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    Stop persecution of Rohingya Muslims; Break the silence: Muslim organizations demonstrate

    Muslim organizations including Jamaat protest against killings of Rohingya Muslims

    Near Myanmar Embassy in Delhi today

    New Delhi: Indian Muslim organizations and human rights bodies today demonstrated near Myanmar embassy in the capital against the non- stop violation of human rights, atrocities and inhuman cruel activities meted out on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

    Indian Muslim organisations and civil society under the banner of an umbrella body of Muslim organisations All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) today condemned the Burmese government in the strongest terms for its inaction and collaboration to stop violence against, and expulsion of, its minority Rohingya population in the Rakhine [Arakan] state.

    The demonstration was planned in front of Myanmar Embassy in Chankyapuri Delhi but Delhi police stopped Muslim leaders and protesters at Teen Morti Marg, near Chankyapuri police station. Therefore, protesters were forced to express their protest merely in front of Chankyapuri police station near embassy, instead of Myanmar Embassy.
    “We wanted to hold a symbolic protest outside Myanmar Embassy, but the Delhi Police which is infamous for its goondaism and its special cell which has earned global notoriety for fake killings and encounters, have forced us to protest here,” said Dr. Zafrul Islam Khan, president, All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat and condemned the Delhi Police for not allowing them to demonstrate outside the embassy.

    “We want to tell the world that Muslims in India are not silent, they know how Rohingya Muslims are the most oppressed community of the world, their citizenship has been snatched through a law which asks Rohingya Muslims to prove their citizenship since 1832. I have written a letter to Myanmar Ambassador that if that law is applied to all communities in Myanmar, the entire country would be empty, as hardly anyone would prove their citizenship,” Dr. Khan, who is also Editor of English fortnightly The Milli Gazette.

    “Roghinyas are stateless community, they can’t get education and job, and even passport, over five lakh Rohingya Muslims are living outside the country. Buddhist monks are leading killer mobs,” he said while addressing the demonstrators.

    “The persecution of Rohingyas started way back in the 1960s. In 1982, under a strange “law” they were stripped of their Burmese citizenship unless they proved that their ancestors live in Burma way back in 1832. No such law exists anywhere in the world and most Burmese will lose their citizenship if is applied to all in Burma. Rohingyas have lived in that part of Burma continuously for around a thousand years and have ruled the area for centuries. As a result of this persecution and maintaining curfew-like situation in Rohingya towns and villages, close to a million have forces since to flee to the neighbouring countries especially Bangladesh. The current wave of persecution and ethnic cleansing spearheaded by Buddhist monks started in February last year when murder, destruction and torching of thousands of houses and community facilities and expulsion of Rohingyas from their villages started with the connivance of the Burmese government. An estimated 150,000 Rohingyas have since fled their country taking refuge in Bangladesh, India, Thailand and Malaysia where they are living in pitiful conditions. Many have died while attempting to flee in small boats.”

    Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s all India secretary Mohammad Ahmad said, “we find it highly disappointing that supporters of the on-going democracy process in Myanmar, led by the Nobel Laureate Ang San SuuKyi, have refused to stand for these hapless citizens of Burma. We condemn the inaction by the Myanmar government and ask upon our own government as well as the international organisations and governments of all freedom-loving nations to stand by the Rohingya people in their hour of need and pressurise the Mayanmar junta to mend its ways and apply to the Rohingyas same principles which are applicable to our citizens of Burma and hasten to repatriate the Rohingya refugees who have fled their villages and towns and compensate them adequately to enable them to start their lives once again with honour and dignity and punish the Buddhisht supremacists whose intolerance is turning Burma into a pariah state in the world.”

    Addressing the gathering, SQR Ilyas, General Secretary of Welfare Party of India said Myanmar is becoming a Palestine for Rohingya Muslims. “As Palestinians have been removed from their homes and forced to migrate, Rohingya Muslims are also being uprooted, they are being killed and their homes demolished,” said Dr. Ilyas.

    He expressed sorrow at the silence of Muslim nations over the plight of Rohingya Muslims. “It is really sad that 52 Muslim countries are not speaking on the issue, they are not pressing the United Nations to pass even resolutions.” He asked Indian Government to respond to the tragedy as the victims will ultimately migrate to India as it is neighboring country. “India should press Myanmar government to stop atrocities against Rohingya Muslims,” demanded Dr. Ilyas.

    National Coordinator of Association for Protection of Civil Rights, Akhlaque Ahmed termed the violence in Myanmar as the worst case of human rights violation. He criticized world bodies of human rights for remaining tightlipped over the plight of Rohingya Muslims.

    He also expressed anguish over the silent of Myanmar’s democratic activist Aung San Suu Kyi on this issue.

    Markazi Jamiat-e-Ahle Hadees leader Shees Taimi also condemned and expressed support for suppressed Rohingya Muslim minority. Students Islamic Organisation of India all India secretary Khaliquz Zafar all expressed his views and condemned the so called champions of human rights who are silent over the violation.