Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union Speaks on the Persecution of Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims in Burma
Istanbul. The Economic and Social Research Center (ESAM.ORG) has convened the 24th Congress of International Union of Muslim Communities in Istanbul, Turkey on November 29 and 30, 2015. Over 150 delegates from various parts of the world have participated at the Congress, and over 30 speakers have delivered speech on various issues faced by Muslim countries and Muslim minorities worldwide.
Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union, spoke on the magnitude of challenges faced by Rohingya and Myanmar Muslims in Burma under the persecution and genocidal policy of the military junta and the current military-dominated Government of Burma. Dr. Uddin described the persecution of Rohingya in Burma as a new form of the off-shoots of imperialistic campaigns against Rohingya by the Burmese military to eliminate Rohingya from their homeland. “This is a form of imperialism in 21st Century that is based on supremacy and purity of ultra-nationalist Buddhists in Myanmar society backed by the Burmese military” Dr. Uddin stated “These radical Buddhist terror groups and monks are only insulting the great peaceful religion of Dalai Lama” he added.
Dr. Uddin explained the highly sophisticated scheme of the Government of Burma that has effectively marginalized Rohingya people and driven out over one-and-a-half million of them from Arakan – and it is done under the banner of transition to democracy in Burma. “Injecting fear in Buddhist Rakhine community by the Burmese Government through demonizing Rohingya and masterminding violence that have led to massacre of thousands of Rohingya and rendering over 140,000 in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps” Dr. Uddin said. He also explained how effectively the Government of Burma has blocked the international relief organizations in providing life-sustaining supplies to Rohingya IDPs.
Dr. Uddin had made it clear that there is no reason for Rohingya people to celebrate the landslide victory by the opposition NLD (National League for Democracy) party of the Noble laureate Aung San Su Kyi because there are a number of anti-Rohingya elements still exist in the NLD. He has also indicated that Rohingya people will not celebrate any type of outcome from the recent national election in Burma because they were disenfranchised from the voting and contesting in the election.
In conclusion, Dr. Uddin has asked the Muslim Ummah, the 57-member states of OIC, and the international community to stand by the Rohingya people in the cause of reclaiming their rights in their homeland. “The Muslim Ummah and the international community must speak in one voice for the rights of Rohingya; the pressure on the Government of Burma is mounting and the momentum that we have gained at the international stage must be sustained” Dr. Uddin added.