Nobel Peace Laureate Mairead Maguire calls on UN and international community to act urgently to end Burmese government led repression against Burma’s Rohingya Muslims

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NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE MAIREAD MAGUIRE CALLS ON  UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ACT URGENTLY  TO END BURMESE GOVERNMENT LED REPRESSION AGAINST BURMA’S  ROHINGYA MUSLIMS.

PRESS RELEASE  –   6th SEPTEMBER, 2012

Mairead Maguire at a Peace Rally. Photo BBC

NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE MAIREAD MAGUIRE TODAY SAID:

‘THE  STATELESS ROHINGYAS OF BURMA, HAVE SUFFERED FROM PERSECUTION AND DISCRIMINATION FOR DECADES AND ARE NOW FACING INTER-COMMUNAL VIOLENCE WHICH HAS EVOLVED INTO LARGE-SCALE STATE SPONSORED VIOLENCE AGAINST THEM.

IN JULY 2012 THE BURMACAMPAIGN, U.K. RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING REPORT;

  • BURMESE POLICE, SECURITY FORCES AND SOLDIERS ARE RAPING, LOOTING, TORTURING AND ARBITARILY KILLING ROHINGYA PEOPLE.
  • THERE HAVE BEEN MASS ARRESTS WITH ROHINGYA PEOPLE KEPT IN DETENTION CAMPS WITHOUT TRIAL, WITHOUT FOOD OR MEDICAL SERVICES.
  • AROUND 100,000 INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE ARE IN VARIOUS LOCATIONS, THE VAST MAJORITY WITHOUT RECEIVING PROPER ASSISTANCE BECAUSE THEY ARE ETHNIC ROHINGYA.  AID IS MOSTLY BEING BLOCKED BY THE GOVERNMENT OR WHERE ALLOWED ROHINGYA PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED.
  • UNKNOWN THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE FLED TO BANGLADESH WHERE THEY ARE GETTING NO AID OR PROTECTION, WHILE THOUSANDS MORE ARE TURNED BACK BY THE GOVERNMENT OF BANGLADESH, LITERALLY AT GUNPOINT, IN VIOLATION OF INTERNATIONAL LAW.
  • LOCAL AUTHORITIES ARE REFUSING TO ALLOW MANY ROHINGYA PEOPLE BACK TO SOME VILLAGES, SHOPS AND HOMES IN A POLICY THAT APPEARS DESIGNED TO ‘CLEANSE’ THESE AREAS OF ROHINGYA PEOPLE.
  • THE PRESIDENT OF BURMA HAS PROPOSED A POLICY THAT AMOUNTS TO ETHNIC CLEANSING ASKING THE UNITED NATIONS TO ARRANGE FOR ROHINGYA PEOPLE TO BE REMOVED FROM BURMA AND SENT TO THIRD COUNTRIES.

MAGUIRE SAID ‘THE UN AND INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY HAVE A MORAL AND  LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY TO  ACT NOW AND STEP UP  DIPLOMATIC AND NONVIOLENT METHODS   TO STOP THE PERSECUTION AND SUFFERING OF THE ROHINGYA PEOPLE AND TO END THE  BURMESE GOVERNMENT LED ABUSE OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND REPRESSION AGAINST THE ROHINGYAS.’

MAIREAD MAGUIRE  – NOBEL PEACE LAUREATE

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  1. John Pilger has documented how there are lots of business partnerships between Burmese generals and Western firms and wealthy individuals – this explains how they can continue to get away with their repression

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