ARNO Press release: Stop killing Rohingya and Rohingya ethnocide


Stop killing Rohingya and Rohingya ethnocide

October 25, 2014

Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO) strongly condemns the unlawful arrest, murder and criminal atrocities committed against the Rohingya people by the border security forces in Maungdaw township of Arakan/Rakhine State, Burma/Myanmar under the pretext of association with Rohingya Solidarity Organization (RSO).
Since June 2012, President Thein Sein has created so-called communal violence in Arakan where many thousands of innocent, helpless and defenceless Rohingya were killed, thousands of their homes and villages with mosques and madrassas were burned down or destroyed and their properties and valuables worth millions of dollars were looted while forcing them to live in displacement camps in segregation and apartheid-like situation away from their homes and properties thereby creating an impossible situation for their living in their won homeland.

The Thein Sein government is forcing the innocent Rohingya people into accepting Bengali as their racial name so as to make them illegal Bangladeshi immigrants with intent to ethnocide and ethnically cleanse them from their ancestral homeland of Arakan. We strongly condemn this inhumane action and demand for its immediate end. From early October the Myanmar border security forces have arrested more than 100 innocent Rohingyas in Maungdaw Township. Of them at least 60 people were summarily executed while the fate of the rest is unknown causing a major worry.

It is to warn that there is no rule of law in the country, and particularly the security forces and state sponsored non-state actors take the law in their own hand to kill and inflict criminal atrocities against the peaceful-living Rohingya people in Arakan/Rakhine State.
The government has persistently targeted its opponents while perpetrating large scale human rights violations and abuses, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity against the defenceless Rohingya people thereby creating refugee problem in the countries within the region and beyond posing threat to regional stability with a view to tightening its hold on the power.

The cunning Thein Sein government is engaged in deceitful practices and unresponsive to the international call to deal fairly with the rapidly deteriorating situation of the Rohingya people in Arakan. The government continues inciting anti-Muslim violence and has been implicit in all genocidal activities against the Rohingya.

We urge upon the international community, ASEAN, EU, USA, Australia and neighbouring countries to protect the defenceless Rohingya people in Burma before it is too late.

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