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BROUK Briefed Rohingya Situation In Advance of President Obama Visit to Burma

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October 5, 2014

The Burmese Rohingya Organization United Kingdom (BROUK) Briefed US Senate, State Department and US Assistant Secretary of the Deteriorating Situation of Rohingya in advance of President Obama Visit to Burma

BROUK President Tun Khin made high level meetings with US Officials in Washington DC and New York. 

In Washington DC, BROUK President, Tun Khin, spoke to the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee , US Department of State, National Endowment for Democracy and many NGOs from DC. President Tun Khin raised the humanitarian crisis issue after the international NGO, MSF was kicked out from Arakan, the Burmese government forcefully pushing the acceptance of Rohingya to identify as Bangali and second class citizen , Restrictions on Education, Marriage, Movement, the Rohingya refugees situation in Bangledesh, Thailand, India, Malaysia and Indonesia, Hate Speech against Rohingyas and other Muslims of Burma.

During the Senate meeting which many senator’s staff attended BROUK urged to set up timelines and benchmarks to see improvement on Rohingya issue before US government would move ahead with other ties with the Burmese Government. In meeting with the US State Department BROUK urged them to stress the importance of using the proper ethnic name of Rohingya during President Obama's visit to Burma and also to meet Rohingya leaders in Burma.

The US International Religious Freedom Group, US State Department and many NGOs attended during the BROUK briefing at National Endowment for Democracy. Mr Tun Khin mentioned that there was no progress from international community on Rohingya’s situation since 2012 June. Tun Khin stressed that the US government must use the word Rohingya publicly and President Obama has to put effective pressure to restore full citizenship of with Rohingya identity.

BROUK President Tun Khin delivered an updated account of the situation of Rohingya at State department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affiairs, Bureau of Democracy Human Rights and Labor, Bureau of International Organizations and Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Mr Tun Khin particularly urged the need to resettle Rohingya refugees to the United State from Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand with the Bureau of Population,refugees and Migration. 

In New York at the United Nations BROUK briefed the European Union Representative to UN and other missions and urged the UN representatives to include Rohingya issue on UN general Assembly Resolutions on Burma. Mr Tun Khin also mentioned That the EU policy towards Burma has been encouraged the Burmese government to continues cleanse Rohingya community without consequence. Tun Khin stressed that the EU should consider whether President Thein Sein’s government is violating international Law where 1.3 million Rohingyas are facing denial of basic rights and citizenship rights.

President Tun Khin also met with US Assistant Secretary Tom Malinowski in New York and urged the need to lift restrictions on movement, marriage and education before President Obama visit to Burma. BROUK addressed current implementation of the 1982 citizenship law will make Rohingyas illegal immigrants and will lose their lost rights forever. US government has to see that President Thein Sein government is violating international law in the case of Rohingya. President Obama have to see the country where he is visiting in the western 1.3 Million people are facing denial of aids and basic fundamentals rights pushing people to the camps. 

Mr Tun Khin also raised to lead international investigation by the US government which can gather the evidence and facts of what happen to Rohingyas since June 2012 and the following October, that they can bring those responsible to Justice and that they can stop further attacks against Rohingyas. Moreover, Mr Tun Khin urged the Assistant Secretary to meet Rohingya leaders during President Obama visit to Burma.

Physician Human Rights group hosted an event “ Update situation of Rohingyas and International Community response” at PHR head office in New York. Many NGOs attended and discussed the difficulty and lack of medical aid access in Arakab and other US government response. 

BROUK President Tun Khin gave also interviews to Radio Free Asia and Associate Press during his visit to United State of America. The interviews link can find below links:

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