Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UN urged to resolve Rohingya’s plight

PETALING JAYA (July 24, 2012: The Stop the Ethnic Cleansing Rohingya in Myanmar International Action Committee urged the United Nations (UN) to intervene in the situation in Myanmar through a petition handed today. 

The eight-point petition was handed by committee coordinator Mohd Azmi Abdul Hamid to UN security advisor for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Devendra Patel and UN coordination specialist Dr Lin Mui Kiang.

Mohd Azmi said the petition was in tandem with the International Day of Solidarity for Rohingya, observed for the first time today.

“This day is an initiative taken by the committee to voice our strong concern on the brutal treatment and persecution of the Rohingya Muslim minority, and it is being observed by about 50 organisations in 15 countries.

“We call on international agencies to convene for a special emergency session to resolve the plight of the Rohingya, and demand that the Myanmar government restore to the Rohingya their place as rightful citizens in the country,” he said.

Patel promised the petition would be handed to relevant persons in the UN.

Mohd Azmi said a special delegation comprising representatives from Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia and Malaysia will be going to Yangon next week to seek an audience with Myanmar president Thein Sein and parliamentarian Aung San Suu Kyi.

After handing over the petition, about 50 Rohingya demonstrated outside the building.

They waved placards, gave speeches and burned printed pictures of brutality on their people before dispersing peacefully half an hour later.

Source: The Sun Daily

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