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On Burma/Myanmar: Does Special Rapporteur on human rights Tomás Ojea Quintana think anyone is listening? PART 2

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On Burma/Myanmar: Does Special Rapporteur on human rights Tomás Ojea Quintana think anyone is listening? PART 2

Burma’s history goes back to at least the 2nd century B.C.
(Insert picture is of our Aunts)

What Tomás Ojea Quintana has said lately:

16 July 2013 “I have no doubt that the violations committed over the years with complete impunity have undermined the rule of law in Rakhine state, and had serious consequences for the peaceful coexistence of communities there.” the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar, Tomás Ojea Quintana. He continues, “Reform of discriminatory laws needs to accompany institutional reform, in line with the country’s national reform efforts,” he said. “How the Government deals with the situation in Rakhine state is a good indicator of the depth and commitment of its efforts at the national level to bring democracy, respect for human rights and national reconciliation to the people of Myanmar.”

In his report to the Human Rights Council in March 2013 the Special Rapporteur said he had received consistent and credible allegations of a wide range of human rights violations being committed against the Rohingya and wider Muslim population in Rakhine State. These include “sweeps” against Muslim villages, arbitrary detentions, sexual assault and torture.

Is he an independent expert? He does not even recognize issues relating to the Rakhine people and their land claims. With social media, the UN and Western NGOs are losing their grip on Rights and Justice. To have real Justice, Quintana must be balanced.

For Tomás Ojea Quintana to be heard, he must add these understandings to his report.

1) Burma was annexed to India in 1886 and then created a separate colony in 1937 with the Burma Act.

2) It was the Britishthat brought Muslims as labor from India (Bangladesh) to Burma. It flooded Burma with foreign labour, and changed the demographics of the country(and then Arakan). This requires that Britain take sole responsibility for what is happening there today.

3) Before 1823 no reference to Rohingyas in the census can be found, as well not all Muslims in Burma are Rohingya. The Rohingya have a right to self name themselves. AND Burma has a right to not view them as an ethnic group. The Rohingyas are linguistically related to the Indo-Aryan as opposed to the mainly Sino-Tibetan languages of Burma.

4) Help get the Rohingya like other non ethnic groups living in Burma who have citizenship achieve the same status.

5) Saudi Arabia, needs to be told that they are a major problem. Their large financial support for Rohingya organizations and academics speaking on the topic outside Burma makes Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State more vulnerable – due to belief that Al-Rabita, a Saudi government funded NGO, the main Islamic missionary organisation rooted in Wahhbism which is active in the region, it is entrusted with the Islamisation of the region. (look at the plight of the African Christians). Buddhists monks are weary of them.

6) Speak to the Rakhine people as well of their world view that a land grab took place during WWll killing and displaced them. That the British gave their land to non Rakhine people.

Merle Jacobs

From Rangoon to London then to Canada, now home. Professor in Toronto. Research areas - health and equity, the nursing profession, Anglo Burmese culture Published in the areas of Nursing, health, racism

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