On Sunday 17th September, JUST Yorkshire will be supporting a protest in solidarity with the Rohingya community who are being indiscriminately slaughtered by government forces in Myanmar.
Alongside Amnesty International, Stand Up To Racism, Blackburn and Darwen United Against Racism, and the Lancashire Council of Mosques, JUST Yorkshire joins the rising chorus of voices from laureates Malala Yousufzai to Archbishop Desmond Tutu, to stand together in support of the Rohingya community and call for immediate action to cease any violence against them. The UN has clearly stated war crimes are being committed against Rohingya Muslims, and yet the international community has been slow to respond to a situation that is fast becoming a precursor to ethnic cleansing.
Nadeem Murtuja, Chair of JUST Yorkshire stated:.
“The silence from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on the plight of the Rohingya has been deafening. Whether Myanmar chooses to acknowledge the Rohingya or not, her failure to condemn the ethnic cleansing of her own people, stateless and without any official support, is telling of her complicity. Her silence is blackening the very soul of the country she risked her freedom for.
We urge the Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the Prime Minister, Theresa May to use all their diplomatic force and influence to take action to facilitate the immediate withdrawal of Burmese armies to help end the six-year campaign against the Rohingya in the Kachin and Rakhine provinces.
We call for the withdrawal of the Nobel Peace Prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, whose silence has been drowned by unequivocal condemnation of the violence against the Rohingya Muslims from across the world.
We call for Prime Minister Sheikha Hasina of Bangladesh to do all in her power too, and to exercise no restraint when it comes to helping the plight of these people. Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh seeking sanctuary, this figure is set to rise. All refugees should be supported in accordance with and protected under international law.
Time after time we say “never again”, and yet here we are hurtling towards ethnic cleansing of an entire people once more. We must take decisive action now before it is too late and immediately stop the brutality facing the Rohingya people. It is now widely accepted that the Rohingya are the most persecuted people on this planet – this persecution needs to stop now, and all those complicit in the systematic abuse of the Rohingya people need to be held to account under international law including Aung San Su Kyi.”