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HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2022 – THE THEME “DIGNITY, FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL

December 10th, 2022  •  Author:   Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization in Malaysia  •  5 minute read
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10TH DECEMBER 2022

PRESS STATEMENT

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2022 – THE THEME “DIGNITY, FREEDOM AND JUSTICE FOR ALL” MUST BE MADE AVAILABLE AND ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL.

On Monday morning, 5th December 2022, the villagers of Barlar village in Yangon Region’s Hlegu Township found 13 Rohingya dead bodies on the roadside of Tabinshwehti Road. A source close to the junta said the military killed them on the night of 4th December 2022 and dumped the dead body at Barlar village in Yangon Region’s Hlegu Township. There is clear evidence that they were tortured before they were killed. According to the witness, the hospital confirmed that they had been dead for more than 48 hours – at least a day before they were found. Junta do not allow the dead body to be buried according to Islamic way.

Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) strongly condemned the brutal and ongoing genocidal attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar that forced the Rohingya to seek refuge out of Myanmar. MERHROM condemned all parties who accused the Rohingya of fleeing from Myanmar due to poverty or any other reasons other than the ongoing genocidal attacks against the minority Rohingya.

MERHROM urges all parties to convey accurate information about the Rohingya to prevent us from being antagonized, hated and discriminated against by the local population and the international community. We have suffered enough following the smear campaign against me on 21st April 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic which sparked a very wide and dangerous campaign of hatred and xenophobia.

On this Human Rights Day 2022, I would like to ask the Malaysian government through the new leadership of YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar bin Ibrahim to make public the result of the police investigation on the false accusations against me as it impacted me, my family and the Rohingya refugees tremendously. Until now I received ongoing threats and harassment that prevented me from appearing in public. The restriction on freedom of movement not only prevented me from access to livelihood but also for my community and advocacy work.

I also appeal to the Malaysian government to release genuine refugees and asylum seekers from the detention camps. We hope the Malaysian government will allow refugees to work while waiting for a durable solution.

We hope the Malaysian government continue to advocate for the oppressed people around the globe including Rohingya, Palestinian, Syrian, Yemeni, Uighur, Kashmiri, Afghanistan, Ukranian and the people of Myanmar.

We hope YAB Dato’ Seri Anwar Ibrahim and YB Senator Dato’ Seri Diraja Dr. Zambry bin Abd Kadir, the Foreign Minister will continue to intervene with ASEAN, OIC and United Nations to stop Rohingya genocide and atrocities in Myanmar.

Recognizing the shirinking of human rights since the establishment of United Nations, it is very crucial all of us to take actions to stop conflict, war and genocide around the globe. Further to this, all human rights defenders, especially those who are at risk physically and mentally must be granted timely and greater protection for the benefits of the communities they work with and the advancement of human rights.

The recent death sentences to 7 pro-democracy activists who are also students of Dagon University in Yangon is a clear indication of shrinking human rights in Myanmar. In July 2022, 4 pro – democracy activists were executed by the Myanmar junta. MERHROM believes that they were part of the 113 persons under the Myanmar junta’s execution list. Meaning that there will be a lot more executions onwards and this must be stopped.

On the occasion of the Human Rights Day 2022, we urge the United Nations, ASEAN, OIC, US, EU, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and all UN member states to make significant commitment and political will to prevent human rights violations and work together to create peace, freedom and justice.

We strongly urge every UN member states to stop business and military deals with Myanmar as manifestation of their political will to save the life of the Myanmar people from the genocidal regime. We urge the United Nations and ASEAN to be more committed to end the Rohingya Genocide and persecutions of Myanmar people and to stop Myanmar from producing refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) indefinitely.

Specifically, we appeal to the OIC donor countries including Qatar, UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey to take in Rohingya refugees to their countries to provide education through scholarship programs. Following the 8TH IPHRC International Seminar on “ISLAMIC PERSPECTIVES ON THE PROTECTION OF REFUGEES – RIGHTS AND ACCESS TO EDUCATION on 5-6th October 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, we have a greater hope that higher education will be accessible for the Rohingya refugees. As stateless refugees, education is very fundamental and significant to rebuild our broken lives. Without education we can hardly achieve more than we have now. We have to prepare and develop our young generation to strive for peace, justice and freedom after living long decades in Genocide.

We hope the dire situation and the security issues in Cox’s Bazar refugee camps will be improved. Finally, we hope the ICJ process will be resumed in order to protect the remaining Rohingya in Myanmar as well as in exile.

Thank you.

“JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED”.