ASEAN Civil Societies and Rohingya Organisations Issue A Joint Statement on ASEAN – ERAT Preliminary Needs Assessment for Repatriation in Rakhine State, Myanmar
In response to the recent leaked report from ASEAN’s Emergency Response and Action Team (ERAT), a ‘preliminary needs assessment’ which drastically overestimated the ease and equity with which Rohingya can return to Burma, we (Civil Societies from ASEAN and Rohingya Organisations) call upon leaders and representatives from ASEAN nations to insist upon re-evaluation, re-planning, and work towards implementation of a just and safe plan for the Rohingya.
The report at times reads more as if it is designed to please the Government of Myanmar than a product from members of a reputable institution. There is no mention of the well documented genocide perpetrated by the Myanmar security forces that drove 740, 000 Rohingya to Bangladesh in 2017. There is no mention of rape, murder, torture, killing of children and the burning of homes. There is no mention of the hundreds of villages burnt as documented in satellite images by HRW and the UN, as well as from first person accounts. Instead, the report consists of a summary of the technical details of the return process with some minor technical recommendations. Myanmar appears to want to create a new narrative that the conflict was inter-ethnic, that they are ready to accept returnees, conditions are conducive to do so, and that the only obstacle for return is Bangladesh. It seems as if the report was done to help ASEAN member countries to ignore the hurt, pain, harm, loss of lives, loss of dignity caused to the Rohinyga people. This is an erasure of facts. Those agreeing with the report, including ASEAN member countries, will be complicit in this lie. This report will become the cornerstone of the Government of Myanmar’s stance. We say that ASEAN’s credibility is on the line unless they reject the report and distance themselves from it.
The early release of the seven soldiers involved in the Inn Din Massacre against Rohingya civilians, Burma again shows its disregard for human rights, truth, and accountability. While the Burmese Government and Military attempt to convince the world that they are capable of holding themselves accountable, they have repeatedly failed to demonstrate even the slightest understanding of justice or the value of human life of ethnic and religious minorities.
နိဳင္ငံသား မွတ္ပုံတင္ျပဳလုပ္ရာတြင္ လူနည္းစုမ်ားအား ခြဲျခားဆက္ဆံၿပီး ဖိအားေပးမႈမ်ားအေပၚ ထုတ္ျပန္ခ်က္
1. For many decades, members of the minority Islamic and Hindu religious communities and those who belong to Rohingya, Kaman, and Christian Lisu minority ethnic groups in Myanmar have faced arbitrary delays and hardships in applying for citizenship documents and identification cards.
၁။ ျမန္မာႏုိင္ငံတြင္ လူနည္းစုဘာသာ၀င္မ်ားျဖစ္သည့္ အစၥလာမ္ဘာသာ၀င္မ်ား၊ ဟိႏၵိဴဘာသာ၀င္မ်ား၊ လူနည္းစု မ်ိဳးႏြယ္မ်ားျဖစ္သည့္ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာလူမ်ိဳး၊ လီဆူးလူမ်ိဳးႏွင့္ ကမန္လူမ်ိဳးတုိ႔မွာ ႏိုင္ငံသား စိစစ္ေရး ကတ္ျပား ေလွ်ာက္ထားရာတြင္ အခက္အခဲအၾကပ္အတည္းမ်ားႏွင့္ ရင္ဆိုင္လာ ရသည္မွာ ဆယ္စုႏွစ္မ်ားစြာရွိၿပီ ျဖစ္သည္။
အေျခခံရပုိင္ခြင့္ကုိ မဲခြဲ၍မရ : မေကြးတုိင္း၊ ေခ်ာက္ၿမိဳ႕က မြတ္စလင္ မ်ား လြတ္လပ္စြာကိုးကြယ္ခြင့္ ျငင္းပယ္ခံရ
( 1 ) BHRN condemns the rejection of a plea by local Muslims in Chauk Township, Magwe Region, for permission to resume worship in two mosques in the town. These mosques were set on fire by mobs during riots in 2006. The head of the Township Administration Department rejected the proposal after conducting a public vote on whether to honour the plea.
(၁) မေကြးတိုင္းေဒသႀကီး ေခ်ာက္ၿမိဳ႕တြင္ ၂၀၀၆ ခုႏွစ္က ျဖစ္ပြားခဲ့သည့္ ဘာသာေရး၊ လူမ်ိဳးေရးပဋိပကၡအတြင္း မီးရႈိ႕ ဖ်က္ဆီး ပိတ္ပင္ခံခဲ့ရေသာ ဗလီ၀တ္ေက်ာင္းႏွစ္ခုကို ျပန္လည္ ၀တ္ျပဳခြင့္ရရန္ ေဒသခံမြတ္စလင္တို႔၏ ေတာင္းဆိုမႈအား ျငင္းပယ္လိုက္ျခင္းအေပၚ BHRN အေနျဖင့္ ကန္႔ကြက္ရႈတ္ခ်ပါသည္။ ေဒသခံမြတ္စလင္တို႔၏ တင္ျပေတာင္းဆိုမႈကို ၿမိဳ႕နယ္ အုပ္ခ်ဳပ္ေရးမွဴး က ရပ္ကြက္အတြင္း ဆႏၵမဲေကာက္ယူကာ ပယ္ခ် လိုက္ ျခင္းျဖစ္သည္။
17 December 2018 – London – The U.N. Human Rights Council’s mandate to establish a new independent mechanism in September was a landmark moment for our fight for accountability for the crimes committed against the Burmese people, including the Rohingya. Ensuring the mechanism is now fully funded to get to work is crucial for ensuring the justice our brothers and sisters were promised can finally begin to be delivered. Accountability is also an essential precursor for safe, voluntary and dignified returns.
The mechanism – which will conduct investigations and prepare trial-ready cases – will also be particularly important for attempting to halt the ongoing abuses against the Rohingya and other minorities in Burma, which continue to this day.