Chittagong, Bangladesh: The Persecutions of Rohingya Muslims in Burma which highlighted at Geneva UN Human Rights Council ,Room XXVII, Palais de Nations on June 6, according to Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) information.
In the event, Chris Lewa, the Director of Arakan Project, highlighted Northern Arakan State situation details; Melanie Teff from Refugees International raised about Humanitarian aid issues and Tun Khin President BROUK pinpointed about 1982 citizenship law and international community urgent action needed. At end of event, Josh Lyon, Human Rights Watch Satellite Imagery Analyst, showed power point presentation with the pictures of How Rohingya and Kaman Muslim systematically targeted.
“Lobbying about 20 important missions to support international independent investigation on Arakan violence in this event was very helpful for us,” said the BROUK president Tun Khin.
“There is no plan and no discuss about safe return of Rohingyas IDPs to their original place since 2012 June and facing Humanitarian aid blocking to these people –Rohingya by authority and local Rakhine extremists.”
“The 1982 citizenship law -denied Rohingyas of their bona fide citizenship rights has been strongly criticized by the international rights advocacy groups abroad. But, President Then Sein Government is still trying to implement it by force; ignoring international outcries.”
“More than 35,000 Rohingya boatpeople have left the country for unbearable situation, created by Burmese Government and allowing hatred speeches against Rohingyas and other Muslims minority in Burma which seen the government is not protecting Muslims in Burma and instigating to eliminate Muslims from Burma.”
The BROUK president urged the missions, to discuss the immediate intervention to stop the crimes against humanities by the Burmese government and to send UN Observers to the effected Arakan region to to protect the lives property, honour and dignity of the vulnerable and helpless Rohingyas and other Muslims communities in their segregated displacement camps and villages and requested to form UN Commission of Inquiry to investigate the violence and to bring those found responsible to justice.
On June 6, evening Joint Lobby group held a press conference in Geneva Press Club.
Moreover, the BROUK President was invited to speak at UN Panel Discussion on the problem of Statelessness and it’s sever impact on Human Rights on June 7 and Mark Manly, the Head of the Statelessness Unit, UNHCR; Lilianna Gamboa Coordinator of Open Society Justice Initiative and Zahara Albarazi Researcher from Tilburg University were giving the speech at joined the penal. The event was moderated by Deputy Chief of Mission to the UN in Geneva.
“Incompatibility of the 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law with International Human Rights Law,” BROUK President highlighted at the panel discussion.
He also mentioned about Rohingya existence in Burma since early 7th Century A.D and how Rohingya ethnicity and citizenship rights were stripped of by the previous Military governments and by the current President Thein Sein’s quasi civilian government. Burmese Government.
The intention of all Rohingyas to live peacefully in their home land along side with other ethnic people as dignified citizens of Burma with their ethnic Rights and citizenship rights restored.