Sunday, 5 May 2013


Date: 03/05/2013

We the undersigned organisations reject the 186-page official report dated 22 April 2013 of 
the Arakan Investigation Commission as follows:

1. The Rakhine Investigation Commission formed on 17 August 2012 by President 
Thein Sein included representatives from various religious and political parties and 
democracy groups except Rohingya representatives, who have been actual and 
potential victims of deadly violence and genocidal attacks. Haji U Nyunt Maung 
Shein and U Tin Maung Than, the two prominent Muslim leaders were purged from 
the Commission seeing that they were most insistent on the truth.

2. It is a biased report favouring Rakhines, their hostile views and arguments towards 
Rohingya people. It purposely suppresses the core fact of the problem that the 
Rohingya people have long been subjected to institutionalised persecution, ethnic 
cleansing and genocidal onslaughts at the hands of the government and state 
sponsored non-state actors, particularly the extremist Rakhines

3. The Enquiry Commission has lost its credibility since it has been manned with people 
who either directly or indirectly supported, involved or publicly put fuel on crisis. 
The commission member veterinary doctor Aye Maung (MP), leader of the Rakhine 
Nationalities Development Party (RNDP), is the main mastermind in the violence and 
‘Rohingya ethnic cleansing’, who graphically described his Rohingya annihilation 
plan in Rathedaung Rakhine Conference held on 25-26 September 2012. Nearly 
every understanding or recommendation of the Commission translates the view of the 

4. The Commission, despite comprising of scholarly people, has largely distorted 
Rohingya historicity dubbing them ‘Bengalis’ and depicting them migrant community 
with no historical roots in Arakan, although they are a people developed in Arakan 
from peoples of different ethical backgrounds over the centuries with their Muslim 
settlements dated back to early 8th century.
5. The previous parliamentary government recognized the ‘Rohingya’ as one of the 
many ethnic groups of the Union of Burma with their language program relayed 
thrice weekly from government Burma Broadcasting Service (BBS), Rangoon. In 
spite of that the Commission has deliberately ignored this documented fact and used 
the term ‘Bengali’ supporting the fierce contention of the Rakhine promoting 
‘Rohingya ethnocide’ aims at turning Arakan into a Muslim-free Rakhinized region.

6. The Commission report falsely elevates the position of Rakhine as ‘prime nation’ and 
relegates the Rohingya as ‘sub-nation’ thus promoting the government’s current plan 
to segregate Rohingya under its ‘neo-apartheid policy’. It describes the Rohingyas as 
low-class and uncultured hardworking people, who produce more children and want 
to seize the arable lands of the lazy Rakhines. It is insulting that the commissioners 
felt irritated by the repeated telephone calls from ‘dying-alive Rohingyas’ giving 
accounts of their sufferings emotionally for redress.

7. The Commission never called for the accountability of the government and its 
agencies, state sponsored non-state actors or Rakhine extremists for June-October 
2012 deadly violence or carnage, and for their decades of Rohingya persecution, 
tyranny, exclusion and xenophobia that reduce them to the present state of 
helplessness, without basic freedoms like freedom of movement, religion, education, 
marriage, right to business, right to work etc.
8. The Commission never pointed out the hostile environment and impossible situation 
created by the administration with the oppressive functionaries and government 
agencies like NaSaKa border security force, police, Lon Htin and army and Rakhine 
terrorists for a peaceful living of the Rohingya. As a result, half of their population of 
more than 1.5 million people have had left their homeland of Arakan to escape 
persecution. They are living in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Thailand, 
Malaysia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zea land, Europe, USA, Canada and other 

9. The Commission never hinted the tragedies of the Rohingya boat people arising out 
of the continued large-scale persecution and crimes against humanity against 
Rohingya community in Arakan although the problem becomes a concern of the UN, 
OIC, EU, ASEAN and international community.

10. The report made no mention of the statement of President Thein Sein as well as the 
demand of the RNDP leader Dr. Aye Maung to deport Rohingya people to a third 
country, which reflects and promotes official ‘Rohingya ethnic-cleansing policy’ of 
the government.

11. The Commission ignored to call for amendment of the world most repressive Burma 
Citizenship Law of 1982. Its recommendations lack the spirits of the Universal 
Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and international human rights and 
humanitarian laws.
12. The report extremely distorted the number of deaths and extent of destruction of the 
Rohingya and Kaman Muslims whereas there are reports of several mass graves of 
Rohingya dead bodies; and the credible human rights group Human Rights Watch 
(HRW) stated that it has uncovered 4 mass graves in North Arakan. Likewise an
Al Jazeera documentary film released after the violence confirmed that crimes of 
genocide have been committed in Arakan against the Rohingya.

13. The report stayed away from mentioning that the police, Lon Htin, NaSaKa and army 
took part in the killing of the Muslims and torching their houses. The report mentions 
about the imposition of section 144, but lamentably it fails to tell the tangible truth 
that the curfew has only been applied on the Rohingyas or Muslims while the 
Rakhine terrorists, including armed cadres of the Arakan Liberation Party/Army 
(ALP/ALA), were allowed to carry on the genocidal onslaughts and mass destruction 
against the Muslims.

14. Waves of deadly violence carried against the Rohingyas and Kamans were preplanned by the RNDP, of course, with the backing of the administration under the 
pretext of rape and murder of a 28-year old Rakhine woman Ma Thida Twe. Most of 
the issues raised by the Commission as the causes of violence were irrelevant as well 
as unfounded.

15. The Commission did partiality by endorsing the make-believe story of the 
government which stated that Ma Thida Twe was raped and murdered by what they 
called three Bengalis. But according to highly credible person of the Commission, 
there was no trace of rape found by the doctor who performed post- mortem of her 
corpse; but the doctor was forced to sign the official post- mortem report. Moreover, 
there was no mention of the ‘suicide in police custody’ of the principal accused Mr. 
Htet Htet who happened to be a Rakhine, not Rohingya or Bengalis.

16. It is a concocted allegation of the Commission that an excess number of 5,603 
refugee families with 30,338 members had to be repatriated from Bangladesh in 
1978. International community was well aware that the repatriation was done under 
strict scrutiny on both sides the borders, and that the refugees had resisted the forced 
repatriation for lack of congenial atmosphere for their safe return to Arakan. The 
question naturally arises is who would be going to the hellish Arakan where the 
human right situation of .the Rohingyas were dire.

17. The report said that “in 1988 Ma Ra Waddi monastery at Maungdaw was burned 
down by Bengalis and the abbot had escaped away; the monastery was torched by the 
Bengalis for three times”. It is baseless information aims at inciting public sentiment 
against the Rohingyas.

18. The Commissions reported some imaginary and nonsense information like Rohingyas 
attacking Rakhines, destroying Buddhist monasteries and committing rape of their 
women. It also said that “in 1998, more than 5,000 people led by Rohingya Liberation 
Organisation (RLO) suddenly entered Maungdaw and tried to occupy the town by 
destroying Buddhist monasteries, torching Rakhine quarters and killing every single 
Rakhine, but the police could control the situation through resistance.” In reality there 
was no party by the name of RLO; and also there was no information, record or report 
of such plot or attack among the general public and in the media. The allegation is a 
blatant lie and politically motivated. It is surprising that, although there have been 
numerous cases of killing of Rohingya, rape of Rohingya women and girls, 
destruction and torching of their houses, looting of their properties and extortion on 
daily basis, committed by the extremist Rakhines, police and security forces, the 
biased and bigoted Commission did not mention a single such incident. This lie 
proves that the Commission is contemptible and its report is a rubbish piece.

19. There was no incident on 8th of June 2012 that the Rohingyas chanted slogan “long 
live Muslilms, kill all Rakhines”. This is concocted report promoting hatred against 
the Rohingyas.

20. The Commission reported that 246 Rakhines and 1589 Rohingyas were arrested 
since violence, But it is regretted that Commission did not investigate how and why 
these Rohingyas had been arrested and also it did not say anything about the jail 
killing, the squalid condition and inhuman and degrading treatment and torture of the 
Rohingya inmates .
21. The Commission’s recommendations to double the security forces and take effective 
measures to prevent so-called illegal immigrants from Bangladesh is just a false 
alarm intended to distract attention from the main issue of Rohingya genocide. For 
the Rohingyas, increase in armed and security forces means increased crimes against 
humanity against them. It is important that repressive functionaries should not be 
augmented if they do not maintain law and order situation to ensure security, justice 
and equality without discrimination.

22. There are no Rohingya illegal immigrants in Arakan, which has long been a big hell 
and concentration camp for the Muslims. In fact, Rohingyas have been systematically 
expelled or have had to leave their homeland since 1942 Muslim massacre in Arakan. 
In contrast, tens of thousands of illegal Bengali Rakhine Buddhists are regularly 
invited and settled down on the confiscated lands of the Rohingyas. The whole 
northern Arakan is now dotted with Buddhist settler villages. But the Commission is 
silent about it.

23. However, we welcome some forward-thinking recommendations, including 
recommendations to address the dire humanitarian situation in Muslim displacement 
camps provided that they are truly, humanely, immediately and timely implemented. 
24. Last but not least, we call for an immediate UN Enquiry Commission to conduct a 
prompt, full and impartial investigation of all allegations and take appropriate action 
against those responsible.

Signatories to this joint statement:

1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)

2. Burmese Rohingya Organisation United Kingdom (BROUK)

3. Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)

4. Burmese Rohingya Community in Australia (BRCA)
5. Burmese Rohingya Association Deutschland (BRAD)

6. Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark (BRCD)

7. Burmese Rohingya Community in Netherlands (BRCNL)

8. Burmese Rohingya Association in Thailand (BRAT)

9. Rohingya Community in Norway (RCN)

10. Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)

For more information, please contact:
Tun Khin: + 44 788 871 4866 
Nay San Lwin + 49 179 653 5213 

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