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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2340

The Truth about Rohingya Crisis

By Kanbawza Win

With the release of the prestigious Amnesty International report on the plight of the Rohingyas it seems that the cat has been let out of the bag with and have alerted, the international community to have a more balance approached on this on-going hot crisis.

Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau has taken a lead in the conflict resolution and constructive approach when he declared that “The perpetration of crimes against humanity and ethnic cleansing has led more than 717,000 Rohingya to flee their homes from Burma’s Rakhine State and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. The humanitarian situation became more precarious, especially as the monsoon approaches as they are vulnerable to flooding and landslides in this congested living conditions. Canada believes that: no population, group, or community should ever face persecution or discrimination based on their identity and will not stand idly by as people are denied their most basic human rights simply because of who they are. We have a moral obligation to act become a persistent source of political instability in the region.”

After appointing Bob Rae as a special envoy, Canada realized that Rohingya crisis does not have an immediate solution, and will require sustained engagement to address urgent needs both in Bangladesh and Burma, to help set conditions, conducive to the safe and dignified return of refugees, and to help lay the foundations for a lasting political solution in Burma and graciously allotted $300 million to support a coordinated response. Knowing that the crisis has a disproportionate impact on women and girls committed by the rapist Myanmar Tatmadaw (Burmese army) Canada will be supporting additional programming to deliver services that meet their specific needs, and work to ensure that women and girls meaningfully participate in all aspects of program planning, delivery and decision making processes.

It will go on supporting their evolving needs by providing funding to improve access to health, food assistance, and treatment for acute malnutrition, water and sanitation programming, essential non-food items, and learning and income-generating opportunities. Practically, $8.15 million has been spend in funding an emergency preparedness and assistance for the of the monsoon season, which brought the total humanitarian assistance of $45.9 million including $12.5 million for the Burma Crisis Relief Fund that matched the generous contributions and address the acute needs of displaced and vulnerable populations in Kachin and Shan States. Burma has already declared and is cooperating with the UN agencies to welcome Rohingya refugees when conditions in the region permit their resettlement.

If actions speaks louder than words, Canada has taken the lead among the Western countries that really comprehend Kofi Anan’s Commission which clearly spells out that there are two administrations in Burma and that power still comes out of the barrel of the gun. Now it seems that what most of the European countries augmented by the 57 countries strong Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries are flogging a dead horse with the result that the Myanmar Tatmadaw, which has reluctantly let goes its power only because its proxy has lost by a landslide in the 2015 election and is itching to find an excuse to come back to power, will have an upper hand and make this world a less happy place.

Even now, China, dumped by the people of Burma as Myanmar Tatmadaw’s stepfather and Russia had pressuring Burma not to accept the UN arbitration because of the economic interest (Oil pipe line and railway from Burma’s West coast that passes through Rohingya area to China’s hinterland, a component of One Belt One Road) lest the country may align with the democratic West and prevent her navy from gaining access to the Indian ocean.

Considering the history British colonial legacy of not only importing these Bengalis into the country but also arming them to fight the Japanese, had instead turned the guns on the local population during World War II, had even attempted to take the chunk of the motherland to join a foreign country (at that time East Pakistan), they had deliberately abhor the lingua franca and refuse to salute the national flag or sing the national anthem and instead encourage polygamy to overwhelm the local inhabitants.

Are they Muslims? If so why don’t they joined the All Burma Muslim Organization that fought shoulder to shoulder, with the KNU in 2003, when the Junta was targeting the Burmese Muslims? Neither, they made an attempt to join the National Democratic Front, an amalgamation of Burma’s ethnic nationalities that fought the Burmese Junta throughout all these years. Even now they don’t have the central committee that speaks for all of the Rohingya, last but not the least, is yesterday I attended the International Rohingya Conference at the Assembliée Nationale in Paris hoping to find some Burmese ethnic delegation but come back sorrowfully realising that they have not change and that the self-appointed leaders of the most persecuted people of word did not considered themselves to be the sons of the soil and unable to throw their lot with the other Burmese ethnic nationalities.

Sometimes, I mused of whether it will be far more beneficial to sponsor a conflict resolution group rather than a one sided lobbyist group for these poor and persecuted people who will have to depend on the dole out of the international community until and unless the crafty, cunning, treacherous, cruel but powerful Myanmar Tatmadaw is knockout by the more civilized and humane Western nations, rather than pushing the Burmese civilian administration into the arms of dictatorial countries.

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