Rohingya repatriation needs to guarantee their safety

Kuala Lumpur, Dec 5, IRNA - The president of the Myanmar ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization in Malaysia (MERHROM) emphasied that Rohingya refugees repatriation from Bangladesh to the Rakhine province requires ensuring their safety.

Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani, in an interview with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), said, 'The underway bilateral talks between Myanmar and Bangladesh on Rohingya repatriarion to the Rakhine province pay no attention to the need to ensure the safety of the Rohingya.'

'Even the Rohingya living outside of Myanmar are worried about their personal safety. We do not know who can help us to end this genocide,' he said.

Emphasizing the word “genocide”, the MERHROM president said that although the United States has regarded the whole episode as “ethnic cleansing”, what has actually happened in Myanmar is a genocide.'

Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani added, 'Since 2012, thousands of Rohingya Muslims including women and children, have been killed by radical Buddhists or Myanmar militants and the Myanmar government has supported the Buddhist extremists as well as the country's army.'

He called for the end of this 'genocide' by sending notes to the Myanmar embassy in Malaysia as well as the Myanmar Ministry of Foreign Affairs, which is headed by Aung San Suu Kyi, the incumbent State Counsellor of Myanmar, a position akin to a Prime Minister.

Zafar Ahmad bin Abdul Ghani also believes that the Southeast Asian countries have not succeeded in resolving Rohingya's crisis.

He added, 'Members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have not yet been able to take a step toward this crisis, which has already affected some of the Islamic countries.'

He emphasized that before the Rohingyas repatriation to Myanmar, peace-keeping forces should be present in Rakhine to protect them from any possible atrocities.

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