Aung San Suu Kyi to recognize Rohingya Nationality to stop Ethnic Cleansing
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The Myanmar Government has allowed the plight of Rohingya Muslims being stateless continue for far too long. The Rohingya people have been forced to flee from Myanmar as the Myanmar Government refuses to issue the Rohingya people with Burmese citizenships as they claim that they are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Not only does this go against article 15 of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which no-one should be denied a Nationality. However, many experts claim that the Rohingya people have lived in Myanmar’s western state of Rakhine for several generations, with historians being able to trace Rohingya population in Rakhine since the 15th century.
This has fallen on deaf ears as the member states of the united nations security council have taken no action against Myanmar for the fear of violating sovereignty and creating distrust with the west. This worries experts such as David Simon the current Director of the genocide studies program at Yale University who said in a statement to ABC News that “I think we can say with a fair amount of certainty that there is ethnic cleansing going on and certainly crimes against humanity.’ And yet the Myanmar government continues in breaking article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship, and observance.” This is being broken if the Rohingya are being discriminated due to their religion.
Yet, Aung San Suu Kyi so far has ignored all plans related to the crisis located in Rakhine and with a little political will towards the issue what can the rest of the international community do to elevate this humanitarian crisis. The international community can support this Petition and share it to make sure we are heard on the issue of the Rohingya people.
Sources used in this Petition:
Amnesty International 2017, WHO ARE THE ROHINGYA AND WHAT IS HAPPENING IN MYANMAR? accessed 21 March 2018, <https://www.amnesty.org.au/who-are-the-rohingya-refugees/>
Cochrane, L 2017, ‘Stateless Rohingya pushed from Myanmar, but unwanted by Bangladesh’, ABC News, 24 September, accessed 21 March 2018, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-24/why-are-the-rohingya-stateless/8978966>
Cochrane, L 2017, ‘Myanmar could be on the brink of genocide, UN expert says’, ABC News, 6 September, accessed 21 March 2018, <http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-06/myanmar-on-brink-of-genocide-un-expert-say/8879858>
Richardson, B 2018, ‘Bill Richardson: How the West Can Help Fix the Rohingya Crisis’, Time Magazine, 15 February, accessed 21 March 2018, <http://time.com/5158603/bill-richardson-myanmar-rohingya-bangladesh/>
United Nations Human Rights Council n.d., Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations, New York, accessed 21 March 2018, <http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/index.html>
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