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    Calls for support of Rohingya Muslims increase

    As
    the attacks on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar continue, calls for the
    international community’s support increase. 

    World Bulletin/News Desk
    April 2, 2013
    A Special Representative in the
    UN Secretary-General, has assessed the violence in Myanmar by stating “the
    support of the international community is necessary for the Rohingya Muslims.” for
    humanitarian aid / support of the international community needed.”
    In an interview with Turkish
    media, Vijay Nambiar— a Special Representative in the UN
    Secretary-General—reminded that the attacks against the Muslim minority in the
    Arakan state of Myanmar have been ongoing since last year.
    Nambiar indicated that, according
    to the government’s figures, around 100 people lost their lives in the events
    last June, but other sources claim that the death toll was much higher.
    Emphasizing that the approximeatly
    1.5 million Rohingya Muslims have been struggling with problems over the last
    60 years, Nambiar stated:
    “The Myanmar government must
    solve the problems of the Rohingya Muslims problems as part of the
    democratization process. If this problem is not resolved on the basis of
    equality, the whole reform process will be negatively affected. First the
    physical problems of these people should be solved, their security should be
    guaranteed, and they should be allowed to return to the places they were forced
    to leave. The government should then make arrangements so that these two
    communities can live in peace arrangements. But since tensions are still high
    in the region, displaced persons will have to remain in camps for a while.”
    Stressing that the support of the
    international community was needed for humanitarian assistance, Nambiar
    explained that political pressure on the Myanmar government could also be
    effective.
    Suggesting that regional
    countries and the international community also had a role in resolving the
    problem, Vijay Nambiar mentioned that countries in the region sometimes do not
    accept Muslims who fled Arakan.
    Meanwhile, the RISE advocacy
    groups has also called on other refugee advocacy groups to be more active in
    denouncing Paris Aristotle, Director of the Victorian Foundation for Survivors
    of Torture Inc, who has built his career as a self-proclaimed refugee advocate.
    Aristotle has called on the
    Australian Parliament to reassess the ”template” for asylum seekers and
    refugees outlined in the Houston report devised by a panel chaired by former
    defence chief, Air Chief Marshall Angus Houston, and to reconsider the Malaysia
    swap deal.
    The Melbourne Anti-Deportation
    Campaign has responded to the Houston report by condemning “the absolute
    hollowness of the moral considerations that are presented as justifying an
    aggressive campaign of regional policy and border control.”
    The response report denounces the
    Houston report for “provid[ing] justification for the undertaking of
    misconceived deportations” and for how “In a bizarre feat of ‘humanitarianism’
    the proposals made by the [Houston] Report make it not only admissible, but
    advisable to act in order to prevent family reunions for refugees.”