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Declaration of the 5th Congress of the Arakan Rohingya National Organisation


Declaration of the 5th Congress of the Arakan
Rohingya National Organisation

The 5th Congress of the Arakan Rohingya National
Organization (ARNO) was held on 3rd October 2013 in the border area of Arakan
State, Union of Burma/Myanmar, with party leaders, community representatives,
academics and religious leaders of the Rohingya people. A new Central Executive
Committee (CEC) of ARNO has been formed with Mr. Nurul Islam and Mr. Habibur
Rahman respectively as Chairman and Vice-Chairman.
The Congress issued the following declaration:
reiterate that ARNO is a peaceful political movement, a leading representative
organization of the Rohingya people, to achieve the Rohingya people’s
legitimate ‘right to self-determination’ under the Union of Burma/Myanmar.

unity of the Rohingya people worldwide is indispensable; and the unity between
Rohingya and all peoples of the Union of Burma/Myanmar, through reconciliation,
is vital ensuring the right of Rohingya people and that of their children to
peacefully co-exist as equals in Arakan.

3. We
are committed to pursuing a peaceful political settlement of our problem and
urge the Burmese leaders to recognize our genuine cause and case in the
interest of entire nation so as to find out a permanent solution to our long
standing problem.

4. We
are not part of any struggle outside Burma/Myanmar and are committed as a
community within Arakan to rebuild the State. Our vision for the future is a
diverse, tolerant, multi-ethnic, multi-religious Arakan society. We strongly denounce
racism, racial discrimination, religious bigotry and Islamophobia.

5. We
are determined to preserve, develop and transmit to future Rohingya generations
their ancestral history, ethnic identity, Islamic and cultural heritage.

6. We
are determined to improve the condition of the Rohingya people living abroad,
especially those living in refugee camps and those tolerated as boat people,
guests or illegal workers – their legal status, human security, living
conditions, access to health and educational facilities, jobs and training

7. We
support the rights of Rohingya women and girls to education, health and
economic empowerment.

8.  We
pledge to protect the environment and preserve a green haven for our children
and the world.

9. We
condemn the ruling civil-military hybrid government of U Thein Sein for its
nationwide human rights violations  and
perpetration of genocide, ethnocide and crimes against humanity against the
peaceful living Muslim communities of the country particularly against the
Rohingya people in Arakan in collaboration with Rakhine Buddhist extremists led
by Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP), Arakan Liberation Party  (ALP) and Nazi-like ‘969’ campaigns of terror
headed by Buddhist monk U Wirathu. We demand that the government outlaws and
bans those terrorist movements.

10 .We
urge upon the UN with international community to conduct an independent inquiry
to the genocidal actions or crimes against humanity perpetrated against Rohingya
and other Muslims in Burma/Myanmar and to make humanitarian intervention to
protect the lives of the innocent people particularly in Arakan.

11. We
deplore the continued hostile treatment and extermination of the Rohingya and
other Muslims in Burma/Myanmar. The government could have stopped the series of
deadly violence that have been taking place in Arakan and other parts of Burma
since mid-2012 and the opposition leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi could have
saved  many lives and properties if she
spoke out, in a usual or expected way. We remind her, as a peace prize owner,
not to remain silent in a situation of injustice to Rohingya people.

12.  All
sorts of killing and intimidation of the Muslims; blockade of humanitarian
aids, food and other essentials to the Rohingyas and restrictions on their
freedom of worship, movement, education; continual infliction of segregation
and apartheid like situation on the whole Rohingya population; must be ended
forthwith. The displaced Rohingyas and Muslims must be reinstated and
rehabilitated in their original places and properties.

13.  We
express our grave concern over the current ‘policies of exclusion’ of the U
Thein Sein’s government, Burma opposition groups and Rakhine political parties
and non-state actors towards Rohingya. We warn and affirm that there would be
no genuine peace and democracy unless ethnic Rohingya are fully included in the
country’s political and democratic process.

14. We call
upon the international community to help protect us and achieve a ‘permanent
solution’ to our long standing problem, and peacefully resolve the manmade
tragedies we have long been facing with, through political dialogue, in the
interest of human rights, democracy, peace and stability in the region and

15. We
welcome support from any quarters or groups as long as they respect our goal,
specially our vision of tolerance and respect for all religions and
universalism of human rights.

16. We
appeal to the international community, UNO, OIC, ASEAN and neighbouring
countries, international human rights organizations and NGOs for a permanent
solution of the Rohingya problem.

Rohingya National Congress
Arakan, Burma.
Dated:  24th
October 2013