Institut Kerjasama Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia (IKIAM)
Malaysia International Institute of Islamic Cooperation
Malaysia International Institute of Islamic Cooperation (IKIAM) is very sad over recent news of widespread and continuous rapes, tortures, child abuses, killings and burnings of ethnic Rohingya villages around Maungdaw township in northern Rakhine, Myanmar since 10th. October 2016 by the Army and State Agencies. Some reports and studies appeared in international media also stated that the brutality has been there frequently since the 2012 tragedy. Hundred thousands of Rohingya have been displaced from their villages. Some of them are now in the IDP champs and others become refugees all over the world, including in Malaysia. Current event drives more Rohingya homeless, living on the run in fear and hunger as they are severely lack of food and medicine supplies for them.
IKIAM view seriously media report by Human Rights Watch which identified a total of 430 destroyed buildings in three villages of Maungdaw District from an analysis of very high resolution satellite imagery recorded on the mornings of October 22, November 3, and November 10, 2016. Of this total, 85 buildings were destroyed in the village of Pyaung Pyit (Ngar Sar Kyu); 245 buildings were destroyed in the village of Kyet Yoe Pyin; and 100 buildings were destroyed in the village of Wa Peik (Kyee Kan Pyin). Damage signatures in each of the assessed villages were consistent with fire, including the presence of large burn scars and destroyed tree cover.
It seems that the above evidences pointed to the ‘apparent systematic ethnic cleansing and genocide activities of the state of Myanmar on Rohingya’ instead of reinstating the Rohingya citizenship rights as demanded by the Rohingya community. Does the world still want to remain silent on the slaughtering and destruction of ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar?
The Government of Myanmar is clearly not able to curb these atrocities and therefore must be more actively pressured to stop the unrest and killings immediately and to provide food and safety to ethnic Rohingya. Myanmar government’s failure to address these issues alone clearly shows a sign of weakness and actually Myanmar government needs the aid of the UN International Peacekeeping Team.
As such, IKIAM is humbly requesting the Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) together with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to act quickly in gathering and sending up ‘UN INTERNATIONAL Peacekeepers’ to Myanmar to help Myanmar government to stop the killing of Rohingya ethnic immediately. Thus international and local humanitarian groups could move into the conflict areas to provide some food and medicine to them. We are confident that subsequently diplomatic teams from various countries around the world including from ASEAN which include Malaysia shall be able to help the Government of Myanmar to end the conflict and to effectively implement structured programs to restore livelihoods and economic security as well as the citizenship rights of the ethnic Rohingya based on ‘humanitarian POLICY’ proclaimed today. Therefore, we hope in the next two weeks the UN INTERNATIONAL peacekeepers will be formed by the UN Secretary General and able to enter Myanmar and carry out their duties thereon.
Meanwhile, IKIAM which has been assisting Rohingya refugees in Malaysia on humanitarian ground since 2012 is urging Malaysian, ASEAN and World NGOs to continue pressuring the UN and the OIC for diplomatic solution on Rohingya issue. To the Muslims in Malaysia and the world, let us recite Doa, surah Al-Waqi’ah and pray to Allah continuously so the Rohingya’s misery shall cease and they do not disappear off the face of the earth.
Malaysia International Institute of Islamic Cooperation (IKIAM)
Dated: 17th. November 2016
Mohd Shamsuddin Damin