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    Press Release: STOP SYSTEMATIC KILLING OF MUSLIM IN BURMA



    ARAKAN ROHINGYA NATIONAL
    ORGANISATION

    ARAKAN, BURMA
     PRESS RELEASE
     (23 March 2013)
     STOP SYSTEMATIC
    KILLING OF MUSLIM IN BURMA
    Arakan Rohingya National
    Organisation (ARNO) strongly condemns the increasing anti-Muslim propaganda and
    organized killings of the Muslims in Burma/Myanmar.
    Since Wednesday March 20,
    many Muslims were killed, at least 14 mosques with hundreds of Muslim homes
    were destroyed, shops damaged and looted, and more than 20,000 displaced in the
    central Burma town of Meiktila and around the airport area of capital
    Naypyidaw. The violence spread to Yameithein tonight where a mosque was
    destroyed. A lot of Muslim residents have fled their homes. Extremist Buddhist
    mobs with Buddhist monks armed with sticks and lethal weapons are prowling the
    streets and hunting the Muslims. 4 Islamic religiousteachers and 28 madrassa
    students, who included children as young as 12 years old, were among those
    killed.
    The police and security
    forces did nothing to control the situation. The government is fully
    responsible for allowing such a former Yugoslavia-like genocide encouraging
    anti-Muslim propaganda and Islamophobia in Burma/Myanmar. This is the worst
    carnage after the genocide carried out in the western state of Rakhine/Arakan
    last year that left more than 5000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims killed, missing
    or drowned and about 140,000 displaced, who have been kept in segregation under
    government’s ‘neo-apartheid policy’. It is apprehensive that the Rakhine
    academics and monks backed by the local administration are inciting a third
    massacre of the Muslims in Arakan.
    It has been observed that
    crimes against humanity against Muslims have escalated when some powerful
    countries are trying to reward the ruling civil-military hybrid government
    while lifting or suspending sanctions on Burma under the label of democratic
    progress. It is worth-mentioning that human rights are universal; racism and
    human rights violations are foreign to democracy; and most importantly
    genocide, ethnic cleansing and apartheid are international crimes. We,
    therefore:
    Demand that the government
    end forthwith all killing, violence and terrorization against the Muslims in
    Burma/Myanmar and ensure full religious freedom with their security of life,
    property and dignity;
    1.   
    Further demand that the
    government stop spreading of such pre-planned violence against Muslims in other
    places of Burma
    2.   
    Request the international
    community, United Nations, OIC, USA, UK and their western allies, EU, ASEAN and
    neighbouring countries to put pressure on Burma and exert concerted efforts to
    protect and save the Muslim community in Burma;
    3.   
    Rapidlifting or suspension
    of sanctions on Burma is premature in this stage; and request to reinstate
    sanctions in order to protect the Rohingya and other minorities, promote human
    rights and inclusive democratic and political reforms in Burma;
    4.   
    To scrap Burma Citizenship
    Law of 1982 and to replace it with a new law that conform to international law
    standards;
    5.   
    Request to conduct a UN
    independent inquiry and bring the perpetrators to the book.

    For more information,
    please contact:
    Nurul Islam: + 44
    7947854652           
    Aman Ullah: + 880-15584
    86910
    Email: info@rohingya.org