MUSLIM institute organizes round table discussion titled “Analyzing current situation of Rohingyas”. Among distinguished guests were former Ambassadors of Pakistan to Myanmar, Mr. Amjad Majeed Abbasi and Mr. Muhammad Qurban, Former Ambassador Amir Anwar Shadani, Sheikh Firdous, President, federation of Rohingayas, Kharan, Dr. Susic Sejo, Assistant Professor, Shariah & Law IIUI and Public Relations Coordinator MUSLIM Institute Tahir Mehmood.
While looking into the current situation of Rohingya, we see that a severe human catastrophe in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. There are around 1.2 million Rohingya Muslims who have been deprived of their nationality and are considered as stateless. Besides, they have been victim of ethnic cleansing as well as military operations in the wake of severe human rights violations.
Not to speak of Burma’s political ill will to grant justice to Rohingya even the locals have turned a deaf ear to severe brutalities committed by their own Burmese army. Scholars lamented that both the communities have been living peacefully since ages then what happened suddenly that this amicable relationship turned into the most brutal one. Rakhine state is rich of mineral resources. Similarly, the state has been covering strategically important coastal line. Geo-politics has badly affected the region. It seems true in the wake of inhumane silence by the champions of human rights over this ever gigantic catastrophe in recent history.
Violence against Rohingya is not a new phenomenon rather it dates back to 1960s and 70s. Myanmar’s citizenship law of 1982 took away their nationalities, relentlessly depriving them of their basic human rights and they were effectively considered as stateless. They cannot travel freely and are deprived of basic human rights mainly due to the citizenship law. Although Rakhine state is the poorest one in Myanmar yet rich in natural resources.
Since 1970s, a number of crack downs have inflicted forced migration of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya. Refugees have often been victim of rape, torture, arson and murder. The recent violence came into spotlight in 2012 in the wake of violence against Rohingya, backed by military. Similarly in 2015 and now in 2017, the violence has been intensified once again.
It is pertinent to mention that the United Nations has called Rohingya as one the most persecuted minorities in the world. In past three weeks, around three hundred thousand Rohingya have fled to Bangladesh where, approximately, five hundred thousand Rohingya have already been living in refugee camps. United Nations and international community should take steps to provide basic human rights to the Rohingya and provide them with justice. It is need of hour that United Nations should consider enforcement of international human rights laws as per the United Nations charter. There can be no justification of violence against Rohingyas and their persecution.