Rohingyas Must Be Given Their Rights: Razali Ismail, Former UN Envoy to Myanmar

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By July 27, 2013 10:06

Rohingyas Must Be Given Their Rights: Razali Ismail, Former UN Envoy to Myanmar

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27th July 2013

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Former UN Envoy to Myanmar

Tan Sri Razali Ismail, Former UN Envoy to Myanmar

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia– “The violence perpetrated against Rohingyas in Arakan has to be stopped and they must be given their rights” said Former United Nation Special Envoy to Myanmar, Tan Sri Mr. Razali Ismail, in a meeting yesterday. Mr. Razali Ismail currently chairs an NGO named Global Movement for Moderate Foundation (GMMF).

The meeting was organized by Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC) and Burma Muslim Community (BMC). During the meeting, RARC programme coordinator Mr. Mohammed Sadek explained Tan Sri Mr. Razali Ismail the disastrous situation that Rohingya Muslims and other Muslims are facing in Myanmar. He submitted some proposals to solve their problems in the country and in exile. (The detailed proposals are attached below.) He further requested Mr. Razali Ismail to do as a mediator in solving the crises being faced by Muslims in Myanmar.

To which Mr. Razali said “though I don’t have power, I will try to talk to Dr. Mahathir and the government of Malaysia. We will try on how to mediate with Myanmar government to find out the solutions to the problems diplomatically. In fact, Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) is already making its headway to Myanmar government regarding the issue. Obviously, we have to work with the government of Myanmar if we want to quell the violence.”

Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Middle), U Win Swe from BMC (Far Right), Md Sadek from RARC (Second From Right)

Tan Sri Razali Ismail (Middle), U Win Swe from BMC (Far Right), Md Sadek from RARC (Second From Right)

On the question of Rohingyas’ fate, Mr. Razali replied “Malaysian Government has tried to speak to Myanmar counterpart regarding the issue many times. We have taken a clear position that Rohingyas must be given their rights. They should be given citizenship. The violence perpetrated against Rohingyas in Myanmar has to be stopped. Government of Myanmar must know their responsibilities.

Malaysia and its people are hospitable towards Rohingyas. We have accepted so many Rohingyas though sometimes there are some discomforts. We will not change these policies of persuading Myanmar government to come up with fair solutions, to protect (Rohingya) people and to help the politically displaced people including Rohingya people according to international obligations.”

When asked to share on his past experiences in Myanmar as a former UN special envoy, he said “during five years time, as a UN Special Envoy to Myanmar, I have made 14 visits to the country. I have spoken to many people of Myanmar on many aspects particularly on national reconciliation. Now, even under a civilian government, these things (violence) are happening.

Reconciliations must include all the parties in Myanmar. Not only Buddhists. They must include all the ethnic minorities including Rohingyas in Arakan in national reconciliation. The fact that Rohingyas are part of the national reconciliation is not clear yet. You can’t deny the citizenship rights of Rohingyas.”

The Proposals Submitted by RARC,

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