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17 April 2014, Thursday
 
 
Today's Zaman
 
 
 
 

4,000 Muslim Rohingyas killed, 8,000 missing in Myanmar

FOREIGN MINISTER AHMET DAVUTOĞLU (L) MET WITH MUHAMMAD YUNUS, A REPRESENTATIVE OF MUSLIM ROHINGYAS, IN ANKARA TO BE BRIEFED ABOUT THE RECENT SITUATION IN MYANMAR. (PHOTO: TODAY'S ZAMAN)
30 July 2012, Monday /YUNUS ERDOĞDU
Nearly 4,000 Muslim Rohingyas have been killed in Rakhine state by Buddhists and Myanmar security forces, which were deployed to the area following the declaration of a state of emergency by the government in an attempt to end the violence, and a further 8,000 have gone missing, with no indication as to their fate, a Muslim Rohingya journalist has claimed.

Speaking to Today’s Zaman on Monday, Tin Soe, the general director of the Kalaban Press Network, a local media outlet established by Muslim Rohingyas in Bangladesh, said the atrocities took place as a result of provocation by Buddhists and the appearance of fabricated reports in the media.

Soe claimed that the fabricated reports of the rape and murder of a Buddhist woman by three Muslims were consciously disseminated and led to widespread atrocities against Muslims. However, Soe argued that rapes of Muslim women, torture and mass killings of many Rohingyas have not come to the attention of the world’s media.

According to Soe, before the arrival of United Nations Human Rights observers, several scenarios were played out, with Rakhine Buddhists pretending to take shelter in temples and schools to convince UN officials that they are victims of intra-communal violence. In return, camps in which thousands of Rohingyas had gathered were dispersed to convince officials that they were empty.

Since the first reports about atrocities broke in world news agencies, Buddhists have intensified their violent acts against Muslims and killed 10 Muslim Rohingyas.

Since May 29, nearly 4,000 Muslim Rohingyas have been massacred and the fate of 8,000 others who have gone missing is unknown, Soe claims.

Fears and concerns have flared about those that are missing, in that they might be being held in prison or buried in mass graves. The Myanmar government has declined to comment on the issue so far. Soe, who is himself an ethnic Muslim Rohingya, said the most problematic areas are located along both sides of the Naf River between Myanmar and Bangladesh. Maungdaw and Bulhidaumg are the cities where the systematic killings are taking place, he said.

Noting that the government of Bangladesh is unable to meet the needs of the 500,000 Muslim Rohingyas who have taken shelter in the country, he said the government is only capable of providing for 29,000 people. According to Soe, the solution to the problem depends on negotiations between Muslim Rohingyas, Rakhine Buddhists and the Myanmar government under the auspices of the UN. There are 3 million Muslim Rohingyas, half of them residing in Myanmar. While 500,000 of them have taken shelter in Bangladesh, nearly 1 million others have scattered to other surrounding countries. Soe, who escaped to Bangladesh in 1979 after his involvement in political activities at university attracted attention, later established the Kalaban Press Network with other Rohingyas in Bangladesh. Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu received Muhammad Yunus, a representative of the Muslim Rohingyas, at his office in Ankara on Monday. In the meantime, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) is launching a large campaign to mobilize the international community to take action to stop the atrocities against Muslim Rohingyas.

 
 
COMMENTS
It is the government sponsor genocidal attacks and very clear actions of the government's involvement from the beginning that; 1) Imposing Curfew and Order on only Rohingya while Rakhine people are freely allowed to carry out killing of Rohingyas, 2) Permitting Security forces to shoot Rohingyas, 3)...
Habib
I do not understand why you people keep on spreading lies and exegerated this kind of shameless things. I and many thousands do not believe and its so unbelieavable such lies been wide spreaded !!! Shame on you. THere are so many proof that many photos post on the internet are fake and been doctored...
SaidIbrahim
May Allah bless the people of Turkey taking so much interest in the welfare of the oppressed Muslims of Myanmar. Turkey is thousands of miles away from Myanmar and is helping its oppressed people, Allah will reward them handsomely in Dunya and Akhira, but what about its neighbors, Bangladesh and ric...
muradali_shaikh
African Shield. One should help all people in need. Regardless of religion or ethnicity............
Human being
We should help our brothers and sisters in mayanmara.
AfricaShield
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