Burma Times correspondent 12 March 2015
Rohingya protests around the world highlight the sufferings of the world’s most persecuted community
Rohinya activists in different parts of the world organised demonstrations urging the government to restore full citizenship for their community.
The demonstrators condemned the government for using security forces and Buddhist nationalist groups to persecute Rohingya Muslims in Arakan.
They also demanded that the government takes immediate steps to declare the Mayu Frontier Area where most Rohingyas live as a special administrative zone for the embattled community.
They called on the government to guarantee constitutional rights for Rohingyas as equal citizens, take actions against security forces involved in abuses against the populace, stop activities of powerful anti Muslim organisations such as the 969 movement, repatriate Rohingya refugees in home and abroad with compensation and guarantee for equal rights, and so on.
Protestors also declared solidarity with the on going student movement and called for the government to release all student activists arrested during the recent clampdown.
In Malaysia, Rohingyas marched alongside Buddhist activists most notably a group of 88 generation leaders’ representatives and also Christian activists from Chin state. The protests in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lampur comes a day before the scheduled visit of president Thein Sein in the country.
Protests also took place in Canada, India, Ireland and Japan. Protests were held in the Bangladesh refugee camp of Nayapara a day earlier to escape the vigilance of local authorities.
Mohamed Ibrahim , a member of Rohingya Global Campaign, the organisation that called for these protests said, “We shall continue to demonstrate throughout the world till the government ends persecution of Rohingya Muslims. These demonstrations will raise awareness around the world on the crimes perpetuated against the Rohingya community.”