For Immediate Release 28 November, 2016
“Carlow conference calls on Irish government action to help Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya”
Carlow, Ireland: Rohingya community Ireland organized a conference on November 26, which was joined by European Rohingya Council and Burma Action Ireland to hear about the current human rights situation in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine state.
The conference titled ‘Break the Cycle of Oppression’ refers to the decades of human rights violations Rohingya community has suffered in Myanmar, which was intensified since October 9 till date. The atrocities have been described by the United Nations as ‘ethnic cleansing’, BBC reported on 24 November 2016.
The Rohingya Community Ireland, European Rohingya Council and Burma Action Ireland have called on the Irish government to take immediate steps to show that Ireland will not support ‘ethnic cleansing’ of the Rohingya in Myanmar.
The conference calls on Ireland’s government to:
⦁ Instruct Ireland’s representative to the United Nations to initiate an immediate meeting with the UN Secretary-General and ask for an UN-led investigation into the allegations of ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar.
⦁ Seek an immediate Ministerial level briefing from the United Nations about the humanitarian situation in northern Rakhine state
⦁ Initiate an EU level meeting with representatives of Myanmar’s government to seek an explanation to why humanitarian assistance is denied to over 150,000 people in northern Rakhine state, Myanmar
“For decades, the Rohingya Muslim community in Myanmar has been denied human rights by Myanmar’s authorities and in recent times a military crackdown has come with allegations of military abuses of the civilian population” said Haikal Mansor, Rohingya Community Ireland representative.
“Credible sources report that the military is engaged in extra-judicial killings, arbitrary detentions, rapes, and the burning of villages.”
“The area has been completely locked down; independent media and humanitarian aids have been denied. More than 40, 000 people have been driven away from their houses and they are desperately in need of food, medicine and shelter.”
“Myanmar’s Rohingya community urgently needs international intervention to safeguard human rights and to make sure that humanitarian assistance reaches northern Rakhine state” he said.
Background: Carlow is home to a large number of Rohingya residents, who are actively engaged in local activities such as Rohingya football club and Carlow Cricket Club.
Available for interview:
Haikal Mansor (Rohingya Community Ireland, Carlow) +353857692758
Dr. Hla Kyaw (European Rohingya Council) + 310652358202