New UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres Who was in Charge of UNHCR before met Former President Thein Sein in Nay Pyi Taw on July 12, 2012. (Photo – MOI Webportal Myanmar)


In July, 2012, Myanmar President Thein Sein told Guterres: “Burma will take responsibility for its ethnic nationalists but it is not at all possible to recognize the illegal border-crossing Rohingya who are not an ethnic of Burma and the government was prepared to hand over the Rohingyas to the UNHCR and then resettle the ethnic group in any third country “that are willing to take them”.

The UNHCR dismissed the President’s radical plan, the RNDP backed Thein Sein’s statements. The resettlement programs organized by UNHCR are for refugees who are fleeing a country to another, in very specific circumstances. Obviously, it’s not related to this situation,” said UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres.

I wrote an open letter to the World leaders in September 2012.

Real facts of decades-long persecution against Rohingya dissolved with the words of World leaders: discussing definition or name of persecution, urging criminals to end their crimes, rewarding them in the name of democracy reform, and supporting them with great expectation.

New United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres might be a hope for Rohingya because he said “We want the World our children inherit to be defined by the values enshrined in the UN Charter: peace, justice, respect, human rights, tolerance and solidarity.

All major religion embraces them, and we strive to reflect them in our daily lives. The threats to these values are most often based on fear. Our duty to the people we serve is to work together to move from fear of each other, to trust in each other. Trust in the values that bind us, and trust in the institutions that serve and protect us”.

Rohingya became the most persecuted minority since 1970s. Up to 2010, they had right to vote and to be elected in the parliament constituency but in the name of democracy reform, State systematically staged violence against them in 2012 and made them illegal immigrant.

When the UNHCR dismissed radical proposal of Myanmar, Thein Sein keep all Rohingya in the genocidal blockage deprived all basic fundamental rights including rights to find food freely, cultivation, finishing and education. The first so-called civilian government led by Nobel Laureate, Suu Kyi, increased persecutions and restrictions. Her government is forcing to accept NVC cards to legalize persecution and continue genocidal operations against us.

In September 2016, Ms. Suu Kyi invited former UN Chief Kofi Annan to lead a commission and find solution for the plight of Rohingya. At the same time, genocidal operations of Myanmar military and Border Guards Started in October that caused 100s of innocent civilian died and more than 50,000 Rohingya displaced from their homes.

1000s of eyewitnesses and victims have proved atrocities of army and border guards but Myanmar denies all the evidence as a fabrication: spread propaganda against Rohingya and Muslims through State’s media, persuade majority Buddhists with the hate-speech of extremist leaders Wirathu and Sitagu.

Ms. Suu Kyi appointed an education minister whose main purpose is deprivation of educational rights, not only for Rohingya but for all Muslims in Myanmar. Ministry of education ordered all institutions not to accept any Muslim student for professional subject-majors such as Medicine and Engineering. This year, 100s of Muslim applied for those subjects but Ministry of Education rejected them saying “Thwe Naw” means “Mix-blood”.

Immigration Minister ordered all the staffs, not to issue Scrutiny Card for Muslims even though their parents hold official Scrutiny Cards. State’s policies against Rohingya and Muslims in Myanmar are worse than Nazism.

Since October 2016, new restrictions have enforced, banned fishing and humanitarian aids that increased starving Rohingya. In Kadi of PunnaKyun, Koe Tan Kuak and Chilkhali of Rathedaung,and in Northern Maungdaw many Rohingya face starvation now.

Reports of Human Rights Watch have confirmed military burned villages, raped women and girls, killed innocent civilians, arbitrarily arrested that forced them to leave. Satellite imagery and interviews with refugees place responsibility for burnings of Rohingya villages in Burma’s Rakhine State squarely with the Burmese military.

Since October 9, 2016, at least 3,000 buildings have been destroyed, driving thousands of ethnic Rohingya from their homes. John Mckissick, head of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on the Bangladesh side of the border, has accused Burma’s government of ethnic cleansing. The U.N’s special rapporteur on human rights in Burma, Yanghee Lee, has condemned the lockdown on Rakhine State as “unacceptable”.

It’s also time for the international community to speak out, end genocidal operations against them, and take immediate action to those who committed crimes against humanity. No criminal on Earth may admit their crime unless the Judges take action.

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Aung Aung is a Rakhine-based Activist blogging from inside Myanmar.