ASEAN LEADERS ARE BARKING AT THE WRONG TREE WITH THE WRONG CAUSE AND WRONG OBJECTIVE

ASEAN LEADERS ARE BARKING AT THE WRONG TREE 

WITH THE WRONG CAUSE AND WRONG OBJECTIVE

 

ASEAN leaders are complaining about the convenient way to solve the Rohingya problem.

But for the Rohingyas or Burmese Muslims or Christian Chins/Karens/Kachins and Buddhist Mons/Shans/Burmese etc AND the NLDS  and political opponents and armed rebel groups_

Whether the SPDC would accept them back is not their main concern. What is the consequences after repatriation is their only problem.

Jailed? Tortured? Is the main concern for all but ‘Village arrest’ (for Rohingyas only) is the problem.

No democracy, no Human Rights, no political life, no respect for the Rights of religious minorities and Ethnic minorities is their main concern.

But the lack of development, economic problems back home are the most important fact for all of them.

There is no clear cut line to DEFINE OR CATEGORIZE THEM INTO POLITICAL OR ECONOMIC MIGRANTS. 

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Just Imagine This!

Dr. Habib Siddiqui

[Author’s note: This paper is based on author’s speech at the PENN HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM on “The Rohingyas of Burma and Bangladesh” on Friday, March 31, 2006 in the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA. The material in this paper came from author’s personal contacts with the Rohingya Diaspora community and information that is available in the reports of various human rights groups, notably the Amnesty International, the Human Rights Watch and the Karen Human Rights Group.]  

Part 1: Nightmare, fiction or a living reality?

Imagine this. You are living in a country that does not recognize you as a citizen in spite of the fact that your forefathers lived there for centuries. If that were not enough of a traumatic experience, consider that other ethnic groups who are fighting the regime for self-determination and human rights consider you as outsiders. It must be your worst kind of nightmare when you realize that half of your people have been forced to take asylum or refuge outside, and you may be the next in line to seek a way out of this living hell.

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Asean all at sea over Rohingya problem

   Asean all at sea over Rohingya problem 

 

HONG KONG, Feb 28 — Lest we forget, this weekend it is timely to take a look back at the fundamental questions raised by the plight of the Rohingya boatpeople. Hundreds are feared to be still at sea, risking a perilous crossing from Myanmar or Bangladesh to Thailand’s Andaman coast during the calm of the winter monsoon.

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Myanmar to cooperate on Rohingya refugee issue

By MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR/from:thestaronlinenews

HUA HIN (Thailand): Myanmar has finally agreed to cooperate with the Asean secretariat for data and information collection as the first step to resolving the Rohingya refugee problem plaguing several Asean members.

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JOHOR BARU: State Opposition leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau equated “bumiputraism” with the South African apartheid policy which discriminated against non-whites

Nik Aziz says ‘bumiputera’ term is racist

MARCH 1 – In extraordinary remarks today, Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat said the use of the term “bumiputera” smacks of racism and deprived the poor from other races of government aid. >Read More


JOHOR BARU: State Opposition leader Dr Boo Cheng Hau  

equated “bumiputraism” with the South African apartheid policy

which discriminated against non-whites

Opposition leader Boo causes a stir at assembly, THE STAR

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US Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs’ Daily Press Briefing: BURMA

 

US Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs’ 

Daily Press Briefing: BURMA

Robert Wood
Acting Spokesman
Daily Press Briefing
February 23, 2009
Review of U.S. Policy not yet Completed/Sanctions Have Not Worked
The U.S. Welcomes the Release of Political Prisoners
The Government of Burma is Urged to Set Free all Remaining Prisoners, Including Aung San Suu Kyi

 

QUESTION: On Myanmar. How far have you got with your review on Myanmar? When do you think it will be complete? And what aspects, in particular, are you looking at? 

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2009 Human Rights Report for 2008: Burma

2008 Human Rights Report: Burma

 

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR
February 25, 2009
Comments: ASEAN leaders who denied these and especially the leaders of the countries who voted on 24th. December 2008 UNGA protecting Myanmar SPDC should be summoned at the ICC  if we could indite SPDC Generals as the partners of crime. They are worse than the ‘Three monkeys’ who see, hear or talk no evil. They are actively protecting the criminals. It is a crime in every country, every religion and internationally.

Badawi: Send Muslim boat people back if they are not white European or Malay/Indon related = neo-apartheid

   Badawi: Send Muslim boat people back

if they are not white European or

Malay/Indon related = neo-apartheid

 

CHA-AM, Feb 27 — Malaysia’s prime minister has called for Myanmar’s Muslim boat people to be pushed back if they attempt to land on any Southeast Asian shores in search of asylum, a newspaper said today.

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Asean’s relevancy questioned

Asean’s relevancy questioned

 

Meeting human rights challenges 

Last and most importantly, civil society and Asean observers are viewing Asean as unable to meet human rights challenges. While Asean bureaucrats often credit Asean for having created peace in the region since its establishment, they forget to acknowledge that Asean stood still during the genocide in Cambodia, which then was not a member of Asean.

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Abdullah says migrants must be turned back

Abdullah says

migrants must be turned back

COMMENT: I could not believe my eyes. Did he really say that? I hope and pray that the report is wrong. May ALLAH give the wisdom, light and mercy on all the Muslims who are suffering. No wonder Tun Dr M rightly said, I believe in ISLAM, full stop! There is already a verdict for those who tried to create a new Islam but I wish they are not trying like that but reviving the old one?

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The State Department’s 2008 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Hillary Rodham Clinton
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
February 25, 2009
SECRETARY CLINTON: I apologize for being a little late. This is such an important event in the annual calendar of the State Department.

 

You know, human progress depends on the human spirit, and this inescapable truth has never been more apparent than it is today. The challenges of this new century require us to summon the full range of human talents to move our nation and the world forward. Guaranteeing the right of every man, woman and child to participate fully in society and to live up to his or her God-given potential is an ideal that has animated our nation since its founding.

Malaysia wants Myanmar to be open about refugee problem

By MERGAWATI ZULFAKAR

HUA HIN (Thailand): The problem of Rohingya refugees fleeing from Myanmar has become a regional problem and Malaysia wants the military junta to address the matter.

Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim raised the issue at the Asean Foreign Ministers informal dinner on Thursday night where he stressed to Myanmar that the problem was immense.

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2008 Report on International Religious Freedom

2008 Report on International Religious Freedom in Myanmar

International Religious Freedom Report 2008
Released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor

 

 

Highly repressive, authoritarian military regimes have ruled the country since 1962. Constitutional protection of religious freedom has not existed since 1988, after the armed forces brutally suppressed massive prodemocracy demonstrations and abrogated the Constitution. In 1990 prodemocracy parties won a majority of seats in a free and fair election, but the junta of senior military officers refused to recognize the results and has ruled the country by decree and without a legislature ever since. The authorities generally permitted most adherents of registered religious groups to worship as they choose; however, the Government imposed restrictions on certain religious activities and frequently abused the right to freedom of religion.

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Rights groups to Asean: Press Myanmar on abuses

   Rights groups to Asean:

Press Myanmar on abuses

“Asean’s continuing failure to hold the Burmese military government accountable for abuses and Asean’s unwillingness to provide refuge for those fleeing oppression in Burma are two sides of the same coin,” Human Rights Watch said.

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