Protect the Rohingya

 

URGENT APPEAL FOR HUMANITARIAN AID FOR DISPLACED ROHINGYA

The United Nations (UN) has called the Rohingya of Myanmar one of the world’s most persecuted ethnic minorities. Gross human rights violations of the Rohingya have been recorded since 1978.

The state sanctioned violence against them is symptomatic of a long and oppressive history of discrimination by the Myanmar government which has labelled the Rohingya illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. They are thus rendered stateless despite their presence in Myanmar going back many generations.

They are despised by most of the Buddhist majority and are denied basic rights such as citizenship, education, the freedom of movement, employment, the right to own property and marry without state permission. They are also subjected to forced sterilisation and forced labour.

The brutal persecution in Myanmar has forced the Rohingya to flee in droves as “boat people”, risking their lives on rickety boats on the open seas in order to seek a better life making them easy prey for human traffickers.

The discrimination against the Rohingya has been further reinforced by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) governments who have, for the most part, remained silent about their fate. Neighbouring countries have blatantly participated in push-backs of Rohingya boats which was a contributing factor to the current humanitarian catastrophe. In the past three months, alone, more than 25,000 Rohingya have left Burma by sea, more than double the amount during the same period last year.

Despite the efforts by various countries over the past week to find solutions to the Rohingya crisis which left 8000 Rohingya adrift on the Andaman seas, humanitarian aid is urgently required.

The following organizations have joined the appeal to protect the Rohingya:

  • Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA),

  • Media Review Network (MRN),

  • Muslim Students Association (MSA),

  • Cage Africa

  • Ogaden Community

  • Makopa Foundation

  • BDS South Africa

We appeal to all South Africans to open their hearts and to contribute towards this worthy cause.

All contributions and donations are welcome and can be made into the following account.

Bank Details –

            Name:     Palestine Solidarity Alliance

            Bank:      ABSA  

            Branch:   Lenasia

            Acc. Number:   4070101666

            Reference:   “Rohingya Relief”       

    

Issued By:

Protect the Rohingya

Advocate SE Mayet  

0721786102

@ProtectRohingya

 

 

Endorsed by:

1. The Palestine Solidarity Alliance (PSA)

     Naazim Adam

     www.palestinesa.co.za

2. The Media Review Network (MRN)

     Ibrahim Vawda

     www.mediareviewnet.com

3. Cage Africa

    Karen Jayes

    www.cageuk.org

4. Ogaden Community SA

   Mohammed Dahir

   Email: ogadenscsa@gmail.com

5. MSA Union of SA

     Nadeem Mahomed

     Email: n.mahomed10@gmail.com

6. Makopa Foundation

     Haroon Mahomed

     www.makopa.co.za

7. Boycott Divestment and Sanctions South Africa (BDS)

    Kwara Kekana

    www.bdssouthafrica.com

MRN

The aspiration of the Media Review Network is to dispel the myths and stereotypes about Islam and Muslims and to foster bridges of understanding among the diverse people of our country. The Media Review Network believes that Muslim perspectives on issues impacting on South Africans are a prerequisite to a better appreciation of Islam.
MRN