Burma Times: 29 April 2014
Myanmar’s Genocide of Rohingya Must End
What is really going on in Myanmar/Burma beyond tourist brochures, media spin and official reform hype?
Unspeakable crimes are being carried out against innocent humans: children, women and men by the country’s government and racist extremists.
Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya (of whom there are more than 1 million inside the country and another million around the world) have been singled out for systematic destruction.
Successive governments, for decades, have institutionalized a system of apartheid against these people. Kept in concentration camp-like conditions and ghettoized neighborhoods, Rohingya are not permitted freedom of movement.
Every aspect of their lives, including marriage, childbirth and ability to work, is severely restricted. Their right to identity and citizenship is officially denied; in other words, they are not recognized as humans before the law. The Myanmar government even denies humanitarian agencies unfettered access to nearly 200,000 Rohingya in the camps.
Rohingya are profoundly vulnerable to all forms of oppression and atrocities.
As a nation, Myanmar is committing numerous crimes including systematic persecution and discrimination, crimes against humanity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide.
Of the country’s ethnic groups, only Rohingya are subjected to a policy of compulsory birth and marriage control because of their ethnicity.
As a matter of national policy, Myanmar is:
DENYING Rohingya legal existence, and right to nationality; access to medicine, food, and other basic necessities to sustain life; and
DESIGNING extensive structures of discrimination, genocidal hatred and popular violence that amount to the extermination of Rohingya as an ethnic group. Thereby, both the government and racist extremists, are
DESTROYING an entire people with impunity and popular consent.
Myanmar’s official deeds speak volumes about its intent to destroy Rohingya as an ethnic group.
We call on everyone: in governments, in the streets and fields around the world to stop the destruction of Myanmar’s Rohingya.
This is genocide! !
The following organizations and concerned citizens have endorsed this global call:!
International State Crime Initiative (ISCI), King’s College, University of London!
The Sentinel Project for Genocide Prevention, Canada!
Global Campaign for the Rwandans Human Rights!
London Centre for Social Impact !
Justice for All, USA!
Burma Task Force USA!
Burmese Welfare Association, USA!
Burmese American Muslim Association !
Myanmar Muslim Association in Thailand!
Myanmar Muslim Youth – Malaysia!
Myanmar Muslim Civil Rights Movement!
Dignity International endorses!
Pax Romana ICMICA!
International Movement for a Just World (JUST)!
Concerned Global Citizens!
Prudentienne Seward, a survivor of Rwandan genocide against Tutsi and founder of PAX
– Peace for the African Great Lakes!
Rene Claudel Mugenzi, Rwanda genocide Survivor, founder of Global Campaign for
Rwandas Human Rights!
Sai Latt, Burmese scholar and writer, Simon Frazer University, Canada !
Ko Aung, former Burmese political prisoner and activist, London, UK!
Soe Aung, Burmese human rights activist, Bangkok Thailand!
Dr Kyi May Kaung, Burmese writer, scholar and artist, Washington, DC, USA!
Dr Zarni, Burmese scholar and activist, University of Malaya and London School of
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey, Rome Conference/ICC Signatory, ICTY Witness on
Genocide& Former Foreign Minister – Bosnia & Herzegovina!
Veronica Pedrosa, journalist !
Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, Parliament of World’s Religions (for identifications only), USA!
Youk Chhang, Executive Director, The Documentation Center of Cambodia!
Noam Chomsky, Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology!
Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, University Professor in Humanities, Columbia University &
founding member of Post-Colonial Studies, USA!
Barbara Harrell-Bond, OBE, Dir, Fahamu Refugee Center; founding director, Refugees
Studies Center; Emeritus Professor, Oxford University, UK!
Mary Kaldor, CBE, Professor of Global Governance and Director, Civil Society and Human
Security Research Unit, London School of Economics, UK!
Dr Hassan Saeed Elmogummer Taha, human rights activist, Qatar!
Alex Caring-Lobel, Associate Editor, Tricycle: The Buddhist Review, USA!
Antara Dev Sen, Editor, The Little Magazine, India!
Mohanad Hage Ali, Journalist, Lebanon!
Sabina Alkire, Dir. Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI), University of
Bridget Anderson, Professor and Deputy Director Centre on Migration, Policy and Society
(COMPAS), University of Oxford, UK!
Jack Healey, Executive Director, Human Rights Action Center, Washington (and former
Executive Dir. Amnesty International/USA)!
Antonio Carlos da Silva Rosa, Editor, TRANSCEND Media Service, Italy!
William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com, UK !
Roland Watson, Dictator Watch, Thailand!
Francis Wade, Journalist, Thailand!
Nancy Hudson-Rodd, School of Land and Food, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia!
Michael Ratna, Sri Lanka!
Chandra Muzaffar, President, JUST, Kualar Lumpur, Malaysia!
Darwis Khudori, Indonesian academic, France!
Sophie Ansel, Journalist, France!
Lynn Lee, Film maker, Hong Kong!
James Leong, Film maker, Hong Kong!
Rohingya Organizations Worldwide!
Arakan Historical Society!
Arakan Rohingya National Organization !
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK!
Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA)!
Burmese Rohingya Association (BRA), UAE!
Burmese Rohingya Community Netherlands!
Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark (BRCD)!
Burmese Rohingya Association Deutschland!
Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization (CBRO)!
European Rohingya Council!(ERC)
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee, Malaysia!
Rohingya Community in Norway!
Rohingya Society Malaysia!
Rohingya Organization Norway!
Rohingya National Party (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)!
Arakan National Congress (ANC)!
Rohingya Association of Canada!
Arakan Rohingya Organization Japan!
Rohingya American Society!
Free Rohingya Campaign (USA)