Stop Genocide – Push for Intervention Now

For Immediate Release
8 September 2017

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the decision by Khairy Jamaluddin to engage with the Myanmar embassy with regards to the persecution and killing of ethnic Rohingya in Rakhine, Myanmar.

Given the urgency and gravity of the situation faced by Rohingya and others in Rakhine state at this present moment, it is of paramount importance for all stakeholders to set aside political differences and act together and immediately to stop the genocide. Failure to act at this crucial juncture would condemn the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya and others to further forced displacement, violence, deprivation and possible death.

As a member of the cabinet, Khairy Jamaluddin must go beyond merely meeting with the United Nations office in Malaysia and the Myanmar embassy. Instead, he must be part of an immediate Malaysian Government collective cabinet decision which will result in the Government of Malaysia taking a strong lead in addressing the issue of genocide in Rakhine state and the urgent need to protect thousands of innocent civilians, including but not confined to the urgent delivery of much-needed humanitarian aid.

To this end, SUARAM calls for the Government of Malaysia to:

1) demand all sides stop the violence with immediate effect.

2) urge all fellow ASEAN members to insist the Myanmar government honours its commitments to the ASEAN Charter, the ASEAN Declaration of Human Rights, and all other ASEAN and international instruments to which Myanmar is a signatory. This will mean an immediate cessation of violence, the proactive protection of all civilians against displacement and violence, the guaranteed safe return of all those displaced by the violence and the securement of their land and help with rebuilding their communities, and the provision of basic necessities to everyone, including those in IDP Camps.

3) to call upon fellow ASEAN governments, the international community and other partners, to support the Myanmar government and the Bangladesh government in providing essential and urgent humanitarian aid to the hundreds of thousands displaced, including those who have fled into the Bangladesh and/or are at the border area with Bangladesh, as well as to Rohingya and others still in Arakan state, including in the IDP Camps.

4) to make sure that ASEAN members and the international community come together to support the Myanmar government with immediate effect in translating the recommendations of the Kofi Annan Commission Report on Rakhine state into practice. These recommendations include the guaranteeing of citizenship rights and form a ready-made roadmap for a secure and safe future for all in Rakhine state.

5) to call upon Aung Suu Kyi and her government in Myanmar to allow independent monitors into all areas, to assess humanitarian need and to assess any responsibility for any crimes committed in the course of the violence. If, as she maintains, her government and military have done nothing wrong, this should not be a problem.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

Atrocities in Rakhine State in Myanmar Must Stop and Allegation of Crime against Humanity Must be Investigated

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is gravely concerned with the on-going crackdown and violence against ethnic Rohingya in the Rakhine state of Myanmar and condemn the escalating human rights violations against the Rohingya community in Rakhine.

The preliminary investigations and inquiry by the United Nations has raised concerns that there may be crime against humanity committed in Myanmar. Despite grave allegations posed against the Myanmar government, the United Nations Human Rights Council’s resolution (A/HRC/RES/34/22) to dispatch an independent international fact-finding mission was refused by the Myanmar government, further cementing the concerns that there are substantial human rights violations in the region.

The persecution of ethnic Rohingya stand as one of the worst human rights violations in the ASEAN region. The consistent threats posed against the community by the Myanmar government and the active attempt to eliminate the Rohingya from Myanmar can no longer be treated as merely crime against humanity but must be called as it is, a genocide.

Recognizing the plight of the Rohingya, Malaysia must play a proactive role to protect and promote the rights of the community within and outside of Malaysia. The protection of these rights including the rights to peaceful assembly afforded to Malaysians and to any foreign nationals including the Rohingya.

SUARAM is appalled by the attempts to deprive the Rohingya of their fundamental human rights and call for all stakeholders to uphold the rights of the Rohingya in line with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Recognizing the immediate need for intervention and the irreparable harm inflicted on the Rohingya, SUARAM calls for the Myanmar government to:

  • Cease all hostilities and military maneuvers by the Myanmar government in Rakhine;
  • Allow the proposed international fact-finding mission to enter Rakhine to investigate all allegations of crime against humanity and genocide;
  • Allow the entry of humanitarian outfits to provide assistance to refugees and casualties of the conflict.

SUARAM also calls for the Malaysian government to:

  • Intervene, on behalf of the Rohingya people, in all international and regional platform;
  • Summon the Myanmar Ambassador to Malaysia to answer for the on-going human rights violations in Myanmar;
  • And, to suspend diplomatic ties with Myanmar in the event of further escalations.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

*Notes

Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Interview with Rohingya’s fleeing from Myanmar since 9 October 2016

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Countries/MM/FlashReport3Feb2017.pdf

Resolution A/HRC/RES/34/22

https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G17/081/98/PDF/G1708198.pdf?OpenElement

 

Pendakwaan Keatas Pelarian Kanak-kanak Rohingya Melanggar Hak Asasi Manusia!

*English statement available below

Untuk Hebahan Segera
23 Februari 2017

Pendakwaan Keatas Pelarian Kanak-kanak Rohingya Melanggar Hak Asasi Manusia!
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya penahanan seorang pelarian Rohingya berusia 15 tahun kerana dikatakan tidak memiliki dokumen perjalanan yang sah.

Pelarian kekal sebagai satu daripada komuniti yang paling terpinggir di Malaysia, berikutan keengganan berterusan oleh institusi kerajaan dan kerajaan Malaysia untuk mengakui kewujudan mereka. Vakum undang-undang dari segi hak dan pengiktirafan yang diwujudkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia telah menyumbang kepada eksploitasi meluas pelarian di Malaysia dan membolehkan aktiviti pemerdagangan manusia terus berlaku.

Keputusan untuk mendakwa pelarian kanak-kanak berusia 15 tahun tersebut; kerana tidak memiliki dokumen perjalanan yang sah, menandakan satu lagi penindasan terhadap pelarian oleh kerajaan Malaysia. Walaupun kanak-kanak ini merupakan seorang pelarian, dan dibawah umur, Mahkamah Majistret telah menolak hujahan peguam, untuk menggugurkan kes, serta tidak membenarkan ikat jamin diberikan kepada kanak-kanak tersebut. Akibatnya kanak-kanak tersebut telah ditahan sehingga hari ini. Laporan yang dikeluarkan seorang pakar psikologi, yang dibawa oleh peguam, menunjukkan kesan yang buruk terhadap pertumbuhan mental kanak-kanak tersebut.

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dilihat lantang dalam krisis di Rohingya, namun perlindungan masyarakat Rohingya di Malaysia masih tidak wujud. Kepura-puraan yang ditunjukkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia dalam hal ini jelas menunjukkan percubaan untuk mempolitikkan krisis kemanusiaan.

Penahanan lanjut kanak-kanak ini menbuktikan kegagalan kerajaan Malaysia dalam memenuhi obligasi di bawah Perkara 22 Konvensyen Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu mengenai Hak Kanak-Kanak, di mana kerajaan bertanggungjawab untuk menyediakan perlindungan yang sewajarnya kepada anak-anak pelarian.

SUARAM sekali lagi mengulangi kekesalan kami diatas perkara ini serta mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya layanan buruk serta penganiayaan terhadap pelarian di Malaysia, dan menggesa campur tangan serta-merta ke dalam pendakwaan terhadap kanak-kanak Rohingya berusia 15 tahun berkenaan.

Dalam Solidariti
Sevan Doraisamy
Pengarah Eksekutif
SUARAM

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Prosecution of Young Refugee Violates Malaysia’s International Human Rights Obligations!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the detention of the 15 years old Rohingya refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents.

Refugees remain one of the most marginalized community in Malaysia due to the continued refusal to acknowledge their existence by the Malaysian government and government institutions. The legal vacuum in terms of rights and recognition created by the Malaysian government has contributed to the widespread exploitation of refugees in Malaysia and enabled the widespread trafficking activities that continue to plague the refugee community and Malaysians alike.

The decision to prosecute a 15 years old refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents marks another low in the persecution of refugees in Malaysia by the Malaysian government. Furthermore, despite the potential impact on a child’s development and growth, the person in question has been languishing in detention at Kajang Prison since December 2016 after application for his bail was denied by Sepang Magistrate Court.

Despite the vocal stance adopted by Prime Minister Najib Razak on the crisis in Rohingya, the protection of the Rohingya community in Malaysia remains non-existent. The hypocrisy shown by the Malaysian government in this regard clearly outline the unconscionable attempt to politicize a humanitarian crisis.

Furthermore, the continued detention of this individual reveals the failure of the Malaysian government in fulfilling the obligations under Article 22 the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child where the government is obliged to provide appropriate protection and humanitarian to refugee children.

SUARAM once again reiterate our strongest condemnation for the current state of affairs in regards to the persecution of refugees in Malaysia and call for immediate intervention into the prosecution of the 15 years old Rohingya minor in question.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM