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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Burma's Rohingyas ask neighbours's sympathy and understandin

[b]Burma's Rohingyas ask neighbours's sympathy and understanding[/b]

By M Rama Rao – Asian Tribune

[b]New Delhi, 13 December, ([/b] Burma's ethnic minority, Rohingyas, who are facing persecution at home, have asked neighbors particularly Bangladesh, Thailand and Malaysia to be sympathetic towards Rohingya refugees. help us also to gain civic rights and human rights at home, the youth leaders of the community said in an open appeal under the aegis of Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF).

Lauding the efforts of the United Nations and other world agencies to see an end to all forms of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the RYDF said, the world body should take serious note of the report prepared by the likes of former Czech President Vaclav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Bishop Desmond Tutu, titled "Threat to the Peace: A Call for the UN Security Council to Act in Burma".

In a statement in connection with the observance of world human rights day , RYDF said in a statement that there have been gross violation of human rights of various ethnic groups that have been living in Burma.

"As part of a highly orchestrated and criminal government strategy to deny legitimate rights to the minorities, the State Peace & Development Council (SPDC) regime uses rape, humiliation, torture, arbitrary arrest, extra judicial killing, forced relocation, taxation, ethnic, religious and racial discrimination against the Rohingya people as weapons of war towards ethnic cleansing in Arakan State', the RYDF said in the statement. "The situation is not unique to the Rohingya, but also includes many other ethnic groups like the Kuki, Naga, Pa-o, and Paloung in other parts of the country".

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