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Cease violence and bloodshed in Arakan province

August 21, 2012

FMT LETTER: From K V Soon, via e-mail

On behalf of the concerned community of Malaysian Buddhists, we’d like to highlight the cause of the minority Rohingya people in Myanmar’s Arakan province.
We, the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, have been following with concern on the Amnesty International report on the oppression and massacre of the Rohingyas by both the Rakhine and security forces.

Human rights violations include physical abuse, rape, destruction of property, unlawful killings, and there are urgent calls for attention from Buddhists in Malaysia as the minority  Rohingya people suffer loss of lives and the extensive damage of property.

On July 11, the Myanmar’s National Human Rights Commission reported that at least 78 people have been killed since the violence began, but unofficial estimates exceed 100; with Amnesty International reporting up to 90,000 people have been displaced.

This Open Letter is by both the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia (YBAM)and The Malaysian Network of Engaged Buddhists (MNEB), in representing the Buddhist community in Malaysia, to call for three actions:-

a) The immediate cease of all violence and all further bloodshed in Arakan, with a call to all parties involved to seriously seek resolution through peaceful, non-violent means.

b) For the Government of Myanmar, Opposition Parties to lead immediate intervening efforts to halt further violence on the people in Arakan province through the fair implementation of the democratic law.

c) For the Government of Myanmar to grant immediate access to independent and International Humanitarian Agencies and humanitarian aid workers into the affected areas to offer the necessary assistance to stop further bloodshed in and around the Arakan region.

We fervently pray that peace returns to the province of Arakan and for all to join us in this prayer.


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