Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland Australia (BRAQA) held a peaceful protest in Brisbane, Australia on 21/10/16, calling for international stance against the extra judicial killing of Rohingya women, children and men in Arakan, Myanmer . Over 100 people attented the event.
Among the speakers, Mr Andrew, representative From Australian Green, Mr Ali Kadri spoke person of Islamic Council of Queensland , Mr Mark, representative From Refugee Action Collective (RAC) and Mr Hossain Juhar President of BRAQA. Speakers badly criticized the on going Myanmar military crackdown on the civilian Rohingya population. They also criticized the silence of the state councillor, Daw Aung San Su Kyi and her government over the extrajudicial killing of Rohingya people.
Since 9 October 2016, under the pretext of looking for attackers on security posts, the Myanmar military and police forces have been indiscriminately killing the innocent Rohingya women, men and children. Together with the killing, the military forces have been sexually assaulting women and children, looting , torching and plundering the houses and villages of Rohingyas. Till today, more than 150 innocent Rohingyas were mercilessly killed and 10,000 have become Internally displaced. Due to curfew order and blockade, there is an acute shortage of food, medicine, and other essentials. According to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) report published on 20 October 2016, more than 80,000 Rohingyas are in need of urgent humanitarian aid and Myanmar government has blocked the aid reaching to them with the excuse of security. The situation is exponentially worsening. It is a violation of international law and Geneva Convention. Amnesty International also urged Myanmar government to urgently lift restrictions in Rakhine state to have humanitarian aid for the affected Rohingya villages.
Myanmar State councillor, Daw Aung San Su Kyi initially stated that extra cautious would be taken in handling, however, the reality is far from it.
And they (gathered participants) urged the following to UN, international community and Myanmer government
- Request to the Australian government; to strongly raise our concerns and issues with the Myanmar government to provide full protection to Rohingya community in Northern Rakhine State, not only to Rakhine ethnic community.
- To Australian public; as a democratic nation in Australia with the rights to practice freedom of speech, we request the public to raise stateless and vulnerable Rohingya issue with your local politicians, to speak our matters in the Australian parliament.
- To UN to strongly voice Rohingya issue with Myanmar government to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingyas in dire situation and to intervene the massacre and destruction of Rohingya’s properties by the notorious Myanmar military.
- To International community; to save the remaining Rohingya in Myanmar by raising your concern otherwise Rohingya’s existence in Myanmar will be in the history.
- To Myanmar government; to allow an independent international investigation on the attacks on security posts and the innocent Rohingya civilians being murdered by the military and BGP personnel; to lift the international humanitarian blockade for the Rohingyas who are in dire situation due to continuous security crackdowns and curfew; to investigate the whole extent of the event and bring those responsible to justice.