BURMA: GENERATIONS OF GENOCIDES – STATE-SUPPORTED ETHNIC CLEANSING AND THE UGLY SIDE OF BUDDHISM (BURMESE BUDDHISTS)
Burma also known as Myanmar is a country in Southeast Asia, bordered by India, Bangladesh, China, Laos and Thailand. Burma is also the 24th most populous country in the world with over 60.28 million people. Islam is a minority religion in Burma, practiced by 4 percent of the population, according to the Myanmar official statistics. However, according to a U.S. State Department’s 2006 international religious freedom report, official statistics underestimate the non-Buddhist population which could be as high as 30 percent.
The Rohingya, or Roh, are the largest Muslim people group in Myanmar. Over 1 million live in Myanmar’s northern Rakhine (Arakan) State, along the border with Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal. Roh can also be found in Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia. In Myanmar, a majority Buddhist nation, the Roh are more likely to say they are “Muslim” than to identify themselves with a particular ethnicity. There is evidence that Muslims have had a presence in Rakhine State for over 1000 years.
Muslims around the world have shown concern over the recent news of Genocide of the Muslims in Burma, but they don’t realize that it’s not the first time that Muslims have been killed in Burma. Bayat Wi and Bayat Ta were the first Muslims documented in the history of Burma in 1050AD. Bayat Wi was killed by the king because the king was concerned about his strength. Bayat Ta managed to escape to Bagan and took refuge with King Anawratha. He married a girl from Popa with whom he had two sons, the Shwe Byin brothers. His children were also executed by the king because they refused to obey the forced labor order of the king.
Shah Shuja was the second son of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, the one who built the Taj Mahal. Shah Shuja lost a battle against his brother and fled with his family and army to Arakan-Burma. The King of Arakan Sandathudama (1652-1687 AD), allowed Shah Shuja to settle in Arakan. Shah Shuja wanted to go to Makah. For this purpose he needed a ship and was willing to pay with silver and gold to buy a ship. When the king came to know this he become greedy for his wealth and asked for the daughter of Shah Shuja. After the rejection of his proposal by Shah Shuja all his followers were killed. Anyone with beard was supposed to be a follower of Shah Shuja and was beheaded. Women were sent to prison where they died of hunger. In such way the Muslim refugees from India were targeted.
In 1930’s the Burmese started the ‘ Burma for Burmese Campaign’, as many people had migrated to Burma from India because India and Burma both were under British rule, the Burmese were worried that all the jobs will be occupied by these new immigrants. They marched to the Muslim (Surti) Bazaar. While the Indian Police under British Administration broke the violent demonstration, three monks were hurt. Burmese newspapers use the pictures of the Indian police attacking the Buddhist monks to further incite the spread of riots. Muslim properties: shops, houses and mosques were looted, destroyed and burned. They assaulted and even massacred the Muslims. The riot spread all over Burma and a recorded 113 mosques were damaged. Similar kind of anti-Muslim Riots also happened in 1997 and 2001.
Burma’s State Terrorism and Genocide against Muslims
According to the state, the recent sectarian violence began in June when three Muslims boys were accused of raping a Buddhist girl. These three boys were arrested and even sentenced to death after a trial of 4 days. One of these boys was reported to have killed himself. But the Muslim version of this incident varies from the state version. According to Muslims, two on these boys are innocent; the third one fell in love with a Buddhist girl and ran away with her. The boy was captured later and tortured to death.
Even if we accept both the versions, the case was solved and closed. The accused boys were arrested and sentenced to death. But the local Buddhist didn’t stop there, on 3rd June 2012, 11 innocent Muslims were killed by the Burmese Army and an angry Buddhist mob after bringing them down from a bus in Toungop. When Muslims protested against the killing of these men in the Muslim majority province of Arakan, they were attacked by the Army, Police and Buddhist groups. More than 50 people were killed and millions of homes were destroyed in fires. According to some unconfirmed sources more than 680 Muslims were killed in just 2 days of these riots. The total number of Muslims killed in Burma since June 3, is estimated to be between 20,000 and 52,000 but the exact numbers of Muslims killed is still unknown because the government has not allowed independent investigations, no UN or Human Rights activists or media has been given access in the affected areas since the violence began.
According to ARNO (Arankan Rohingia National Organization), witnesses told the Human Rights Watch that state security forces violently raided predominately Muslim villages in Maungdaw Township, firing on villagers and looting homes and businesses. In several villages, police and Buddhist groups dragged Muslims from their homes and violently beat them. Witnesses in villages outside of Maungdaw said dozens of people, including women and children, were taken away in mid-June in trucks to unknown locations, and have not been heard from since. Mass arrests of Muslims have also taken place in Buthidaung and Rathedaung townships.
Witnesses in Maungdaw Township described several instances in which Buddhist men wielding sticks and swords accompanied the security forces in raids on Muslim villages. A 27-year-old Muslim told the Human Rights Watch, “Twenty-five of my relatives have been arrested.… I saw with my own eyes, two of my nephews were taken by the military and Buddhist groups. They tried to hide themselves in the large embankments in the paddy fields, but some Buddhists found them and stabbed them with long knives. They stabbed them and took them to the jail.”
According to Human Rights Watch estimated 90,000 Muslims are displaced and taking segregated refuge in temporary camps and community sites. Hundreds of Muslims fled across the nearby border to Bangladesh, where many were forced back by Bangladeshi border guards.
There is no talk of the western civilization regimes intervention to save the humans life in Burma and at the same time there is no news in the mainstream western media circus about the Muslim genocide in Burma. And one of the advocates of the western intervention “to save life” in the Third World countries, the US Secretary of State, Mrs. Hillary (Hilarious) Clinton is also silent. Why?
Why the western civilization regimes and their media circus are silent about this Muslims genocide by Buddhist Terrorists in Burma?
It could be because the US-led western civilization regimes leaders and the mainstream western media circus are still in a LONG HONEY MOON with Aung San Suu Kyi and some or many Western civilization people have also fallen in love with Buddhism!
Surprisingly the champions of human rights UN, US, UK and other EU countries are not bothered with the killings of 50,000 Muslims or 90,000 displaced because they don’t have any interests in Burma. But on other side when few hundred people are killed by terrorists in Balochistan-Pakistan, US congressman tables a bill for Baloch right to independence. Daily human rights violations in Kashmir and Palestine are ignored but in cases such as of Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya always immediate actions are required.
UN is already losing its credibility in the Muslim world. In the case of Iraq, UN/NATO was completely ignored by US. Iraq was attacked without any proper permission from UN/NATO for the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ that were never found. Kashmir, the oldest dispute at the UN Agenda is still unsolved. Palestine problem is not solved by the UN where killing of innocent Palestine’s is happening on daily basis. UN is an international organization and it will have to treat all the member nations equally, if it will continue the “might is right” policy, it will soon be taken to the edge of collapse.
THE UGLY SIDE OF BURMA’S DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION — A ROTTING OF THE FLOWER, EVEN AS IT SEEMS TO BLOOM!!
LAST spring, a flowering of democracy in Myanmar mesmerized the world. But now, three months after the democracy activist Daw Aung San Suu Kyi won a parliamentary seat, and a month after she traveled to Oslo to belatedly receive the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize, an alarm bell is ringing in Myanmar. In the villages of Arakan State, near the Bangladeshi border, a pogrom against a population of Muslims called the Rohingyas began in June. It is the ugly side of Myanmar’s democratic transition — a rotting of the flower, even as it seems to bloom.
Cruelty toward the Rohingyas is not new. They have faced torture, neglect and repression in the Buddhist-majority land since it achieved independence in 1948. Its constitution closes all options for Rohingyas to be citizens, on grounds that their ancestors didn’t live there when the land, once called Burma, came under British rule in the 19th century (a contention the Rohingyas dispute). Even now, as military rulers have begun to loosen their grip, there is no sign of change for the Rohingyas. Instead, the Burmese are trying to cast them out.
The current violence can be traced to the rape and killing in late May of a Buddhist woman, for which the police reportedly detained three Muslims. That was followed by mob attacks on Rohingyas and other Muslims that killed dozens of people. According to Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, state security forces have now conducted mass arrests of Muslims; they destroyed thousands of homes, with the impact falling most heavily on the Rohingyas. Displaced Rohingyas have tried to flee across the Naf River to neighboring Bangladesh; some have died in the effort.
The Burmese media have cited early rioting by Rohingyas and have cast them as terrorists and traitors. In mid-June, in the name of stopping such violence, the government declared a state of emergency. But it has used its border security force to burn houses, kill men and evict Rohingyas from their villages. And on Thursday, President Thein Sein suggested that Myanmar could end the crisis by expelling all of its Rohingyas or by having the United Nations resettle them — a proposal that a United Nations official quickly rejected.
The government refuses to recognize nearly-one-million-strong Rohingya Muslims community, which the UN calls one of the world’s most prosecuted people.
Myanmar claims the Rohingya are not native and classify them as illegal migrants although they have lived in the country for generations. Myanmar’s opposition and National League for Democracy party (NLD) leader Aung Suu Kyi was elected to parliament after she was released from house arrest earlier this year. However, many people are disappointed at the way she has been avoiding the issue.
Last Month at a press conference in Geneva, Suu Kyi said she ‘didn’t know’ if Rohingya Muslims were Myanmar’s citizens. Bangash said Washington is also criminally silent over the issue as the US tries to coax the countries in the Southeast Asia region to stop them from having better relations with the People’s Republic of China.
“Southeast Asia is becoming much more inconspicuous on the economic map for the United States of America,” he added. “They should rather strengthen the sanctions against Myanmar until this problem should be solved but they are not doing that,” Bangash added.
Myanmar’s current government is run by military figures, which have been accused of rights abuse.
THE UGLY SIDE OF BUDDHISM
In June 2012, hundreds Burmese Muslims have been butchered, and many more injured and made homeless in Burma as a result religious intolerance by the Buddhist majority. The Burmese military government, far from trying to resolve the problem and protect the minority, has been silently conniving with the rioters by creating greater hardships for the Muslim minority.
The reason of this June 2012 riot is unknown except for the periodical outbursts of the Burmese Buddhists to show their might and vent their anger on the helpless minority. It is commonly accepted that the June 2012 massacre of Burmese Muslims was intentionally orchestrated by the rioters in collaboration with the government. Yet the world, including the UN, is conveniently silent. The brazenly hypocritical and unscrupulous woman, Aung San Suu Kyi, is very prompt at accusing the Burmese military of human rights violations when she is under house arrest. But she finds nothing wrong when the military helps the Buddhist mobs to murder the innocent Muslim minority of her country.
As in India, anti-Muslim riots are nothing unusual in Burma. Violence in Burma against Muslims have been erupting periodically since the 1920s based simply on religious intolerance by the Buddhist majority.
The Muslims of Burma mainly belong to the Arakan state in western Burma. They are known as Rohingya or Burmese Muslims. The term “Rohingya” has been derived from the Arabic word “Raham” meaning sympathy. Muslim settlements began being established in the Arakan province of Burma since the arrival of the Arabs in the 8th century. Presently about 800,000 Rohingya live in Burma. The United Nations describes them as “one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.” Yet it has never bothered to help them.
Religious freedom for Muslims in Burma has been systematically curbed. In the post 9/11 era, random accusations of “terrorism” against Muslims have become a common form of persecution and harassment by Burmese Buddhists. Burmese Government does not consider Rohingya Muslims as citizens and they are hated by the Buddhist majority. Rohingya Muslims in Burma have long demanded recognition as an indigenous ethnic group with full citizenship by birthright. But the Government regards them as illegal immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh and denies them citizenship.
DALAI LAMA AND AUNG SAN SUU KYI HAVE BEEN SILENT SO FAR!
A prominent political analyst says that Myanmar President’s proposal to expel Rohingya Muslims from the country is an “ethnic cleansing” and the country’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate is “criminally silent” about it.
“This is ethnic cleansing…. the government and even this Nobel prize winner, the lady [Aung San Suu Kyi] is so criminally silent about the problems of this minority in Myanmar,” Professor Ghulam Taqi Bangash at the Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST) told Press TV. The remarks come after Myanmar’s President Thein Sein said that Rohingya Muslims must be expelled from the country and sent to refugee camps run by the United Nations.
“Nobel Prize winner,” Aung San Suu Kyi, does not consider Muslims as citizens. Speaking at London School of Economics meeting on June 2012 during her visit to the UK, she said “Rohingya Muslims should not be considered citizens.” Later during her press conference at Downing Street, she did not condemn the killings of Rohingya Muslims taking place in Burma. Instead, she simply said that this “ethnic conflict should be investigated and dealt with wisdom.” It wasn’t just an insufficient response but a very shocking one from someone supposed to have won a “Noble Peace Prize.”
The notorious master hypocrite and undercover CIA agent, Dalai Lama, continues to globe trot without mentioning a single word of the dangerously growing Buddhist intolerance in Burma, Thailand, Tibet and across the world. Such intolerance and persecution invariably result in resistance by the oppressed. Many Muslims have joined armed resistance groups, fighting for greater freedom in Burma.
On June 3rd 2012, eight Muslims returning to Rangoon in a bus after visiting a Masjid in the Arakan province were attacked by a mob of hundreds of Buddhists and slaughtered brutally. An eye-witness reported that after the mass murder “the culprits were celebrating triumph spitting and tossing wine and alcohol on the dead bodies lying on the road.”
“These innocent people have been killed like animals,” said Abu Tahay, of the National Democratic Party for Development, which represents the country’s much-persecuted stateless Muslim Rohingya community.
The Rohingya Muslims of Burma have continued to suffer from human rights violations under the Burmese junta since 1970s. Over the years thousands of Rohingya refugees have fled to neighboring countries like Thailand, Indonesia and Bangladesh etc. Even as refugees they have been facing hardships and have suffered persecution by the Thai government. In February 2009, a group of 5 boats packed with Burmese Rohingya Muslims were taken out and abandoned in the open sea by the Thai army. Four of these boats sank in a storm and one was washed ashore near the Indonesian islands. The few survivors who were rescued by Indonesian authorities told horrific stories of being captured and beaten by the Thai military and then abandoned at open sea.
BEING “PEACEFUL” OR “HUMBLE” IS A FAR CRY CONCERNING BURMESE BUDDHISTS
Being “peaceful” or “humble” (as claimed by their biased supporters) is a far cry concerning the Burmese Buddhists. Their vindictive temperament prowls for vendetta, waiting to use even the most insignificant occurrence as an excuse to perpetrate violence on Burmese Muslims. At any time, if there’s some ethnic disturbance between Muslims and Buddhists/Hindus in any other country, the Burmese Buddhists waste no time going on a murderous spry killing the Muslim minority in Burma.
If there is the slightest of trouble between Muslims and non-Muslims in the other countries, it’s taken as a pretext to kill Muslims in Burma by Buddhist mobs. The destruction of the statues in Bamiyan (Afghanistan), created an immediate excuse to commit violence against Muslims in Burma in 2001. The firebrand Buddhist monks demanded a Muslim masjid to be destroyed in retaliation. Mobs of Buddhists led by monks, vandalized Muslim-owned businesses and property in Burma, and attacked and killed Muslims in Muslim communities.
Gruesome images of murdered Rohingya Muslims in the recent June 2012 riots in Burma have been circulated on websites, resulting in protests in several Muslim countries and by various human rights activists around the world demanding justice & protection in Burma for the minority, but has fallen on deaf ears as usual, getting little or no coverage from mainstream news channels.
The Buddhists have reportedly tried to block humanitarian aid getting to ethnic group.
Monks who played a vital role in Burma’s recent struggle for democracy have been accused of fuelling ethnic tensions in the country by calling on people to shun a Muslim community that has suffered decades of abuse.
In a move that has shocked many observers, some monks’ organisations have issued pamphlets telling people not to associate with the Rohingya community, and have blocked humanitarian assistance from reaching them. One leaflet described the Rohingya as “cruel by nature” and claimed it had “plans to exterminate” other ethnic groups.
“In recent days, monks have emerged in a leading role to enforce denial of humanitarian assistance to Muslims, in support of policy statements by politicians,” said Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan project, a regional NGO. “A member of a humanitarian agency in Sittwe told me that some monks were posted near Muslim displacement camps, checking on and turning away people they suspected would visit for assistance.”
THE STATE-SUPPORTED ETHNIC CLEANSING
This is not sectarian violence; it is state-supported ethnic cleansing, and the nations of the world aren’t pressing Myanmar’s leaders to stop it. Even Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi has not spoken out.
In mid-June, after some Rohingyas fled by boat to villages in Bangladesh, they told horrifying stories to a team of journalists in the Bangladeshi villages near the border with Burma. They said they had come under fire from a helicopter and that three of six boats were lost. Some children drowned during the four-day trip; others died of hunger. Once in Bangladesh, they said, the families faced deportation back to Myanmar. But some children who had become separated from their parents made their way to the houses of villagers for shelter; other children may even now be starving in hide-outs or have become prey for criminal networks. Border guards found an abandoned newborn on a boat; after receiving medical treatment, the infant was left in the temporary care of a local fisherman.
Why isn’t this pogrom arousing more international indignation? Certainly, Myanmar has become a destination for capital investment now that the United States, the European Union and Canada have accepted the government’s narrative of democratic transition and have largely lifted the economic sanctions they began applying after 1988 (measures that did not prevent China, India, South Korea, Thailand, Singapore and multinational oil companies from doing business with the Burmese). Still, when Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Myanmar late last year and welcomed its first steps toward democratization, she also set down conditions for strengthening ties, including an end to ethnic violence.
The plight of the Rohingyas begins with their statelessness — the denial of citizenship itself, for which Myanmar is directly responsible. Ms. Aung San Suu Kyi, though not as powerful as the military officers who control Myanmar’s transition, should not duck questions about the Rohingyas, as she has done while being feted in the West. Instead, she should be using her voice and her reputation to point out that citizenship is a basic right of all humans. On July 5, the secretary general of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, appealed to her to speak up to help end the violence.
BANGLADESH: THE WORLD SHOULD BE PUTTING ITS SPOTLIGHT ON MYANMAR!
To be sure, Bangladesh can do more. Its river border with Myanmar is unprotected; thousands of Rohingyas have been rowing or swimming it at night. But even though Bangladesh has sheltered such refugees in the past — hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas live here now, legally or illegally — it has been reluctant so far this year to welcome them, out of fear of encouraging an overwhelming new influx. Already, such fears have aroused anti-Rohingya sentiment among some Bangladeshis, and initially Bangladesh’s government tried to force the refugees back without assisting them.
After some villagers risked arrest by sheltering refugees in their homes, the government began to offer humanitarian aid, before sending them back on their boats. Bangladesh should shelter the refugees as it has in years past, as the international community is urging.
But the world should be putting its spotlight on Myanmar. It should not so eagerly welcome democracy in a country that leaves thousands of stateless men and women floating in a river, their corpses washing up on its shores, after they have been reviled in, and driven from, a land in which their families have lived for centuries.
BURMESE MUSLIMS GENOCIDE COULD DISRUPT ASEAN HARMONY
ASEAN SHOULD CONSIDER EXPELLING BURMA FROM THE REGIONAL ORGANIZATION OR AT LEAST CONDEMN RANGOON GOVERNMENT FOR ATROCITIES AGAINST MUSLIM POPULATION THERE AND FOR NOT PREVENTING MUSLIMS GENOCIDE BY BUDDHISTS!
In an effort to get the first-hand information, Surin Pitsuwan expected a detailed explanation from the Myanmar government on the bloody conflict involving Myanmar`s Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists ethnic group. “I expect there would be an explanation by the Myanmar government on this issue which has become a major concern,” said Surin. According to him, the conflict in Rakhine State could disrupt the harmony of ASEAN member countries. Therefore, in order to create an ASEAN Community by 2015, the conflict must be resolved immediately, he said.
“We also have to seek support (from the international community) to understand the issue thoroughly. We also need to find who are behind this,” Surin pointed out. Rohingya Muslims have been facing discrimination for a long time. The United Nations has even classified them as one of the most persecuted ethnic communities in the world.
ASEAN seeks to gather information and data about the conflict from a number of parties, such as the UN refugee agency UNHCR and Myanmar`s neighboring countries.
Citizenship status of the Rohingya community is still unclear because the Myanmar government considers them to be illegal immigrants.
The international human rights group, Amnesty International, reported that the Rohingya minority became the main target when riots broke out and continued to experience human rights violations. The group also said that the security forces, including police and soldiers, have detained hundreds of Rohingyas.
A state of emergency has been imposed in Rakhine since June after clashes erupted between Buddhists and Muslims. It was reported that Myanmar President Thein Sein said early this month that the ethnic clashes could be ended by sending the Rohingnya to a third country or a UNHCR camp.
On Tuesday, the Indonesian House Speaker Marzuki Alie condemned the killings of Muslim Rohingya ethnic group members in Myanmar and urged countries to take a stance against that country`s military junta responsible for the incident. “The systemic killings of the Rohingya by Myanmar`s military junta is a very concerning humanitarian tragedy that can be categorized as a serious human rights violation and a crime against humanity and specifically leads to a genocide,” he told the press here on Tuesday.
In view of that, he said Indonesia as a country that honors human rights and an ASEAN chairman must be pro-active and give a strong reprimand to Myanmar and urge that country to respect human rights and settle the conflict by giving the Rohingya right to live and citizenship like that for other ethnic groups.
“The UN must also be active in responding to the Rohingya case in humanitarian as well as political terms. With regard to humanitarian problems anticipation must be made to deal with refugee problem,” he said. He also said the UN must urge Myanmar to respect human rights as killings or ousting of the Rohingya from country is uncivilized.
“This is also a serious problem that the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) must respond. There must be concrete steps to protect the Rohingya so that they would not become a target of the ethnic majority and the military junta,” he said.
Marzuki said the OIC must urge the UN to give a strong sanction to Myanmar. “The Myanmarese leader could be taken to the International Criminal Court on charges of committing systematic genocide on the Rohingya,” he said.
According to him, the Rohingya case is also a test for Muslims now conducting the fast.
“Let us pray and extend our help to our Rohingya Muslim brothers who are suffering a test so that they remain strong,” he said.
Regarding ASEAN, Marzuki Alie said Myanmar must be reminded of its commitment to democracy not only in procedural terms by allowing opposition figure Aung San Su Kyi to follow the general elections but also in substantial terms especially with regard to the Rohingya`s right to live. He said the House of Representatives especially the Commission I must be pro-active in responding to the issue and urge the Indonesian government to play its strategic role in ASEAN as the Rohingya problem has already become ASEAN and international issues.
INDONESIAN ULEMAS COUNCIL (MUI) CONDEMNS THE VIOLENCE AGAINST MUSLIMS
In the meantime, the Indonesian Ulemas Council (MUI) has also condemned the violence against Rohingya Muslims in Arakan (Rakhine), Myanmar. “MUI also criticized the Myanmar government for not stopping the genocide against the Rohingya Muslims,” MUI Chairman Ma`ruf Amin said at a press conference here on Wednesday.
Ma`ruf expressed disapproval of Myanmar President Thein Sein`s recent statement that the Rohingya Muslims did not belong to Myanmar because they were illegal immigrants.
“This is contrary to history because Rohingya Muslims had been living in Arakan long before Burma became Myanmar, which achieved independence from Britain in 1948,” he pointed out.
Ma`ruf urged the Indonesian people to push the government to make efforts to stop the violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar. “All Muslims in the world are brothers and sisters, so we must help the Rohingya Muslims who are being treated unjustly in Myanmar,” he said.
MUI had earlier called on the United Nations to take steps to stop the human rights violation against the Muslims in Myanmar. “It`s very regretful that the UN Security Council has not sent any peacekeeping forces yet to protect the Rohingya Muslims,” Ma`ruf stated.
Muhammadiyah, one of the largest Muslim organizations in Indonesia has also called on the Myanmar government to put an end to the violence against Rohingya Muslims in the country. “The persecution of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar is a gross violation of human rights. If such actions continue, Myanmar`s efforts during the past years to become more democratic will be ruined,” Muhammadiyah Secretary Abdul Mu`ti said.
“The Myanmar government`s statement that the Rohingyas are not citizens but illegal immigrants has no legal base because they have been living in Myanmar for a very long time,” Abdul said.
Abdul Mu`ti also urged the Myanmar government to recognize Rohingya Muslims as citizens of the country.
AFTER READING AND WATCHING HELPLESSLY THE RECENT MASSACRE OF MINORITY BURMESE MUSLIMS BY THE BUDDHIST MAJORITY, LET NOT ANOTHER HYPOCRITE SING THAT PHONEY AND REPUGNANT ‘SONG’ ABOUT BUDDHISTS BEING “PEACEFUL.”(OS/HSH)
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2. “THE UGLY SIDE OF MYANMAR’S DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION — A ROTTING OF THE FLOWER, EVEN AS IT SEEMS TO BLOOM” byMOSHAHIDA SULTANA RITU Published: July 12, 2012 (Moshahida Sultana Ritu, an economist, teaches at the University of Dhaka, in Bangladesh)
3. ANTARA NEWS AGENCY: “ Myanmar urged to stop violence against rohingya muslims” (http://www.antaranews.com/en/news/83621/myanmar-urged-to-stop-violence-against-rohingya-muslims