By Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani, World BEYOND War, September 23, 2020
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia (MERHROM) appeal for the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to find permanent solution to the Rohingya Genocide:
There are the real challenges for the United Nations leadership as the mandated body to stop the Rohingya Genocide. We have been watching worldwide the impact of the Rohingya Genocide, but thus far the genocide has continued. This means we have not learned anything from the Rwanda Genocide. The failure of the United Nations to stop the Rohingya Genocide is a failure of the United Nations leadership and of world leaders in this 21st century to restore peace and humanity. The world will be watching to see who will take up the challenge and make a difference for the world.
We really hope the major countries that currently host the Rohingya refugees, such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia take action on the many challenges that result from the Rohingya Genocide. We need the significant intervention of other countries so that we can return home safely when the genocide is over, so that our citizenship will be returned to us, and our rights will be guaranteed.
We call upon the United Nations Security Council, world leaders and the international community to intervene immediately and nonviolently to restore peace and save Rohingya in Arakan State — particularly in Arakan State Township. Delaying intervention is causing more Rohingya to die at this last stage of the Rohingya Genocide.
In Arakan State and Rakhine State, we cannot speak for ourselves as there will be repercussion for us. Therefore we need you to speak for us. Our liberty has been taken away. Therefore we need your liberty to promote ours.
We look for a solution to our plight. However we cannot struggle alone. Therefore we need the urgent intervention and peacemaking from the outside world to change our fate. We cannot delay our action as it will only allow more Rohingyas to die.
Therefore we urgently appeal to the honorable world leaders, EU, OIC, ASEAN, and United Nations members state countries to appeal for the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to find a lasting solution to the Rohingya Genocide.
1. Add more pressure to the Myanmar government to immediately stop the genocide towards ethnic Rohingya and also others ethnicities in Arakan State Myanmar.
2. Add more pressure to the junta to recognize ethnic Rohingya as citizens of Burma with equal rights. The Citizenship Law of 1982 must be changed to ensure due recognition of the right to citizenship of the Rohingya in Burma.
3. Urge the United Nations Security Council to send a nonviolent, unarmed peace-keeping mission to Arakan State urgently to stop and monitor the human rights violations.
4. Urge United Nations member state countries to fully support the Rohingya Genocide case filed by Gambia against Myanmar in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the case filed by human rights organizations in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the Myanmar government.
5. Stop the economic and political relationship with Myanmar until they resolve the conflict and recognize ethnic Rohingya as citizens of Burma with equal rights.
6. International humanitarian organizations must be allowed to provide urgent assistance to the Rohingyas especially for food, medicine, and shelter.
7. Stop referring to Rohingyas as Bengalis, as we the ethnic Rohingya are not the Bengalis.
Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani is President of Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization Malaysia