Rohingya. It’s been the talk for the global community over the last week. The devastation and utterly inhumane treatment of the most persecuted miniority in the world continued as hundreds of innocents have been killed and more than 150,000 have fled their homes in Burma fearing for their lives by the Burmese government, military and extremist local mobs.
Myanmar’s so called leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who’s disgustingly a Nobel Peace Prize recipient, awarded in 1991, hasn’t been voiceless rather she’s been dismissive of the cruelty and barbarity of her regime towards the 1 million Muslim Rohingya community over the last many many years.
Pls stop saying Aung San Suu Kyi is "silent" over Rohingya genocide. She's not silent. She's v vocally denying it:https://t.co/GInMpD5CzR
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 7, 2017
Put no human on a pedestal. Aung San Su Kyi, Nobel winner, once viewed as a hero, looks away in genocide of Rohingyahttps://t.co/CXj19LNtVQ
— Frida Ghitis (@FridaGhitis) September 3, 2017
We, at Muslim Council of Hong Kong, ever since our inception in 2015, have consistently been vocal against the oppression and indiscriminate killings of innocent Muslims and non-Muslims worldwide.
Alongside our drive to raise emergency funds to help the Rohingya Muslims in Burma, Bangladesh and Indonesia, we have recently written an outright condemnation letter to the Consulate of Myanmar in Hong Kong.
We then asked for organisations in Hong Kong to support the movement and 16 Muslim societies categorically agreed to endorse the letter as we aimed to showed a unified stance against the evil. Numerous members of the Hong Kong public also sent the letter to the Consul General expressing their sorrowful sentiments with the power of the pen, with wisdom and intellect.
Here is the letter of condemnation that was sent to them which is similar to what MCHK did in response to Russia’s support of Bashad al-Assad chemical air strikes in Syria and British parliament voting in support of air strikes in Syria.
H.E. U Wunna Han
Consulate General of Myanmar,
2401, 24/F Sun Hung Kai Centre,
30 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Date: 8th September, 2017
Letter of Condemnation in relation to the terrifying treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar
Dear Mr. Han,
In view of the ongoing massacre, torture and oppression against innocent human beings inside Myanmar by the Burmese army and local mobs, we at the Muslim Council of Hong Kong, alongside Muslims and Non-Muslims in Hong Kong and worldwide, wish to express our utmost shock, downright condemnation and utter dismay at the worsening state of affairs.
Since you represent the Burmese identity here in Hong Kong, we duly hope our message will be communicated to those responsible in your government. To that end, I am writing to express our disappointment in your government’s continuing inaction in resolving the ongoing persecution faced by generations of voiceless Rohingya Muslims, living in northern Rakhine state.
This includes the very recent extra-judicial killings in Rakhine by the local police as well as soldiers burning tens of villages and displacement camps, killing at least 400 innocent men, women and children, directly contrary to Buddhist values. The reports of the brutal military crackdown are extremely petrifying and nothing short of an act of terrorism.
Meantime, the international image of your country, its people let alone the government is falling by the wayside each day the crises drags on. The growing international condemning will at some point nudge the country in becoming a rogue state with the likely possibility of sanctions re-introduced, that will reverse years of painful reforms your government and its people have undergone.
The Rohingya Muslims are indeed part of Myanmar’s ethnic fabric therefore to revoke their citizenship or to withhold basic human rights including access to medical care and sanitation only exposes your clear intent of turning this into an ethnic genocide. As Muslims, like true Buddhists, we are indeed instructed to uphold justice and accountability for all our actions, especially when it comes to human life, regardless of race, faith or background. At the very least we hope, we can agree on this much if not anything else.
We therefore humbly request key individuals with authority within the Consulate General of Myanmar in Hong Kong to pursue means of defusing this vicious cycle of violence since no one should be above the law.
The following Muslim organizations have endorsed and supported this letter:
Discover Islam HK | Dompet Dhuafa | Friends of Palestine in HK | Ghanaian Muslims Association of HK | Helpers of Islam Group | HKUST Muslim Students Society | Indonesian Muslim Student Association | Indonesian Muslim Association in HK | Khatme Nubuwwat Islamic Council | Muslim Filipino Association HK | Muslim Youth Organization | Pakistani Islamic Welfare Union | Pakistani Students Association HK | Pakistan Women Association of HK | Serving Islam Team | Tseung Kwan O Islamic Association
Muslim Council of Hong Kong
(+852) 6848 5966 | email@example.com | www.muslimcouncil.org.hk
If anyone in Hong Kong would like to send this letter as a PDF to the Consul General of Myanmar in Hong Kong personally, please send us a whatsapp message or email and we will email you the letter.
Such an action is inspired by what Islam teaches in terms of when we see an evil as Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) said:
“Whoso- ever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his hand; and if he is not able to do so, then [let him change it] with his tongue; and if he is not able to do so, then with his heart — and that is the weakest of faith.”
[Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) | Narrated in Muslim, Hadith number 49]