Source By Kaladan Press:
Date: May 4, 2013
JOINT STATEMERNT ON THE OFFICIAL REPORT OF THE RAKHINE (ARAKAN)
We the undersigned organizations reject the 186-page official report
dated 22 April 2013 of the Arakan Investigation Commission as follows:
dated 22 April 2013 of the Arakan Investigation Commission as follows:
- The Rakhine Investigation Commission formed on
17 August 2012 by President Thein Sein included representatives from
various religious and political parties and democracy groups except
Rohingya representatives, who have been actual and potential victims of
deadly violence and genocidal attacks. Haji U Nyunt Maung Shein and U Tin
Maung Than, the two prominent Muslim leaders were purged from the
Commission seeing that they were most insistent on the truth.
- It is a biased report favouring Rakhines,
their hostile views and arguments towards Rohingya people. It purposely
suppresses the core fact of the problem that the Rohingya people have long
been subjected to institutionalized persecution, ethnic cleansing and
genocidal onslaughts at the hands of the government and state sponsored
non-state actors, particularly the extremist Rakhines.
- The Inquiry Commission has lost its
credibility since it has been manned with people who either directly or
indirectly supported, involved or publicly put fuel on crisis. The
commission member veterinary doctor Aye Maung (MP), leader of the Rakhine
Nationalities Development Party (RNDP), is the main mastermind in the
violence and ‘Rohingya ethnic cleansing’, who graphically described his
Rohingya annihilation plan in Rathedaung Rakhine Conference held on 25-26
September 2012. Nearly every understanding or recommendation of the
Commission translates the view of the RNDP.
- The Commission, despite comprising of
scholarly people, has largely distorted Rohingya historicity dubbing them
‘Bengalis’ and depicting them migrant community with no historical roots
in Arakan, although they are a people developed in Arakan from peoples of
different ethnical backgrounds over the centuries with their Muslim
settlements dated back to early 8th century.
- The previous parliamentary government
recognized the ‘Rohingya’ as one of the many ethnic groups of the Union of
Burma with their language programme relayed thrice weekly from government
Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS), Rangoon. In spite of that the Commission
has deliberately ignored this documented fact and used the term ‘Bengali’ supporting
the fierce contention of the Rakhine promoting ‘Rohingya ethnocide’ aims
at turning Arakan into a Muslim-free Rakhinized region.
- The Commission report falsely elevates the
position of Rakhine as ‘prime nation’ and relegates the Rohingya as ‘sub-nation’
thus promoting the government’s current plan to segregate Rohingya under
its ‘neo-apartheid policy’. It describes the Rohingyas as low-class and
uncultured hardworking people, who produce more children and want to seize
the arable lands of the lazy Rakhines. It is insulting that the
commissioners felt irritated by the repeated telephone calls from
‘dying-alive Rohingyas’ giving accounts of their sufferings emotionally
- The Commission never called for the
accountability of the government and its agencies, state sponsored
non-state actors or Rakhine extremists for June-October 2012 deadly
violence or carnage, and for their decades of Rohingya persecution,
tyranny, exclusion and xenophobia that reduce them to the present state of
helplessness, without basic freedoms like freedom of movement, religion,
education, marriage, right to business, right to work etc.
- The Commission never pointed out the hostile
environment and impossible situation created by the administration with
the oppressive functionaries and government agencies like NaSaKa border
security force, police, Lon Htin and army and Rakhine terrorists for a
peaceful living of the Rohingya. As a result, half of their population of
more than 1.5 million people have had left their homeland of Arakan to
escape persecution. They are living in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia,
UAE, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, USA,
Canada and other countries.
- The Commission never hinted the tragedies of
the Rohingya boat people arising out of the continued large-scale
persecution and crimes against humanity against Rohingya community in
Arakan although the problem becomes a concern of the UN, OIC, EU, ASEAN
and international community.
- The report made no mention of the statement of
President Thein Sein as well as the demand of the RNDP leader Dr. Aye
Maung to deport Rohingya people to a third country, which reflects and
promotes official ‘Rohingya ethnic-cleansing policy’ of the government.
- The Commission ignored to call for amendment
of the world most repressive Burma Citizenship Law of 1982. Its
recommendations lack the spirits of the Universal Declaration of Human
Rights (UDHR) and international human rights and humanitarian laws.
- The report extremely distorted the number of
deaths and extent of destruction of the Rohingya and Kaman Muslims whereas
there are reports of several mass graves of Rohingya dead bodies; and the
credible human rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated that it has
uncovered 4 mass graves in North Arakan. Likewise an Al-Jazeera
documentary film released after the violence confirmed that crimes of
genocide have been committed in Arakan against the Rohingya.
- The report stayed away from mentioning that
the police, Lon Htin, NaSaKa and army took part in the killing of the
Muslims and torching their houses. The report mentions about the
imposition of section 144, but lamentably it fails to tell the tangible
truth that the curfew has only been applied on the Rohingyas or Muslims
while the Rakhine terrorists, including armed cadres of the Arakan
Liberation Party/Army (ALP/ALA), were allowed to carry on the genocidal
onslaughts and mass destruction against the Muslims.
- Waves of deadly violence carried against the
Rohingyas and Kamans were pre-planned by the RNDP, of course, with the
backing of the administration under the pretext of rape and murder of a
28-year old Rakhine woman Ma Thida Twe. Most of the issues raised by the
Commission as the causes of violence were irrelevant as well as unfounded.
- The Commission did partiality by endorsing the
make-believe story of the government which stated that Ma Thida Twe was
raped and murdered by what they called three Bengalis. But according to
highly credible person of the Commission, there was no trace of rape found
by the doctor who performed post mortem of her corpse; but the doctor was
forced to sign the official post mortem report. Moreover, there was no
mention of the ‘suicide in police custody’ of the principal accused Mr.
Htet Htet who happened to be a Rakhine, not Rohingya or Bengalis.
- It is a concocted allegation of the Commission
that an excess number of 5,603 refugee families with 30,338 members had to
be repatriated from Bangladesh in 1978. International community was well
aware that the repatriation was done under strict scrutiny on both sides
of the borders, and that the refugees had resisted the forced repatriation
for lack of congenial atmosphere for their safe return to Arakan. The
question naturally arises is who would be going to the hellish Arakan where
the human right situation of .the Rohingyas were dire.
- The report said that “in 1988 Ma Ra Waddi
monastery at Maungdaw was burned down by Bengalis and the abbot had
escaped away; the monastery was torched by the Bengalis for three times”.
It is baseless information aims at inciting public sentiment against the
- The Commissions reported some imaginary and
nonsense information like Rohingyas attacking Rakhines, destroying
Buddhist monasteries and committing rape of their women. It also said that
“in 1998, more than 5,000 people led by Rohingya Liberation Organization
(RLO) suddenly entered Maungdaw and tried to occupy the town by destroying
Buddhist monasteries, torching Rakhine quarters and killing every single
Rakhine, but the police could control the situation through resistance.”
In reality there was no party by the name of RLO; and also there was no
information, record or report of such plot or attack among the general
public and in the media. The allegation is a blatant lie and politically motivated.
It is surprising that, although there have been numerous cases of killing
of Rohingya, rape of Rohingya women and girls, destruction and torching of
their houses, looting of their properties and extortion on daily basis,
committed by the extremist Rakhines, police and security forces, the
biased and bigoted Commission did not mention a single such incident. This
lie proves that the Commission is contemptible and its report is a rubbish
- There was no incident on 8th of June 2012 that
the Rohingyas chanted slogan “long live Muslilms, kill all Rakhines”. This
is concocted report promoting hatred against the Rohingyas.
- The Commission reported that 246 Rakhines and
1589 Rohingyas were arrested since violence, But it is regretted that
Commission did not investigate how and why these Rohingyas had been
arrested and also it did not say anything about the jail killing, the
squalid condition and inhuman and degrading treatment and torture of the
Rohingya inmates .
- The Commission’s recommendations to double the
security forces and take effective measures to prevent so-called illegal
immigrants from Bangladesh is just a false alarm intended to distract
attention from the main issue of Rohingya genocide. For the Rohingyas,
increase in armed and security forces means increased crimes against
humanity against them. It is important that repressive functionaries
should not be augmented if they do not maintain law and order situation to
ensure security, justice and equality without discrimination.
- There are no Rohingya illegal immigrants in
Arakan, which has long been a big hell and concentration camp for the
Muslims. In fact, Rohingyas have been systematically expelled or have had
to leave their homeland since 1942 Muslim massacre in Arakan. In contrast,
tens of thousands of illegal Bengali Rakhine Buddhists are regularly
invited and settled down on the confiscated lands of the Rohingyas. The
whole northern Arakan is now dotted with Buddhist settler villages. But
the Commission is silent about it.
- However, we welcome some forward-thinking
recommendations, including recommendations to address the dire
humanitarian situation in Muslim displacement camps provided that they are
truly, humanely, immediately and timely implemented.
- Last but not least, we call for an immediate
UN Inquiry Commission to conduct a prompt, full and impartial
investigation of all allegations and take appropriate action against those
Signatories to this joint statement:
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
Burmese Rohingya Organisation United Kingdom (BROUK)
Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)
Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA)
Burmese Rohingya Association Deutschland (BRAD)
Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark (BRCD)
Burmese Rohingya Community in Netherlands (BRCNL)
Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand (BRAT)
Rohingya Community in Norway (RCN)
Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)
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