Rohingya refugees in Pakistan slam silence on violence in Myanmar
Sun Aug 5, 2012 4:41PM
I think the international community is based on double standards. When they deal with East Timor and South Sudan, they use different moral and international standards, but when it comes to Palestine, Kashmir, or Arkan, they think differently and with this kind of behavior the United Nations cannot sustain.” Mohamad Ismail Arkani, a member of Karachi’s Rohaingya SocietyA number of Rohingya refugees, living in Pakistan's port city of Karachi, have condemned the international community's silence on the deadly sectarian violence going on in Myanmar, Press TV reports. “I think the international community is based on double standards. When they deal with East Timor and South Sudan, they use different moral and international standards, but when it comes to Palestine, Kashmir, or Arkan, they think differently and with this kind of behavior the United Nations cannot sustain,” Mohamad Ismail Arkani, a member of Karachi’s Rohaingya Society told Press TV correspondent. Many Rohingya Muslims, living in western Myanmar, were forced to flee to neighboring countries including Pakistan and India after the Myanmarese government started persecuting them.
This is while Pakistani Muslims outraged at the ongoing violence and discrimination against the minority Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have so far staged several demonstrations across the country to voice their support for them.They have also lashed out at Western media and the UN Security Council for turning a blind eye on the killing of Muslims in Myanmar. The UN says decades of discrimination have left the Rohingyas stateless, with Myanmar implementing restrictions on their movement and withholding land rights, education and public services. Reports say some 650 Rohingyas have been killed and thousands more displaced in recent months.
The government of Myanmar refuses to recognize Rohingyas, claiming they are not native to the country. This is while the Rohingyas migrated to Myanmar as early as the 8th century.The protestors have urged the Pakistani government to summon Myanmarese envoy to Islamabad over the massacre of Muslims in the Southeast Asian country. On August 1, the Human Rights Watch (HRW) condemned the Myanmar government for the killing of minority Rohingya Muslims during a recent wave of sectarian violence in the country. “Burmese (Myanmarese) security forces committed killings, rape, and mass arrests against Rohingya Muslims after failing to protect both them and Arakan Buddhists during deadly sectarian violence in western Burma in June 2012,” the rights organization said in a report on Wednesday. HRW also called on Myanmar to “take urgent measures to end abuses by their forces, ensure humanitarian access, and permit independent international monitors to visit affected areas and investigate abuses.” MR/JR