Restoration of Rohingya’s Rights should be a symbol for counterterror


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Though Rohingya have been facing persecution since 1970 and there is a possible tendency towards terrorism and extremism, no single Rohingya has involved in any kind of terror or extremist activities in six decades.


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Restoration of Rohingya’s Rights should be a symbol for counterterrorism:

Restoration of Rohingya’s Rights should be a symbol for counterterrorism


Desperate stories of Rohingya inspire hope to end increasingly spreading horrible terrorist attacks around the World, deprivation of basic human right on Earth and basic misunderstanding of foundational concepts based on religion and race. The attitude of Rohingya can be a plausible path to peace that dismantle every kind of terror without firing a single shot if the World Leaders could restore the rights of Rohingya .


The West is desperate to find a solution to end terrorism, but it failed to develop an effective strategy against radicalized and militant Muslims. Most of the politicians ignore the religious dimensions or unaddressed 99% positive approach because of the 1% negative attack. Misunderstanding and propaganda against the nature of Islam have sparked fear and antipathy against Muslim and Islam on Earth. Using violence to end the violence is irrational; violence never brings peace .


The conditions that cause Terrorism are lack of education, injustice treatment, poverty and political hypocrisy. Though Rohingya have been facing persecution since 1970 and there is a possible tendency towards terrorism and extremism , no single Rohingya has involved in any kind of terror or extremist activities in six decades. Rohingya community leaders, politicians and most of the Imams always encourage people for peace, harmony and tolerance. No single Rohingya holds the weapon against the State like other ethnic in Myanmar.


Since 9/11 the whole World, the West as well as the East, has been gripped by Islamophobia. Any kind of violence by the politicians and criminals refer to Islam, rather than to particular persons who committed crimes. Islamophobia has been popular in large part by some media outlets. The media speak of Islam in terms of violent terrorists, veiled women and bearded mullahs. Every case of Muslims is being suspected as a threat. Instead of investigating why are the violence and terrorist attacks happening, politicians are looking locations of its enemies in the wrong direction.


Islam insists very strongly on peace and tolerance. The human being is the essence and vital element of being, the Index and core element of the universe. A human being, be they man or woman, young or old, white or black, is respected, protected and inviolate. Their belongings cannot be taken away, nor can their chastity be touched. They cannot be driven out of their native land, and their independence cannot be denied. They cannot be prevented from living in accordance with their principles, either. Any terrorist activity, no matter by when it is carried out or for what purpose, is the greatest blow to peace, democracy, and humanity.


In 2012, when State's sponsored anti- Rohingya violence broke out, attackers have burned most of the Rohingya neighborhoods, butchering the populace with knives, sticks, and machetes. They beat Rohingya children to death with rifle butts and, quite possibly, their bare hands. After the violence, they cleared all evidence and rewarded the Buddhists. Since then, half the population of Myanmar’s Rohingya has been displaced and left the country. Some have tried to escape to other Southeast Asian nations on rickety boats often operated by human traffickers.


All birth rights of Rohingya were stolen by the State, accusing them illegal immigrants and denial of Rohingya's existence in Myanmar. As the history of the Rohingya is available, I would like to point out only a few official documents out of 100s of historical documents .


Arakan as an Islamic State


The coin i ndicates the Prophet's Mosque of Madina , Saudi Arabia and i n the square of the center, it is the verse of declaration of Muslim faith i.e. the Kalimah D uring the first decade of the 15th century A.D. one of his successors Narameikhla fled to Bengal when he was ousted by the Burmese and however with the help of Bengal in 1430 he was reinstated as the vassal of the sultans of Gaur. From this time the Arakanese kings used Muslim titles and even their medallions bore the Kalima , the Muslim confession of faith in Persian character. Harvey ; Outline of Burmese History, p-92


When Ibn Battuta visited Chittagong in about 1350, he described it as a great place situated on the shore of the Great sea and he mentioned that it was under the rule of Muslim King. This conquest of Chittagong by the Muslim king had taken place during the rule of the Arakanese king Mingai ( Minhti 1279-1374) of Launggyet dynasty, when he courted the alliance of the sultans of Bengal. Chittagong Gazetteer, p-20 and 21


The Arakan Flag Design During Sanda-Thu-Ri-Ya King of Arakan


MINSTRY OF EDUCATION, DEPARTMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION, YANGON UNIVERSITY OF DISTANCE EDUCATION, FIRST YEAR TEXT BOOK, Module No. Geog-1004: Geography of Myanmar (For History Students), Code No (19)-(2012) Along the borders of Myanmar where mountain barriers do not hinder movement of population, minority groups are found on either side of the boundary. A small ethnic group named Young, who lives in northern Thailand, Laos and northern Vietnam can be found in Kyaington of southern Shan State. The Kokant Chinese group is found east of the Thanlwin River, Kokant Township. In northern Rakhine State, close to the border of Bangladesh at Buthidaung and Maungdaw Townships are the places where the Rohingya and Chittagonians live. These minority ethnic groups had settled in the border regions since early days.(Page-94 )


The speech of Brigadier General Aung Gyi , Deputy Chief of Defense Commander (Army) who had attended at mujtahid surrendering ceremony, was published in page (5/6) of the Myanmar- Ahlin Newspaper. It described that May Yu district was adjacent to frontier of Pakistan in the west so that there were Muslims in eastern side and western side of the State. The people residing at western side are called as Pakistani and the people residing at eastern side, within Union of Myanmar, are called as Rohingya . The same topic was published as Mayu Forward Journal on 15 November 1961.


MAY YU FRONTIER AREA May Yu Frontier Area administrator's office issued a notification in accordance with the decision of the central government on (20-11-1961 ) that the Rohingya are natives / Nationals. It was stated in page 8, news bulletin of (UNDP) issued in February 1992.


In Journal No. 9, Vol. 12, Tatmadaw Khityae , issued on (8-8-61) by Directorate of Education and Psycho affair under Ministry of Defense described with the heading finding out the one of lost brethren that 97% of Rohingya race in Buthitaung – Maungtaw and there are relatives.


The Deputy Prime minister and Defense Minister U Ba Swe addressed Public meeting on (3-11-59) and (4-11-59) in Buthitaung and Maungtaw that Rohingya have been residing within the Union of Myanmar like other natives since centuries and have historical documents. In Myanmar Ahlin Newspaper published on (20-11-60) described that the frontier administrator of the Frontier Management Office, Commissioner of Rakhine Division and members arrived at May Yu frontier district, Rohingyas had welcomed them ; “ Rohingya defended Japanese so that they should not be left to Pakistan; they are courageous persons ; they want peace and loyal to Union; they are an interesting race” And later, it was broadcasted from Myanmar Radio.


According to decision of the cabinet a Rohingya broadcasting program had been performed (3) times per week as nationalities program with effect from (15-5-61). The fact was described in Page (71) , Myanmar Radio book for (30) years, published by Department of Information and Broadcasting .


In page No. (90), Vol (9) of Myanmar encyclopedia, published in 1964 by Sarpay Beil Hman Publication described about May Yu District and it had population of about (4 ) lakhs (5)lakhs , 75% are Rohingya . In volume (9) also described about Maungdaw town.


In page No. (86) of High School Myanmar Geography textbook published in 1978 described the map where nationalities of Arakan are mentioned ,referred to the residents in Buthitaung-Maungtaw , the northern part of Rakhine State as Rohingya and Thet race.


1000s of Rohingya Family Lists and Birth Certificates were also issued by the State in which the race was mentioned " Rohingya " but in 1990s, all those documents were confiscated by NaSaKa as a plan of Genocide.


Though evidence of Rohingya in Arakan is 100 times more than all other ethnics of Burma, Myanmar government denies the existence of Rohingya and keep them under genocidal blockage even in the civil government led by Daw Aung San Suu Kyi. Rohingya never demands independent State like Rakhine do, no Rohingya revolts against government in six decades. Restoration of Rohingya's rights can be a hope for the World's minorities to gain their rights without violence and a message to those who want to damage government through terrorist activities in order to gain their rights. 100s of Rohingya who are not IDPs but blockage makes their lives worse than refugees in the ghettos like villages. In Parein and Yanthay of Mrauk U, Anauk Pyin and Nyaung Bingyi of Rathedaung , Rohingya who have been receiving ration from WFP were informed not to provide any more by the staffs of WFP. Some of them face starvation now.

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