Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Muslims : International Response

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Top UN human rights official  Zaid Ra’ad al-Hussein said “this was predicted and could have been prevented,”  

Under a  well planned and executed programe of ethnic cleansing  of Myanmar Muslims Nobel Laureate turned monstrous  defender   Aung Sann Suu Kyi’s armed forces and saffron butcher Asin Wirathus’ murderous thugs began slaughtering and driving out  Rohingya muslims from their homes and lands  since 25 August 2017.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim famiies were seen walking along rivers, muddy  fields ,jungle  and other places for safetry to Bangaldesh.

Up to 6 of September  2017 Sri Lankan government did not   respond   while local mainstream media virtually ignored  the genocide by confining  to few paras.Even Muslim organisations failed to condemn fearing they would hurt the Sinhalese community here.Only Muslim Council of Sri Lanka spoke out while brave Muslim women from Kattanukdi  held a public demonstration to condemn genocide of Myanmar’s Muslims.This is the shameful state of afairs of the island’s Muslim community.

Within 48 hours first  call to end  violence against Rohingya Muslims  came from Pope Francis.   

The European Rohingya Council spokeswoman Anita Schug who described this   as a “slow-burning genocide”     accused Myanmar’s military of being behind the deaths. She said almost a thousand Muslims were killed on Sunday in Saugpara village, Rathedaung alone.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo said   the violence in Myanmar, should be immediately stopped, urging all parties to take concrete action to deal with the conflict.  .“Foreign Minister Marsudi, the president said, left for Myanmar   to ask the government to stop and prevent violence  and provide access to humanitarian aid.

On the same day a demonstration in support of Rohingya Muslims was held next to the Myanmar Embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. A Molotov cocktail was thrown at the embassy, causing a small fire on the second floor.

Marsudi said Myanmar security authorities need to immediately stop all violence in Rakhine and allow Indonesia and other Southeast Asian nations to assist with humanitarian aid distribution. Suu Kyi responded positively to a five-point Indonesian plan to stabilize the situation, Marsudi said.”God willing, 

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we would be able to directly help the Rohingya refugees. “The priority is the safety of the Rohingya refugees.”

Over the weekend, protesters in Jakarta set fire to a poster of Suu Kyi outside the Myanmar embassy and further protests are set for this week. Local media reported that one group plans to stage a protest at Borobudur, a famous ancient Buddhist temple in central Java.

“The world remains silent in the face of the massacre of Rohingya Muslims,” said Farida, an organizer of Monday’s protest who uses a single name.

<– Demonstration in Jakarta against genocide of Rohingya Muslims

Protesters, organized by a group called Friends of Muslim Rohingya, shouted “Save Rohingya,” and held big banners that read, “Unite the people to free Rohingya Muslims” and “Stop Muslim genocide in Myanmar!”Protests were also staged in other major Indonesian cities including Bandung and Surabaya.

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in a demonstration in Moscow and another demonstration in Russia’s Muslim Chechnya to protest   “genocide of Muslims” in Myanmar. Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov compared the violence against Rohingya to the Holocaust. Chechen Muslims prayed for their brothers and sisters in Myanmar.

On Monday Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan   vehemently condemned the  on going ethnic cleansing. He urged the international community   to help Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, saying the world was “blind and deaf” .He underlined that Turkey would not leave the oppressed Rohingya Muslims alone.

Erdogan also said that his wife and son will join Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, who was traveling to Bangladesh to deliver aid to Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar due to violence. The president vowed to bring up the Rohingya issue during Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Kazakh capital Astana, which will take place between September 7-11, and during the U.N. General Assembly set for September 20 in New York, adding that he discussed the crisis in Rakhine with nearly 30 world leaders, especially of Islamic countries.


“The world has witnessed enough of pain and suffering. We will continue to be the voice of Rakhine’s Muslims, to help them,” Erdogan added, reiterating his call to end the violence and to find a permanent solution to the Rohingya issue.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the global community for remaining silent and called for “crucial” action to end the acts of aggression against the minority group.

Muslims rally in Grozny’s Akhmat Kadyrov Square in support of their fellow believers in Myanmar     –>

One cannot expect United Nations to end the genocide as UN has too much of Bosnian,Iraqi,Syrian,Libyan and other Muslims’ blood as it was used as a tool to legalise   US-UK European Russian and Israeli wars against Muslims.  However the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on 28Monday urged Myanmar to grant access to humanitarian agencies and expressed his deep concerned at the reports of civilians being killed   in Myanmar’s Rakhine state,” Guterres’ office said.

Top UN human rights official, Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein who called on Myanmar political leadership  to protect all civilians “without discrimination”. Said “This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” 

Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said her “heart breaks” at the suffering of Rohingya Muslims and urged Myanmar’s leader, a fellow Nobel laureate, to condemn the violence against the Rohingya minority.

“Over the last several years I have repeatedly condemned this tragic and shameful treatment,” she said in a statement posted on Twitter. “I am still waiting for my fellow Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi to do the same. The world is waiting and the Rohingya Muslims are waiting.”

 Senegalese footballer Demba Ba called on Muslims to take action to protect Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar amid concerning reports of a growing number of deaths and forced displacements of Muslims. Speaking in the holy city of Mecca after performing the pilgrimage, Ba said the international community carries a great responsibility for the developments in Myanmar.


“Everybody sees and know what is happening but nobody is actually acting or talking to stop this,” Ba said

In India, activists displayed placards during a protest against the persecution of Rohingya Muslims near Myanmar Consulate in Kolkata. Protestors demanded postponement of proposed visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Myanmar. However Mr Modi is now in Myanmar.

Pakistan’s foreign ministry   urged Myanmar’s government to investigate reports of massacres and to hold those involved accountable.

<–  Tens of thousands of Chechens have taken to the streets to
protest against the treatment of the Rohingya

Meanwhile a worldwide signature campaign began to bring pressure on Aung Sann Suu Kyi to stop the genocide. The appeal for signature campaign said;

AUNG SAN SUU KYI is an apologist for genocide, ethnic cleansing and mass rape. For the past year, Aung San Suu Kyi has been State Counsellor, or de facto head of government, in Myanmar, where members of the Rohingya Muslim minority in the northern Rakhine state have been shot, stabbed, starved, robbed, raped and driven from their homes in the hundreds of thousands. In December, while the world focused on the fall of Aleppo, more than a dozen Nobel Laureates published an open letter warning of a tragedy in Rakhine “amounting to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.”

However Muslim Middle East remains virtually dead  to the plight of Rohingya Muslims as the  secular and anti Muslim dictators,US-Israeli stooges,have no time for fellow Muslims.

by Latheef Farook

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