Burma Times – 20 April by Swedish Correspondent
Mr. Abul Kalam, Development & welfare secretary of European Rohingya Council (ERC) and chairperson of Swedish Rohingya Association has met the Swedish paliamentarian and Swedish Green party’s group leader Mr. Mehmet Kaplan http://sv.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mehmet_Kaplan in the Swedish parliament on 16th April. Rohingya well-wisher and human rights activist Mr. Jan Wihlborg, along all the Sweden based organizations working in various fields in Myanmar have also attended the meeting. Mr. Kalam has talked on the ongoing ethnic cleansing against Rohingya and current tragedy being faced by them in Arakan State. He emphasized that international community must pressure Burmese regime to stop theethnic cleansing against this minority. Sufferings have been exacerbated after the INGOs and NGOs were driven out of the IDP camps. As an immediate affect at least 10 people are dying or being killed every day in the IDP camps. These IDP camps therefore become de facto concentration camps for the displaced Rohingya. Mr. Kalam quoted the reliable source on the ground that told that many infantswere killed by presiding doctors immediately after the delivery in Sittwe hospital.
Both Mr. Kaplan and all the attending delegates are very much concerned and expressed their eagerness to work very hard to find out the options to help the Rohingyas. Mr. Mehmet Kaplan has also decided to hold a special conference on the current situation of Rohingya in Arakan on 8th May 2014 in Stock Holm Parliament house where many ministers for Burma network and Swedish prime minister will participate. Rohingyas are welcomed to attend the conference and raise issue of Rohingya directly with the Swedish politicians.
The attending delegates are under below.
1) Abul Kalam, Development & welfare secretary of European Rohingya Council (ERC) and chairperson of Swedish Rohingya Association: http://www.theerc.net
2) Jan Wihlborg, Adviser for The European Rohingya Council(ERC) http://www.theerc.net
3) Yasri Khan Founder/ President, Swedish Muslims for Peace and Justice/
Svenska Muslimer för Fred och Rättvisa (SMFR)/ (SMPJ) http://www.muslimerforfred.org
4) Kenneth Hotz, responsible for Burma:The Swedish Peace and Arbitration Society(SPAS) http://www.svenskafreds.se
5) Frida Perjus, program manager for Burma: Olof Palme international Centre: http://www.palmecenter.se
Shantana Shahid,responsible for Burma, Swedish Burma Committee: http://www.burmakommitten.org
7) Britis Ekman Civil Rights defenders, responsible for Burma. http://www.civilrightsdefenders.org
7) Johan Wihlborg, The Swedish Rohingya association