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Rohingya – Which Future ?

A three-day conference (26-28 May 2015) focusing on ending the systematic persecution of Rohingya, with a call from seven Nobel Peace Laureates to describe the Rohingya plight as nothing less than a genocide.

The meeting was held at the prestigious Norwegian Nobel Institute, Voksenåsen Conference Center and Literature House in Oslo, Norway. It was attended by Buddhist monks, Christian clergy, and Rohingya leaders from UK,Australia, Germany, Netherland, Denmark,KSA,Norway and Yangon. Also present were genocide experts, international diplomats, interfaith and human rights leaders. Attendees explored ways to end Burma’s planned persecution of the Rohingya, and to foster communal harmony in Burma.

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Mr. Kjell Bondevik, Former Prime Minister of Norway and Imam Malik Mujahid, Chairman of Parliament of the World’s Religions & Burma Task Force USA gave “World Harmony Award” to Burmese monk Sein Di Ta at Nobel institute Oslo Norway. He saved 1,000 Burmese Muslims lives by hiding them in his monastery telling to the racists ¨You will have to kill me first instead of Muslims¨ in Meiktila of Mandalay. The awards were given on behalf of the Parliament of the World’s religions.

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Tutu’s appeal was amplified by six other fellow Nobel Peace laureates: Mairead Maguire from Northern Ireland, Jody Williams from the USA, Tawakkol Karman from Yeman, Shirin Ibadi from Iran, Leymah Gbowee from Liberia, and Adolfo Pérez Esquivel from Argentina. They stated that, “what Rohingya are facing is a textbook case of genocide in which an entire indigenous ethnicity is being systematically wiped out by the Burmese government.”
Philanthropist George Soros drew a parallel between his childhood memories of life in a Jewish ghetto under the Nazi occupation in Hungary and the plight of the Rohingya after visiting refugee camps where they are currently being housed. “In 1944, as a Jew in Budapest, I, too was a Rohingya. The parallels to the Nazi genocide are alarming,” he said, in a pre-recorded address to the Oslo conference.
Burma has rejected the calls made by several Nobel Peace Prize winners calling for an end to the persecution of Rohingya. The foreign ministry of Burma released a statement saying such comments turn a blind eye to efforts to rebuild trust between Buddhists and Muslims in Arakan state.

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How can the Rohingya Plight be solved in Burma?

The world should boycott Burma for violating human rights and flouting international laws. The treatment meted out to the Rohingya people is enough to make a strong case against Burma. The International Community should move to protect the rights of the Rohingya people. Burma should be first threatened with economic sanctions. If it complies with the international laws and successfully move to protect its Rohingya population, it should be welcomed by the world. In case of failure to do so, the world should slap sanctions on this country and sever all ties with Burma. Nobody should be allowed to violate international laws.
A human catastrophe is happening in Burma which needs immediate attention of the world leaders. The International community should intervene into this inhuman genocide that has been happening in Burma.
Mohamed Farooq

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