Calls for compassionate Rohingya oppressed, on the World Refugee Day 2009

Ref: NDPHR (HQ) 34-58/09
Date: June 20, 2009
Press Release…………

(Calls for compassionate Rohingya oppressed)

We, at the Department of Refugees & Humanitarian Affairs of the National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR – exile) Headquarters based in USA salutes the 9th World Refugee Day that is celebrated in all over the world including the most forgotten Rohingya refugees of Arakan State, Burma.

In 2001, the United Nations General Assembly established 20 June as World Refugee Day. Since then it has been celebrated around the world each year as a salute to the indomitable spirit and courage of the world’s refugees.
It is well known to the world that the African refugees brought this day but these people are still remained in under privilege. Similarly, the Burmese Rohingyas of Arakan, who are the worst victims of human rights abuses, not only in Burma but also in countries of their refuge, particularly, in Muslim countries such as Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and United Arab Emirates etc. as none of these countries are party to United Nations Refugee Instrument.

Besides, the Rohingya refugees are neglected for their belief. Western world are also reluctant to do enough for the Rohingya refugees as member states of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) which does not pay clear attention to the causes of Muslim minority but sometimes bring the issue in paper work resolutions.
At present, the 34 million refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) are some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Among them, there are about 700,000 Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh including 28,000 official refugees in two official camps of Kutupalong and Nayapara, and in makeshift camp Domdomia, while 500,000 in Saudi Arabia, 400,000 in Pakistan, 35,000 in Malaysia in which several thousand non-Rohingyas were mixed by illegal corrupted people of the authorities.

Although the case of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh get focus in various international media and is paid attention by western world, the rest remain under world pressure for lack of freedom of media and use of monopoly with a view to exploit these unfortunate Rohingya people, who are being used in labor sectors of these countries. But they are treated as illegal immigrant to whom no excuse are made in times of judgment in courts and thus they have to receive cruel punishment under the country’s Immigration Act.

{The National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR) is the main political party and Human Rights body of the Rohingya ethnic minority of Burma,both in home and exile which won 4 parliamentary seats in the 1990s’ general election. The NDPHR (exile) was formed by some of the party members for  the advancement of Democracy, Human Rights, Peace, Justice, Equality, and freedom in Burma and as well as to advocate the cause of suffering Rohingyas through nonviolent democratic means.}

Of them, the situation of Malaysia went to worst proportion day by day as there is no legal frame work to respect refugee rights but, announced that the Government would provide temporary shelter for Rohingyas in 2004 with a view to bring the Rohingya into modern salvation and to stop international support like Bangladesh which has signed deals with Burmese military to get lease of 50,000 acres of farmland from Arakan, in stepping to end Rohingya refugee issue into silence with an artificial name of solutions.

Indeed, the Muslim States are neither sincere nor positive initiator for the causes of Rohingyas in finding permanent solutions and thus searching perfect advocates from western world to end their miseries with appropriate advocacy.
On this World Refugee Day, we, therefore, honestly appeal to the UN Agencies, ASEAN, Government of USA, UK, Australia, European Union, and other International community to bring the Rohingya refugees’ issue of Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia etc. into a favorable account to liberate from slavery, offering resettlement to third country, where the dignity for lives of humanity is ensured forever.

Department of Refugees & Humanitarian Affairs Committee
National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR-exile)
State of Wisconsin, USA.
For further information, please contact,
1- Kyaw Soe Aung (Tel: + 414- 736 4273)
2- Myo Swe (Tel: + 414- 671 6309)

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