Media Release from Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK
Three years of ongoing genocide – no peace or security under Burmese military
For immediate release
01 February 2024
On the third anniversary of the attempted military coup in Burma, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) is reiterating its call for the international community to step up and do more for the victims of the Burmese military.
“There should be nowhere for military chief Min Aung Hlaing to hide. We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers in Burma on this day, and call on the international community to step up sanctions, including sanctions on aviation fuel, increase aid, and use all available pressure points to help defeat the military”, said Tun Khin, President of the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK.
BROUK is calling on the international community to do more to support ongoing international justice processes, including the genocide case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the Universal Jurisdiction case in Argentina, brought by BROUK. In December, BROUK petitioned the courts in Argentina for arrest warrants for Min Aung Hlaing and other officials responsible for the genocide.
“We need to see support from the international community for the request for arrest warrants. Rohingya have been on the front line working for justice and accountability for the crimes committed by the Burmese military. It is time for the international community to step up”, said Tun Khin.
BROUK is also calling on the British government to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss Burma’s non-implementation of the provisional measures set out by the ICJ to halt the Rohingya genocide.
The recent intensified fighting in Rakhine State between the Arakan Army and Burmese military is exposing the insecure living conditions of Rohingya as it is leaving innocent Rohingya civilians in the firing line. In Phon Nyo Lake village in Buthidaung township, at least 17 people have been killed and 50 injured since 25th January. Rohingya in Rakhine State were already suffering under genocidal policies and restrictions of vital humanitarian aid by the Burmese military. Now they are trapped by fighting with few options or resources to leave.
“The escalation of fighting shows that Rohingya in Rakhine State, including the 140,000 internally displaced people in and around Sittwe, can become a target at any time. They need protection. This should include an urgent UNSC meeting on ways to enforce the provisional measures ordered by the ICJ”, said Tun Khin.
For more information, contact Tun Khin on +44 (0)7888714866.