The Media Review Network fully supports the call by the awareness group “Protect the Rohingya”, to protest outside the Myanmar (Burmese)Embassy in Pretoria.
Despite recent political changes, the Rohingya have been tightly and abusively controlled. There is no freedom of movement, association, or speech. They face forced labor, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and the burning of their villages.
The Military rulers have exploited the natural resources of the country, such as gem stones, timber and the vast rivers (hydro-electric power). Funds from these resources only flow to the ruling elite.
To prove their citizenship, the Rohingya must prove that their ancestors settled in Burma before 1823. They are forbidden to marry without government permission. Children are forbidden from attending high school and are forced into child-labour without pay. These are some of the atrocities the Rohingya have to live with.
Measures preventing births, trying to deny the identity of the people, that they no longer exist; denying their history, denying the legitimacy of their right to live where they live, can only be described as genocide.
The MRN, urges all South Africans to join the protest which takes place on Friday, 25th November 2016 at the Myanmar Embassy on 201 Leyds Street, Arcadia, Pretoria.
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