Monday, October 8, 2012

Strong Condemnation Letter

Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA)
4818 South 14th Street, Milwaukee Wisconsin 53221, USA
Tel: (414) 736 4273, (414) 306 1751, Fax: (414) 817 0656
Press Release
Ref: BRAFA 01-12
Date: October 8, 2012
Strong Condemnation Letter
We, the members of the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) strongly condemn the burning of the 800 years old
ancient Akyab central mosque (Jamei Masjid) on the date of October 07, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Akyab (Sittwe) by a group of Rakhine Buddhist extremist in the collaboration with the Burmese security forces- Hluntin and police.
On the basis of available authentic information by phone, the security forces blocked those Rohingya people who were approaching to extinguish the fire from nearby area the mosque and let loose the extremist Rakhine Buddhists to burn down even the other houses and guesthouse inside the compound of the central mosque.
Besides burning the central mosque in Akyab, about 3,000 Buddhist Rakhine extremist surrounded remaining the Rohingya villages Aung Mingala and Maueik to attack, killing and to destroy whole villages at any time according to the source from Akyab.
We hold the President Thein Sein of the Burmese Union Government is fully responsible for failure to restore peace and security in Akyab (Sittwe) and all affected areas in Arakan State even though the President Thein Sein promised in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to solve the problems of the Arakanese Rohingya people according to international norms.
The Burmese Government is not taking any action intentionally, whereas the Government was able to control the 1988 student led nationwide pro-democracy uprising, so, it is clear manifestation the involvement of Burmese security forces with Rakhine extremist group in the burning of historical Akyab central mosque and houses of Muslims in the daylight.
In this context, we, the members of the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) strongly demand President Thein Sein of Burmese Government to stop all violence and burning of Muslims holy place (Mosque) and the houses of the Muslims of Arakan without any delay and also ask the Government for the establishment of peace and security in the affected areas of Arakan State-Burma.
The Executive Committee
Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA)
United States of America
Contact person: Shaukhat MSK Jilani @ Kyaw Soe Aung
                           Tel: (414) 736 4273

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