Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Aid workers: World leaders need to do more for Rohingya refugees

source Aljazeera, 18 Sept

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Aid workers say the Rohingya crisis at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is now one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

Al Jazeera's Maher Sattar reports from Shah Porir Dwip in southeast Bangladesh.

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Organizational Letter to The US Secretary of State, Congress and US Ambassador to The UN Regarding the Targeting Of Rohingya Civilians in Myanmar

September 5, 2017

 

On August 25, 2017, the Myanmar Military bombed 25 Rohingya villages reportedly using six gunship helicopters, navy ships and tanks as Rohingya families slept. Reports indicated that soldiers have been shooting at fleeing Rohingya civilians. This has clearly been an effort to sabotage the former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan report's recommendations for peaceful coexistence, which was released only hours before. Now over 120,000 Rohingya have fled their ruined villages into Bangladesh, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of displaced families with no access to food or humanitarian relief.

We the undersigned organizations call on the US Secretary of State to demand that the Burmese Government immediately de-escalate and withdraw its armed forces from the Rohingya areas of Rakhine State and arrest those engaged in firing on civilians and raping women; and ask Bangladesh to accept and assist Rohingya refugees crossing its border. In Congress, and through the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, the United States should continue to publicly endorse the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Commission recommendations and not let this vision of peace and coexistence be forgotten by either the public or policymakers.

Background

For the weeks, the Myanmar military has been building its troops in Rohingya areas. Together with the UN, the US Congress, advocacy groups such as Human Rights Watch and Burma Task Force, Pope Francis and leaders around the world have been calling for the Myanmar military to stand down to avoid violence. 

 

We join with such voices to call on the Myanmar government to rein in the Myanmar military, which has been working to empower Rakhine Buddhist extremists. Reports indicate the army has been arming these extremist militias to further escalate an extremely dangerous situation.  

 

The Myanmar military claims Rohingya "insurgents" are being killed, along with soldiers. However, the military has again and again demonstrated that it does not distinguish between civilians and insurgents. The Myanmar government refuses to allow a UN investigative team into Myanmar to follow up on the many allegations of atrocities that took place in 2016.

 

The Myanmar government has consistently ignored international pressure to return rights to the Rohingya minority. Despite Aung San Suu Kyi serving as a figurehead, the Bamar-dominated military clearly still controls the government, with an extremist ideology that prevents peace not only with the Rohingya but with many other ethnic groups in Shan, Kachin, Mon & other states.

 

Sincerely,

 

Signatory Organizations:

Burmese Muslim American Association (BAMA)

Burma Task Force USA (18 Muslim organizations. See the list below)

Centre for Human Rights and Advocacy (CENTHRA)

Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention, Binghamton University (I-GMAP)

Interfaith Center of New York

ISM West

Jewish Alliance of Concern Over Burma

Kalamazoo Islamic Center

Labor Religion Alliance

Maghrib Institute- Nurayn

Pax Christi USA (Catholic)

Pax Christi Maine

Pax Christi Metro New York

Pax Christi Metro DC/Baltimore.

Rohingya Culture Center (RCC), Chicago

Rohingya American Society (RAS, Wisconsin)

South Asian Fund for Education, Scholarship & Training (SAFEST)

South Asian Solidarity Foundation

Turning Point for Women and Families

US Campaign for Burma

World Rohingya Organization (WRO)

 

Burma Task Force USA organizational membership:

Burmese Rohingya Association of North America

Free Rohingya Campaign

Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)

Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago (CIOGC)

Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA NY & Canada)

Islamic Council of New England (ICNE)

Islamic Organization of North America (IONA)

Islamic Society of North America (ISNA)

Justice For All

DawaNet

Majlis Shura of Atlanta

Michigan Muslim Community Council

Muslim American Society (MAS)

Muslim Alliance of North America (MANA)

Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC)

Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)

Muslim Leadership Council of New York

Muslim Peace Coalition

Monday, 11 September 2017

UN: Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing'

Source theguardian, 11 Sept

Top UN human rights official denounces security crackdown against Muslim minority in Rakhine state

A Rohingya refugee pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat on Sunday.A Rohingya refugee pulls a child as they walk to shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat on Sunday. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

 in Delhi

Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population," Zeid said. 

"The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

On Sunday Bangladesh's foreign minister accused the Burmese government of committing genocide against the Rohingya. Analysts said that AH Mahmood Ali's language was the strongest yet from Myanmar's neighbour, and reflected intense frustration in Dhaka at the continuing influx of desperate Rohingya refugees.

Over the weekend the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel peace prize laureate to speak out about the crisis, telling the Burmese forces involved in attacks on the ethnic Muslim minority to "remember Buddha".

Ali told diplomats on Sunday that unofficial sources had put the Rohingya death toll from the latest unrest in Rakhine at about 3,000.

The violence was triggered on 25 August when a Rohingya militant group attacked more than a dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

Militia groups, local security forces and the Burmese army responded with "clearance operations" that have forced refugees into Bangladesh and left tens of thousands more displaced inside the state.

"The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide," Ali told reporters in Dhaka.

He said the influx of refugees in the past month took the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh to more than 700,000. "It is now a national problem," he said.

Ali said about 10,000 homes had been burned in Rakhine state, a figure that cannot be verified as Myanmar has restricted independent access to the state.

Scores of refugees in Bangladesh have given accounts of arson by Burmese security forces. On Sunday Human Rights Watch said that satellite analysis had shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingyas as well as in isolated villages.

Myanmar says it is targeting armed insurgents, including fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), the group which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and reportedly controls small areas of Rakhine.

Arsa, which has been accused of carrying out attacks against Buddhist and Hindu civilians, called for a month-long "humanitarian pause" on Sunday to deal with the refugee crisis. The truce was dismissed by Myanmar authorities, which said they did not negotiate with "terrorists".

The International Organisation for Migration estimated about 313,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Monday, noting that the influx appeared to be slowing. Many new arrivals were on the move inside Bangladesh and could not be counted, it added.

Rohingya have been systematically persecuted for decades by the Burmese government which, contrary to historical evidence, regards them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh and restricts their citizenship rights and access to government services.

Earlier security operations have been described as possible "crimes against humanity" by the United Nations, but the scale of the latest violence – and allegations that Burmese forces are mining the border – have led to speculation the military is trying remove Rohingya from the country for good.

The Dalai Lama spoke about the crisis for the first time on Friday. "Those people who are sort of harassing some Muslims, they should remember Buddha," he told journalists. "He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims. So still I feel that. So very sad."

Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist and there is widespread hatred for the Rohingya. Buddhist nationalists, led by firebrand monks, have operated a long Islamophobic campaign calling for them to be pushed out of the country.

Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been condemned for her refusal to intervene in support of the Rohingya.

Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

Saturday, 9 September 2017

River of Rohingya Corpses still Misinformation for Suu Kyi (Video)

Source Rohingyavision, 9 Sept

River of Rohingya Corpses still Misinformation for Suu Kyi (Video)

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When the military and its Rakhine militia commit savagery in its worst form by hacking or beating to death, burning alive, shooting dead, Mass-killing, etc., Daw Aung San Suu Kyi covers up the atrocities and protects those criminals saying that there are 'misinformation' being spread in media. This stand of hers aggravated the situation and this shows how the two major partners share an ethnic-cleansing coordinately.

07 September 2017 - Rohingya Corpses in Naf River ...  video

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This is a video taken by some Bangladeshi locals helping refugees in Naf River. Without description, the video itself is talking how mercilessly the lives of the people in the video taken. For more video, visit our Eyewitness playlists on YouTube.

After all these, Let the State Counsellor Office Information Committee or the government spokesperson Zaw Htay lie that those people have suicided, as they usually lie that 'Rohingya burned their own homes'. Where is Suu Kyi's fake news?

The following picture is of another incident.


Comments

Myanmar, Moderate Your Genocide!




Myanmar, Moderate Your Genocide!

My country is committing pogroms 
Pogroms against Rohingyas.

I knew this day would come.  And it did come sooner!

Wait!,  Rohingyas don't exist. 

The victims didn't exist.  They don't exist. 
And they will not exist - as who they say they are. 

For the perpetrators, the victims never exist - not as humans.

We are proud Myanmar.   We don't care about your pressure.

We have Security Council on our side.

Yes, Blanket Impunity. 

Our Commander-in-Chief says, "finish the unfinished business" from 1942.
General Min Aung Hlaing wants the land, but not the inhabitants. 

So now we slaughter these half-starved creatures,
who insist on calling themselves Rohingyas

Wave after wave,
Killers come,
Arsonists come,
Rapists come,
Soldiers come,
Police come,
Rakhines come.

Then they slit girls' throat, 
They rape women, some barely teens.
They slaughter pregnant mothers, 
They execute husbands,
They burn old men alive, who can barely walk.
Spare infants? Who would look after these poor creatures.
Send them to Allah. 

So tell the survivors. 

Not just one, two, three, .....
Thousands of survivors who tell eyewitness tales,
Tales of horror, tales of inhumanity

The crimes of barbarity

No, No, We Myanmar are engaged in 'self-defence'.

This is all about  "national security".
Against these extremists.
Against these terrorists.

And repeat pattern of killing, arson, rape, expulsion - by the thousands
Decade after decade, they calibrate the rate, the rate of their kills
The perpetrators tell tales - "illegal immigration" "communal violence" "colonial-unfinished-business" "neo-Balkan transitional issue", ....

Myanmar's narratives keep changing
Don't you worry, people. 
The world will come around. 

Pogroms keep on coming - arson, rape, pillage, exodus, etc.

Decade after decade, four to be exact.

The World's governments  have known this for decades.
The United Nations have known this for decades.

They all hold their noses
 as they smell the blood of the slaughtered.

They all hear nothing
as toddlers cry, raped mothers scream, old men beg for mercy.

They look, but they don't see
Charred babies, debilitated men, mutilated corpses in Rakhine mud

Without a prick on their conscience, men and women of power
they stand up and observe a moment of silence, in Live cast ceremonies - from New York, Geneva, Paris, Washington,

How sad the victims of past pogroms have perished
200 million in 100 years. 

Stand up! Say one more time!
NEVER AGAIN!

Well, Rohingyas are a different case, potential "security concerns",

This ain't Auschwitz.  
This ain't Rwanda.  
This ain't Srebrenica.

Most are Fake News, anyway.

Moderation, Buddhist Leaders.
Restraints in genocide, the World Leaders must advise.
Just don't accelerate Myanmar pogroms
Lest you invite "Muslim terror".

Carry on with your "unfinished business" of the slow genocide.
Call it what you will, communal or self-defence.

But just don't speed  it up. 
270,000 fleeing in 2 weeks is too fast
for UN to ignore.   

ZARNI, 8 September 2017

Malaysia PM Najib Razak says Rohingyas face systematic atrocities

Source channelnewsasia, 9 Sept

Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks to journalists during the deployment of humanitarian aid for Rohingya refugees to Chittagong in Bangladesh AFP/MOHD RASFAN

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Burma: Rohingya children 'beheaded and burned alive' as refugees continue to flood into Bangladesh to escape violence

Source independent, 2 Sept


Rohingya children have been beheaded and civilians burned alive, according to witness testimony amid claims that Burma's military and paramilitary forces are committing "genocide" or a "pogrom" against the Muslim minority in the country's western Rakhine state.

Around 60,000 refugees are believed to have fled over the country's western border into Bangladesh in a just a week following a clampdown on Rohingya militants. 

The British Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, called for the violence to end, saying the treatment of the Rohingya was "besmirching the reputation of Burma", also known as Myanmar, and appealing to Aung San Suu Kyi to act.

Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has gone much further, accusing Burma's forces of genocide and saying those who turned a blind eye to events were complicit.

Observers believe the number of displaced people is likely to increase. The Burmese military said 400 militants had been killed in clashes with their forces. 

Pope prays for Rohingya Muslims - YouTube

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Pope Francis defends right of Burma's Rohingya Muslims to 'live their faith'

Civilians who escaped gave horrific accounts of violence and destruction by Burmese soldiers and other armed groups. 

A man named as Abdul Rahman, 41, said he had survived a five-hour attack on Chut Pyin village.

He told Fortifiy Rights, a charity working in the area, that a group of Rohingya men had been rounded up and detained in a bamboo hut, which was then set on fire.

"My brother was killed — [Burmese soldiers] burned him with the group," he said. 

"We found [my other family members] in the fields. They had marks on their bodies from bullets and some had cuts.

"My two nephews, their heads were off. One was six years old and the other was nine years old. My sister-in-law was shot with a gun."

Another man from the same village, named as Sultan Ahmed, 27, told the charity: "Some people were beheaded, and many were cut. We were in the house hiding when [armed residents from a neighbouring village] were beheading people.

"When we saw that, we just ran out the back of the house."

Survivors from other villages in the region also described seeing people being beheaded or having their throats cut.

"We can't stress enough the urgency of the situation," said Matthew Smith, head of Fortify Rights. 

"The Myanmar authorities are failing to protect civilians and save lives. International pressure is critically needed."

Satellite imagery released by Human Rights Watch (HRW) showed 700 buildings burned down in another Rohingya village, Chein Khar Li. 

"This new satellite imagery shows the total destruction of a Muslim village, and prompts serious concerns that the level of devastation in northern Rakhine State may be far worse than originally thought," said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director for HRW.

"Yet this is only one of 17 sites that we've located where burnings have taken place. Independent monitors are needed on the ground to urgently uncover what's going on."

The Burmese government has denied access to the affected areas to journalists and observers. 

On Saturday, Mr Johnson, appealed to Aung San Suu Kyi, the former dissident who won the Nobel Peace Prize and is now the country's State Counsellor, to intervene.

"Aung Sang Suu Kyi is rightly regarded as one of the most inspiring figures of our age but the treatment of the Rohingya is alas besmirching the reputation of Burma. She faces huge challenges in modernising her country," he said.

"I hope she can now use all her remarkable qualities to unite her country, to stop the violence and to end the prejudice that afflicts both Muslims and other communities in Rakhine.  

"It is vital that she receives the support of the Burmese military, and that her attempts at peacemaking are not frustrated.  She and all in Burma will have our full support in this."