Massacre of Rohingya people
It is reported that 1.1 million Rohingya people live in Myanmar. They live predominately in Rakhine state, where they have co-existed uneasily alongside Buddhists for decades. Per Rohingya people, they are descendants of Muslims, perhaps Persian and Arab traders, who came to Myanmar generations ago. Unlike the Buddhist community, they speak a language similar to the Bengali dialect of Chittagong in Bangladesh.
The Rohingya are perceived by many in Myanmar as illegal immigrants and they suffer from systematic discrimination. The Myanmar government treats them as stateless people, denying them citizenship. Stringent restrictions have been placed on Rohingya people’s freedom of movement, access to medical assistance, education and other basic services.
Now the military in Myanmar is not even tolerating Rohingya people, and in recent weeks the almost genocidal pressure on their villages has greatly increased, sending tens of thousands trying to flee across a guarded border into an uncertain future. The army appears to be trying to starve out the population from areas where the armed resistance is most active, sending an unprecedented flood of refugees across the border. It has blocked UN agencies from delivering food, water or medicine to the affected areas, leaving an estimated 250,000 people without regular access to food. Amnesty International has accused the regime of crimes against humanity.
When Aung San Suu Kyi rose to power there were high hopes that the Nobel prize winner would help heal the country’s entrenched ethnic divides. But she has been accused of silently standing by while violence is committed against the Rohingya.
Pakistani Canadian Cultural Association (PCCA) strongly condemn the massacre of Rohingya people. PCCA firmly believes in human right charter of United Nation Organization (UNO). The Universal Declaration was adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 10 December 1948. Per this declaration, human rights are basic rights and freedoms that all people are entitled to regardless of nationality, sex, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, language, or other status.
PCCA request Canadian government to take appropriate steps to pursue Myanmar government to stop this genocide of Rohingya people.
Media Coordinator, On behalf of PCCA
Published by, Khalid Chohan