01 Jan European Rohingya Conference urges international community to act

Written by Hans Hulst Published in Rohingya Issues Read 5454 times
Europe based Rohingyas held their very first conference in Esbjerg, Denmark, from 27 to 28 December 2014. Photo: rohingyablogger.com
Europe-based Rohingyas held their first conference in Esbjerg, Denmark December 27-28, 2014. Photo: rohingyablogger.com

Europe based Rohingyas held their very first conference in Esbjerg, Denmark, from 27 to 28 December 2014. The attendees discussed the intercommunal tensions in Rakhine State and the legal and human rights implecations of the ongoing conflict.

After the conference seven participating Rohingya organisations released a joint statement asking the international community to drop its “wait-and-see-diplomacy.”

The EU was singled out in the statement. “The policy of [the] European Union on Burma is ignoring the serious human rights violations on Rohingyas in Burma. We urge the European Union to balance the policy on Burma.”

The statement urges the government of Myanmar to arrange a dialogue between Muslim Rohingyas and Buddhist Rakhines to foster “peaceful co-existence”, to stop systematic persecution, remove restrictions on movement, marriage and education, and to restore full citizenship of the Rohingya people, whose ethnicity is contested by the Myanmar government and the Buddhist public at large.

The UN, EU, UK and US governments were asked to support an international investigation on human rights abuses in Rakhine and to put pressure on the Thein Sein government to repeal or amend the 1982 Citizenship Law.

The seven Rohingya organisations that signed the statement welcome the UN General Assembly non-binding resolution that urges the Myanmar government to grant Rohingyas full citizenship and which was adopted on December 29.

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