Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Around 2000 people joined in a mass protest in Kuala Lumpur against the religious violence in Burma/Myanmar.

Source Mayupress, 27 March
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By Mohammad Sadek
Most of these people are Muslims from Burma, consisting of various ethnic backgrounds including the Rohingyas and Kamans from Arakan State, Pathy, Chulia, Surti and etc. from proper Burma.

During the times of their protests, protesters played different types of play cards, posters and etc, demanding to end religious violence, Muslim hate speeches and discriminations, establishing peace and stability in the country.

These Burmese Muslim groups shouted that "we need peace and harmony in Burma". We need justice. Save our innocent lives and properties and etc."

The whole protest, observed silently for more than 1 ½ hours, who were actively watched by the Malaysian enforcement agency and helped 5 representatives to approach to the embassy premise of the Union Republic of Myanmar in Off Jalan Ampang at about 2:25pm, while protest began at 1:30pm and ended by 3:00pm peacefully.

The memorandum was handed over by Mr. Abdullah of Malaysian Consultative Council of Islamic NGOS to the Deputy Head of the Mission, who declined to mention his name.

During this times of memorandum submission delegates spoke and demanded 7 points as follows:

  1. Demand that the government end forthwith all killing, violence and terrorization against the Muslims in Burma/Myanmar and ensure full religious freedom with their security of life, property and dignity;
  2. Also demand that the government stop spreading of such pre-planned violence against Muslims in other places of Burma;
  3. Request the international community, United Nations, Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Governments of United States, United Kingdoms and their western allies, European Union, Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and neighboring countries to put pressure on Burma and exert concerted efforts to protect and save the Muslim community in Burma;
  4. Rapid lifting or suspension of sanctions on Burma is premature in this stage; and request to reinstate sanctions in order to protect the Rohingya and other minorities, promote human rights and inclusive democratic and political reforms in Burma;
  5. To replace Burma Citizenship Law of 1982 with a new law that conform to international law standards and ensure citizenship rights of Muslims in Burma;
  6. Request to conduct a UN independent inquiry and bring the perpetrators before justice.
  7. Request for assistance and cooperation from international community to ensure fundamental rights of Muslims in Burma.

Delegates affirmed that more than 20,000 Muslims were displaced in central Burma town of Miektila, 4 Islamic scholars and 28 Religious Students were brutally killed, while at least 14 Mosques and hundreds shops, houses and properties were destroyed. It is not only in central Burma but also in various parts of Burma including Arakan State where over a quarter million of Rohingya were killed; more than 140,000 Rohingyas and Kaman were displaced who are being kept in segregation under Government's neo-apartheid policy. ##

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