To stop genocide of Rohingya minority in Myanmar

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Petition to the United Nations Human Rights Council

 

We, the undersigned Citizens of Canada draw the attention of the House of Commons and Honourable Prime Minister of Canada to the following:

 

Facts:

 

a)      That Rohingya are often described as “ the worlds most persecuted minority.” They are an ethnic Muslims group who lived for centuries in the minority Rakhine province of Buddhist Myanmar. Currently they are about 1.5 million Rohingya live in the Southeast Asian country.

 

 

b)      Nearly all Rohingya in Myanmar live in the western coastal state of Rakhine and are not allowed to leave without government permission. It is one of the poorest states in the country with ghetto-like camps and a lack of basic services and opportunities. They have neither been accorded any right to live in Myanmar as citizen as other groups nor the government provide them any basic needs.

 

                  Photocopy of a clipping of Aljazeera is annexed herewith

                  and marked as “A.”

 

 

c)      That violence started against Rohingya people in 2012 over some domestic issues that later turned into racism, hate mongering against Muslim Rohingya and ethnic cleansing. Details of these violence can be viewed from the article enclosed herewith.

       

              Article of a newspaper is annexed herewith as Annexture “B” .

 

 

d)     That since then Buddhist nationalist mobs led by monks, armed by Myanmar's government, and assisted by Myanmar's  military have committed atrocities against the Rohingya Muslim minority in that nation.

 

 

e)      That this minority group has been persecuted by nationalists and the military. They have been denied the status and rights granted to all non-Muslim citizens of Myanmar. They have been driven from their ancestral lands, their home and villages have been burned, and their children (including babies) have been slaughtered. Their women have been victims of mass sexual violence, including being abducted and made sex slaves in rape camps. Many have perished while trying to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh, which is trying to stem the flow of refugees crossing its border with Myanmar.

 

 

f)       That according to an investigation conducted by Al Jazeera News  dated January 16, 2013 stated that “due to an alleged rape of a women by a Muslim, Buddhist pitted bloodshed against minority Rohingya Muslims. Due to which many Rohingya fled their homes, farmlands which were filled with bodies and soaked with blood. Approximately 400,000 Rohingya languishing in Bangladesh”.

 

             A copy of article of Al Jazeera dated January 16, 2013 is

             annexed herewith as “C”

 

 

g)      That CBC news in its story published on May 25, 2015 under headline” Why Burma’s Rohingya Muslims are among the world’s most persecuted people” stated that “ They are denied citizenship, forced into manual labour on government projects and forbidden to marry without official permission. Burma’s Rohingya Muslims are often called on of the world’s most persecuted people, and now they are turning to dangerous methods to change their fate. While in harrowing attempts to migrate to nearby countries such as Malaysia and Indonesia many Rohingya ended up stuck on overcrowded boats at sea.

 

          A copy of CBC news report dated May 25, 2015 is enclosed

           herewith as “D”.

 

 

h)      That according to Al Jazeera report dated October 27, 2016 stated that “ Rohingya Muslims flee Myanmar amid deadly attack.”  Burmese government killed 86 people on that day and forced 30,000 to be displaced. According to the report” Myanmar’s military and the government have rejected allegations by residents and rights group that soldiers have raped Rohingya women, burned houses and killed civilians.” As a matter of fact Myanmar’s army are involved in gang rape of scores of Rohingya women.

 

          Copy of article dated October 27, 2016 is annexed herewith as “E” .

 

 

i)        That in order to conceal its repression against Rohingya Muslims, rape of women, girls and killing of innocent people, Myanmar government has been avoiding and/ or neglecting to allow United Nations and/or any neighbouring countries and / or organisations such as OIC to provide help and  aid to the affected people on humanitarian grounds.

 

 

j)        That United Nations official Mr. John McKissik stated in one of  his statement that was  published in newspaper dated November 24, 2016 ( author Felliz Solomon) that “ Burmese authorities are carrying out a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority in the country’s Arakan state. He said that “ Burmese troops have been killing men, shooting them, slaughtering children, raping women, burning and looting houses, forcing these people to cross the river into neighbouring Bangladesh.”

 

             Copy of news article by Felliz Solomon dated November 24, 2016

             Is annexed herewith as annexture “ F”.

 

 

k)      That another newspaper article in “Asia” by Matt Young dated September 04, 2017 said that “ Whole village destroyed as satellite spots devastation from above.” It further stated that “ On August 27, it is alleged Myanmar state security forces and local armed-residents committed mass killings of Rohingya Muslim men, women and children. The military unleashed what it called “clearance operations”. Myanmar’s army chief justified the slaughter as “ unfinished business”.

 

               Copy of the nes article dated September 04, 2017 is annexed

               Herewith as “G”. 

 

 

l)        That according to news article of “ the Guardian dated September 05, 2017 the Honourable Secretary General of the United nations urges Myanmar to end violence as 120,000 Rohingya flee.

 

           Copy of article of the The Guardian dated September 05, 2017 is enclosed  

            herewith as “H”.

 

 

 

m)    That according to the news agency “ Asia” dated September 06, 2017 “ The Rohingya Muslim ethnic minority from Myanmar’s western Rakhine state has faced systematic persecution at the hands of the Buddhist majority for decades. The military junta ruled the nation for decades stripped them of their citizenship

 

         Copy of article of “ Asia” dated September 06, 2017 is annexed

         Herewith as “I”.

 

 

n)      That Washing Post in its article dated September 06, 2017 stated” The shameful silence     of  Aung San Suu Kyi”. Newspaper further stated “ that But when it comes to the Rohingya, Suu Kyi has shown little interest in reconciliation.

                 Copy of article dated September 06, 2017 is annexed herewith  as “ J”.

 

o)      That United Nations refugee Agency said on September 08, 2017 that “ More than a quarter of a million Rohingya refugees have flooded into Bangladesh in just two weeks, fleeing violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state.

 

         Copy of article published by CN dated September 08, 2017 is

         annexed herewith and Marked as “K” 

 

 

p)      That the Rohingya population living in fear right now, facing the likely wrath of an uncaring government that does not recognise their right of citizenship. Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi the de facto leader has also shut her eyes on these abuses, racism, hate and killings of innocent Rohingya people. According to The Gardian dated September 07, 2017 “few eye witnesses including Khaled Hosssein, Petam Ali, Kabir Ahmed, Zahir Ahmed, Mohasmmed Idriss confirmed the atrocities, repression, killing, of innocent Rohingya Muslims minority by the Myanmar’s army, security forces and Buddhist militia”. That is flagrantly termed as “ Genocide.”

 

             Copy of article of The Guardian dated September 07, 2017

             is enclosed herewith as “L”.

 

 

 

q)      That  all of this killing of innocent peoples have been happening under the de-facto leadership of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi who has remained silent and refused to condemn the atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the military and citizens of her nation over the past several years.

 

r)       That a Buddhist monk  dubbed by Time as the “The Face of Buddhist Terror.” Human rights activists claimed a group called 969 are the main forces behind riots that have killed scores and displaced thousands of Rohingya since 2012. A few weeks ago, a Parliamentary Subcommittee on International Human Rights issued a report titled “Sentenced to a Slow Demise” highlighting the plight of these stateless persons. Among the 12 recommendations are: Reassess the effectiveness of economic sanctions against the military, demand that authorities repeal discriminatory laws, restore full citizenship and rights to the minority, and calling on the government to end its complacency and allow humanitarian groups access.

 

s)       In a report published in the year of 2015, “the International State Crime Initiative at the University of London alleged the Rohingya were facing the final stages of state-sponsored genocide. While most shy away from the term genocide, rights groups, include Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations have suggested that the killings may amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

 

 

Law:

Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide

Article 2 of the Convention defines genocide as:

Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:

(a) Killing members of the group;

(b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;

(c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;

(d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;

(e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

 

Article 3 defines the crimes that can be punished under the convention:

(a) Genocide;

(b) Conspiracy to commit genocide;

(c) Direct and public incitement to commit genocide;

(d) Attempt to commit genocide;

(e) Complicity in genocide.

 

Prayer

1.      That in view of the plight of Rohingya minority in Myanmar and in order to stop the killings of the Rohingya Muslims minority it is  prayed that this Council may kindly  investigate, probe may transmit this petition as well as council report to the General Council of the United Nations totake appropriate action against Myanmar government in order to stop genocide and/ or killing of the innocent people.;

 

2.      It is also prayed that United Nations may kindly sent peace keeping forces  in the Rakhine state of Myanmar in order to stop the killing of men, women and children of Rohingya Muslims minority.

 

3.       It is also prayed that trade embargo and economic sanctions be imposed against Myanmar government until they refrain from killing of innocent Rohingya people.

 

Dated September 18, 2017 at Greater Toronto Area, Ontario Canada

 

Signatories

 

Name                                                                                                  Address

 

Fasih Syed        President Unity in the Community     880 St. Clair Ave W Toronto, M6C 1C5

 

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