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BMA: Strongly condemn hostilities against Burmese Muslims

Date: 4th
May 2013

Strongly condemn hostilities against Burmese Muslims

1. Under U Thein
Sein’s government, Muslims in Burma have been targeted animosity andhostility
to unprecedented level, in the form of distributing malicious
pamphlets,disseminating of hate speech videos, organising public sermons by
extremist monks whichfanning enmity and hatred wide spread.

2. The level of
verbal abuse, physical assaults, lootings and arson attacks on Muslims
women,children and elders are to the highest historical peak under U Thein
Sein’s government.

3. The same U Thein
Sein’s government have used live bullets, crushed and crack down thepeaceful
protest of farmers from Letpadaung, who have been farming their own farms
andstanding up for their rights and livelihoods whereas heartlessly and
immorally neglected toprotect and safeguard Muslims of Meiktilar; watching
coldly when the mobs attack andkilled brutally including children, who were
burned alive with wounds. All of these barbaricacts of commission and omission
have been documented in videos, which have beenwitnessed in Burma including the
whole world.

4. Although,
President U Thein Sein has repeatedly stated and promised that effective
actionwould be taken against to those who instigate hatred among citizens of
different religionsand people of different ethnic backgrounds. Until today, he
has been knowingly and with fullawareness neglected to take appropriate action
against various individuals including monksand politicians who are responsible
for spreading hatred and violence in the country.Furthermore, his government
never took any preventive measures even though informed of imminent outbreak of
trouble to avoid communal violence. Besides, this government hasfailed to
provide adequate safeguards and security measures continuously during
theperiods of violence.

5. In fact, the
negligence of U Thein Sein’s government on repeated acts of hatred and violence
targeting against the religion of Islam and Muslims in Burma, has affected
honour anddignity of our nation among the international community, to the
extent that leads extremistin Indonesia plotted to blast Burmese embassy. We,
as Burmese Muslims consider it ahighly regrettable. We unequivocally condemn
the violence and terrorism. At the same time, we would like to highlight U
Thein Sein’s government that the government of Indonesia hasprotected and
provided security for the Burmese embassy and the citizens of Burma residingin
Indonesia, so has the government of Bangladesh, which has provided effective
security for its Buddhist minority in safeguarding their lives, their homes and
their religious sanctuaries.It is absolutely imperative that U Thein Sein’s
government should follow these examples andtake effective and honourable
actions in providing safety for its own citizens and minorities.

6. We strongly
believe that, Burmese Muslims are not only would eschew violent activitiesunder
any circumstances, but also are fully prepared to resolve our internal
differencesamong our own citizens with reciprocal respect and equitable
dignity. But we are nevergoing to acquiesce in the injustice shoved down our throats
by a group of illegitimatemilitary cohorts by 1982 citizenship law, branding
our faith as ‘guest’ faith and our people as‘guest people’ or alien entity,
with total disregard our great history. All citizens of Burmahave mixed
heritage and ethnicity, and it is a total travesty of justice and an
absolutelyillegitimate act with full of prejudice and bigotry, to regard those
with mixed Indian heritage as ‘guest citizen’ denied rights, while those with
mixed Chinese heritage are in the ministerposition. We, Burmese Muslims will
never accept this hypocritical perspective.

7 .For a long time,
there has been systematic and methodical, plotting and targeting,
andvictimization of Burmese Muslims, resulting in the loss of lives and
livelihoods, to the extentof total desperation and utter dissolution for those
who are at the receiving end. AlthoughBurmese Muslims have been living in great
mental anguish on a daily basis, due to lack of security and dignity, except
from a handful of individuals, there has not been adequatesupport and sympathy
from any significant quarters among national, political, religious
andhumanitarian top leaders, including the members of parliament; therefore
their state of helplessness and agony has deepened and intensified
immeasurably. We record theirindifferences with heartbroken sorrow.

8. We strongly
condemn the report of the Inquiry Commission on the Sectarian ViolenceRakhine
State which neglected the case of cold-blooded murder of ten Burmese Muslims
inbroad day-light in Taunggauk; which sated the Rohingya, the abused and
victimized asdishonest illegal immigrants, stateless vagrants and vagabonds and
failed to blame enoughthe Rakhine hate-mongers and extremists who were prime
responsible for spreadingviolence in Rakhine State.

9. The welfare of
Burmese Muslims is the welfare of the nation. The security of BurmeseMuslims is
the security of the nation. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the
government toprovide safety and security to Burmese Muslims. Under the
jurisdiction of International Law,engaging in factional fighting and violence
is tantamount to crime against Humanity if basedon ethnicity or religion. We
warn that the ultimate responsibility rests with the Governmentof Burma if the
worsening situation is not remedied in time.

Burmese Muslim Association
Media Contact;Kyaw
Win +44-740-345-2378(UK); Ms. Yasmin +1 408 2506227(USA); Kyaw Swa +44 782 842 6801(UK); Ms.
Molly +1 416 516 7383 Canada;