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Prime Minister David Cameron Should Press President Thein Sein to Stop Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing

DateJuly 14, 2013
Joint Statement: by Arakan
Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) and Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
After decades of
persecution, state sponsored deadly violence against the Rohingya and Kaman
Muslims was carried out in Arakan in June and October 2012 that resulted in the
killing of many thousands people, massive rape and large scale destruction of
villages, homes and properties  and displacement of about 150,000 Muslims.
In addition the evidences of mass grave have been uncovered by the creditable
human rights groups.
Although more than one year has passed from June 2012,
still there is no improvement in the human rights situation of Rohingya people.
There is no change of attitude of the Burmese government and Rakhine Buddhists
towards them. No action has yet been taken against the perpetrators. On the
contrary, silence extermination of Rohingyas has been increasingly carried out
forcing them to live in squalid living conditions in overcrowded displacement
camps in segregation or apartheid like situation without basic freedom,
adequate food, medical care, shelter, and sanitation, freedom of movement and
access to education and opportunity to work.
Crimes against humanity
against Rohingyas continue unabated. National or international humanitarian
agencies have been blockaded and aid workers are restricted to reach the Rohingya
camps and villages. People are dying of Malnutrition, starvation, infectious
diseases. On top of that a discriminatory decree limiting Rohingya families to
two children each has been imposed.
Unfortunately powerful
countries are giving little attention to the ‘humanitarian disaster’, ‘crimes
against humanity’ and genocidal onslaughts being perpetrated against the
Rohingyas and other Muslims or ethnic peoples in Burma. Despite this, the
British Government is giving President Thein Sein red carpet treatment putting
the economic interest to precede the human rights issue.
However, we urge the
British Government to take this opportunity to put pressure on Burmese
President U Thein Sein to secure the followings:
1. To stop forthwith all human rights violations
against the Rohingya and other Muslims in Burma.

2.  To ensure religious freedom, and reopen
all mosques and madrassas in Arakan.

3.  To agree for an
international investigation into the abuses against the Rohingya minority.
To allow full, free and unimpeded humanitarian access to all those affected and
needy regardless of registered or unregistered IDP camps. 
5. To repeal or amend
1982 Citizenship Law to conform it to international human rights law standards
ensuring full citizenship to Rohingyas. 
6. To repudiate publicly the
discriminatory decree limiting Rohingya families to two children each.
For more information,
please contact: 
Ahamed Jarmal  +44-7894253729 
Aman Ullah: +
880-15584 86910