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Non-stop brutal violences taking place against Rohingyans: Urgent intervention require in Arakan
Press release by NDPHR(exile),
There are on going communal violences growing day to day in inside Arakan/Rakhine state from the day of 3rd June- where 10 muslims massacred in Taungup township. The armed forces who are acting as security forces are sided with Rakhine people and explored more brutal violences against Rohingyans.
The government does not show any sign to stop on going crimes committing by Rakhine people therefore there is in need of international intervention, urgently. Today around 9am, the government ordered to leave all NGOs fnorthern Arakan state..
In brief up to afternoon of today 10 June, at least 200 Rohingyans from Maungdaw and about 30 Rohingyans from Sittwe were shot dead by security forces and other about 50 Rohingyans taken away are missing, Rohingya houses in 30 villages from Maungdaw and Rohingya houses in six villages from Akyab were burn down by Rakhine people. Rohingyans those came out to stop fire were shot dead by security forces. Beside, thousands of Rohingyans homeless and displaced and facing shortage of foods and those injuries are with lack of medic care.
In Akyab/Sittwe city, there are Duamraung and Bumay villages including the mosque near Sittwe airport are still burning. At early morning 4:00am of today, Harzamya village was burnt down, at least 13 Rohingyas were shot dead by Police and Paramilitary Forces, 4 injured.
At around 09:15 am, Police Officer Than Htin killed innocent one Rohingya girl (Ramzaan- 12yrs ) Rohingya boy (Name –Abdu Rahaman-10yrs ) and her brother injured. Dead body was taken by Paramilitary Forces. From yesterday evening, Rakhine people started gangly attacking of Rohingyan villagers and setting fire of their villages after security forces shot fire into the houses. From last night to today early morning, at least dozen of Rohingyans were killed and 30 other were taken away. Arzimya, Nadikya villages were burnt down into ashes.
In Bumay village, under the guide of Rakhine people the police shot dead five Rohingyans during they went into the houses to those Rakhine set fire to go there in order to stop the fire there. Rakhine people are still rounding with lethal knives and chanting with loud speakers- “terminate kala”, “kala-kala.. kill-kill” (‘Kala’ is a racial slur word used to call Rohingya by Rakhine). Several other Rohingyan houses including houses from Kondan-ward were set on fire. It is also confirmed that Rakhine people those came to set fire were entering wearing muslim religious dresses. The local authorities plus police forces are encouraging the Rakhine to eliminate the Rohingyas and set fire at houses. Again early morning today, a group of Rakhine tried to burn Nazi Village but it was stopped by Rohingyan villagers
On previous night of 4 June, A large group of Rakhine people marched to attack the ancient Foktoli mosque and village of Nazi. But it was broke away by security forces after Rohingya villagers came out to resist them.
In Maungdaw township from Friday afternoon, 8 June. Security armed forces involving Rakhine people are acting mainly in shooting and killing of at least 200 Rohingyans and taking away the bodies, burning down 30 Rohingyan villages including religious building, destroying shop lots and looting goods and cash.
NDPHR would like to raise with some escalated the following reports; From Friday at about 2:00pm, 8th of June, the riot police fired more than 40 rounds at about 500 Rohingya peaceful prayers who are going to demonstrate peacefully in Myoma Kayandan village of Maungdaw Town to give the respect to the massacred 10- Muslim in Taungup on June 3. That killed at least two Rohingyas, several other injuries and some houses are burning at the this moment.
Beside, the main central mosque and prayers were attacked by Rakhine people in the presence of riot police. That created furious tension and followed attacking each other. Early morning of 9 June, military forces entered into Hunri-para and shot at Rohyingyas . At least 5 persons death and the bodies were lifted by truck.
Again afternoon, after military guarded Narittardil(ward-5), Rakhine brunt down the mosque.
On the following day the following religious buildings have been torched to burn down; 1)Morcos mosque of Sikdarpara, 2)Noapara mosque, 3)Sambanna and Sarkumbo mosques of Ali Thangyaw.
At midnight of 8 June, the Hlun Htein forces from Ngakura village accompanied by the extremists from the Rakhine village of San Oo Rwa (Hatipra) attacked the Rohingya villagers of the same village, killing one person injuring 3 others. The dead body was carried away by the killers. In many villages, security forces corporately with Rakhine people fired to the Muslim houses. When the inmates left their homes the Rakhine set fire. The villages of Hatalia, Sommonia, Razarbil, Kayandan and San Oo are among those which were also attacked.
From 9 June, the Buddhist monks and Rakhine extremists escorted by security forces were announcing ‘War on Kalas, (war on Rohingyas) along the street of Maungdaw. This message was spread like a wild fire all over Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships. The villagers also confirmed that many security forces dressed in civil clothes but with arms are firing at the Rohingyas.
Despite government authority had mutually approached on following protest near Sulay of Yangon, similar approach was not delivered in Arakan state. In Arakn, the armed forces were sided with Rakhine people and explored more brutal violences against Rohingyans. They also set fire a few Rakhine houses in order to tarnish Rohingyan people’ image.
It’s learnt from the beginning that despite Rohingyan villagers both in Maungdaw and Sittwe are confined within their villages under Curfew order, security forces are shooting at Rohingya villagers with cool blood and Rakhine people are still allowed to attack Rohingyans and to fire houses, to loot goods and cash in the present of security forces.
The due course of pending action against the mass killing of 10 Muslims in Taungup, is also a part of continuing tension between Rakhine and Rohingya communities. While authority has not yet arrested those terror Rakhine people.
All of such violence are direct result from the subject of Arakanese Rohingya Muslims are not entitled to be citizenship under new citizenship law-1982 based on the changes of Rakhine state from Arakan state in 1974. So, Rohingya people have to face oppressions in common and brutal attacks periodically and occasionally.
The mass killing of 10 Muslims by 300 Rakhine people in Taungkup on the 3rd of June, was one of the shock wave of their intentional desires of Rakhine people. For Rakhine people, it was a part of fulfilling to the chapter of muslim-free-zones defined from 1983 which consists Gwa, Taungup, Tandwe and Ponnagyuan townships. There were several hundreds of Rohingyans were killed in similar way in these regions and such crime will be carried on until the government implement such draconian act.
Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Burmese government is throwing up obstacles to prevent the National League for Democracy (NLD) from booking sports stadiums for campaign rallies by opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
NLD campaign manager Nyan Win told a press conference on Monday in Rangoon that government sports minister Tint San is disrupting the NLD electoral campaign because the ministry will not allow access to book football stadiums, which are necessary to hold the large crowds that Suu Kyi attracts wherever she campaigns.
Government officials have repeatedly claimed that the April 1 by-election would be free and fair, a specific requirement sought by the international community prior to removing sanctions on the military-dominated government which says it is moving toward democracy. The NLD party is contesting for 48 seats in the by-election, and Suu Kyi said she plans to campaign across the country.
NLD spokesperson Ohn Kyaing said Suu Kyi wanted to deliver a speech at Pyapon Stadium in Irrawaddy Region on February 17, but the Sports Ministry would not make the stadium available and she was forced to deliver her speech at Thelgwin on the outskirts of Pyapon.
Talking about the ministry’s actions, Suu Kyi said in her speech in Thelgwin that such actions will damage the government’s credibility, especially with the international community which is carefully monitoring the by-election campaign.
The ministry also sent the NLD a letter rejecting its request to speak on February 15 at the Hlegu Football Stadium in Rangoon Region. Suu Kyi was permitted to use the stadium after the Union Election Commission (UEC) mediated between the two sides. A similar case involved Suu Kyi’s trip to Pathein in Irrawaddy Region in the first week of February, Ohn Kyaing told Mizzima.
On February 4, Suu Kyi was forced to postpone her planned campaign trip to Mandalay because the authorities said the Myanmar Football Federation refused to rent the Bahtoo football stadium for a speech.
The NLD applied on February 17 to the Mandalay Region Sports Department to use the stadium located near Mandalay Mountain, but the authorities did not reply, said Myo Naing, an NLD official from Mandalay Region.
The UEC has been informed about the issue, but so far it has not taken any preventive action, said Ohn Kyaing.
Minister Tint San is the owner of A.C.E Construction Company. In the 2010 general elections, he won a Lower House seat in Myaungmya Township as a Union Solidarity and Development Party candidate. In March 2011, he resigned to become Minister of Hotels and Tourism and Sports Minister.
In the April 1 by-election, Dr. Phyo Ko Ko Tint San, a son of Minister Tint San, is a candidate for a seat in the Myaungmya Township constituency. The NLD candidate is Mann Johnny.
Meanwhile, at the NLD press conference on Monday, Nyan Win said Upper House MP Dr. Myat Nyar Na Soe has resigned from the National Democratic Force to become an NLD member.
ASEAN should be brave enough to remind Yangoon on the rights and plight of the Rohingyas. The Rohingyas are the legitimate habitant in the Arakan and nearby areas and they had been staying there for hundreds of years and they are recognized as the owner of the land.
Baseless allegations such as Rohingyas are the migrators from Bangladesh are the common escapism sentence that will be used by the SPDC regime to allow their brutality and harrassment to these Rohingyas.
The leaders of ASEAN, I’m sure have enough information and in-fact some of them had the opportunity to see the truth of what this SPDC regime had done to their own people.
ASEAN is not a forum only for the leaders, it is also a forum for us, the people of ASEAN. People of ASEAN cannot tolerate such a notorius government who doesnt have any guts to accept their own people.
ASEAN should push Myanmar harder on the issue of human rights, democracy and tolerancy. The current development on democracy in Myanmar is just a lip service. The foreign Minister of ASEAN is wasting the tax-payers money in Senggigi if they cant do anything better than pressuring the SPDC regime to uphold the basic human rights to its own people.
SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur
ASEAN to push Myanmar on democracy, wants sanctions lifted
Kenapa kasar bangat dong? Bukankah kita satu rumpun? Indonesia kan selalu mengaku sebagai abang besar di rantau ASEAN ini… bukankah abang perlu menasihati adik kalau terjadi pertelingkahan?
Cara ini tidak manis dan tidak cocok buat kita bangsa-bangsa yang merdeka. Jangan diapakan rakyat Malaysia yang ada di Jakarta dan dimana-mana di bumi Indonesia. Mereka nggak bersalah, menghukum mereka tidak menyelesaikan langsung pemasalahan yang timbul, berbincanglah dengan cara terbaik.
Saya merayu kepada Aktivis Ganyang Malaysia agar mengarahkan kemarahan itu dalam bentuk memo dan notis bantahan dan tidak perlu kepada usaha untuk mencari rakyat Malaysia untuk dikeronyok. Saya rayu agar hubungan baik Indonesia dan Malaysia dapat terus kekal dijaga, keutuhannya dipertahankan.
Kesilapan dan kebodohan sesetengah pihak baik dari Malaysia atau Indonesia perlu diperbetulkan namun tidak perlulah kita bersikap melampau dalam menangani urusan ini. Saya merayu rakyat Indonesia yang patriotik untuk melindungi rakyat Malaysia dari sebarang ancaman oleh mereka yang sedang panas dan mahu mengambil undang-undang dari aparat keamanan.
Jangan keruhkan hubungan ini didalam bulan Ramadhan yang cukup mulia ini.
Ikhlas dari hati saya.
SHAHRUL PESHAWAR, Alor Setar
Activists conduct sweep against Malaysians on street
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Tue, 09/08/2009 10:33 PM | National
Dozens of activists from the Ganyang Malaysia (Crush Malaysia) Volunteers conducted a street sweep against the neighboring country’s citizens on Jl. Diponegoro, in Central Jakarta, on Tuesday.
The ID card check lasted about three hours before the police stepped in and dispersed the activists, who failed to find any Malaysian national.
The volunteers, clad in red and white accessories, stopped every pedestrian, motorcyclist and driver, asking them to show their ID cards.
One of the volunteers, Aji Kusuma, said the group initiated the sweep as they were disappointed with the government’s slow response to Malaysia’s repeated claims on Indonesian cultural heritage.
“Our dignity and pride has been trampled on, but the government seems to ignore it,” secretary-general of the Volunteers to Defend Democracy (Repdem) told The Jakarta Post.
“We need a decisive government and we don’t think it exists under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.”
The ID check caused the traffic around Cikini in Menteng district to halt for several hours despite the police’s efforts to channel the flow of vehicles to alternative routes.
Central Jakarta Police chief of operation Adj. Sr. Comr. Aries Syahbudin said the sweeping was considered illegal.
“They did not notify us about their rally in advance,” Aries said.
The activists threatened to conduct another sweep in the next few days.
“We will evaluate our action today before we plan the next rally. It could take place outside the Malaysian embassy,” Aji said.
Founding president Sukarno launched a Ganyang Malaysia campaign in the mid 60s to fight against the formation of a Malaysian confederation state, which was deemed as a neo-colonialist power’s move to lay siege to Indonesia. (bbs)
PUTRAJAYA, June 9 — Malaysia has agreed to help Thailand revamp the curriculum of its Islamic schools, as part of a bid to end the Muslim insurgency in its neighbour’s violence-wracked south.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, speaking after his Thai counterpart Abhisit Vejjajiva’s first official visit to Malaysia yesterday, said both countries believed they could resolve the decades-old unrest through the “Three Es”: education, employment, economy.
‘We remain optimistic that things can get a lot better if we continue to focus on… giving them a better future,’ he said at a press conference with Abhisit.
The Thai Premier led a team of 38 officials, including his deputy Suthep Thaugsuban and Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya.
The two leaders discussed steps to develop the economy in southern Thailand, as well as Malaysia’s contribution in providing scholarships and vocational training for Thai-Muslim students.
Buddhist-majority Thailand annexed the former ethnic-Malay sultanate in 1902, leading to decades of tension which exploded in renewed violence in 2004.
More than 3,400 people have been killed so far in Pattani, Yala and Narathiwat, where residents are more fluent in a Malay dialect than they are in Thai, and live in one of Thailand’s poorest areas.
The region remains under martial law and sporadic violence has continued, with suspected militant gunmen killing 10 worshippers and wounding 13 in a mosque late yesterday, although Bangkok’s counterinsurgency effort has managed to reduce the attacks.
According to the Council on Foreign Relations, a United States-based think-tank, analysts believe Malaysia is willing to help restore stability in the Thai south as it fears the violence may spill over into its territory.
There was also a rash of allegations that militants were being trained in Malaysia, although there was little evidence to support the claim. — The Straits Times