Sunday, November 4, 2012
We call upon all organisations and individuals, who support human rights for the Rohingya, to unite to take action on November 8th. On this date it will be 5 months since violent attacks against the Rohingya began in Arakan.
We call you for demonstrations at Burmese Embassies or the Foreign Ministry in your respective countries.
The Rohingya have been rendered stateless in their own homeland by the most oppressive Burma Citizenship Law of 1982. Due to Under Thein Sein government’s systematic racism and ethnic cleansing policy against Rohingya, the violent attacks against them erupted in June, 2012. Since then
· Many thousands of Rohingya have been killed.
· Thousands of Rohingya are missing.
· Thousands of homes have been destroyed.
· Hundreds of women have been raped.
· More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes.
· Hundreds and thousands of Rohingya have been living under siege while most of them suffering from starvation and diseases.
· Rohingya refugees and internally displaced are blocked from receiving adequate food, shelters, medical treatment and other humanitarian aids.
· A new system of apartheid against Rohingya is being introduced and practised.
We call on you to urge your respective governments for the followings:
SUPPORT U.N. PEACEKEEPING FORCE AND INTERNATIONAL OBSERVERS ON THE GROUND
The Burmese government is NOT only failing to protect its Rohingya population but has also been the primary force behind the systematic persecution of them. It is important that further attacks, killings and destruction are immediately stopped. Now the responsibility to protect them lies with the international community.
FULL AND FREEE ACESS FOR DELIVERY OF AID
The government of Burma is blocking aid to many Rohingya areas and only allowing limited aid to those in camps for the displaced .An international effort must be made to ensure the delivery of aid in the same way pressure was applied to the government of Burma when they blocked aid after Cylone Nargis.
A UNITED NATIONS COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
Urge your government to support for the establishment of a UN Commission of Inquiry into what has taken place in Arakan State. A UN Inquiry is the only way the true facts can be established, those responsible can be held to account, and recommendations can be made to prevent further violence.
REPEAL OF THE 1982 CITIZENSHIP LAW
The 1982 Citizenship Law deprives Rohingya of their citizenship and underpins repression of the Rohingya. The international community must put pressure on the government of Burma to repeal and replace it with a law in line with international law standards and human rights principles.
Thein Sein’s government could have stopped the violence. Instead, the President asked for international support in expelling all Rohingya from Burma.
We, therefore, call for a peaceful global day of action on November 8th to urge international community to act in order to save the lives of the Rohingyas.
Signatories on this statement
1)Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
2)Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)
3)Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)
4)Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA)
5)Burmese Rohingya Association Deutschland (BRAD)
6)Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand (BRAT)
7)Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark ( BRCD)
8)Burmese Rohingya Community in Netherlands (BRCNL)
9)Rohingya League for Democracy Burma (RLDB)
10)Rohingya Community in Norway (RCN)
11)Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)
12)Rohingya Information Center Malaysia (RIC)
For more information, please contact:
Aman Ullah : + 880 15584 8691
Tun Khin: + 44 (0) 788 871 4866