The European Rohingya Council (ERC)
URGING INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO TAKE URGENT AND EFFECTIVE ACTIONS TOPREVENT THE FURTHER ATROCITIES AGAINST ROHINGYAS AND KAMANS
Atrocities against the Rohingya and Kaman minorities have become the daily and leisure activities of Rakhine extremists and government apparatus in Arakan, Burma (Myanmar). Killing, arbitrary arrest, rapes, extortion and disappearance under detention has been going on in daily basis but these have been going on unnoticed by international community’s because of the blockades and restrictions imposed on aid organizations and observers by both central and local authorities. Besides aid organizations are being harassed and threaten by local extremist militia.
However, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights to Burma, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana, who visited Burma from February 11, 2012 to February 16, 2012, could see some of the ongoing atrocities despite various travel restrictions and limited access during his visit to the country. He visited some parts of the violence hit Arakan state and War-Torn Kachin State.
Before departing the country, he held a press conference at Yangon International Airport. In the press conference, he said “around 120,000 Internally Displaced people are living in camps lacking adequate healthcare and the conditions are worse in the camps sheltering Rohingyas and other Muslims. Besides, humanitarian workers to Muslim IDP camps are harassed and threatened by Rakhine Buddhist Extremists.” Commenting on the Muslim IDP camps in MyayBun, he said “he felt them more like prisons than the camps.” He is expected to submit his full reports on the rights situation in Burma to UN next month.
Whatsoever he commented on the human rights situation in Arakan, he had seen less than 20% of the atrocities being carried out against Rohingyas and Kamans. There were travel restrictions, deceptions by the Rakhine authority and detentions of the Rohingya activists prior to his visit. In the most of parts of Arakan (especially in northern part), the atrocities against Rohingyas are increasing day by day but no international attentions are given towards the region. All kinds of atrocities are being carried out against Rohingyas silently.
However, even a few comments by him on the situation of Rohingyas and Kamans are enough for the international governments and international communities to realize the actual situation of the Rohingya on the ground. Despite ample evidences, no immediate and effective actions to prevent the ongoing atrocities are taken yet. What is the point in sending him to observe the human rights Condition in Burma if no actions are taken against the tyrants and state-sponsored ethnic cleansing against these minorities?
Besides, now, the voice and the initiatives to cause more terror against Rohingyas and Kamans have reached to the upper house of Parliament in Burma where Dr. Aye Maung, the chairman of Rakhine National Development Party (RNDP) and one of the masterminds behind the GENOCIDE of Rohingyas, submitted a racist and fascist proposal to the upper house of Parliament on February 7, 2013 and in which, he foretold that there would be one more violence (against Rohingyas) in Arakan soon if his proposal was (is) not approved.
Everything is obvious and it is not difficult to know who the real criminals behind these crimes are and what their agendas are. In spite of all these evidences, international government bodies and communities are only trying to give some humanitarian assistance without solving the causes that are displacing these people and where a whole community is being exterminated. Sadly, even the assistance, provided only in Sittwe region doesn’t adequately reaches to the needies because of the authority’s interference. This is causing death of many innocent Rohingyas on daily basis.
Therefore, it is high time for international communities to take effective actions against the criminals and solve the problems rather than just focusing on Aids. We plead to UN Security Council, European Union, US State of Department, ASEAN and OIC etc. to make every possible humanitarian intervention and other effective measures to stop the genocide and find the root causes to the problems before it becomes a regional problem. We request all the concerned quarters to try the criminals against Rohingyas in particular and humanity in general at the International Criminal Court of Justice and punish them respectively and provide the Rohingyas with remedies to protect themselves if international community cannot protect them.
On behalf of European Rohingya Council (ERC)
Zakaria Abdul Rahim