Rohingya demand their voting rights and Stop Genocide against them

Rohingya community from United Kingdom (UK) and it well-wishers demonstrated at the British Foreign Office on November 5, calling on the British government to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into possible genocide against the Rohingya of Burma, according to Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) press release.

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Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK), Restless Beings, Burmese Muslim Association UK, Bradford Rohingya Community UK and Burma Campaign UK are jointly organizing this demonstration in front of ahead of elections on November 8, BRUK statement said.

More than 100 people – Rohingya peoplRohingya community from United Kingdom (UK) and it well-wishers demonstrated at the British Foreign Office on November 5, calling on the British government to support a UN Commission of Inquiry into possible genocide against the Rohingya of Burma, according to Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK) press release.

Burmese Rohingya Organization UK (BROUK), Restless Beings, Burmese Muslim Association UK, Bradford Rohingya Community UK and Burma Campaign UK are jointly organizing this demonstration in front of ahead of elections on November 8, BRUK statement said.
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More than 100 people – Rohingya people living in the UK and its well-wishers demonstrated in front of the British Foreign Office demanded “Give us back our vote! and stop Genocide against Rohingya”, said Ahmed Jarmal, General Secretary, BROUK.

The demonstration was organized to support the calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in  Arakan/Rakhine State, where most Rohingya  live in Burma by International State Crime Initiative report from Queen Mary University, Al Jazeera’s Genocide Agenda Report, a legal analysis by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, and the human rights organization Fortify Rights, found ‘strong evidence’ that genocide is being committed against the ethnic Rohingya of Burma, Jarmal said.

Based on the testimonies of the victims and eye witnesses, internal or secret government documents as well as UN data, report and information, all the above mentioned well researched expert reports, including Lowenstein Clinic, conclude that “strong evidence exists to establish the elements of the crime of genocide”. Again based on the circumstances of the crimes against humanity against Rohingya with the factual events and evidences and drawing on the UN Genocide Convention of 1948 it is a case of genocide that warrants urgent adequate international responses, according to Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) statement “UN Commission of Inquiry Most Urgent” on October 30.
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We have lost everything from our ethnic rights to citizenship, the right to marry, have children, and now the right to vote and the right to be candidate. The UK government should not be funding the Union Election Commission of Burma or any other Burmese government bodies of any kind which apply discriminatory policies against the Rohingya. If they do, they are complicit in that discrimination. It is deeply troubling that the international community does not oppose strongly, or consider unreasonable, the genocidal acts against the Rohingya. Whenever genocide happens, they say never again. It is time to stop Genocide against Rohingya in Burma, Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, delivering speech in the demonstration.

“As the recent reports claimed, the Rohingya are now facing genocide. How many more reports, countless number of dead acts of pure xenophobia before the international community acts?” The marginalization, persecution and the acts of Genocide against Rohingya should no longer be tolerated”, said Mabrur Ahmed, Director of Restless Beings at demonstration.

“Rohingya Genocide in Burma is the outcome of anti-Muslim sentiment. Anti-Muslim sentiment is the outcome of religious based ethno-nationalism in Burma. There are layers of hatred and ideology involved behind the Rohingya Genocide. In order to address the Rohingya issues, we need to address the root cause and solution is not feasible without addressing the root cause”, said Kyaw Zwa, Chairman of Burmese Muslim Association UK.

Mohammed Njamuddin, General Secretary of Bradford Rohingya Community UK said, “We want all our rights back as all other ethnic minority are getting. The continued Genocide and disfranchisement will force more refugees and the international community has to take immediate action to stop the genocide”.

The UK can’t keep saying never again when there is ethnic cleansing or genocide, and now stand by and do nothing when experts warn of genocide against the Rohingya. The British government must support a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations against the Rohingya, Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK.
e living in the UK and its well-wishers demonstrated in front of the British Foreign Office demanded “Give us back our vote! and stop Genocide against Rohingya”, said Ahmed Jarmal, General Secretary, BROUK.

The demonstration was organized to support the calling for a UN Commission of Inquiry into the human rights situation in  Arakan/Rakhine State, where most Rohingya  live in Burma by International State Crime Initiative report from Queen Mary University, Al Jazeera’s Genocide Agenda Report, a legal analysis by the Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, and the human rights organization Fortify Rights, found ‘strong evidence’ that genocide is being committed against the ethnic Rohingya of Burma, Jarmal said.

Based on the testimonies of the victims and eye witnesses, internal or secret government documents as well as UN data, report and information, all the above mentioned well researched expert reports, including Lowenstein Clinic, conclude that “strong evidence exists to establish the elements of the crime of genocide”. Again based on the circumstances of the crimes against humanity against Rohingya with the factual events and evidences and drawing on the UN Genocide Convention of 1948 it is a case of genocide that warrants urgent adequate international responses, according to Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) statement “UN Commission of Inquiry Most Urgent” on October 30.

We have lost everything from our ethnic rights to citizenship, the right to marry, have children, and now the right to vote and the right to be candidate. The UK government should not be funding the Union Election Commission of Burma or any other Burmese government bodies of any kind which apply discriminatory policies against the Rohingya. If they do, they are complicit in that discrimination. It is deeply troubling that the international community does not oppose strongly, or consider unreasonable, the genocidal acts against the Rohingya. Whenever genocide happens, they say never again. It is time to stop Genocide against Rohingya in Burma, Tun Khin, President of Burmese Rohingya Organization UK, delivering speech in the demonstration.

“As the recent reports claimed, the Rohingya are now facing genocide. How many more reports, countless number of dead acts of pure xenophobia before the international community acts?” The marginalization, persecution and the acts of Genocide against Rohingya should no longer be tolerated”, said Mabrur Ahmed, Director of Restless Beings at demonstration.

“Rohingya Genocide in Burma is the outcome of anti-Muslim sentiment. Anti-Muslim sentiment is the outcome of religious based ethno-nationalism in Burma. There are layers of hatred and ideology involved behind the Rohingya Genocide. In order to address the Rohingya issues, we need to address the root cause and solution is not feasible without addressing the root cause”, said Kyaw Zwa, Chairman of Burmese Muslim Association UK.

Mohammed Njamuddin, General Secretary of Bradford Rohingya Community UK said, “We want all our rights back as all other ethnic minority are getting. The continued Genocide and disfranchisement will force more refugees and the international community has to take immediate action to stop the genocide”.

The UK can’t keep saying never again when there is ethnic cleansing or genocide, and now stand by and do nothing when experts warn of genocide against the Rohingya. The British government must support a UN Commission of Inquiry into human rights violations against the Rohingya, Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK.

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