Rohingya leaders have been spreading the message for the community to be tested for the Covid-19 virus after 2,000 of them were said to have attended the tabligh gathering at Masjid Jamek in Sri Petaling.
They disputed the figure, saying that at most hundreds could have attended the event.
Rohingya Society of Malaysia (RSM) president Bo Ning Maing said a voice and video message has been shared with the community via the WhatsApp messaging application and on Facebook, urging those concerned to go for the test.
“Many in the community are unable to read and write, so this is the most effective way to get the message across,” he added.
As of February, there were 101,010 Rohingya refugee and asylum seekers registered with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia.
Rafik Shah Ismail, a Rohingya community leader with the Human Aid Selangor Society, said he got to know that only several members of the community attended the event.
“I’m not sure how the big number came about because most of our community cannot afford to take a day off from work,” he said.
He added that he had gone door-to-door to send flyers to the community in Gombak on the importance of getting tested for the virus.
Myanmar security forces have carried out “well organised, coordinated and systematic” attacks aimed at preventing members of the Rohingya ethnic group from returning, the UN Human Rights office said in a report on Wednesday.
The report, based on interviews with Rohingya who arrived in Bangladesh in the past month, said that “clearance operations” started before armed attacks on police posts on August 25 and included killings, torture, and the rape of children.
More than half a million Rohingya Muslims have been driven out of northern Rakhine State, have had their homes torched, and crops and villages destroyed, the UN said.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein – who has described the government operations as “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing” – said in a statement that the actions appeared to be “a cynical ploy to forcibly transfer large numbers of people without possibility of return”.
“Credible information indicates that the Myanmar security forces purposely destroyed the property of the Rohingyas [and] scorched their dwellings and entire villages in northern Rakhine State, not only to drive the population out in droves but also to prevent the fleeing Rohingya victims from returning to their homes,” the report by his office said.
One 12-year old girl quoted in the report said soldiers and Buddhist civilians surrounded her home before opening fire on it.
09 June 2017
We debate if Aung San Suu Kyi is willingly ignoring the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingya, or if she’s unable to help.
Since October 2016, nearly 75,000 of Myanmar’s Rohingya have fled across the border to Bangladesh, as a United Nations international probe investigates accusations of rape and murder committed by Myanmar security forces.
According to the UN, Rohingya families “may have had members killed, beaten, raped”, in what likely amounts to crimes against humanity.
With anti-Rohingya violence continuing to simmer in Myanmar, why doesn’t the country’s de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, put an end to it?
“We know that Aung San Suu Kyi does not control the armed forces,” says Maung Zarni, an exiled dissident from Myanmar. “[But] she controls four other ministries that are directly involved in dismissing, denying, and legitimising the persecution of the Rohingyas.”
But former East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta disagrees, claiming Suu Kyi inherited an “extraordinarily difficult situation”.
“She has to deal with the military, who still have enormous power,” says Ramos-Horta, a Nobel prizewinner. “She inherits a very fractured society with more than 18 armed insurgencies, ethnic groups, and this is a very difficult transition from military dictatorship to democracy.”
In this week’s Arena, scholar and activist Maung Zarni debates with Nobel laureate Jose Ramos-Horta on whether Suu Kyi has the power to help the Rohingya.
Source: Al Jazeera
16 Sep 2017
Rohingya: Hate speech, lies and media misinformation
How a vicious media campaign has intensified the pressure on an embattled people. Plus, Sinai’s media black hole.
The number of majority Muslim Rohingya forced from their homes in Myanmar is now around 400,000. The United Nations says it looks like a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing.
The country’s de facto leader – a former winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and darling of the international news media – is being seen in an entirely new light. Aung San Suu Kyi and her government are on the defensive. She has taken to talking about fake news and a “huge iceberg of misinformation”.
Aung San Suu Kyi’s refusal to condemn the violence is a troubling angle for many Western journalists to cover, given the way they have venerated her in the past.
Maung Zarni – Adviser, European Centre for the Study of Extremism/Burmese Human Rights Activists
Oliver Slow – Chief of staff, Frontier Myanmar
Htaike Htaike Aung – Executive director, Myanmar ICT for Development
Mark Farmaner – Executive director, Burma Campaign UK
On our radar:
- The murder of a journalist in India – and some of the online habits of the prime minister there – leads to the birth of a new, trending hashtag: Block Narendra Modi.
- A racially charged campaign in South Africa leaves a PR company with a PR problem even it cannot spin.
- Fox News is making more changes to its evening line-up, necessitated by another high-profile anchor losing his job under scandalous circumstances.
The silence in Sinai
We are taking a second look at a story that you do not hear much about. It is unfolding in a place that – by government design – has become a black hole for news. Just this week, at least 18 policemen were killed there in the latest attack carried out by an affiliate of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS).
The area has been under an almost constant state of emergency since 2014.
It’s northern Sinai, in Egypt, and the fighting there is a major headache for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi – who has sold himself, at home and abroad, as the only possible guarantor of Egypt’s security and stability.
Sisi’s government, which has already put dozens of journalists in jail, has placed a lid on independent reporting in Sinai. The Listening Post takes a look at the stories there going untold.
Nancy Okail – Executive director, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy
Maged Mandour – Egyptian writer and researcher
Sherine Tadros – Head, Amnesty International’s New York office
Joe Stork – Deputy director for the Middle East and North Africa, Human Rights Watch
Source: Al Jazeera