The brutal ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State of Myanmar (Burma) continues unabated inspite of all the condemnation of the Burmese military’s atrocities against civilian population and criticism of the Burmese government for its inaction on this humanitarian catastrophe.
Almost 400,000 women, children and men, almost one third of the whole Rohingya population of Arakan Province have fled to bordering Bangladesh without any possessions in fear for their life just during the last three weeks.
More than a thousand Rohingyas have been killed, brutally murdered by the Burmese military, hundreds of women raped and enture villages burned down as shown by satellite images.
The crisis involving minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine state has become “catastrophic,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres said last Wednesday.
“Grievances that have been left to fester for decades have now escalated beyond Myanmar’s borders, destabilizing the region,” Guterres told reporters at the United Nations. “The humanitarian situation … is catastrophic.”
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the full humanitarian situation in Rakhine state couldn’t be fully assessed because of Myanmar’s refusal to give access.
The continuing Myanmar military operation against the minority Rohingya people appears to be a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing,” He further added.
“Last year I warned that the pattern of gross violations of the human rights of the Rohingya suggested a widespread or systematic attack against the community, possibly amounting to crimes against humanity,” he said in his opening statement at the Human Rights Council 36th session.
The Mufti of Australia, Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, supported by 131 Australian Muslim organisations have termed the treatment of Rohingyas as genoside and called on the Australian government to show leadership in putting a stop to the treatment of Rohingya minority in Burma.
A community stand against Massacre in Myanmar will be taken on Sunday 17 September 12 noon at Lakemba Memorial Park, The Boulevard, outside Lakemba Train Station, where a number of community leaders will address the the brutal campaigne of murder and forced displacement of Rohingya Muslims.
A Protest Rally on Sunday 17 September at 3 pm, “Stop Genoside in Myanmar, The World’s Most Silent Genocide” organised by Sydney Press and Media Council will be held in Martin Place, Sydney City in front of Chanel 7, Elizabeth Street.
A large number of human rights organisations have warned governments to act against this humanitarian disaster while many aid organisations have voiced their inability to help people affected by this catastrophe due to lack of access to those suffering within the Arakan Province in Burma.
The Dalai Lama has called on Myanmar to follow the example of the Buddha and come to the aid of the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority.
Twelve Nobel Prize laureates have written an open letter to the UN Security Council urging it to intervene in the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar.
“The world is anxiously waiting to see that (the) UNSC is playing its role to bring end to a humanitarian catastrophe and build peace in the region,” reads the letter, which was also signed by 15 other prominent figures.
The signatories include 10 winners of the Nobel Peace Price, including the youngest-ever, education activist Malala Yousafzai, and Desmond Tutu. Two winners of the Nobel Prize for physiology and medicine also signed the letter.