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    April 5, 2013
    Myanmar Ethnic Rohingyas Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) received
    numerous urgent calls from Rohingyas in the Arakan State of Myanmar. On 2nd
    April 2013 at 2.45 a.m. in Maung Nifara Village of Maungdaw Township, Rohingyas
    villagers saw 35 Rakhines Buddhists gathered near the mosques in the village.
    The Rakhines brought
    petrol, matches and lethal weapons with them. The Rohingyas immediately
    reported to the security forces, namely Nasaka and Police. The security forces
    brought the 35 Rakhines to another place and questioned them. The Nasaka and
    the police then told the Rohingyas to return home without explaining the
    intention of the Rakhines gathered near the mosque. The Rohingyas believe that
    they were planning to burn the mosque. However there is no action taken against
    the Rakhine group who clearly has a plan to burn down the mosque.
    On 3rd April 2013, at
    about 3:00 a.m. in Butthidaung, a group of Rakhines tried toenter the main
    mosque. They had petrol, matches, a long knife and other weapons with them. Due
    to the noise some Rohingyas residents who stay near the mosque realized that a
    group of people were trying to enter the mosque. They immediately called the
    police. The police questioned them as to what are they doing early morning in
    that area. The Rakhines told the police that they were looking for frogs.
    According to the Rohingya residents who stays in the area there are no frogs in
    that area.
     The Rakhines actually had an intention to burn
    the main Mosque in the city. The Rohingyas told the police that the Rakhines
    tried to burn the Mosque but the police got angry. Police ordered the Rohingyas
    and Rakhines to return home. The police reportedly warned the Rohingyas not to
    prolong the story otherwise the police will put them into the jail.
    On 3rd April 2013, at
    about 6:30 a.m., the police and Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) arrested two
    Rakhine Buddhists with two pistols at Ramu fish market under the Cox’s Bazar
    district. They were arrested on suspicion as they were wandering from place to
    place and the police and BGB found two foreign made pistols with 22 bullets
    from them.
    The two Rakhines claimed
    they were newcomers from Arakan, but police found their wristwatches were set
    to Bangladesh Standard Time (BST). One of them said he was a carrier and will
    get taka 200,000, if he reached Arakan with guns. He is not the owner of the
    guns, according to Altaf, an aide of BGB.
    After the arrest,
    they were brought to Ramu Police station for further interrogations. Some
    shopkeepers of Ramu market believe that they are the members of Arakan
    Liberation Party (ALP) who are appointed to do a special job in Bangladesh.
    Some local villagers said, “They came here to kill people in Bangladesh and we
    heard that recently a group of Rakhine people had been sent to Bangladesh from
    Today, 4th April
    2013, two Rakhines from Bangladesh who entered Maungdaw Township were arrested
    by Nasaka as they were holding two AK-47 guns. The Rohingyas do not know what
    happened to them and if there is any action taken on them for holding guns. The
    Rohingyas villagers feel really unsafe as there are already several violent
    incidents in recent months where the security forces found the Rakhines groups
    with petrol, matches and arms but we do not know what actions were taken in
    those cases.
    On the same day, 14
    Rohingyas Richmen in Tung Bazar Village, Buthidaung Township were arrested by
    Nasaka and all of them taken to Nasaka camp. The Nasaka forced them to hold
    different arms, guns and lethal weapons. Nasaka then took pictures of the
    Rohingyas holding arms and guns. Then they were beaten and tortured by Nasaka.
    The Nasaka forced the 14 Rohingyas to admit that they were from Rohingyas
    Solidarity Organization (RSO) and the weapons belong to them. They were still
    detained by Nasaka. We do not know their fate as the allegations against them
    are very heavy.
    MERHROM strongly
    emphasized that the Rohingyas Solidarity Organization (RSO) has stopped a very
    long time ago. Since the violence started in June 2012, the Rohingyas in Arakan
    State are highly monitored and controlled by the Security forces. Beyond that,
    a curfew was imposed on the Rohingyas until now. In this very tight and highly
    controlled situation, how could the Rohingyas be involved in RSO?
    The humanitarian
    crisis in Arakan State is not over yet. Currently there are more than 125,000
    Rohingyas living in the temporary camps with a severe lack of food, water,
    medical, clothes and other basic needs. Day by day the Rohingya children,
    women, elderly and men die in the camps due to starvation, malnutrition and
    diseases. Many more will die as the rainy season already started in Arakan
    The situation in the
    camp is worsening as the Myanmar government is systematically restricting
    humanitarian aid and imposing discriminatory policies on Rohingya Muslims in
    Arakan State as revealed by the Human Rights Watch.
    While the
    humanitarian crisis for the Rohingyas continues in Arakan State, we were
    shocked to hear the riot started in Meiktila which claimed more lives of
    minority Muslim and destroyed more houses, mosques and Muslim properties. In
    the last few days, riots have spread quickly to the other towns and more
    houses, mosques and properties were destroyed.
    Recently the
    International Community was shocked to hear 13 teenage boys at a Muslim school
    in Yangon were killed in a blaze. The Myanmar government put the blame on
    electrical fault while the teacher and the student said they could smell fuel
    during the blaze. Further to this they were slipping on an oily liquid on the
    ground floor while escaping.
    MERHROM strongly
    emphasized that all of these incidents proves the continuous attacks against
    Muslims across Myanmar by the Myanmar government. They are attacking top Muslim
    businesses, Mosques, Muslim houses and properties and recently young
    generations. There is Genocide towards Muslim across Myanmar. We do not know
    what to expect next by the Myanmar government. The Myanmar government is using
    all its Security forces together with the Buddhist population to clean Muslim
    from Myanmar.
    MERHROM urgently
    calls for the United Nations Security Council to send their Peace Keeping
    Mission to Arakan State, Meiktila and other affected area Urgently to stop the
    Genocide towards Minority Muslim in Myanmar.
    MERHROM urgently
    calls for World Leaders, OIC, ASEAN and to the International Communities to
    stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve
    the conflict and protect Muslims in Myanmar with equal rights.
    MERHROM urgently urge
    the World Leaders and International Communities to prosecute the President
    Thien Sein and former General Thein Shwe for Genocide and Crimes Against
    Humanity. They must be brought to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for
    killing, raping, torturing, detaining and abusing Minority Muslims and other
    We thank you for your
    Urgent Intervention to resolve the conflict and Save the minority Muslims from
    the state sponsored ethnic cleansing and GENOCIDE.
    Thank you,
    Yours sincerely,
    Mr. Zafar Ahmad Bin
    Abdul Ghani
    Myanmar Ethnic
    Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM)
    Tel: +6016-6827287
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