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Burma Rights Commission Resists Investigating Rohingya Abuses

Rohingya Muslims carry their belongings as they move after recent violence in Sittwe, Burma, June 16, 2012.
Rohingya Muslims carry their belongings as they move after recent violence in Sittwe, Burma, June 16, 2012.
Danielle Bernstein
BANGKOK — Burma's human rights commission says there is no need for an investigation into the communal violence between Buddhists and Muslim Rohingya that broke out in June.

The refusal comes as the Organization of Islamic Cooperation says it will take up the Burmese government’s handling of the unrest with the U.N. Security Council.
 
When the United Nations special rapporteur to Burma visited areas affected by the violence in Rakhine state last month, he called on Burma's National Human Rights Commission to form a truth commission for a comprehensive and transparent investigation.
 
The chairman of the commission, Win Mra, said Thursday he was puzzled by the suggestion, and denied that his group was responsible for completing such an investigation. He says a separate group of government investigators are only looking into the killings that led to the outbreak of violence.
 
"I don't know why he would do that, he said. "In fact, what I know is that the government has already formed a high-level investigation group to inquire into the two cases that it is the rape and the murder of ten people."
 
Win Mra also said that the observations of U.N. Human Rights Special Envoy Tomas Ojea Quintana were biased. He did not elaborate in an interview with VOA.
 
The National Human Rights Commission sent a three-person delegation in July to investigate what Win Mra described as the humanitarian needs of the people affected by the conflict, but has not addressed the accusations that the military gave preferential treatment to a particular ethnic group, an accusation he called "extreme."
 
Win Mra also stressed that the situation was still incredibly delicate, and that he hoped it would not stand in the way of Burma's road to democracy.
 
Meanwhile, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation this week expressed concern for the Rohingya people in Burma and said it will take up the Burmese government’s handling of unrest with the U.N. Security Council.
 
Jim Della-Giacoma, an analyst for International Crisis Group, says alienating Muslim nations could be problematic for Burma's future as a member state of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. The root of the problem lies in the government's failure to recognize the Rohingya as citizens, he said.
 
"Bring the Rohingya and all the minorities to a modern Myanmar, that recognizes that minorities exist, that it's a multi-ethnic country, has many religions, and that the rights of all these minorities need to be protected by the modern state and not discriminated against," Della-Giacoma said.
 
The United Nations released a report Thursday saying the number of people displaced by the conflict in Rakhine state has exceeded 68,500, and is still rising, with new arrivals from Kyauktaw, Sittwe, and Maungdaw, where sporadic incidents of violence are still occurring.

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by: Rota Kilala from: Myanmar
August 16, 2012 11:02 PM
"Bring the Rohingya and all the minorities to a modern Myanmar, that recognizes that minorities exist, that it's a multi-ethnic country, has many religions, and that the rights of all these minorities need to be protected by the modern state and not discriminated against," Della-Giacoma said.

Della-Giacoma, don't you know that Myanmar has 135 ethnics and more than 100 ethnics minorites. Myanmar already has many religion as well. Why Myanmar has to recognized illegal unlawful migrates to become its citizen? STOP pressuring Myanmar government, instead you all should educate this Bangalis to understand what is Human rights, ethics, tolerance and norms. Please practice realistic way of thinking. And give some sampathy to Rakhine minorities who are living in majority of Bangali populated areas,such as Maung Daw and Buthidaung.They should not be neglected from international communities.They do deserve Human rights and sampathy from international communities.
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by: Myochit from: Myanmar
August 22, 2012 12:33 PM
Dear Ms or Mr Reality,
Sounds good! But you are thinking very differently from practical things. If I migrate to your USA, USA government will arrest me as an illegal immigrant. You forgot about identity.If there is no identity in the world, I can come to USA at any time. There will not be no immigration officer in USA.Your Rohingyas are illegal immigrants from BGD. Therefore, we are denying those people to give citizenship cards. Among the religions, all religions are peaceful except Muslims. We hav't heard that any other religion has terrorists who did suicide bombs and attacked to innocent people like an attack to World Trade Center and Pentagon of USA. No Buddhist did these terrorist attacks.
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by: Reality from: USA
August 21, 2012 5:47 PM
@myochit
It doesn't make any difference if they came hundred years ago or thousands years ago, there ancestors were living there so they are citizens of Burma, no body in the world can deny that fact.

If we go by your rule than all the Jews will have to go back to Europe, all the Americans will have to go back to Europe.
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by: Myochit from: Myanmar
August 20, 2012 12:13 PM
Ms Swe,

You should not give any comments without knowing the Arakan history. How many books did you read? How much do you know about the Arakan( Rakhine)? Come to Myanmar and contact me. I will show you complete documents/history in which you will not find any name so called Rohingyas ( illegal immigrants) in our history and in our ethnic list of Burma since prehistoric period.
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by: Swe from: US
August 19, 2012 6:32 PM
Typical Burmese ignorant with no clue about History of Arakan region whioch Bodawpaya annexed into burma only in late 18th century. The ancestors ofn these Rohingyas were already living there since 8th century. Even if some people from Bengal entered during British time, they have mixed with existing community whose lineage can be traced long before Bamar tribes even knew about Arakan region. stop talking nonsese; it only shows how stupid Bamar people are.

by: Nawarat Tun from: Myanmar
August 16, 2012 12:38 PM
I agreed with Myamar Human Right Commision. No need for international investigation and this is just a clash between two groups. Not like Afagan, Iran, Libya,Iraq's war. I have a question to OIC and some M- countries. Why you are willing to influence/interfere to our national sovereingnty? Love to other religion members also.
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by: hadayet from: westyorkshire uk
August 23, 2012 12:03 PM
dear nawarat tun. you might be in one who are participated in the crime so you are refusing to access the international investigation team because they would find the reality of rakhine racist and regime thein sein who are claim for democracy govt in myanmar.you guys don't forget that you have to accept the rohingya it citizen and you guys should be hanged by law .
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by: Myochit from: Myanmar
August 22, 2012 12:49 PM
Dear Ms/Mr Reality from USA,
If you are so much willing to help these Bangalies( Illegal Immigrants), we will send these peoples to your countries and feed and take care them. Without facts and figures, you cannot say that our gov is doing genocide. There are a lot of faked photos and videos which are major tools to attract the international attention for Rohingyas( So called Bangali Immigrants) to interfere Myanamar's progress esp on democratic reform. We, MM people are ready to fight with any terrorists and countries which are going to interfere our growth. We have been trained for 50 years of fighting in our country. No problem.Welcome.
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by: Reality from: USA
August 21, 2012 5:49 PM
this is not just some clash, its genocide of Rohingya people and international community is not going to stand back and watch this ongoing genocide.
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by: Azmi from: Frankfurt-Germany
August 16, 2012 4:23 PM
I am not agree with you and with Burmese criminal regime .It is a completely state terrorizing by supporting to the terrorist Mogh group of RNDP so It needs there an International Force to be presence in Arakan State and it should be investigat by International Media, NGO's , UN Human rihgts Council, UNHCR and International Red Cross.
M.Hussain Azmi Frankfurt-Germany

by: Myochit from: Myanmar
August 16, 2012 12:10 PM
We, our ethnic group people from Myanmar will outmigrate to OIC countries and to some M- countries.We will request all of you to recognize us as your citizens and provide us all human rights based on UN requirements's on human rights. Our president from Myanmar has already told you that he will take care both communities to be developed. Why OIC and M- countries are interfering and influencing our national concern and security. If you are willing to help your relatives, we are ready to send your people to your countries with free travel costs. Please stop your extreme fundamental religious ties and respect to every religion, not only Buddhism, but also others. Understanding is better than conflict.
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by: ZAHID RASUL from: UK BIRMINGHAM
August 18, 2012 2:15 PM
YOU extremist buddist people will have to pay for this. As I heard on the muslim channels jihadist armed fighters are willing to enter your country and defend the victims of your tyranny. Then you along with the rest of the world will be claiming to be the victims and your economy will collapse,so for God sake raise your voice against injustice,if you think the Rohingas are Bengalis and dont belong in Burma. This is no way of going about ,burning them alive killing young boys and men, raping woman. How would you feel if that happened to your family. And believe me your religion is full of intolerance and extremism not Islam. but you cant force people to convert. I hope God guides you to the right path and talk sense.
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by: Myochit from: Myanmar
August 17, 2012 12:59 PM
BGD people are deaf persons. They are pretending that it is not their concern. Rohingyas are their relatives and they are responsible and accountable for them. They should accept their relatives and follow the univerasl human rights. They are silent because if they speak out, they have to accept Rohingyas( Bangali) andinternational community will definitely send these Rohingyas to Bangladesh.
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by: Rakhine from: USA
August 16, 2012 5:30 PM
Why migrants from Bangladesh to Indian Assam region are called Muslim settlers and migrants from Bangladesh to Burmese Arakan are called ethnic Rohingyas. That is wrong.

Rohingyas are not ethnic of Myanmar (Burma). Most Rohingyas (so called) are Bangladeshis who migrated illegally to Myanmar several decades ago.

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