To Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Mr Htin Kyaw President of Myanmar
HE Zaw Myint
Ambassador of Myanmar to Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
STOP THE MILITARY OPERATION AND GENOCIDE OF ROHINGYA POPULATION
30 th August 2017
We , from the Malaysian Ngos listed below, are seriously concern pertaiining to the current Myanmar military operation in the Rakhine state. The supposedly targeted operation to crackdown on insurgence group, is now indiscriminately victimizing the Rohingya ethnic.
Reports of random bombing and destruction of villages in the township of Maungdaw , Buthidung and Ruthidung has resulted in cleansing the Rohingya villages from their homes, forcing them to flee for safety. The operation is a brutal collective punishment on the innocent civilians.
This is undeniably an operation not to hunt down insurgency militants but to wipe out the Rohingya. Less than a few days of operation dozens of villages are burnt to ashes , thousands are seeking refuge, hundreds are killed including women and children. The operation is executed with impunity with heavy army artillery including fighter helicopters and IPG launchers. The attacks are rampant and spares no one : children , women , the old and sick.
We are registering our strong protest against the way the Myanmar government is resolving the current situation. The arbitrary arrest, indiscriminate killing, force aviction , rampant burning of villages of the Rohingya population is clearly a violation of international law and human rights.
We condemn the Myanmar military for conducting the repeat of a brutal operation in northern Rakhine. From the UN reports the miltary stand accused of a litany of human rights abuses against the local Rohingya population, which include extrajudicial killing , sexual assault and arson.
Humanitarian organisations estimate that as many as 17,000 Rohingya Muslims have been displaced from their homes in Northern Rakhine state since the counterinsurgency operation began in October 2016 until March 2017.
Now since the recent operation started on the 25 th August 2017 , there will be more fleeing for safety in the jungles and crossing the Naf river to Bangladesh. The lastest information on the ground depicts that more than 25 villages were destroyed, more than 20,000 have fled from their burnt houses, the biggest madrasah in the town of Mirula completely destroyed, more than 500 killed.
Even thses attrocities executed by the military and the arm vigilante are being re-directed to the Rohingyas. The officials and government own media have the audacity to alledge that all these were done by the Rohingya militans themselves.
We abhore this distorted version of the current narratives. The Rohingyas are defenseless and they have become the victims of years of persecution.
We are shocked receiving reports of aid workers prohibited from attending to the needs of the victims and foreign and independent journalists blocked from the military zone, while others have been harassed for reporting on the alleged abuses.
We are perturbed by the Myanmar government denying human rights abuses of troops raping women and burning of houses though it has been confirmed by the UN Yanghe Lee report.
We are gathering news that the military have expanded their area of operation so even more people are experiencing aattacks, raids, looting and arrests.
From what has been declared by executive secretary of the Rakhine State government, Tin Maung Swe : “We must protect our national interests and these Muslims are not part of that. We don’t care what you foreigners think. We must protect our land and our people, humanitarian concerns are a secondary priority.” This is a clear signal the situation will get worse since the Myanmar government is adamant about wiping out the Rohingya against the call from the international community for the Myanmar government to halt the persecution on the Rohingyas.
We are shocked to know that the Myanmar government have begun arming and training a “regional police force” comprised of non-Muslim residents from the troubled townships in northern Rakhine. The government’s decision to arm civilians has stoked fears of another bloody conflict in a region of Myanmar already reeling from a wave of inter-religious violence that left hundreds dead and 140,000 displaced in 2012.
As warned by the International Commission of Jurists “Establishing an armed, untrained, unaccountable force drawn from only one community in the midst of serious ethnic tensions and violence is a recipe for disaster,”
The recent military operation is evidence of this worry becoming a reality since Rohingya Muslims in northern Rakhine State are already feeling the full force of the Myanmar military.
We regret you offering no words of stoping the violence and your deafening silence on the brewing sectarian conflict and the military brutality inflicted upon the Rohingya population reflects your stand that there is no future of peace for the Rohingyas and the region.
We call on the Myanmar Government
1. To immediately stop the military operation and the arming of the Rakhine civilians that have targeted the Rohingya people .
2. To adhere to the Asean Human Rights Declaration to protect human rights of all people irrespective of race, religion and creed.
3. To resolve the status of the Rohingya by resuming their citizenship and to allow equal treatment and opportunity to participate in the national development of Myanmar.
4. To respect and submit to the resolutions passed by the UNHRC to allow the fact finding mission to gain access to the affected areas.
5. To restore peace in the affected areas , disarm the vigilante groups amongst the Rakhine people and to allow the displaced victims to return back to their homes safely.
6. To compansate all the lost suffered by the population and to rebuild the destroyed homes and villages by the attacks launched against the Rohingya civilians.
7. To allow humanitarian organizations into the affected areas to assist in the rehabilitation of the displaced people in the whole of the Rakhine state.
8. To stop all extrajudicial killings and arbitrary arrest and to allow an independent investigation to bring to justice those involved in the crime against humanity and violation of human rights.
9. To give access to the fact finding team to collate evidences on the ground in the Rakhine state as mandated by the UNHRC.
Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid
Endorsed by :
PAS Humanitarian Affair & Relief Centre -PASRelief
Secretariate for the Asian Assembly of Muslim Scholars ( SHURA )
Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic Organizations
Persatuan Permuafakatan Majlis Ayahanda-Ayahanda Malaysia ( PERMAS )
Kelab Putera 1 Malaysia
Asean Coaliation for Justice and Peace
Persatuan Serantau Muslim
Universal Justice Network
Persatuan Sahabat Cakna Trengganu
Aqsa Working Group Indonesia
Teachers Working Group Indonesia
international Relief and Humanitarian Outreach, Malaysia (IReach)
Yayasan Amal Foundation
Malaysian University Graduates Assembly , Malaysia ( HALUAN )
Ulama Association of Malaysia
Rohingya Ulama Council
United World Rohingya Union
Malaysian Comunity Care Foundation
Muslimah Ukhuwwah Association , Malaysia ( SALIMAH )
Cambodia Developement And Justice Association
Federation of National Muslim Students Malaysia.( PKPIM )
Persatuan Peduli Dhuafa dan Pengupayaan Masyarakat.
Baitul Latif Social Service Center
Center for International Muslim Minority Affairs
Persatuan Teras Kebajikan dan Pendidikan Melayu
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