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The treatment of the Rohingya is not much different from what the Jews suffered in the 20th century Europe or the actions of the Serbs following the breakup of Yugoslavia.
Posted by Andrew on December 27, 2012 17:20
Andrew the Jews were German citizens and amongst the wealthy at the time so a very different situation. Even last week yet another multi million dollar settlement was made as the Nazi's stole Jews wealth. Even the Swiss banks opned up in the last decade. Completely opposite in money terms. It was also the largest genocide of all times. I do not think the two situations are comparable. The Rohingya are non citizens and poor and the numbers involved are much smaller. As I have said on this site before countries like Indonesia which is by far the largest in land mass over 2000 (two thousand) times the size of Singapore and also the biggest economy should be ashamed as they are also Muslim and should at least take a quota, so should Malaysia. Western countires have quotas for poor people look at the US. Asia is much more heartless.
Posted by Happy Farang on December 27, 2012 22:33
I am sure all these Rohingya boat people are felt at the hands of human smugglers tomorrow after release from Immigration Detention Center (IDC) of Ranong with in two three days. The greedy human smugglers (so called agents ) are going to collect these people and bring them to their concentration camps to realize Thai Bath 60,000 -65,000 or Malaysia Ringit 6000 per head. The agent will inhumanly torture the victims till realize the said amount by calling relatives or known person. If some one has failed to meet the agent's requirement, then directly sell to fishing trawlers for one year or work for plantation.The victims are daily beaten till realize the said amount. They are served very poor food. Some inmates try to escape. The agent's muscle men severely torture if they found escaping people. Some die due to torture. Last week one was shot death (he is from Kawar Bill - Kyi Gan Byin) another four person were arrested by the police of Songkla province. He was shot by unkown person. The death body was sent to Hatjai hospital and finally buried nearby grave yard by our BRAT unit members. Naturally Thai authorities are helping to the boat people but the greedy agents commit criminal discrimination .The Thai government and UNHCR must work together to save these Helpless Rohingyas.
Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,President,Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand,(BRAT) on December 28, 2012 04:38
Andrew seems stranger about Rohingya's glorious History in Arakan.Rohingyas are ancient people of Arakan,Burma .Our forefathers were part of rulers of Arakan.We lost our Kingdom at that hands Burman on 31st December 1784. Actually present Burmese are occupiers of Arakan. Andrew is absolutely true that the RACISTS treat the Rohingyas worse than Hitler treated Jews. The regime took away our Nationality and treat us as if we are newcomers. Please watch "The hidden genocide documented by Phil Rees " at Al Jazeera TV.
Posted by Maung Kyaw Nu,President,Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand,(BRAT) on December 28, 2012 16:06
Posted by Lena on December 28, 2012 17:40
Bangladesh and CNN news media have published numerous reports of Bengalis illegally migrating eastwards by sea and land. Refer to CNN report of Nov 1, 2012 and Khabar Soth Asia Dec 24, 2012. Once they cross the border, they identify themselves as Rohingya to gain international sympathy. In addition, approximately 12 million to 17 million Bangladeshi immigrants have come to India illegally since the 1950s. As far back as 1975, the then Bangladesh Ambassador to Myanmar Khwaja Mohammed Kaiser admitted that "there were upward of 1/2 million Bangalee (Bangladeshi) trespassers in Arakan (Rakhine state) whom the Burmese (Myanmar) had some right to eject. He had implored the Burmese authorities not to press this issue during Bangladesh's present troubles [COUP of August and November 1975] and had been pleased that the Burmese had not taken advantage of his country's misfortune in this respect.
Posted by Ray on December 28, 2012 19:54
Please send us the links for those reports, Ray, just so we can check with our own eyes. Nobody is disputing that some Bengalis do trespass in Rakhine (Arakan) but were there really 800,000 of them and, if they are Bengalis, what would keep them there if they have citizenship elsewhere?
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