Full blown ethnic cleansing wiping out Muslim Rohingyas
By Syed Atiq ul Hassan
In 2002, I wrote an article ‘A Silent hope for an oppressive nation’ on Aung San Suu Kyi, I praised her in my article for her struggle for democracy in Myanmar (Burma) over 2 decades
including 15 years in prison. Today, I feel ashamed, and the reason is that she is enjoying the top position in the
government as a State Counsellor - equivalent to the post of Prime Minister - but she has been failed to protect the
lives of minority Muslim Rohingyas. A Nobel peace laureate, Aung San has now no justification to keep Nobel peace prize,
therefore, the people around the world are demanding that her Nobel peace prize should be revoked.
Full blown ethnic cleansing of Muslim Rohingyas again by Buddhist terrorist’ groups under the shelter of state security
forces are slaughtering children, women, adults and seniors, wiping out Muslim villages.
In recent killings, thousands of Muslim Rohingyas while they were trying to escape to neighbouring Bangladesh have been
brutally murdered, burn live to death, women and children are rapped. According to latest figures of United Nations
around 27,000 Muslim Rohingyas somehow managed to cross to border and entered into Bangladesh.
Aung San Suu Kyi doesn’t recognize Rohingyas and she hate them, she refused to accept them as citizens of Myanmar, in
media interviews – what a shame – as the fact of the matter is Muslim Rohingyas have been living in Myanmar since 11th
century, they are the descendent of Indian, Chinese, and Arab Muslims. They are only 4 percent minority of the 80
majority of Buddhist. Majority of Muslim Rohingyas live in the state of Rakhine. The ethnic cleansing of Muslim
Rohingyas as is not new, according to amnesty international, Muslim Rohingyas have been continuously victimized and
abused since 1978, in result a large of quantity already fled to neighbouring countries, especially to Bangladesh.
According to the Economist reports published in 2014 and again in 2017, the Muslim Rohingyas are amongst the most
persecuted minority group in the world. Yet, we could not see any practical and forceful action against Myanmar’s
government by the champions of world’s peace, international power brokers, and United Nation. Where is US, China,
Russia, UK and even Australia and neighboring India who could easily force Myanmar government to protect the lives of
the Muslim Rohingyas. Myanmar is not a North Korea to any fear of repulsion from Myanmar. What a hypocritical attitude
of the West, US and Australia, when they have to deal with terrorist groups in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan they landed
their forces bombarded the country with massive military power, one the hand, when Muslims being minority are prosecuted
and slaughtered then they just opt to be a silent watcher.
Regrettably, Australia has also decided to just ignore them, they don’t have any forceful condemnation of Rohingyas
ethnic cleansing. Who could be the most deserved and genuine refugees than Muslim Rohingyas for Australia to provide
them at least temporary shelter in Australia?
In 2015, around 8,000 Muslim Rohingyas on boat were reportedly to be stranded in insecure boats at the open sea, with
little food and unsanitary conditions, and were left in limbo as countries, including Australia refused to accept them.
Sadly, we are living in the world of double standards and hypocrisy? For one community, different rule and another
community different rule.
Why Muslim Rohingyas are being ignored and why their ethnic cleansing by the state power is continuously being ignored
by world’s power. Why couldn’t we see a firm policy statement on the protection of the lives of Muslim Rohingyas from
Australian government with forcing Myanmar to immediately stop genocide of Rohingyas. How come Australian politicians
and ruling party could not thousands of horrible stories and brutal images on social media and in making lead-line
stories in our (Australian) media.
The horrific scenes of genocide where Muslims are being tortured to death, burn live to death in groups, young men are
skinned-off live to death, children and women are rapped have shocked the world. Now it very much clear that Myanmar
state power wants to wipe out Muslim Rohingyas from Myanmar.
Another shameful behavior from the Muslim World, except one or two countries majority of Muslim countries just sitting
and watching the inhuman and brutal act of Myanmar state security forces and Buddhist terrorist groups. What should have
the response from Pakistan, Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Indonesia against these
carnages and ethnic cleansing of Muslims.
Certainly, there are few NGOs from Malaysia, Indonesia and Bangladesh are trying to provide them some support, Indonesia
has now decided to its Foreign Minister to Myanmar to force Myanmar’s government to stop massacre of Muslim Rohingyas.
Nevertheless, this is all nothing, the measure and actions required more than this. Powerful Muslims countries should
called the diplomatic heads in their states and warned them to discontinue diplomatic relations with Myanmar if ethnic
cleansing of Muslim Rohingyas is not stopped immediately. They should take the matter to UNO and Security Council and
demand to put international embargo on Myanmar. Country like Pakistan who has a strong army should demand Myanmar to
stop slaughtering of Muslim Rohingyas immediately and give them ultimatum to send its troops to Myanmar to protect them.