Friday 29 September 2017

Has the UN failed Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims?

Source bbc, 29 Sept,

A Rohingya Muslim refugee walks through UNHCR tents at a refugee camp near the Bangladesh town of Gumdhum on September 17, 2017Image copyright AFP :Image caption Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya are sheltering in refugee camps in Bangladesh

The UN leadership in Myanmar tried to stop the Rohingya rights issue being raised with the government, sources in the UN and aid community told the BBC.

One former UN official said the head of the UN in Myanmar (Burma) tried to prevent human rights advocates from visiting sensitive Rohingya areas.

More than 500,000 Rohingya have fled an offensive by the military, with many now sheltering in camps in Bangladesh.

The UN in Myanmar "strongly disagreed" with the BBC findings.

In the month since Rohingya Muslims began flowing into Bangladesh, the UN has been at the forefront of the response. It has delivered aid and made robust statements condemning the Burmese authorities.

But sources within the UN and the aid community both in Myanmar and outside have told the BBC that, in the four years before the current crisis, the head of the United Nations Country Team (UNCT), a Canadian called Renata Lok-Dessallien:

  • tried to stop human rights activists travelling to Rohingya areas
  • attempted to shut down public advocacy on the subject
  • isolated staff who tried to warn that ethnic cleansing might be on the way

One aid worker, Caroline Vandenabeele, had seen the warning signs before. She worked in Rwanda in the run-up to the genocide in late 1993 and early 1994 and says when she first arrived in Myanmar she noticed worrying similarities.

"I was with a group of expats and Burmese business people talking about Rakhine and Rohingya and one of the Burmese people just said 'we should kill them all as if they are just dogs'. For me, this level of dehumanisation of humans is one sign that you have reached a level of acceptance in society that this is normal."

For more than a year I have been corresponding with Ms Vandenabeele, who has served in conflict areas such as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Rwanda and Nepal, where she is now based and where we recently met.

Between 2013 and 2015 she had a crucial job in the UNCT in Myanmar. She was head of office for what is known as the resident co-ordinator, the top UN official in the country, currently Ms Dessallien.

The job gave Ms Vandenabeele a front-row seat as the UN grappled with how to respond to rising tensions in Rakhine state.

Back in 2012, clashes between Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists left more than 100 dead and more than 100,000 Rohingya Muslims in camps around the state capital, Sittwe.

Since then, there have been periodic flare-ups and, in the past yea,r the emergence of a Rohingya militant group. Attempts to deliver aid to the Rohingya have been complicated by Rakhine Buddhists who resent the supply of aid for the Rohingya, at times blocking it and even attacking aid vehicles.

Aerial view of a burned Rohingya village near Maungdaw, north of Rakhine state, Myanmar September 27, 2017Image copyright Reuters :Image caption Some Rohingya villages in northern Rakhine state have been razed

It presented a complex emergency for the UN and aid agencies, who needed the co-operation of the government and the Buddhist community to get basic aid to the Rohingya.

At the same time they knew that speaking up about the human rights and statelessness of the Rohingya would upset many Buddhists.

So the decision was made to focus on a long-term strategy. The UN and the international community prioritised long-term development in Rakhine in the hope that eventually increased prosperity would lead to reduced tensions between the Rohingya and the Buddhists.

For UN staff it meant that publicly talking about the Rohingya became almost taboo. Many UN press releases about Rakhine avoided using the word completely. The Burmese government does not even use the word Rohingya or recognise them as a distinct group, preferring to call them "Bengalis".

During my years reporting from Myanmar, very few UN staff were willing to speak frankly on the record about the Rohingya. Now an investigation into the internal workings of the UN in Myanmar has revealed that even behind closed doors the Rohingyas' problems were put to one side.

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Multiple sources in Myanmar's aid community have told the BBC that at high-level UN meetings in Myanmar any question of asking the Burmese authorities to respect the Rohingyas' human rights became almost impossible.

Ms Vandenabeele said it soon became clear to everyone that raising the Rohingyas' problems, or warning of ethnic cleansing in senior UN meetings, was simply not acceptable.

"Well you could do it but it had consequences," she said. "And it had negative consequences, like you were no longer invited to meetings and your travel authorisations were not cleared. Other staff were taken off jobs - and being humiliated in meetings. An atmosphere was created that talking about these issues was simply not on."

Repeat offenders, like the head of the UN's Office for the Co-ordination for Humanitarian Assistance (UNOCHA) were deliberately excluded from discussions.

Ms Vandenabeele told me she was often instructed to find out when the UNOCHA representative was out of town so meetings could be held at those times. The head of UNOCHA declined to speak to the BBC but it has been confirmed by several other UN sources inside Myanmar.

Ms Vandenabeele said she was labelled a troublemaker and frozen out of her job for repeatedly warning about the possibility of Rohingya ethnic cleansing. This version of events has not been challenged by the UN.

Attempts to restrict those talking about the Rohingya extended to UN officials visiting Myanmar. Tomas Quintana is now the UN special rapporteur for human rights in North Korea but for six years, until 2014, held that same role for Myanmar.

Speaking from Argentina, he told me about being met at Yangon airport by Ms Dessallien.

"I received this advice from her - saying you should not go to northern Rakhine state - please don't go there. So I asked why and there was not an answer in any respect, there was just the stance of not trying to bring trouble with the authorities, basically," he said.

"This is just one story, but it demonstrates what was the strategy of the UN Country Team in regards to the issue of the Rohingya."

Mr Quintana still went to northern Rakhine but said Ms Dessallien "disassociated" herself from his mission and he didn't see her again.

One senior UN staffer told me: "We've been pandering to the Rakhine community at the expense of the Rohingya.

"The government knows how to use us and to manipulate us and they keep on doing it - we never learn. And we can never stand up to them because we can't upset the government."

Hundreds of Rohingya arrive by boats in the safety of darkness on Shah Porir Dwip island, CoxImage copyright Getty Images :Image caption Many Rohingya fled by night into Banglsdesh leaving everything behind

The UN's priorities in Rakhine were examined in a report commissioned by the UN in 2015 entitled "Slippery Slope: Helping Victims or Supporting Systems of Abuse".

Leaked to the BBC, it is damning of the UNCT approach.

"The UNCT strategy with respect to human rights focuses too heavily on the over-simplified hope that development investment itself will reduce tensions, failing to take into account that investing in a discriminatory structure run by discriminatory state actors is more likely to reinforce discrimination than change it."

There have been other documents with similar conclusions. With António Guterres as the new secretary general in New York, a former senior member of the UN was asked to write a memo for his team in April.

Titled "Repositioning the UN" the two-page document was damning in its assessment, calling the UN in Myanmar "glaringly dysfunctional".

In the weeks that followed the memo, the UN confirmed that Ms Dessallien was being "rotated" but stressed it was nothing to do with her performance. Three months on Ms Dessallien is still the UN's top official there after the Burmese government rejected her proposed successor.

"She has a fair view and is not biased," Shwe Mann, a former senior general and close ally of Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi, told me. "Whoever is biased towards the Rohingyas, they won't like her and they will criticise her."

Ms Dessallien declined to give an interview to the BBC to respond to this article.

The UN in Myanmar said its approach was to be "fully inclusive" and ensure the participation of all relevant experts.

"We strongly disagree with the accusations that the resident co-ordinator 'prevented' internal discussions. The resident co-ordinator regularly convenes all UN agencies in Myanmar to discuss how to support peace and security, human rights, development and humanitarian assistance in Rakhine state," a statement from a UN spokesperson in Yangon said.

On Tomas Quintana's visits to Rakhine, the spokesperson said Ms Dessallien had "provided full support" in terms of personnel, logistics and security.

Ten ambassadors, including from Britain and the United States, wrote unsolicited emails to the BBC when they heard we were working on this report, expressing their support for Ms Dessallien.

There are those who see similarities between the UN's much-criticised role in Sri Lanka and what has happened in Myanmar. Charles Petrie wrote a damning report into the UN and Sri Lanka, and also served as the UN's top official in Myanmar (before being expelled in 2007).

He said the UN's response to the Rohingya over the past few years had been confused and that Ms Dessallien hadn't been given the mandate to bring all of the key areas together.

"I think the key lesson for Myanmar from Sri Lanka is the lack of a focal point. A senior level focal point addressing the situation in Myanmar in its totality - the political, the human rights, the humanitarian and the development. It remains diffuse. And that means over the last few years there have been almost competing agendas."

So might a different approach from the UN and the international community have averted the humanitarian disaster we are seeing now? It's hard to see how it might have deterred the Burmese army's massive response following the 25 August Rohingya militant attack.

Bangladeshi soldiers distribute rice to young Rohingya refugees at the camp of Balukhali near Gumdhum on September 25, 2017Image copyright AFP Image caption Bangladesh says it is struggling to cope with the refugees

Ms Vandenabeele said she at least believed an early warning system she proposed might have provided some indications of what was about to unfold.

"It's hard to say which action would have been able to prevent this," she told me. "But what I know for sure is that the way it was done was never going to prevent it. The way it was done was simply ignoring the issue."

Mr Quintana said he wished the international community had pushed harder for some sort of transitional justice system as part of the move to a hybrid democratic government.

One source said the UN now appeared to be preparing itself for an inquiry into its response to Rakhine, and this could be similar to the inquiry that came after the controversial end to Sri Lanka's civil war - and which found it wanting.

Myanmar: UN Security Council must impose arms embargo to end Rohingya suffering

Source Amnesty, 28 Sept

The UN Security Council must do everything it can to end the crimes against humanity and ongoing ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, including by imposing a comprehensive arms embargo on the country, Amnesty International said.

The Council is holding a public session on the situation today, when Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will brief members on the current crisis in Rakhine State.

Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International's Crisis Response Director, said:

"The Myanmar military is forcibly displacing and killing Rohingya, a campaign of crimes against humanity that amounts to ethnic cleansing. When they meet, UN member states must ask themselves what side of history they want to be on and do everything they can do end this nightmare. Together, they do have the power to pressure Myanmar to end the violence.

"The Security Council should put an immediate end to the transfer of all arms, munitions and related equipment to Myanmar by imposing a comprehensive arms embargo. This should cover both direct and indirect supply, and also ensure that training and other assistance to the Myanmar army ends."

The UN meeting comes almost exactly one month after the Myanmar military launched a brutal operation in Rakhine State. This was in response to attacks carried out on dozens of security posts, killing at least 12 members of the security forces, for which the Rohingya armed group, the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army, claimed responsibility.

Since then, almost half-a-million refugees have poured across the border into Bangladesh, meaning that almost half of the 1.2 million people living in Rakhine State have fled their homes and scores have been killed in little more than a month.

Amnesty has documented how Myanmar security forces have torched whole villages inside Rakhine State and fired on people trying to flee, a widespread and systematic attack on the civilian population that constitutes crimes against humanity. Despite the Myanmar government's claims that the military operations have stopped, the organisation was also able to confirm new burnings of villages as late as last week.

The situation has been made worse by the severe restrictions Myanmar has imposed on aid groups in Rakhine. Amnesty has received credible reports that fear of starvation is driving more people from their homes, as many Rohingya are stranded in villages with little or no access to food.

Tirana Hassan said:

"This crisis is far from over, and there is no question that violations are continuing unabated inside Rakhine State. More than ever, the world needs to take a strong stand and push Myanmar and its security forces to end the horrors they are inflicting on the Rohingya population.

"We want the Security Council to issue a public statement condemning the atrocities in Rakhine State, while urging an end to violence and immediate and unfettered access for humanitarian aid groups."

Thailand's hard line on refugees leaves thousands vulnerable and at risk

Meanwhile, Amnesty has also called on Thailand to take action to reverse its long-standing failure to offer protection to the Rohingya as a new report revealing gaping holes in the country's refugee policies.

The report, 'Between a Rock and a Hard Place', outlines a number of failures by the Thai government in policy and practice that have a devastating impact on refugees both within the country and seeking safety there. These include Thailand's long-standing practice of using its navy to repel boats carrying thousands of desperate Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis, as well as its forcible return of refugees and asylum-seekers to places where they risk torture and other serious human rights violations.

Audrey Gaughran, Amnesty International's Director of Global Issues, said:

"With ethnic cleansing forcing hundreds of thousands of Rohingya out of Myanmar, Thailand urgently needs to set a regional example by adopting humane refugee policies. Instead of callously repelling people fleeing unimaginable horrors, the Thai government should ensure safe passage for those seeking international protection in Thailand.

"Thailand hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the region, but its myopic, ad hoc policies mean it fails to offer them proper protection. The authorities cannot continue to lurch from one refugee crisis to the next; and instead must set up the systems required to offer these men, women and children who are at risk the safety and security they need."

Wednesday 27 September 2017

UN Security Council moves to confront Myanmar crisis

Source Dailymail, 26 Sept 

Rohingya rehugees walk along a road on the proximity of the refugee camp of Thwangkhaneari near the Bangladeshi locality of UkhiaRohingya rehugees walk along a road on the proximity of the refugee camp of Thwangkhaneari near the Bangladeshi locality of Ukhia

The UN Security Council met behind closed doors on Tuesday to discuss the violence in Myanmar, moving to step up its response to the exodus of 480,000 Rohingya Muslims in what has been condemned as "ethnic cleansing."

The meeting will set the stage for a public session of the top UN body on Thursday, during which UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is set to brief on the crisis and China, along with other council members, will deliver remarks.

International alarm is growing over the fate of the Rohingya who have been fleeing an army campaign in Rakhine state that the United Nations says has included killings, rape and the torching of villages.

The military operation followed attacks on August 25 by Rohingya militants on police posts.

British Deputy UN Ambassador Jonathan Allen said the council must "send a clear message to the authorities of Myanmar that the violence needs to stop."

Humanitarian aid must be allowed in Rakhine state and the status of the Rohingya, who are stateless in Myanmar, must be addressed, he said.

French Ambassador Francois Delattre said he was pushing for a "strong and united response" from the council to pile pressure on authorities in Myanmar.

China, a supporter of Myanmar's former junta, backed a council statement earlier this month calling for an end to the violence, but the exodus has continued.

Rights groups, which have accused the council of dragging its feet on Myanmar, are calling for urgent action to address what they have denounced as crimes against humanity against the Rohingya.

"The council urgently needs to consider an arms embargo against the Burmese military and targeted sanctions against those responsible for the criminal campaign against the Rohingya," said Human Rights Watch's UN director Lou Charbonneau.

"We hope the secretary-general will drive home the importance of urgent action now by the council," he said.

France, which takes over the council presidency in October, has invited former UN chief Kofi Annan to brief next week on his recent report which advocates citizenship for the Rohingya.

Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has disappointed human rights groups who had campaigned for her freedom during the Nobel Peace Prize winner's 15 years under house arrest by a military junta.

The council meeting will measure the level of support Suu Kyi still enjoys with Western allies after her nationwide address last week failed to quell the outrage.

Monday 25 September 2017

International Rohingya Council (IRC) Statement on Ongoing Genocide in Arakan state of western Burma

released by IRC, 19 Sept 2017

We, International Rohingya Council (IRC), would like to call earnestly and express strongly to the world mechanism body UN, its member countries and international communities for ongoing genocide against Rohingya and Kaman communities in Arakan state of western Burma. 
As the world witnessed, we Rohingya people are existed as the most persecuted on earth that been more than six decades from the independence of Burma. After Rwanda, Cambodia, Sri-lanka, now under the watch guard of UN, Kofi Annan commission and international communities, there is another genocide going on in Arakan state of western Burma. The late NLD government led by noble Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi openly defending the heinous crimes of her government's authorities and military actions, as well as, dismissing the crisis by laying action plans crisis after crisis, and forming commission one after another that actually worsen the situation of Rohingya and Kaman.
We have seen the NLD government did not materialize the Kofi Annan's interim report recommendations made in March 2017. The government is also consistently rejecting the entry of United Nations Inquiry Commission and covering up the horror crimes and keeping the humanitarian crisis alive across Arakan, Shan and Kachin states. Kofi Annan knew that the government is impossible to materialize his commission's recommendations. Since then, Kofi Annan must not let another genocide after Rwanda when his commission has no power.
Before the release of Annan Commission's report, the government did find way to provoke the situation by heavily beefing up of armed forces, deploying Rakhine armed forces- Arakan Liberation Party-ALP, establishing joint forces by arming Rakhine civilians and introduced various forms of horror actions involving arbitrary arrests, tortures, rapes, looting, extortion, actively blocking of food transports in Rohingya populated regions of Maungdaw, Buthidaung, Rathidaung townships from 11 Aug 2017. In this response, the small self-reliance Arakan Rohingya salvation armed group had to interfere to save the Rohingya civilians  from the blockages and horror reign by driving out of the military and joint forces from some of their village posts. It done same as other armed ethnic groups do.
However, the government military and joint forces did not confront with Rohingya armed group who have been there for more than two years. But took the opportunity instantly by resuming of unprecedented killings against innocent unarmed Rohingya civilians and retaliated with attacks very indiscriminately, heavily by using fight helicopters, tanks, rocket launchers, machine guns, and torching houses, shooting women, children, over aged people and slaughtering, and burning alive. From 25 Aug 2017, government military and joint forces attacked in 176 villages under the banner of the so call ''Clarence Operation'' where more than 30,000 houses from over 65 villages (over 25 villages from Maungdaw, 20 villages from Buthidaung, and 20 villages from Rathidaung townships) were completely burnt down, more than 3,000 innocent unarmed Rohingya civilians mostly women, children and elderly people were killed, displacing over 400,000 people and pushed out along Bangladesh border where landmines were laid out beforehand and left tens of thousands of people trapped in the mountains.
The government authorities who never had given a hand for general public as you witnessed in many crises across Burma, but now this kind of government tactically showing sympathy by providing full security, accommodation, foods and supports towards Natala villagers and Rakhine people who were relocated in Maungdaw after 1991 and pushing them to blame onto Rohingya. Mrs Suu Kyi only silent on Rohingya, Shan, Kachin, Karen matters but she spoke out in defence of military actions, she also misinforming about the crisis, and constructed many false stories are published widely across her government website and Burmese media.
The Rohingya and Kaman situation in Arakan state has been deteriorated and fallen into the worst part of human catastrophe since the violence started from June 2012. For over five years on, we frustrated with world mechanism body UN and international communities taken no action, and have not even achieved a very basic task of aid and food delivery freely on the ground. This latest government sponsored genocide started from June 2012 caused total destruction across (13) different townships reached at (97) religious buildings, about (23,000) houses from (95) villages, killing thousands of Rohingyans and Kamans and nearly 200,000 people displaced of whom about 120,000 people still in 13 to 15 camps of Sittwe city and other about 30,000 people in 26 camps in 8 regions where aid workers unreachable are permanently trapped that included the Kaman ethnic people who are one of 135 recognized ethnic groups also ended up similarly and labelled as ''illegal immigrants''. It has been over five years now on, our Rohingyans and Kamans in Arakan state have been totally blocked out, excluded, segregated and the rest of population have been also confined systematically, blocking aid and food supplies, permanently barred from education, Medicare and livelihood. Massive attacks in Oct 2016, drove out about 90,000 into Bangladesh, killed over hundred people and arrested hundreds of Rohingya including children as young as aged 12.
The outgoing Thein Sein government itself asked UNHCR chief to find a third country for entire Rohingya community in July 2012. Later, the government opened the vigilant attacks spreading across central Burma in Yangon, Mandalay, Pegu, Sagaing, Magwe regions where killing hundreds, and displacing tens of thousands and burnt down thousands of houses. These are very clear signs of the attacks target entire Muslim population of Burma regardless of recognized or not. These ongoing attacks are very vigilant, well organized, cool planned, fully supported by central government and its authorities. By doing so, the country Burma achieving Buddhization of the nation and Rakhine people marching into re-installation of Rakhine independent state in the other hand.
Many organizations including Red Cross Society, Healthcare clinics are puppet bodies of the government and not delivering services for Rohingya and Kaman. The Rohingya youths teaching in IDP camps, distributing rations, language supporting workers, elders those providing medical assistance in the camps, bearing phones, having radio, having foreign contacts are instantly taken away by security forces.
The number of arbitrary arrests reached over 800 people involving children as young as aged 12 that added to previous 12,00 Rohingyans and Kamans detained in 2012, mainly from Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Sittwe townships. The NLD government has been trying to credit the military generals and washing out their past brutal crimes throughout brainwashing of the general public, instigating widely, dividing and bridging racial hatred between Rohingya and Rakhine communities by radicalizing of Rakhine people and releasing of reverse information across its website. The NLD government has been following the same footpaths of the past dictator regimes that keep minority issues under military orders throughout routinely attacking and waging war against minorities. That is the reason of why today about 43 other armed ethnic groups were founded from repression in order to exist, protect their own people, lands and rights from aggressive military operations, tyrant atrocities.
Various forms of population check operations are conducted ever for Rohingya only after driving out Rohingya people and forcing to accept foreigner identity, seizing and destroying their residential documents and not allowing to recourse to become new citizenship even under 1982 citizenship act. Practically, Rohingyans are even qualified to be a citizen and ethnic group under 1982 citizenship laws. However, it is the authorities who are intentionally reluctant to accept the Rohingya people' historical existences and ancestral evidence that earlier than 1824 British occupation.
For decades, the government has been terrorizing against minorities including Rohingya and Kaman, destabilizing of the country's peace and harmony and violating the domestic and international norms. For decades, Rohingya's have been subjected, oppressed, victimized, terrorized, drove out and paralyzed by the both government authorities and extremist Rakhine people that been well informed to the world during 1942, 1949, 1967, 1978, 1991, 1994/95, and latest in June 2002. Each of these occasions killed thousands of Rohingyas, uprooted hundreds of thousands of refugees and still languished in neighbouring countries. India, China and Russia therefore should not block in taking action against ongoing genocide in Burma.
Developed nations including Australia, international communities and United Nations must not forgive the heinous crimes of the tyrant Burmese rulers, military dictators, continuous attacks and waging war against minorities. We therefore would like to seriously urge the UN and its member countries, countries those have business ties with Burma, other countries those have heavily bearing of Rohingya refugees and resettlement countries those resettling Rohingya refugees, and funding countries, must join strongly and take effective action together onto Burmese government to end the humanitarian crisis, to halt all forms of brutalities and crimes, to reload the rights of Rohingya, to persuade to uphold its aforesaid rules of laws to equally guarantee safety, security and respect the dignity and rights of the entire population regardless of race, religion and colour and to ensure a free, fair and equal justice system available to all. Buddhism people of Burma including Rakhine people who are majority must unite to remove the terror actions from the Buddhist religion-state and all other ethnic minorities and ethnic armed groups who have been systematically and arbitrarily oppressed must jointly drive out such terror ruler government and armed forces.
The cases of Rohingya is not a clashes, not a sectarian attack, not a communal violence but it is a total destruction of entire community with a full swing of genocide, ethnic cleansing, arbitrary killings, corporal and collective punishment, slaughtering, burning alive, beheading, rapes, systematic confinement, pushing into concentration camps, destroying identities, barring permanently from a right to have rights, divide and segregation, eradication from homeland, destruction of historical and ancestral existences, blocking aid and foods, education, medicare and livelihood and cutting off of electricity and waters. Under the watch guard of the world mechanism alive body UN and international communities, now about half of the total Rohingya population have been driven out. We, IRC therefore would like to demands:
1) United States, United Kingdom, France, China and  Russia that it's time to wake up to save Rohingya human beings facing genocide on the earth of Burma.
2) Urgent UN Intervention to save the Rohingya and Kaman people from ongoing genocide and ethnic cleansing against Rohingya and Kaman people in Arakan state, western Burma.
3) UN to immediately deploy international peacekeeping forces on the ground and rescue the rest of Rohingya and Kaman people who are trapped since June 2012.
 4) UN to use veto power to allow UN Inquiry Commission for investigation and to take effective and solid action against government authorities, military generals and other Rakhine politicians who are the main perpetrators and directly involved in the crimes.
5) UN to take effective action onto the NLD government to immediately lift all kinds restrictions, and halt corporal and collective punishments, arbitrary killings, arrests. And to immediately suspend the blockages of food and aid supplies and to grant special power to aid agencies to enable to supply food and aid on the ground freely without handing over to Rakhine authorities.
6) UN to achieve for the immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners from central Burma and thousands of Rohingya prisoners involving as young as aged 12 mostly detained in Sittwe Central Jail, Buthidaung Jail and many others who are detained in police lock-up and military camps.
7) UN to monitor in granting citizenship of Rohingya and Kaman people, ensure reload of the rights of Rohingya and stop forcing and pressuring to accept foreigner identity.
8) UN to eventually establish a safe territory or a special region or a safe zone for Rohingya and Kaman people within Arakan state when central government, local authorities and the general public are jointly denying the existence of Rohingya and wiping out of entire Rohingya and Kaman people from Arakan state of Myanmar.
9) UNHCR in Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia and India to register Rohingya refugees with Rohingya identity, provide adequate protection, accommodation, aids and support for all recent and previous arrival Rohingya refugees. 
Sincerely,+(88) 01 729 872581
M.ILYAS -UK (chairman)
h/p: +(44) 7780 359718

Contact in other countries
V-chairman: MD.Yunus (GE), +(966) 53 274 0805
General secretary : Habiburahman (Aus), +(61) 406 310077
Joint-secretary: Hf.Hashim Mamood (BD), 

Thursday 21 September 2017

Aid workers: World leaders need to do more for Rohingya refugees

source Aljazeera, 18 Sept

Watch: Aid workers: World leaders need to do more for Rohingya refugees ...

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Aid workers say the Rohingya crisis at the Bangladesh-Myanmar border is now one of the biggest humanitarian crises in the world.

Al Jazeera's Maher Sattar reports from Shah Porir Dwip in southeast Bangladesh.

Tuesday 12 September 2017

UN: Myanmar's treatment of Rohingya 'textbook example of ethnic cleansing'

Source theguardian, 11 Sept

Top UN human rights official denounces security crackdown against Muslim minority in Rakhine state

A Rohingya refugee pulls a child as they walk to the shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat on Sunday.A Rohingya refugee pulls a child as they walk to shore after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border by boat on Sunday. Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

 in Delhi

Myanmar's treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a "textbook example" of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.

In an address to the United Nations human rights council in Geneva, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein denounced the "brutal security operation" against the Rohingya in Rakhine state, which he said was "clearly disproportionate" to insurgent attacks carried out last month.

More than 310,000 people have fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks, with more trapped on the border, amid reports of the burning of villages and extrajudicial killings.

"I call on the government to end its current cruel military operation, with accountability for all violations that have occurred, and to reverse the pattern of severe and widespread discrimination against the Rohingya population," Zeid said. 

"The situation seems a textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

On Sunday Bangladesh's foreign minister accused the Burmese government of committing genocide against the Rohingya. Analysts said that AH Mahmood Ali's language was the strongest yet from Myanmar's neighbour, and reflected intense frustration in Dhaka at the continuing influx of desperate Rohingya refugees.

Over the weekend the Dalai Lama became the latest Nobel peace prize laureate to speak out about the crisis, telling the Burmese forces involved in attacks on the ethnic Muslim minority to "remember Buddha".

Ali told diplomats on Sunday that unofficial sources had put the Rohingya death toll from the latest unrest in Rakhine at about 3,000.

The violence was triggered on 25 August when a Rohingya militant group attacked more than a dozen security sites and killed 12 people.

Militia groups, local security forces and the Burmese army responded with "clearance operations" that have forced refugees into Bangladesh and left tens of thousands more displaced inside the state.

"The international community is saying it is a genocide. We also say it is a genocide," Ali told reporters in Dhaka.

He said the influx of refugees in the past month took the total number of Rohingya in Bangladesh to more than 700,000. "It is now a national problem," he said.

Ali said about 10,000 homes had been burned in Rakhine state, a figure that cannot be verified as Myanmar has restricted independent access to the state.

Scores of refugees in Bangladesh have given accounts of arson by Burmese security forces. On Sunday Human Rights Watch said that satellite analysis had shown evidence of fire damage in urban areas populated by Rohingyas as well as in isolated villages.

Myanmar says it is targeting armed insurgents, including fighters from the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), the group which claimed responsibility for the August attacks and reportedly controls small areas of Rakhine.

Arsa, which has been accused of carrying out attacks against Buddhist and Hindu civilians, called for a month-long "humanitarian pause" on Sunday to deal with the refugee crisis. The truce was dismissed by Myanmar authorities, which said they did not negotiate with "terrorists".

The International Organisation for Migration estimated about 313,000 Rohingya had crossed into Bangladesh by Monday, noting that the influx appeared to be slowing. Many new arrivals were on the move inside Bangladesh and could not be counted, it added.

Rohingya have been systematically persecuted for decades by the Burmese government which, contrary to historical evidence, regards them as illegal migrants from Bangladesh and restricts their citizenship rights and access to government services.

Earlier security operations have been described as possible "crimes against humanity" by the United Nations, but the scale of the latest violence – and allegations that Burmese forces are mining the border – have led to speculation the military is trying remove Rohingya from the country for good.

The Dalai Lama spoke about the crisis for the first time on Friday. "Those people who are sort of harassing some Muslims, they should remember Buddha," he told journalists. "He would definitely give help to those poor Muslims. So still I feel that. So very sad."

Myanmar's population is overwhelmingly Buddhist and there is widespread hatred for the Rohingya. Buddhist nationalists, led by firebrand monks, have operated a long Islamophobic campaign calling for them to be pushed out of the country.

Myanmar's de facto civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been condemned for her refusal to intervene in support of the Rohingya.

Associated Press and Agence France-Presse contributed to this report

Malaysia PM says Rohingya face systematic atrocities

Source Arabnews, 9 Sept

SUBANG, Malaysia: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Saturday said Rohingya Muslims face systematic violence including torture, rape and murder in Myanmar.

Predominantly Muslim Malaysia has spoken out strongly against mostly Buddhist Myanmar over its treatment of its Rohingya minority since violence erupted last October.
In the past 15 days, nearly 300,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to neighboring Bangladesh after raids by Rohingya militants triggered a Myanamr security forces crackdown in Rakhine state.
"Based on the reports we have received, (the Rohingya) are discriminated and no mercy is accorded to them," he told reporters at the Subang Airforce base on the outskirts of the capital Kuala Lumpur.
"Actually, it is done in a planned manner so that they are tortured, discriminated, killed and raped," he added.
Earlier Najib witnessed the deployment of two airforce cargo planes with food and medical supplies to the port city of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
"We are sending two planes with biscuits, rice and soap. Malaysia will do whatever it can to help since this is a huge disaster," he said.
Najib also said a reconnaissance team would arrive in Dhaka on Monday consisting of diplomats and military officers to identify further assistance needed by the Rohingya.
Malaysia's armed forces chief said Saturday that Kuala Lumpur would provide a 200-bed military field hospital in Bangladesh if the government there granted permission.
Describing Myanmar's inaction to halt the violence against innocent civilians as "rather disappointing," Najib said he will raise the Rohingya humanitarian tragedy with President Donald Trump on September 12 during an official visit to the White House.
"We have to help because the Rohingya tragedy has reached terrible proportions," he said.
On Friday, the powerful youth wing of Najib's dominant Malaysia's ruling party led a noisy street protest urging Kuala Lumpur to sever diplomatic ties with Yangon.
Malaysia on Tuesday summoned the Myanmar ambassador to voice its "deep concern" over the situation in Rakhine state, where witnesses said entire villages have been burned.
Over 1,000 people — more than twice the government's total estimate — may already have been killed in Rakhine, mostly Rohingya, said Yanghee Lee, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar.
As of June this year, there are 59,100 Rohingya refugees registered with the UN Refugee Agency in Malaysia.

Sunday 10 September 2017

River of Rohingya Corpses still Misinformation for Suu Kyi (Video)

Source Rohingyavision, 9 Sept

River of Rohingya Corpses still Misinformation for Suu Kyi (Video)

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When the military and its Rakhine militia commit savagery in its worst form by hacking or beating to death, burning alive, shooting dead, Mass-killing, etc., Daw Aung San Suu Kyi covers up the atrocities and protects those criminals saying that there are 'misinformation' being spread in media. This stand of hers aggravated the situation and this shows how the two major partners share an ethnic-cleansing coordinately.

07 September 2017 - Rohingya Corpses in Naf River ...  video

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This is a video taken by some Bangladeshi locals helping refugees in Naf River. Without description, the video itself is talking how mercilessly the lives of the people in the video taken. For more video, visit our Eyewitness playlists on YouTube.

After all these, Let the State Counsellor Office Information Committee or the government spokesperson Zaw Htay lie that those people have suicided, as they usually lie that 'Rohingya burned their own homes'. Where is Suu Kyi's fake news?

The following picture is of another incident.