To: United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon and Chairperson and General Secretary of the National League for Democracy, Aung San Suu Kyi
The genocide of Burmese Muslims is a serious threat to world peace and a violation of human rights.
We demand that the United Nations pass a resolution to stop the genocide in Burma by introducing international policies that will protect the religious and cultural beliefs of the Burmese Muslims. Burmese Muslims who are eligible for citizenship according to the present legislation, should be granted the same road to citizenship as any other resident.
Regardless of citizenship, ALL Burmese Muslims should receive a legal status that would grant them the rights required to develop a normal life in the country. *
While these efforts are conducted, we ask that the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees provide protection to the hundreds of thousand refugees who flee to Bangladesh and Thailand with shelter and medical and food aid.
A large number of Muslims are killed in Burma by Buddhist, army and police. They face abuse in the forms of rape, torture, extortion, murder and sexual violence.
“The Rohingya (Muslims in Burma) are a deeply unpopular cause inside Burma, where much of the country’s majority Buddhist population view them as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. The UN tells a different story and describes them as among the world’s most persecuted people. Despite having lived in Burma for generations they are denied citizenship, need permission to marry or have more than two children and must notify the authorities if they wish to travel outside their villages. For more than 30 years the Burmese government has denied citizenship to the 800,000 Rohingya people living within its borders, leaving them without a country of their own and leading the UN to describe them as one of the world’s most persecuted minorities.”** Muslims in Burma are not recognized as citizens and any scope of any reconciliation will not give them any protection.