Wednesday, April 30, 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 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)