2012 – Rohingya Massacre

Thousands of defenceless Rohingya were brutally killed, hundreds of innocent Rohingya sentenced to long term imprisonments with having no legal crime, many Rohingya women and teenage girls were critically gang raped in several villages of different localities, about 140,000 people were displaced forcibly under open sky, vandalism and arson to the houses, religious schools and mosques since June 2012.

Human Right violation is persisted by Thein Sein’s junta in Arakan and other areas of ethnics. The riot raised up following the killing of a Buddhist woman who was not killed by Rohingya and subsequent killing of ten pilgrimage Muslims.
Some Rohingya victims recognized their neighbors Rakhine involvement in physical attacks and the burning homes. Many strange outsider racists came to their villages to perpetrate the crimes. Thousands of Rohingya who were displaced by the 2012 violence when their houses and belongings were burned, and they often reported police complicity in the attacks.

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Many mosques were destroyed in 2012. Some that were not completely destroyed have since been converted into police stations or Buddhist temples. The riots in Arakan state and other parts of the country where Rohingya and other Muslims were victims of brutal attacks in the months years following the 2012 state-sponsored attacks.
The fire brigade approaching when Rohingya houses were ablaze, but instead of extinguishing the members of the fire brigade poured petrol or kerosene and helped the fire spread. Thousands of Rohingya remain in forced internment camps, prevented from accessing what might be left of their former homes and jobs. Some of the camps are just a few miles from the town of Sittwe (Capital of Arakan State), but there is a division between the town and camps that physically segregates Rakhine and Rohingya.

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Rohingya in Camps are like people in prisons. Some Rakhine people also lost their homes in the 2012 violence and live in relocation camps, but their living standards are far superior to those in the Rohingya camps. The differences were glaring; dilapidated and overcrowded structures in the Rohingya camps, well-constructed homes wired with electricity in the Rakhine areas. The increasing human rights abuses and arbitrary detention of Rohingya in Arakan state of Burma.
It is the duty of security forces to defend the rights of everyone without exception or discrimination from abuses. But, they involve themselves to torture and harass Rohingya.

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The violence has since spread amidst a wave of hate speech targeting all of Burmese Muslims, led by extremist monk, Wirathu and his followers around the whole Burma. He was sent to jail for 25 years for committing crime against humanity as vandalizing and ablaze to Muslim homes and burning Muslim family alive which is hidden from the social media. After 7 years of his imprisonment, the regime set him free to resume Islamophobic movement in Burma. He leads a 969 anti-Muslim campaign which is legalized by the Thein Sein government.

Burma rejects U.N. Resolution on Rohingya
The United Nations General Assembly’s human rights committee has approved a resolution urging Burma to allow its persecuted Rohingya minority “access to full citizenship on an equal basis” and to scrap its controversial identity plan.
The resolution, however, expressed “serious concern” about the treatment of the Rohingya Muslim minority in Arakan State and Muslims elsewhere in the country. The government, it said, “should grant equal access to full citizenship for the Rohingya minority and to undertake full, transparent and independent investigations into all reports of human rights violations.”
But, Burma rejected the U.N. resolution urging it to grant citizenship to the Rohingya, a stateless minority group, and accused the United Nations of impinging on its sovereignty.
The officials said the government would consider granting Burmese citizenship to “Bengalis” who are eligible under the 1982 Citizenship Law, a piece of legislation that has been condemned by international human rights groups as discriminatory towards the Muslim group.
International human rights groups have repeatedly condemned Burma’s 1982 Citizenship Law (Black Law) as discriminating against the Rohingya minority, as the law omits the group from the recognized list of 135 minorities. The international community has called for the law to be amended or overhauled in order to address the issue of Rohingya citizenship. The Human right groups have called on Burmese Parliament to amend or repeal the 1982 Citizenship Law to ensure that Rohingya are no longer stateless.
Under the international human rights law and standards, no one may be left or rendered stateless. For too long Burma human rights record has been marred by the continued denial of citizenship for Rohingya and a host of discriminatory practices against them.

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President Thein Sein rescinds Voting Right of Rohingya
On the second week of February 2015, a bill was enacted with a clause that would give ‘white card’ holders Rohingya the right to vote in a proposed referendum on the country’s constitution. After a couple of days, the office of President Thein Sein issued a new statement describing that the white cards would expire at the end of March and cancelled the voting right of Rohingya. Thein Sein plays digital magic game with Rohingya issue. (M.F.)


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