (pemberian lesen memandu sementara) bakal mewujudkan satu kaedah pengumpulan maklumat pelarian dan pemohon suaka lebih komprehensif untuk memudahkan pihak berkuasa dalam memastikan mereka mematuhi peraturan dan undang-undang yang ditetapkan, sebelum mereka ditempatkan ke negara lain.”

Katanya, lesen memandu penting untuk membantu pelarian dan pemegang kad UNHCR mencari pekerjaan dan memenuhi keperluan dalam kehidupan harian.

Sumber: Free Malaysia Today

Time for ASEAN and the United Nations to act

Time for ASEAN and the United Nations to act

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May 20, 2015

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Merhrom :Time for ASEAN and the United Nations to act

by Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani@www.malaysiakini.com

The Rohingya ExodusThe Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom) is deeply sad over the recent tragedy of thousands of boat people involving ethnic Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshis.

This is proof that ethnic Rohingyas in Myanmar are facing continuous systematic prosecutions from the Myanmar government. We face gross human rights violations by the state, we have become victims of genocide for generations and are left to die in horrible makeshift camps in our own homeland without food, water and medical supplies from the government.

Boat People 1Due to horrible situation we face in our homeland, we take risks to flee the country to seek refuge in other countries. We feel very sad to hear that thousands of boat people are turned back to sea as the neighbouring countries are refusing to give protection to new asylum seekers.

Currently, an estimated 8,000 boat people are abandoned in the ocean and have nowhere to go. How long they can survive with little food, water and medicine? What will happen to them in the uncertain ocean? Death is on their way. They have already been more than two months in the ocean. They are starving and dehydrated and sick. There are large numbers of women and children in the boats.

From January to March 2015, an estimated 25,000 ethnic Rohingya and Bangladeshi became boat people. Thousands more ethnic Rohingyas will flee the country if Myanmar does not stop the prosecution on ethnic Rohingyas and recognise Rohingyas as citizens by law.

If ASEAN and the United Nations fail to resolve the Rohingya plight with Myanmar, the world will continue to see Rohingya boat people who risk their lives to seek refuge in other countries. It will become a catastrophe that the world cannot forget.

Boat People 2We are very frustrated with the UN Human Rights Commissioner (UNHCR) as they are keeping quiet at this very critical time. Human lives are at risk but UNHCR remains quiet. We are talking about asylum seekers who are persons of concerns to UNHCR but what are they doing?UNHCR must play a vital role in the whole issue of Rohingya. We cannot see the role of UNHCR except renewing the UNHCR cards held by refugees as they are no longer registering newly-arrived Rohingya asylum seekers.

Boat People 3Don’t we have the feeling to make a search and rescue first and later decide on how to resolve the issue? Don’t we have the feeling that lives must be saved first before we decide on the rest? Do we feel these boat people lives are very cheap and valueless? Don’t we have the feeling to see babies, children, women and elderly suffers along their way to seek refuge in other place? Don’t we realise how dangerous the way that they had gone through for the sake of their lives?We thank very much the Kelab Putra Satu Malaysia who have come forward to help the newly-arrived Rohingya asylum seekers. We really appreciate what you have done to help us since the conflict in 2012 in our country. We continuously look for your love and support for us.

We heard some people suggesting that aid be sent to the boat people in the ocean. This is a temporary help to them, but we cannot be sending food and water to them every day, for how long? A solution must be found.

Do we wait to search for dead bodies?

We do not know if these boats still have petrol. If the petrol is finished we do not know where they will arrive and how far they can go. Can we just wait and see what will happen to them? Do we wait to search for their dead bodies after their boats have sunk in the ocean? We appeal to ASEAN and other countries such as Australia to initiate search and rescue mission.

Boat People 4Some ASEAN countries including Malaysia have signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). These two conventions apply regardless of nationality and immigration status. Therefore we urge the Malaysia and other ASEAN countries to give immediate protection to asylum seekers, especially women and children, as they are vulnerable.

We urge the ASEAN governments to ensure that that the boat people are rescued and be given treatment first before they die. Meanwhile, the ASEAN governments and the United Nations must meet immediately to find solutions to the Rohingya plight. The United Nations and the UNHCR specifically must intervene urgently as this involves the lives of asylum seekers who require international protection.

We hope very much that the Malaysian government will play its role as much as possible as chair of ASEAN  and member of the UN Security Council to help us.

We urge the United States government and other countries to give urgent protection and immediate documentation and resettlement to these victims of human trafficking under the Trafficking in Persons Act.

We urge UNHCR to step in and have a meeting with Malaysian, Thai and Indonesian government for the documentation process by both UNHCR and the respective governments.

We urge the United Nations to play a vital role to stop genocide towards ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar. Economic and political sanctions must be made on Myanmar in order to compel Myanmar to stop the genocide towards ethnic Rohingya who are the most prosecuted ethnic group in the world.

We urge the Myanmar government to come forward and attend the meeting in Bangkok to address the whole longstanding Rohingya plight.

We urge the ASEAN governments to crack down on human trafficking networks. All Agencies in ASEAN must work in a comprehensive framework to stop human trafficking. Stern action must be taken on human traffickers and their networks. In lights of this new development, a comprehensive action plan needs to be developed to curb human trafficking starting from the host country, transit and destination countries.

All ASEAN countries must be involved

We urge Malaysia as the chair of ASEAN to seek a specific meeting to discuss the issue. The meeting must involve all ASEAN countries as Rohingya boat people will arrive not only in Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia but also in other ASEAN countries in future. Previously Rohingyas had arrived in Cambodia and Singapore.

We urge ASEAN and the United Nations to continuously pressure the Myanmar government to stop continuous persecution on ethnic Rohingya and recognise Rohingya as citizens under the 1982 Citizenship Law.

The Besieged Malaysia EmperorIn this very critical situation, Merhrom urges the United Nations Security Council, US government, British government, European Union, world leaders, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), ASEAN and other international communities to help.

We hope very much the meeting in Bangkok will find immediate and long-term solutions to the Rohingya plight.


ZAFAR AHMAD ABDUL GHANI is president of the Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (Merhrom).

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6 THOUGHTS ON “TIME FOR ASEAN AND THE UNITED NATIONS TO ACT”

  1. The Plight of the Rohingyas (and the Bangladeshis) requires urgent ASEAN attention and the support of the international community. We have a human tragedy in the making. Will Najib take the initiative to convene an urgent meeting in Kuala Lumpur or will he remain silent? –Din Merican

  2. Send all refugees to their home countries and take action against the regimes who created this human calamity.
    Looking after refugees only rewards the perpetrators of the crisis and rewards them and may not help the refugees in the long run.

    Be practical and reasonable. Individuals are not willing to tack care of their own needy and elderly parents even when they are rich and even less help to relatives/others so why would anyone wanting to take care of foreigners who are not willing to fight for their rights.?

  3. Najib is somewhat preoccupied these days. But he may well convene a KL meeting if only to distract his critics and to position himself …like he did following MH17.

    That aside, the refugee problem, especially in this part of the world, has no practical short term solution in sight.

    While humanitarian assistance may be rendered wherever and whenever possible to comfort those ‘adrift’ in no man’s land or waters, local and regional politics, ethnic/religious/cultural differences, overpopulation and economic stresses militate against any ‘permanent resettlement’ option.

    Over the longer term, a solution of sorts may be arrived at if pressure is consistently applied on the Myanmar regime by ASEAN together with a package of incentives to reverse its policies. But given that this is a self-serving group firmly anchored on the ‘see no evil’ principle, that too is not likely anytime soon.

    In the meantime, many more lives will be lost even as the misery of the survivors multiplies with each passing day.

    In any case, while the politicians do what they do best in these circumstances, we may wonder why the refugees are reportedly having a preference for Malaysia as their final destination. Could it be that many of their kin are already here as legals and illegals thanks to UMNO’s Jabatan Imigresen? Are we reaping the fruits of our short term policies and short-sighted solutions which have seen tens of millions from this region in our petrol stations, farms, factories, construction sites and the growing “security industry”? Are these new immigrants and transients serving as magnets for those on the boats?

  4. Political and economic migrants have become a problem for concern in many parts of r world. It is good to get the UN and regional Organisations involved. While we address the pull factors we must not forget the push factors and exporting countries have a greater responsibility to bear than those countries that are the target of this migration.

  5. “Time for ASEAN and the United Nations to act”

    Will Najib take the initiative to convene an urgent meeting in Kuala Lumpur or will he remain silent? –Din Merican

    This is the time for urgent and decisive action. Forcing Myanmar out of ASEAN is not an option. Instead, ASEAN needs to engage in a consultative dialogue with the military junta towards finding a lasting solution to the Rohingya issue.–Din Merican

    ASEAN can no longer remain quiet when it comes to human rights, human trafficking, cross border crimes, terrorism and other security in its member states. Non-interference has its limits. The plight of minorities and religious extremism in ASEAN, for example, must be the business of each and every member of the grouping.–Din Merican

    Dato’,

    Yes indeed.

    But has the present Chair of ASEAN the intelligence, courage & “Gumption” to “initiate” any urgent & decisive action…???

    Nov 12, 2014 – Asean bloc meet in Myanmar to discuss Ebola and IS – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxtZb4LcE9E

    Nice rhetoric speech he made, ofcourse it was prepared by his International PR Guru, who we all know about…!

    https://dinmerican.wordpress.com/2015/04/27/full-text-of-najibs-speech-at-26th-asean-summit-opening-ceremony/

    “…Responding to the pressure, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said his country already had 120,000 illegal migrants from Myanmar and the “humanitarian catastrophe” was a global issue to be resolved by the international community.]

    “We allow some of them to land and provide humanitarian aid to them but Malaysia must not be burdened with this problem as there are thousands more waiting to flee from their region,” Najib told the state news agency Bernama on Saturday….”

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/16/us-asia-migrants-idUSKBN0O105H20150516

    Hello, Jibby, what about the speech you made at the 26th ASEAN summit…?

    This is his 1st test case as Chair of ASEAN…

    Is it another case of “I want my mommy” again, everytime he is faced with any challenge …???

    You be the judge.

  6. I cannot help but to think that this issue is a well planned agenda of the west & its supporters to rid of the planets Muslim population, or at least minimising its population growth rate. Almost every corner of the world today the Muslims are either at war against each other or are being the targets for ‘ethnic-cleansing’.

    The famous lady of modern day Myanmar, seemed speechless on the matter despite being held so highly for her unwavering stand on human-right issues. Are the people of Myanmar racists for ignoring the plight of their fellow Rohingyas? Why must other ASEAN nations be forced to accommodate the fleeing boat-people?

    Do not get me wrong, I’m sure all of the governments affected by the fleeing Rohingyas have its own matters to attend to. Having to take in these refugees will open the doors to many other issues ie their living conditions, nourishment, health-care & safety.

    We must tackle the matter from its roots. Myanmar government should persecute those who incite hatred amongst its citizens with stiffer punishments. Especially to those who hold high positions in religious entities. Else, they’re no different from IS who even the majority Muslims worldwide are condemning.

    Why Muslims at large are victimized is for another chapter to follow.

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MERHROM appreciates world support

source by : https://www.hmetro.com.my/mutakhir/2017/09/262720/merhrom-hargai-sokongan-dunia

Yusmizal Dolah Aling
yusmizal@hmetro.com.my

Malaysia’s Rohingya Ethnic Persons Association (MERHROM) is grateful to the government and the people of Malaysia for their attention and assistance to the Rohingya refugees.

Its president Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani said his side appreciated the support of the rest of the world to halt the killing of the Rohingya ethnic group, but there was still much to be done by the international community to urge Myanmar to stop the killing there.

He said MERHROM also asked Prime Minister Najib Razak to extend the issue during a joint meeting with US President Donald Trump during his working visit to Washington.

“We also ask the United States to urge the United Nations to send an immediate peace mission to Rakhine to monitor human rights violations against the Rohingya ethnic

“In addition, the United States should also call on the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) to the Bangladesh border where 100,000 Rohingya are vulnerable and provide basic necessities to them, especially food, clean water, medicines, clothing and shelter.

“The United States government should impose political and economic restrictions on Myanmar on human rights abuses against Rohingya’s ethnic minority,” he said in a statement today.

This article was posted on: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 @ 3:41 PM

 

Bina 100 telaga tiub untuk pelarian Rohingya di Cox’s Bazar

Bina 100 telaga tiub untuk pelarian Rohingya di Cox’s Bazar

KUALA LUMPUR: Bekalan air bersih yang kritikal dengan kepadatan populasi etnik Rohingya mencecah 1 juta orang di kem pelarian terbesar di rantau Asia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh mendorong sebuah badan amal membina telaga tiub untuk membantu kumpulan etnik itu.

Di bawah projek Infaq Telaga Tiub yang dikendalikan badan amal AQ4U, sebanyak 100 telaga tiub disasarkan dibina untuk pelarian, khususnya untuk membantu mereka mendapatkan bekalan air bersih bagi kegunaan seharian.

Ketuanya, Halim Othman berkata atas dasar kemanusiaan dan permintaan pelarian Rohingya di sana, beliau merasakan ada keperluan untuk berbuat demikian kerana golongan itu tidak mampu membina telaga mereka sendiri kerana menelan kos yang mahal.

“Menerusi projek ini, harga bagi setiap telaga tiub ialah RM5,000 yang boleh memanfaatkan 400 ke 600 pelarian dan kami memerlukan 25 peserta, sumbangan sebanyak RM200 untuk satu bahagian,” katanya kepada Bernama.

Kedatangan etnik Rohingya dari Myanmar sejak Ogos 2017 menyaksikan lebih 700,000 pelarian memasuki Bangladesh untuk berlindung daripada operasi ketenteraan Burma di rantau Rakhine.

Dianggarkan lebih 1.2 juta pelarian Rohingya kini tinggal di kem pelarian di selatan Bangladesh yang bersempadan dengan Myanmar itu.

Halim berkata setakat ini, mereka (AQ4U) telah membina empat telaga tiub di kem pelarian itu dan kini masih mengumpul sumbangan daripada orang ramai yang berminat menyumbang dan mengambil bahagian dalam projek ini.

Beliau berkata mereka yang berminat untuk menyumbang boleh menghubunginya di 03-61786246 atau melayari laman sesawang http://aq4u.org/ untuk mengetahui cara-cara membuat sumbangan.

Sementara itu, Presiden Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Etnik Rohingya Myanmar Malaysia (MERHROM) Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani bersyukur dengan sumbangan yang tidak putus-putus daripada rakyat Malaysia kepada pelarian Rohingya yang ditempatkan di Cox’s Bazar.

Beliau berkata keperluan air sangat mendesak di kem pelarian itu kerana ada antara mereka yang kadang-kadang masuk ke hutan untuk mencari air bersih dan keadaan bertambah buruk semasa cuaca kering.–BERNAMA

AQ4U has tube wells in the pipeline for Cox’s Bazar camps

AQ4U has tube wells in the pipeline for Cox’s Bazar camps

Last update: 01/06/2019

KUALA LUMPUR, June 1 (Bernama) — With the Rohingya population at Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh — the largest refugee camp in the Asian region — reaching one million, a charity organisation here called AQ4U is feeling called to help build tube wells for access to clean water.

Its leader, Halim Othman, said of the ‘Infaq Telaga Tiub’ project and its set target of 100 tube wells: “Each one costs RM5,000 and can benefit 400 – 600 refugees. We need (the help of) 25 participants and a contribution of RM200 each,” he told Bernama.

The Rohingya have been fleeing Myanmar since August 2017 amid charges of ethnic cleansing by the security forces.

Halim said AQ4U has so far built four tube wells but needs more donations to achieve its ambition. To contribute, call him at 03-6178 6246 or find details at http://aq4u.org/.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organisation Malaysia (MERHROM) president, Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, said that there is an extremely urgent need for clean water and that the situation is worse in the dry season, with some refugees trekking through the jungle to collect water.

— BERNAMA