Ongoing Conflict in Kachin State

Attacks in Kachin state resumed five years ago.
* More than 100,000 civilians have been forced to flee their homes.
* The Burmese Army has used rape and sexual violence as a weapon of war.
* The government and military are restricting humanitarian aid to those forced to flee their homes. What aid is getting through isn’t nearly enough.

BC UK Supporting Peace and Justice in Burma

Please print this letter and email it to the Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade, Mr Simon Coveney, Dept. of Foreign Affairs at (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Mr Simon Coveney, T.D.
Minister for Foreign Affairs & Trade.

Dear Minister Coveney,

I am writing to you about the thousands of Rohingya refugees at risk in Bangladesh in temporary refugee camps.

Rohingya people are one of the most persecuted people in the world and have fled relentless attacks in their home country. In the longer term, the EU must take action to address the root cause of this crisis.

Yours sincerely,
[Your name]

Please print this letter and email it to the UN Secretary General António Guterres

Dear UN Secretary General António Guterres,  As you are well aware, at least 688,000 Rohingya people who were forced to flee their homes after horrific violence in 2017 now live
in temporary camps in Bangladesh.  Many of those in Myanmar also live in temporary camps restricted as a result of the policies of the Government of Myanmar and the failure of the government to ensure a secure environment for the delivery of aid.
According to sources, at least 70 per cent of Rohingyas currently have no access to safe water or sanitation services. In Maungdaw Township, there is just one doctor per 160,000 people. The World Health Organisation recommends one doctor per 5,000 people. Only two per cent of Rohingya women give birth in a hospital.
The humanitarian crisis is most acute in the camps for internally displaced peoples. In June 2014, the UN Assistant General-Secretary for Humanitarian Affairs, Kyung-hwa Kang, said after visiting the camps: “I witnessed a level of human suffering in the IDP camps that I have personally never seen before ... appalling conditions .... wholly inadequate access to basic services including health, education, water and sanitation.”
Those words echo the words of the Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Baroness Amos, who said after visiting the camps in December 2012:
“I have seen many camps during my time but the conditions in these camps rank among the worst. Unfortunately we as the United Nations are not able to get in and do the range of work we would like to do with those people, so the conditions are terrible ... It’s a dire situation and we have to do something about it.”
It is essential also that humanitarian aid is not only provided to the Rohingya, but also to all those in need of assistance. Rakhine State is the second poorest state in Myanmar, where 44 per cent of the population lives below the poverty line – almost twenty per cent more than the average in most parts of Myanmar.
Aid organisations have faced severe restrictions, harassment and threats of expulsion from Rakhine State, and the delivery of aid has often been blocked as a result of local campaigns against international humanitarian organisations.
I urge you to take a personal lead in negotiating with the Government of Myanmar for humanitarian access to all areas of Rakhine State, for humanitarian aid to be provided to all in need, regardless of race or religion. Hundreds of thousands of people who have little food, medicine or shelter and have been stripped not only of their citizenship but also their basic dignity are looking to you and to the United Nations for help.
I appeal to you not to fail them.
Yours,  [Your name]

Reports: Arakan State

•  Rohingya in Burma: Spotlight on Current Crisis Offers Opportunity for Progress

Refugees International highlights the chance that the international community has, in this time of dramatic change in Burma, to end discrimination against the Rohingya and to restore their citizenship.

•  Rohingya in Bangladesh: Maintaining the Status Quo; Squandering a Rare Opportunity

Refugees International details how the current situation in Burma’s Arakan/Rakhine State offers an opportunity for Bangladesh to resolve the issue of stateless Rohingya in Burma and in neighbouring countries.

•  “The Government Could Have Stopped This” - Sectarian Violence and Ensuing Abuses in Burma’s Arakan State

Human Rights Watch describes the initial events that triggered the deadly sectarian violence which erupted in Arakan State in June 2012 as well as the acts of violence that followed by both Arakan and Rohingya, and the role of state security forces in both failing to intervene to stop sectarian violence and directly participating in abuses.

•  Unrest in Burma’s Arakan State - A Chronology of Events by ALTSEAN Burma

•  Forced Labour during the Arakan Crisis

The Arakan Project report provides an overview of forced labour practices in Arakan State over a 6-month period from November 2011 to May 2012.

•  Crimes against Humanity in Western Burma: The Situation of the Rohingyas

In 2010, the Irish Centre for Human Rights at NUI Galway found strong evidence that crimes against humanity are being committed against the Rohingyas of Northern Arakan State in Burma.

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