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    An Urgent Appeal to save the Rohingyas of Arakan-Burma


    President Barack H. Obama

    White House

    Pennsylvania Avenue NW

    DC 20500

    March 14, 2013

    Sub: An Urgent Appeal to save
    the Rohingyas of Arakan-Burma

    Dear Mr. President,

    First of all, we, the members of the Burmese Rohingya American
    Friendship Association (BRAFA) would like to thank you for your historic
    visit to Burma (Myanmar) on November 19, 2012 and your great speech in Yangon
    University Convocation Hall in which you brought the issue of the suffering
    Rohingya people to the audience of the people of Burma.

    The Rohingya community of Arakan, Burma (Myanmar) is one of
    the most downtrodden ethnic minorities of the world. They are victims of
    political, racial and religious oppression, economic exploitation and
    cultural slavery in their ancestral homeland-Arakan where they have been
    living for many centuries.

    In this regard, we would like to bring to your kind attention that after
    your visit and the advocacy of solution of the Rohingya people nothing was
    changed. Moreover, the situation of the suffering Rohingya people has been
    more worsen and still today going on as following.

    (1) No any kind of appropriate action and concrete plan has been taken yet
    by the Burmese quasi-civilian Government to solve the problems of
    the Rohingyas, to resettle them in their original villages which were
    burned down and destroyed by the Buddhist Rakhine people and Burmese
    security forces during the year 2012 in June and October and including the restoration
    of Rohingyas citizenship rights; 

    (2) The lives of the Muslim Rohingyas become so miserable with the
    artificial creation of starvation and unbearable hardship that Rohingyas
    are risking their lives escaping in small wooden boat by sea in search of
    safety and shelter unaware of where they are going, most of them were
    drown and died whereas some of them were able to reach floating to Indian
    Andaman island, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and

    (3) The Arakan State Government officials and its supported Rakhine
    ruling political party (RNDP) leaders and members are blocking the
    humanitarian relief goods and medical supplies to the segregated camps
    where more than 120,000 Rohingyas are passing their days in subhuman condition.
    So, the situation of the Rohingyas in the camp is very bad as there is not
    enough food, clean water, hygiene and medical facilities for which
    hundreds of people comprising pregnant women, elder people and children
    have died due to severe starvation;

    (4) The Immigration authority of the Arakan State Government with
    the direction of central government administration officials has been
    inflicting physical and psychological trauma by forcing the Rohingyas to
    confess Bengali ethnicity instead of Rohingya identity in the family

    (5)More than 1,100 Muslim Rohingyas comprising scholars, religious
    and community leaders, students and youths are being arrested on
    fabricated charges and false accusations who are severely tortured in the
    prison some of whom were found dead due to excessing use of force and
    inhuman treatment by the Burmese prison security officials on the basis of
    reliable witnesses who came out from the prison paying a large amount of
    bribe to the government officials and security forces;

    (6) Bangladeshi citizens Buddhist Rakhine families are brought into the
    Arakan by the local Arakan State Government and resettle them in the
    confiscated lands owned by the Rohingya people. The current Arakan State
    Government also has replaced Rohingya Holy places, historical monument and
    relics by building monasteries, pagodas and other Buddhist structures;

    (7) The one sided violence against the innocent Rohingya
    people still today not mitigated and the President Thein Sein led Burmese
    Government authority has been subjecting them to severe persecutions
    including torture, looting, extortion, arbitrary arrest, summary
    executions, serious restriction on movement, restriction on employment,
    trade and business, seizure and confiscation of land and property, raping
    of Muslim women and young girls have become common practice, forced
    relocation and eviction, restriction to pursue higher education,
    prohibition of marriage of Rohingya couples, forced birth control and
    restriction on daily religious practices etc. rendering them to the status
    of modern-day slaves; 

    Considering the above mentioned major factors of the extreme suffering
    and worsening condition of the Rohingya people of Arakan State-Burma, we,
    the members of the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship
    Association (BRAFA) would like to urgently appeal our President of Great
    America to help and save the Rohingyas of Arakan on humanitarian ground.

    Thanking you very much in advance and we greatly appreciate
    your kind attention to this very important matter of the suffering
    Rohingya people ofArakan.


    The Executive
    Committee Members

    Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA)