Chittagong, Bangladesh: Tun Khin, the President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) demand for safety, security and International independent investigation in Arakan – most of the Rohingya are living- at a side event took took place in 25th UN Human Rights Council Session on 17th March 2014 at Palais des Nations, Geneva – Room XXIV, according to BROUK information.
BROUK President Tun Khin mainly spoke about Rohingya people’s demand urgent their safety and security in Arakan State and also raised to the missions in the meeting to support International independent investigation.
The Burmese government is allowing mass protests against Rohingya being able to register as Rohingya, and then attempting to use these protests as justification for its own pre-planned discriminatory and illegal policies against the Rohingya, Tun Khin said.
Moreover Mr Tun Khin strongly raised about current census to the missions and said, “I believed that it is critical for Rohingyas to put our ethnicity name Rohingya. I pinpointed discrimination against the Rohingya, and is triggering a new wave of anti-Rohingya protests which are likely to lead to more violence against the Rohingya. Why are the United Nations and international donors helping the Burmese government conduct a census which discriminates against the Rohingya and could lead to more Rohingya people being killed?”
“Rohingya situation are totally opposite from other parts of Burma and the pattern of widespread and systematic human rights violations in Rakhine State may constitute crimes against humanity as defined under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court,” said Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Burma, who joined to the event lately.
Chris Lewa and Melanie Teff talked about current situation of Rohingyas in camps and others parts of Arakan. Both of the speakers pushed international community strong way have to handle to reach aid to pressure President Thein Sein to lift up restrictions on movement, marriage and education, BROUK information added.
After the event all the speakers joined with Quitana at UN Human Rights Council hall to listen Quintana presentation. Many countries including US, UK and EU countries supported Quintana’s report and comments that it is important to call for credible investigation recent Du Chee Yar Tan Massacre in Arakan State.
The side event was organized by International Peace Bureau. The speakers are Mr Tomas Ojea Quintana, Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Burma, Maung Tun Khin President of Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK, Chris Lew, Director of Arakan Project and Melanie Teff Senior Advocate and European Representative of Refugees International.
The event was hosted by Tun Khin, Colin Archer, Secretary General of International Peace Bureau. Many ambassadors joined to the event including from UK, USA, OIC, Norway, International NGOs and others.