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ERC Delegates Attend 3-day IGMF Conference in GermanyMohamed Farooq Special to Salem-News.com
ERC delegates asked the German Government condemn the Burmese Government over discrimination and mass killings of Rohingya in Arakan.
(FRANKFURT) - The International Society for Human Rights Germany (IGMF) held 41st Annual Conference on April 12 – 14, 2013 at Gustav-Stressmann Institute in Bonn, Germany.
There were around 200 participants from different countries of the world including Cuba, China, Turkey, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Iran, USA, UK and Burma (Myanmar) etc.
In the Conference, human right expert participants discussed human rights violations against ethnic minorities across the world, persecution, extra judiciary killing, abusing, harassment, women being raped, imprisonment, free of speech, religious activities restriction. They tried to find remedies and ways to assist minor communities with democratic reforms and equal rights in their societies.
Mr. Ibrahim, the Secretary of Media and Information and Mr. M. Hussain Azmi, the Deputy General Secretary, were welcomed on behalf of the European Rohingya Council (ERC) for a three-day long conference.
The two delegates of the European Rohingya Council (ERC) submitted to the IGMF conference a statement of Rohingya existence in Arakan history, Rohingya persecution for decades by Burmese regime governments, fundamental human right eradication, and citizenship law against the 1982 Burmese constitution which made Rohingyas illegal. The statement also referenced arbitrary arrest, a lack of legal reasons for long term jail sentences, killing Rohingya inside jails and the recent Rohingya genocide.
Mr. Ibrahim and Mr. M. Hussain Azmi described inhumanity suffered by Rohingya in Arakan in great detail, from many years back to today.
In June 2012, sectarian violence broke out, thousands of vulnerable Rohingyas were brutally killed in Arakan by Police, paramilitary [Hlun Tin], Army and Rakhine extremists. The Rakhine community formed an inter network in every government department to commit illegal actions against Rohingya people.
They make baseless allegations against the Rohingya, as they like, regarding their involvement in the conflict and the extraordinary numbers placed in jail. In the current round of violence, about 1400 innocent Rohingyas were sent to jail with no legal reason. It seems that the Burma Central Government is giving support to the slow poisoning of Rohingyas in Arakan.
Rohingya of every sort are specially targeted, from community leaders and Elders, rich men, scholars, students, UN and INGOs staffs, religious scholars and youths are being arrested regardless of whether they are mad, deformed, sick or old, as well as a few women and children.
The Rohingya women and girl are being raped every day in the absence of men; almost all men were not sleeping at home for fear of arrest.
Many Rohingya women and girls were critically gang raped in several villages in different localities of Arakan by security forces and Model Rakhine settlers. There was other physical harassment and also beatings suffered by Rohingya women, girls and children in every village.
At least a hundred people have been killed and more than 20,000 displaced, Mosques and religious schools burnt down, looted Muslim properties since the latest episode of communal unrest broke out on 20 March 2013 in Meiktila, 130 kilometers north of the capital Naypyidaw.
The ERC delegates proposed to all the attendants of the conference, the idea of backing the fundamental rights of Rohingas in Arakan. They received positive feedback over the Rohingya issue and for their fundamental rights, and and committed to arrange an exclusive meeting of concern over the Rohingya tragedy.
The delegates of ERC had also met the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Mr. Thomas Rachel MdB at the conference and talked about the present situation of Rohingyas. The ERC delegates asked the German Government condemn the Burmese Government over discrimination and mass killings of Rohingya in Arakan.
IGMF and the European Rohingya Council (ERC) have an upcoming meeting on 17 April 2013.
Special thanks to Mayu Press
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