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Apr-24-2013 12:16printcomments

European Rohingya Council Reacts to Burmese President Thein Sein's Peace Award by ICG

Thein Sien oversees a murderous government that wages Genocide against its Kachin and Rohingya communities.

Thein Sein
Thein Sein photo courtesy: The Nation - Thailand

(BERLIN) - The international Crisis Group (ICG) should have awarded the prize to a person who has unique personality and actively worked towards a real democratic reforms and peace before awarding such a prestigious prize.

The European Rohingya Council (ERC) strongly opposes the awarding of this prize to Thein Sein because he does not deserve it as he has been tacitly approving the offensive against the Kachin community and committing human rights violation against the Rohingya minority of Arakan State, Myanmar.

President Thein Sein’s government has organized a genocidal campaign against Rohingya ethnic minority with his accomplices in security forces; Border Security Guard (Nasaka), Police, Hlun Tin (paramilitary), army and Rakhine extremists. Since June, 2012 communal unrests has brutally killed thousands of Rohingya have been killed, more than 1500 were sentenced to long term imprisonment without giving due legal rights, hundreds of Rohingya women and minors were gang raped. Several villages were burnt and wiped from the map and more than 140,000 were forcibly displaced and now living under open sky. Thein Sein is fully involved in this well-planned conspiracy of ethnic cleansing of Rohingya.

The European Rohingya Council (ERC) is calling on the international communities and rights groups to strongly oppose the awarding of the Peace Prize to Thein Sein.

ERC would also refer the report released by Human Right Watch (HRW) on 22nd April 2013 in the name of “All You Can Do is Pray”, which can been read on this link: http://www.hrg.org/node/114882. This report clearly shows how Thein Sein and his government perpetrated the atrocities against the helpless Rohingya and Muslims minority in Myanmar.

ERC strongly believe that Thein Sein is a person who does not deserve a prize but he has to face the justice for the crimes he has committed and still committing.

On behalf of ERC

Mohamed Ibrahim

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