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Burmese Rohingya Group Issues Strong Condemnation Letter

Advocates say Burma's government is not taking any action intentionally.

police stand in from of a mosque in Akyab, Arakan State, Myanmar.
Police stand in from of a mosque in Akyab, Arakan State, Myanmar. Courtesy: Facebook

(MILWAUKEE, WI) - We, the members of the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) strongly condemn the burning of the 800 years old ancient Akyab central mosque (Jamei Masjid) on the date of October 07, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Akyab (Sittwe) by a group of Rakhine Buddhist extremist in the collaboration with the Burmese security forces- Hluntin and police.

On the basis of available authentic information by phone, the security forces blocked those Rohingya people who were approaching to extinguish the fire from nearby area the mosque and let loose the extremist Rakhine Buddhists to burn down even the other houses and guesthouse inside the compound of the central mosque.

Besides burning the central mosque in Akyab, about 3,000 Buddhist Rakhine extremist surrounded remaining the Rohingya villages Aung Mingala and Maueik to attack, killing and to destroy whole villages at any time according to the source from Akyab.

We hold the President Thein Sein of the Burmese Union Government is fully responsible for failure to restore peace and security in Akyab (Sittwe) and all affected areas in Arakan State even though the President Thein Sein promised in the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) to solve the problems of the Arakanese Rohingya people according to international norms.

The Burmese Government is not taking any action intentionally, whereas the Government was able to control the 1988 student led nationwide pro-democracy uprising, so, it is clear manifestation the involvement of Burmese security forces with Rakhine extremist group in the burning of historical Akyab central mosque and houses of Muslims in the daylight.

In this context, we, the members of the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) strongly demand President Thein Sein of Burmese Government to stop all violence and burning of Muslim holy place (Mosque) and the houses of the Muslims of Arakan without any delay and also ask the Government for the establishment of peace and security in the affected areas of Arakan State-Burma.

Provided to by
The Executive Committee
Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA)
United States of America.



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Anonymous October 10, 2012 7:55 am (Pacific time)

Mean while Rakine peoples should understand pains and sufferings of peoples.

Anonymous October 10, 2012 7:51 am (Pacific time)

Any way, peace loving Rakhine peoples should love man kind irrespective of race, creed and cast. As many as 1 million Rakhines are , at present, wandering across the world due to harsh human right violation of 60 yrs old jungle rule of President Thein Sein and his companions. You should assess pain and sufferings of the helpless peoples or man kind.

peace October 9, 2012 5:52 pm (Pacific time)

Another false news spreads by those who don't want to see the peace in rakhine state . Learn actual facts from ground before issuing funny statement.

Editor: We fail to see what is funny about it.

Anonymous October 9, 2012 12:58 pm (Pacific time)

EC BRAFA is lying ... as usual, this is a propaganda. the real fact is that the two sheds inside the mosque compound were set fire by the two rohingya owners who fled to create false alarm. the mosque is standing tall and nothing has happened to it.

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