Published On:23 July 2012
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Joint Burma-Bangladesh attack on Muslims

By Dr. Abdul Ruff

Muslims are persecuted everywhere - in non-Islamic as well as Muslim nations. Whether Muslims or non-Muslims, the rulers behave in a similar fashion. The post-Sept hoax climate has changed the international scenario in favor state terror nations and against Muslims and Islam. 

Americans and Britishers share some imperialist loot-crime values and they add to their kitty all other colonial masters to jointly loot the global resources under the notorious NATO banner led by USA-UK terror twins. In response to the Bush call world nations to be either with America or against it, many Muslim nations also joined the anti-Islamic bandwagon, targeting Muslims in order to earn favors and to be in the"good books" of anti-Islamic bloc of nations led by USA-UK twins. 

As India tries to go still closer to Burma (or now Myanmar)as a regional power, world got the impression that Burma and India share some terrible “values”. Now it is clear that anti-Islamism is one of the key features of Indo-Burma understanding. Muslims remain the top persecuted religious and linguistic minority in Burma. Neighboring Bangladesh already hosts several hundred thousand refugees from Burma.

Indian Muslims just play for their Hindu masters get some coins as vote bank agents. In Burma also Muslims face persecution. There have been, for years, long-standing tensions between Rakhine people, who are majority Buddhist and make up the majority of the state's population, and Muslims, many of whom are Rohingya. Muslim Rohingyas say they have been forced to flee because of the violence. The army accuses many Rohingya people of sheltering someone who had just returned from Bangladesh. Anyone who comes back to Burma is treated as a criminal and is sent directly to jail, so it is illegal to look after them. But that accusation was false. 

The military takes many to military camps and beat them up. After seven days they sent the blood-stained clothes of those arrested and say they would kill them. So the Muslims sell all their cattle and chickens at the market and sent that money to the camp and they then released the arrested. It has been common phenomenon that Muslims are attacked by Buddhist people while the regime also punishes the victims. 

An international aid agency has accused Bangladesh of launching a violent crackdown against unregistered Rohingya refugees from Burma. Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) also warned of a humanitarian crisis unfolding in a squatter camp where a growing number of them now live. MSF says about 6,000 people have arrived in the Kutupalong camp from other parts of south-east Bangladesh since October, when the crackdown started. Thousands of refugees have moved to the camp in fear of persecution.

MSF says about 6,000 people have arrived in the Kutupalong camp from other parts of south-east Bangladesh since October, when the crackdown started. "People are crowding into a crammed and unsanitary patch of ground with no infrastructure to support them," said Paul Critchley, MSF head of mission for Bangladesh. "Prevented from working to support themselves, neither are they permitted food aid. As the numbers swell and resources become increasingly scarce, we are extremely concerned about the deepening crisis," he said. A report, released this week by the Arakan Project, a Bangkok-based lobby group, made similar claims.

Amnesty accuses Burmese security forces as well as ethnic Rakhine Buddhist residents of assaults, unlawful killings of Muslims and the destruction of property. The human rights groups say although communal violence has eased since the unrest in June, violations by the security forces appear to have increased. "Most cases have meant targeted attacks on the minority Rohingya population and they were bearing the brunt of most of that communal violence in June and they continue to bear the lion's share of the violations perpetrated by the state security forces, it said. Burmese authorities allowed Rakhine youth to assault Muslim Rohingyas in custody. The group also alleges that Burmese authorities took part in looting of shops and homes belonging to Rohingya. Chris Lewa, director of The Arakan Project, which focuses on Rohingyas in the region, also said that hundreds of Rohingya Muslims had been arrested, with allegations that some had been beaten and even tortured. "Shortly after the main violence... then we start seeing a new phase of, I would say, state-sanctioned abuses, where especially in Maung Daw... we heard on a daily basis about mass arrests of Rohingya," Ms Lewa told the BBC.

Some of the Rohingya Muslims arrested were held in connection with violence that erupted in Rakhine on 8 June, the day on which, observers say, violence was largely carried out by Rohingyas. The Arakan Project also says that some Rakhine, particularly those found with weapons, were arrested. It is difficult to verify any of the information provided by such sources, as journalists cannot access the area.

Amnesty International confirms that Muslims in Burma's western Rakhine state have been subjected to attacks and arbitrary arrests in the weeks since communal violence erupted. A state of emergency was declared in Rakhine in June after deadly clashes between Buddhists and Muslims. Since then, hundreds of Muslims have been detained in the areas where Muslim Rohingya people live.

Violence between Buddhists and Muslims flared after an attack by Buddhists on a bus carrying Muslims after the alleged rape of a Buddhist woman in May. Communal unrest continued in parts of Maung Daw as Muslims attacked Buddhist homes. Reprisal attacks then targeted Muslim homes and communities. The attacks left many dead and forced thousands of people on both sides to flee their homes. The military regime stood by the side of Buddhists defending them and criticizing Muslims as if they are outsides. .

The military government of Myanmar, as usual, has dismissed the allegations as "groundless and biased". Rakhine state says that the claims are "totally opposite of what is happening on the ground", adding that the region was calm. The Burmese authorities denied all allegations made by Amnesty International. Earlier this month, Burma's President Thein Sein said the "solution" for the Rohingya was deportation or refugee camps.


Burma has shown it is deadly anti-Islamic and can be ruthless towards Muslims. Is secular India, killing Muslims, any friendly with Muslims in real terms? 

Bangladesh under the corrupt Hasina has been crawling towards both India and USA and with a view to earning good favors from both, the Dhaka regime has taken a calculated risk by covertly pursuing anti-Muslim and essentially anti-Islamic policies. Attack on Muslims is just a part of that schema. Dhaka thinks New Delhi now a with a possible Bengali president can bring American capitalists closer to Bangladeshis. That USA has destabilized its terror ally Pakistan does not deter Bangladesh from diluting its drive towards Indo-USA brand gimmicks. 

Burma and Bangladesh are engaged both indoors and in cross border attack on Muslims in a sustained manner primarily because they are damn sure they can escape punishment for their crimes easily now that global powers led by America are also targeting Muslims.
The Rohingyas are Muslims from north-west Burma who speak a dialect of Bengali. Many Rohingyas - some of whom have lived peacefully in Bangladesh for three decades - complain that their houses were destroyed and border guards had attempted to force them to leave the country.

The Rohingya ethnic group, a Muslim minority that lives in western Burma, Human Rights groups say, is one of the most persecuted communities in the world - they were made stateless in 1982, and deemed to be illegal immigrants from Bangladesh. Several hundred thousand have since crossed into Bangladesh, where people speak a similar language. This year Dhaka has been accused of arresting hundreds of Rohingya and forcing them over the border - claims the government denies. It says it is too poor to help them. The Kutupalong makeshift camp is now home to more than 30,000 Rohingyas.

The Rohingya Muslim group is among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people - Burma denies them citizenship and refuses to let them own land. It does not allow them to travel or even marry without first seeking permission. And they are not welcome in Bangladesh either, where at least 200,000 now live as illegal immigrants, without rights to employment, health care or education. The region in which they live is one of Bangladesh's poorest and local communities complain that the Rohingya drain the area of resources, take away their jobs and are involved in smuggling and other crimes. Some 30,000 have been registered as refugees by the UN, but the rest have no rights and mostly live in dreadful conditions on the edge of Bangladeshi villages or in squatter camps. MSF is calling on the Bangladesh government and UNHCR to offer them much greater protection.

It is not just Burma which is terrroizing the Benalgali Muslims, but evne the Bangladesh military is also doing the same. The Bangladesh Rifles [BDR] take bribes of 100 taka each [$1.50] to let them through to Burma. Once they got in Burma, there, Rohingyas are generally being shot by the Nasaka [the Burmese border guards], and many Bengalis just make return journey by following the river upstream and then sneak back into Bangladesh. 

Bangladesh makes loud noise about attack on poor Bangladeshis by Indian state forces at the borders, but now Bangladesh state itself is engaged in inhuman persecution and attack on Bangladeshi Muslims. Bangladeshi media lords should ask the regime in Dhaka to be humane in dealing with Muslims. 

Rulers are ruthless and even criminals no mater who rules where! Bangladesh must rehabilitate Bangladeshis if they are thrown out of other countries and also stop using them as shield to protect the capitalist interests of regime supporters. 

The UNSC must convene a special UN meeting to ensure safe life for the besieged and terrorized Muslims in Burma!

[Dr. Abdul Ruff is Specialist on State Terrorism. He is Chancellor-Founder of Center for International Affairs (CIA). He is former university Teacher, Analyst in International Affairs and an Expert on Middle East. He can be contacted at abdulruff_jnu@yahoo.com]

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