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Hillary urged to raise Rohingya issue with Asian leaders
by Rohingya Human Rights
2009-02-17 10:16:23
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The secretary general of the Union of Rohingya Communities in Europe (URCE), Hamdan Mg Kyaw Naing urged the secretary of state of the United States of America, Hillary Clinton to raise the Rohingya Issue with Asian leaders during her week-long trip starting on February 15 which includes stops in Indonesia, Japan, South Korea and China, to find out a genuine solution to the century old problem of the Rohingyas who have been subjected to gross human rights violations and systematic genocidal operations because of their religious belief and also because of their racial color of dark and pale skin which they have inherited from their forefathers of Indo-Aryan stock who inhabited in Arakan and also either ruled or played a pivotal role in the rule of ancient Arakan kingdom since the 7th century.
In the wake of the recent Andaman tragedy of the Rohingya boat people where hundreds of Rohingyas have perished in the deep sea after being towed by the Thai Navy to international waters, the Burmese military regime has reiterated its position not to accept the Rohingyas as the citizens of Burma and most arrogantly the Burmese Counsel Ye Myint Aung in Hong Kong has recently remarked in a letter to fellow diplomats about Rohingyas' skin color as: “Rohingyas are as ugly as ogres.”  Describing the complexion of Burmese as “fair and soft, good looking as well”, he said that the Rohingyas could not qualify as Burmese citizens because of their appearance, and they are not recognized as an ethnic group of Burma.
In the wake of the Andaman tragedy, now it has become fairly clear that no country in Southeast Asia is willing to accept the desperate Rohingyas who wash up on their shore or enter a country by other means.
Under such a situation, the US Secretary of State has been urged to raise the Rohingya issue with the Asian leaders to pressure Burma's generals to end the abuses of the Rohingyas from which they are fleeing like denial of citizenship, forced labour, arbitrary confiscation of property, restriction on their marriage and denial of freedom of movement etc.
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