Burma Times: February 5, 2016
The representatives of Burma along with others from Southeast Asia will pay a visit to the United State to meet President Barak Obama in two weeks.
Regarding the visit, Mr. Tom Andrews, the Chairman of United to End Genocide told “it is a critical opportunity for the President to demand an end the attacks and persecutions of Burma’s ethnic minority Rohingya” in a letter, in which he requests the people for asking Obama to raise the question while he meet them.
Though many telling Burma is on the way of transition to democracy and change in Burma is in the air, the Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD took majority control over parliaments by toppling the decade old military dictatorship, Mr. Tom said “smiling faces of Mrs. Suu Kyi and party mask a darker story of inhuman persecutions and threats of genocide against Rohingya minority”.
Tom also pointed in the letter out that Mrs. Suu Kyi intentionally avoids to say the word Rohingya while she addressed about right violations against these people.
He also wrote the saying of the officials of NLD as addressing the plight of the Rohingya will not be a priority of the new government.
In the letter, Tom urged the people to ask the President to stand with the Rohingya and let Suu Kyi, and all of Burma’s leaders, know that sanctions will remain in place until persecution and the threat of genocide ends.
He point out about the video posted by the ultra-nationalist monk Wirathu this week, which the monk called “The Black Day” and spouting hate speech against the Rohingya.
Moreover, Tom wrote as still 140,000 Rohingya live in makeshift camps, where they have been imprisoned for the last four years. And humanitarian relief efforts continue to be blocked for 1.3 million Rohingya.
“Even a new government takes shape in Burma, attacks and discriminations against the Rohingya continues.” Tom addressed in his letter.
He further said “without action, repressive actions against the Rohingya taken by the previous parliament – including restrictions on births, marriage restrictions and restrictions on movement – will remain in place. And the risk of genocide will only increase.