Thursday, June 20, 2019

Press Release from MERHROM

PRESS STATEMENT
 
34th ASEAN SUMMIT 2019:  RECOGNIZE ETHNIC ROHINGYA AS ONE LEGITIMATE ETHNIC IN ASEAN.
 
 
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) on behalf of all ethnic Rohingya welcomes the 34th ASEAN SUMMIT 2019 that would be held in Bangkok, Thailand from 20th – 23rd June 2019.
 
The ethnic Rohingya hope something will be done to resolve the plights of the Rohingya. We hope Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia who will leads the Malaysian Delegation to raise the plights of Rohingya during the ASEAN Summit. We believe Tun have the capacity to bring all the member states to end the Rohingya Genocide in the region. We are very thankful to the Malaysian government who host Rohingya refugees for many years. We hope the Malaysian government to help us by taking leadership to end Rohingya Genocide and bring peace in the region. Ending Rohingya Genocide also means ending the Trafficking of Rohingya.
 
The Rohingya were made Stateless by the Myanmar government but we are the legitimate ethnic of the ASEAN. The ethnic Rohingya must be recognized as legitimate ethnic of ASEAN in order to pave the solution to their Plights. Therefore, we hope the Malaysian government who play the important role to bring Myanmar into ASEAN will be able to pave the way to end the Rohingya Genocide.
 
In the last year Chairman’s Statement during 33rd ASEAN summit, the Head of the States reaffirm their commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Leader’s Vision for a Resilient and Innovative ASEAN. The Head of the States also stressed the need to find a comprehensive and durable solution to address the root causes of the conflict and to create a condusive environment so that the affected communities can rebuild their lives. However, there is no positive changes on the situation in the Arakan States but the Rohingya continue to be victimized especially after the fight between the Myanmar military with the Arakan Army (AA)
 
With the Theme ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’ for 2019 ASEAN Summit, we hope the member states will give the top priority to end the Rohingya Genocide. This is very important step forward to achieve the ASEAN Community Vision 2025. How do we ensure “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” when Rohingya Genocide is ongoing in ASEAN? We must stop the Rohingya Genocide in order to foster ASEAN community, economy and politic. This is very important for future direction of ASEAN.  
 
We call on the Head of States of ASEAN, the Foreign Minister and the Women Minister to visit the largest refugee camp in Cox’s Bazaar to meet with the Rohingya refugees to get the first hand information. We hope with that information, the ASEAN Leadership can draw a permanent solution for the Rohingya in Arakan State.  The repatriation is not the solution to the Rohingya Genocide. The ASEAN Leaders must not agree to the plan to repatriate the Rohingya to Myanmar as long as the Genocide is ongoing. We must learn from the past repatriation by Bangladesh and Myanmar government where thousands of Rohingya were prosecuted by the Myanmar government once they arrived in Arakan States. The plan to repatriate Rohingya to Myanmar only increases the human trafficking indexs in the region and benefits the traffickers.
 
Currently, there are lots of IDP Camps in the Arakan Sates established in 2012 which hosting primaly ethnic Rohingya. The Myanmar government still could not resolve the IDP issues since 2012. Now, 7 years was past but still the Rohingya cannot return to their homes. How we going to repatriate over 1 million Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazaar to Myanmar while the IDPs issues still were not resolve?
 
In Conjuntion with the World Refugee Day tomorrow, 20th June 2019, MERHROM call upon the United Nations Security Council, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, World Leaders and the International Community to come together to end the Rohingya Genocide. We must have the political will to end the Genocide otherwise our efforts and resources will be wasted. We cannot wait any further as the Rohingya Genocide already at the last stage of Genocide. We hope on this World Refugee Day 2019, there is new hope for the Rohingya and the rest of the refugees around the world. We hope together we can fight the Crimes Against Humanity and End the Genocide in this Century.
 
Thank you.
 
 
Prepared by,
 
 
 
Mr.Zafar Ahmad Bin Abdul Ghani
President
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) 

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