Opinion & Analysis
7th June 2013
It has already been one year that the state-sponsored ethnic cleansing of Rohingyas and other Burmese Muslims started on 3rd June 2012. Unfortunately, no effective action to stop the violence against them has been taken yet despite drawing much international concerns. Miserably, the ethnic cleansing of them is still going on right before everyone’s sight.
In fact, the oppression against this community is nothing new and had been going on silently for decades until the violence started in June, last year. The violence against them, which is going on until today, is just a transformation of the silent persecution into an open and widespread violence.
It is worth recalling that anti-Rohingya propaganda leading to the current genocide became obvious after a report of BBC reporter Anna Jones in 2010. She mentioned in her reports Rohingyas as one of those minorities in Burma that had the possibility of extinction. Although she had never mentioned Rohingyas as ethnic people or citizens of Burma, the racists and self-interested groups in Burma exaggerated her report disproportionately in November 2011, exactly after one year of the report. Therefore, anti-Rohingya movement started and different anti-Rohingya campaigns were held at home and abroad.
Subsequently, Rakhine (Magh) extremist leaders backed by the Burmese regime and the domestic media in Burma started to portray Rohingyas as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and a threat to both sovereignty of the nation and the state religion, Buddhism. Due to systematic isolation of Rohingyas for decades, Rohingyas or the term “Rohingya” had been unknown the rest of the Burmese until 2010. When they did come to know Rohingyas, it was in the negative light.
The violence began from a conspiracy of raping a certain Rakhine lady called Ma Thida Twe allegedly by three Rohingya men on 28th May 2012. It was propagated by Burmese propaganda ministers and its domestic media as if an actual rape had taken place. According to the leaked medical reports, she was not raped but looted and murdered. Besides, one of the three alleged rape criminals called Htet Htet was a Rakhine, not Rohingya. And many things were conspired behind the curtains. They as well as all other the details concerning rape case is hidden from the public.
However, no one has ever bothered to question Burmese regime as regard to that. In fact, International Media, as well, despite knowing that Burmese rulers are sociopaths, simply repeated their official narratives without an endeavor to look into the authenticity of the rape case. On 3rd June 2012, 10 Muslim Pilgrimages were brutally murdered by 300 Buddhist terrorists in Taung Gote Township. No investigation was carried out against the inhumane massacres.
On 8th June 2012, the Genocide of Rohingyas began in Arakan and to later spread to other parts of the country. What have been happening after that till today are all tragedies. Killing Muslims, destroying their properties, looting their wealth, vandalizing their properties and raping their women in a city after another till today!! In Arakan the violence against Rohingyas are led by Rakhine terrorists, while in the mainland Burma, it is led by the Wirathu and his 969 terrorist gangs. Both groups are backed up by the government.
Nevertheless, UN, EU, ASEAN as well as all the international community is choosing to ignore their plights preferring to do business in Burma. United States of America as well as other Super Powers are only interested in solving the problems of those people who, in turn, suit in their interests. Besides, according many strategic analysts, the violence is not simply violence but a result of global power struggle in Burma. Therefore, there is no wonder why international community is not coming forward to take the effective militaristic actions against Burmese regime to stop when the Genocide is being carried out right before their eyes.
Now, the onus is much on Rohingya Muslims and Burmese Muslims living in the country and abroad to solve their own crises. It is the time for them to do some real things on the ground. And it is the time for them to realize that no one does anything for someone for free. Everything comes with a price. No pains, no gains. Do or die!