Asean, UN, Nato, OIC urged to act

NST: Asean, UN, Nato, OIC urged to act

UALA LUMPUR: The international community, including Malaysia, must put pressure on the Myanmar government to cease the abuse of the Rohingya ethnic minority and recognise them as citizens of Myanmar.

Arakan Rohingya Union director-general Professor Dr Wakar Uddin cautioned that the Myanmar government was arrogant and would not respond to scattered messages from a few organisations.

“Countries need to come together and put concerted pressure on the Myanmar government to stop their systematic and persistent genocide of the Rohingya people in the Rakhine state of Myanmar.

“We need a multi-track approach. Not only must the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) speak up, but the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) and the United Nations (UN) should come in to condemn the violence towards the Rohingya Muslims,” Wakar urged at the one-day international conference “Plight of the Rohingya: Solutions?” at the Islamic Arts Museum here yesterday.

He urged for a concerted international intervention effort to improve the plight of the Rohingya people and that it should be continued and sustained until the problem is solved.

“Being redundant can be good. It does not hurt the international community to repeat the same message again and again to the Myanmar government as this will drive the message home.”

Panelists at the conference pointed out that the discrimination against the Rohingya people was a direct result of the Myanmar government’s decision to strip them of their citizenship under the 1982 citizenship law and all agreed that the law be repealed.

“Once the Rohingya have citizenship, we have the basis to fight for the other violations of their human rights.”

He said that the international media and monitoring teams also needed to be in the region to report the situation in Rakhine.

Wakar also proposed the international community ensure that Rakhine’s current police force, which had allegedly participated in the abuse of Rohingya, is disbanded and replaced with a force that includes the Rohingya to keep the violence towards the community in check.

The Rohingya people have been described as “among the world’s least wanted” and “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.”

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One Response to “Asean, UN, Nato, OIC urged to act”

  1. drkokogyi Says:

    PM should speak out for Rohingya, says Dr M

    Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has called on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to highlight the plight of Burma’s ethnic Rohingya community on the international stage.

    “I think he (Najib) is in contact with the other leaders of Asean. If he wants, he can also contact US President Barack Obama, the UK prime minister and the German chancellor or whoever he wants to contact in order push this resolution forward.

    “I think he can do a lot of things that are not harmful to him,” he told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur after an international on their problems.

    The resolution, among others, condemned the violence against ethnic Rohingya and urged the Burmese government to resolve the problem.

    Mahathir said it was necessary for nations to voice out on the matter so that Burma would not view the discrimination and violence against Rohingya as legitimate.

    Rohingya should go to Australia

    He added that Malaysia was also doing its part to help Rohingya refugees in this country but warned that Malaysia could not entertain them “too well”.

    “There are organisations building schools for them but the problem if we entertain them too well, then it will tempt others to come here.

    “We already have refugees not only from Burma, but also from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and we also have a lot of illegal (immigrants).

    “They see this country as a good place to go to but this is not too good as everybody will want to come here as we are a small country. I invite them to go to Australia because Australia has a lot of land,” he said.

    Mahathir added that a flood of refugees could also affect the local job market.

    The conference today titled “International Conference on the Plight of the Rohingya: Solution?” was organised by the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF), which was founded by Mahathir.

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