The Rohingya Issue - strong evidence of Genocide
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak called for foreign intervention to stop the "genocide" of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar on Sunday 4 December 2016., as he joined thousands of Rohingya protesters in Kuala Lumpur.
Muslim-Majority Malaysia has been increasingly critical of Myanmar's handling of violence and allegations of state abuses in northern Rakhine state, which has driven hundreds of ethnic Rohingya to flee across the borders to Bangladesh.
It described the violence as "ethnic cleansing" on Saturday.
PM Najib called on the United Nations, the International Criminal Court and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to intervene.
"The world cannot just sit by and watch genocide taking place," he told the crowd.
Najib's attendance came despite warnings from Myanmar that Malaysia risked violating the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) principle of non-interference in other members' internal affairs.
In response, Najib said ASEAN, which agreed to declare itself a single community last year, had also pledged in its charter to uphold basic human rights.
He also accused Myanmar leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi of inaction, saying that she had declared the Rohingya issue off-limits during bilateral discussions.
"How can this be? We should be allowed to discuss everything," he said.
The gathering, organized by Najib's ruling United Malay National Organisation (UMNO) and the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, attracted around 10,000 people, mostly Rohingya.
Malaysia summoned Myanmar's ambassador last week to express concern over the crackdown on Rohingya. It also canceled the national soccer team's friendly under-22 matches with Myanmar in protest.
Rohingya Society in Malaysia president Faisal Islam Muhammad Kassim said he appreciated Malaysia's efforts to find a solution to the crisis.
"We want the Malaysian government to (send a) message to the Muslim world and the Western countries, to pressure the Myanmar government to solve this Rohingya issue,"
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has led a protest rally against what he called a "genocide" of Muslim Rohingya minority in Burma.
Najib says Sunday's rally at a stadium Kuala Lumpur in Muslim-majority Malaysia sends a strong message to Burmese leader Aung San Suu Kyi and her government that "enough is enough" as he vowed to fight for the rights of the Rohingya.
Mr Najib said to loud cheers from thousands of Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. "The world cannot say it is not our problem. It is our problem," he said.
UN intervention is the only viable solution in Rohingya situation
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
28 November 2016
For more than 6 weeks the innocent and peaceful-living Rohingyas have been made systematic targets of wholesale destruction, killing, raping and looting and arson attacks. The Myanmar military and security forces have killed more than 500 people, raped hundreds of women, burned down over 2500 houses, destroyed mosques and religious schools, and perpetrated other inhuman acts.
While the persecution against Rohingya has been callous, persistent and recurring again and again for many decades -- causing refugee problem and boat people crisis that pose regional instability and threat to international peace security -- the Myanmar Government has manifestly failed to protect them, and Nobel Peace Prize Winner State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi is personally complicit and officially guilty in making Rohingyas’ plight worse.
As outlined in Articles 6 and 7 of the Rome Statute, well documented reports and videos confirm that genocide and crimes against humanity (including ethnic cleansing) have been committed against Rohingyas by the Myanmar Government.
Due to ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity, the Rohingyas are fleeing to Bangladesh for a temporary shelter to save their lives. They strongly desire to return to their ancestral homeland of Arakan as soon as possible and live a life in peaceful-coexistence with other ethnic groups, as responsible citizens of Myanmar, rather than to live in humiliation as refugees in alien lands.
But it is frustrating that United Nations, powerful countries and Myanmar neighbours, have taken no concrete step to response to the serious humanitarian needs of the helpless Rohingyas and to stop the ongoing genocide against them.
The Rohingya are hated, rejected, persecuted, annihilated and killed, and are treated as non-nationals. They do not enjoy any legal rights under Myanmar law and so do not have any redress in Myanmar. Therefore, the international Community should intervene in the matter. Particularly the UN intervention, on the grounds of humanitarianism with the specific purpose of preventing or alleviating widespread suffering or death of ethnic Rohingya with full security, is the only viable option left over to protect and save over a million of innocent lives. It seems implausible that the Rohingya would have any other redress except via the UN intervention.
We, therefore, urge upon the UN and international community for urgent intervention in the case of well documented genocide against the Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority to protect and save the lives of more than one million of innocent people. We also urge for an impartial international investigation into the crimes against Rohingyas, and for urgent humanitarian aids to the needy.
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Al Jazeera Investigates - Genocide AgendaDocuments and testimony obtained
Prof. Taj Hashmi of Austin Peay State University, Tennessee, USA - a VFJ, says the following :
Historically Arakan was a Bengali Muslim dominated kingdom, until annexed by Barman (Buddhists) in 1784, Then Bengal was already under the control of East India Company. The British occupied Myanmar in 1826, and kept it as a British colony until 1948. Meanwhile Burma was a province under the control of the Bengal Presidency based in Calcutta. Burma remained a part of British India up to 1935. Had Burma remained a part of British India it would have become independent together with the rest of India. And now imagine the whole of Burma (Myanmar) as part of India with Bengali speaking provinces of Bengal (Eastern and Western), Tripura, and Arakan.
Things would have been very different. Interestingly, some Rohingya leaders wanted to join Pakistan, and expressed this to MA Jinnah, who did not respond warmly. There was a big problem because Burma was still a British colony. Jinnah and other West Pakistani leaders were possibly not interested in getting more Bengalis as citizens of Pakistan. Had Arakan been a part of East Bengal/Pakistan, the history of our country and that of Pakistan, India and Myanmar would have been different. I am not through yet.
Now, the way the Bangladesh Government is denying Rohingya refugees their right to enter Bangladesh, is extremely inhuman. Greece, Germany, France, Italy and other European countries who recently took millions of Arab and Muslim refugees (knowing full well that there could be al Qaeda and ISIS elements among them). More than ten million Bangladeshis got sanctuary in India, and even arms and military support to liberate their country in 1971. Surprisingly, a country which came into being by getting shelter and support in another country as refugees, is denying similar rights to fellow Bengalis, who have been living in Arakan for more than 500 years! Bengali poets Alaol and Syed Sultan flourished at the courts of Muslim rulers in Arakan. Again, there are so many examples in history (recent history too) when certain countries sheltered its own people living in some other countries, and even annexed territories for the sake of protecting their own people. India annexed Hydrabad (which was NEVER a part of British India, but a fully autonomous/semi-independent country up to September 1948 (when India annexed it by force). The rationale being the majority of people in Hydrabad were Hindus and wanted to join India. If you hold a plebiscite among Rohingyas, they would also opt for joining Bangladesh. India also annexed Goa, which was a Portuguese colony (not a part of British India) until its annexation by Nehru in 1961, on the ground that the people of Goa wanted to join India.
Russia annexed Crimea (which was a part of Russia until 1963 -- PM Khrushchev gave it to Ukraine in 1963 when the latter was a part of the USSR. So, Bangladesh has some claim on Arakan. Above all, it has the moral responsibility to help the Rohingya refugees. A country of 160 million can easily absorb another million or so.