Rohingya Update: No Rule of Law, Aid Blocked, Orchestrated 3rd Wave of Violence Draws Near

Another urgent report has been sent to us by our sources in Arakan today.

Yet another five houses have been burnt down in Maungdaw, as recently as the early hours of this morning. Despite the urgency of safeguarding the people Arakan and the dire lack of rule of law in the land, no action is taken against the perpetrators of crimes against the Rohingya.

Blocking Aid

Furthermore blocking aid to the region has been a frustrating and continuous problem for the most vulnerable in Arakan. The OIC had been given permission by the central government to deliver aid to the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps and the Turkish government were also granted permission to build 5000 shelters for the Rohingya. However, despite these agreements by the central government, Buddhist extremists (with the help from the local authorities) had protested against both the OIC and the Turkish government to deliver any aid relief to the IDP camps, where access to food, water and shelter is already scarce. This is a clear demonstration of the disconnect between the central government who seemingly have ‘power’ over the local Rakhine government, whilst they are allowed to continue to spread terror, starve the people and continue restricting freedoms in Arakan.

Third Massacre

The fears of a third massacre are becoming increasingly apparent with each day. Today a number of our sources have once again reaffirmed the anticipated third wave of violence.  The Buddhist water festival is due to commence in mid April, which metaphorically and in fact, in reality, will see the washing away of the Rohingya. This is as the rainy season is due to wash away the poorly constructed camps- the majority of which are all on low lying land in Sittwe, usually used as rice fields.

Denied Livelihoods

The Rohingya ability to trade and work has been hugely affected by the ongoing violence in Arakan, with many terrorised and attacked so much so that they flee for their safety,with no means to provide for their families. Armed gangs have focused their terror on the mountain range between Maungdaw and Budhidaung to prevent the Rohingya from accessing the forest areas for their livelihood. This operation began last June during the first eruption of violence, with authorities supplying each village with 10 firearms; granting permission to kill the Rohingya, and it is still being allowed to continue today.

Comments

Nadia Hussain

Rule of law is still critically inapparent in Myanmar and especially so in Arakan. So long as it remains in such a state, there will never be equality for the Rohingya (even more so as they are still not even recognised as citizens) and those that perpetrate crimes against them will always be above the law and allowed to continue to terrorise the most vulnerable without any repercussion.

12 March 2013 delete
Koyrun Nahar

This cannot happen again!

13 March 2013 delete
Mobz Miah

Some are saying an imminent third massacre due 17th march! But the point is... this is still going on, the international media picked it up when it was 'hot'.... people are still suffering, lets not pick this up when its 'hot' if a third massacre occurs, lets keep reporting all year round...till aid is allowed to go through... then report more, till laws are passed.... then report more when citizenship is something tangible... then report more etc

This isn't going to be solved overnight, but with momentum this can move in the right direction.

13 March 2013 delete
Daniel Rivers

As sad is it is, Nadia is right, until the crimes against any minority are enforced, they will be committed with little or no fear from the perpetrators.

13 March 2013 delete
Sana

How many more deaths.. How many more massacres.. Until the international community stand up and demand a stop to this atrocity! The UN have recognised the Rohingya as the most persecuted community in the world and Barack Obama has recognised the violation of human rights the Rohingya face, but we need more than recognition. We need action and we need it before any more innocent lives are lost!

14 March 2013 delete
Ceren Yılmaz

So how much aid has to OIC and the Turkish government been able to get into Burma for the Rohingya? Has any shelter been put up for the surviving Rohingya?

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Nancy Kamal

If the water festival is in fact something that would affect the Rohingya's (and possibly other minority groups) then surely they need to be protected even more so!

And protests against the OIC and the Turkish government to deliver any aid relief??
When Rohingya's have barely any breath and soul in them to live another day whilst the persecutors continue to rape, kill and pillage??

The epitome of double standards!

14 March 2013 delete