Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia– Hundreds of Rohingyas attended at an event held in Kuala Lumpur yesterday in order to commemorate the brutal massacres 10 Muslims on 3rd June 2012 and the following state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas.
The Event was organized by
1) Rohingya Community in Malaysia (RCM)
2) Rohingya Vision
3) Rohingya Volunteers and well-wishers
The speakers at the event talked on various topics regarding the unfolding genocide against Rohingyas and other Muslims in Myanmar and on the recent human trafficking disasters. Among the known speakers of the event were:
1) Dr. Abdul Hamid, President of Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)
2) Mr. Zahiruddin Mohammed Babar, Post Graduate Student, IIUM and Activist
3) Mr. Muhammed Noor, Managing Director of Rohingya Vision TV
4) Mr. Qutub Shah, Post Graduate Student, IIUM; Activist; and cartoonist
5) Mv. Ismail, Religious Scholar and others.
The event kicked off at 2:00PM and successfully ended at 5:00PM. Local Police Chiefs and Intelligence Officers were also present at the event. Several International Media and local media arrived to cover the commemoration event of Rohingya genocide.
The press statement released after the commemoration meeting is attached below.
Date: 3rd June 2015
ROHINGYA COMMUNITY IN MALAYSIA URGE CONCERNED AUTHORITIES TO PLAY THEIR ROLES TO STOP ROHINGYA CRISIS
1) Rohingya, an indigenous ethnic group of Arakan State, Myanmar (Burma), is considered to be one of the most persecuted people in the world.
The ultranationalist Burmese Governments throughout decades have continued to exercise systematic discriminatory and extremely abusive policies and institutionalized persecutions against the Rohingya. Subsequently, they have been delisted from the categories of Burmese Ethnic groups as a part of Burmese regime’s ethnic cleansing policy.
2) From 3rd June 2012, waves of organized massacre and mass destruction have been being carried out in Arakan State against Muslims and specifically the Rohingyas by the Rakhine extremists in collaboration with the Myanmar’s armed forces.
3rd June 2012 is the day of the brutal massacres of ten Muslim pilgrims in Arakan State marked the beginning of a series of terrible pogroms against the Rohingyas.
Since June 2012:
- More than 5,000 Rohingya and other Muslims have been killed or burned to death, thousands of them missing, hundreds of women and girls raped.
- Many thousands of Muslim homes have been torched and many dozens of mosques and madrassahs destroyed.
- More than 140,000 people have been forced to flee their homes facing humanitarian disaster — starvation, mal-nutrition without education, medical care adequate food and essentials—in squalid displacement camps and villages in segregation under government’s neo-apartheid plan.
- Under extreme conditions, an estimated 20,000 Rohingya have taken the perilous voyages towards Southeast Asian countries and then 1000 boat people are missing while scores of others have drowned after several boats sank.
- In addition to Rohingyas, hundreds of Burmese Muslims were brutally killed or burned alive, many hundreds of their homes, shops and properties destroyed, and 50,000 of them internally displaced.
- Thousands of people stranded by boat in South East Asia and Mass graves were found in Thailand and Malaysia; and many more yet to be found.
4) Hence, 3rd June is the day we commemorate the massacres of the ten pilgrims and the beginning of the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas and other Burmese Muslims in Myanmar creating human catastrophe and regional crisis.
5) Hereby, we urge Malaysian government and other regional governments to step up to effectively and efficiently pressure the Myanmar government to stop the violence against Rohingyas and other Muslim groups in the country.
6) On the ground of humanity, we urge local authorities to provide temporary legal solutions and protections to Rohingya and Burmese Muslim asylum-seekers and refugees arriving in the country.
7) We urge the local authorities to give the refugees and their children in Malaysia access to health-care and education.
8) We urge the local authorities and the NGOs to give shelters and other humanitarian aids to the victims of the recently surfaced and ongoing human trafficking disasters in the possible means.
9) We urge Malaysian government and other regional governments to play their roles to find out the root causes leading to the mass exodus of Rohingyas by boat facilitating human trafficking and causing humanitarian disasters.
10) We give heart-felt thanks to the Malaysian authorities, civil societies, NGOs and Media for providing the best possible assistances to the Rohingya refugees and the boat victims.
For more information, please contact:
Muhammed Noor: +6 019-242 1874
Noor Mohd: +6 019-209 3531