PTI chief asks Ban Ki-moon to aid Rohingya Muslims

Published: June 3, 2015

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan in a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon hit out at the United Nations’ failure to fulfill its basic principles of upholding human rights and protecting people from genocide in Myanmar.

“On behalf of myself and my party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, I wish to state that we have found the silence and complete inaction by the UN on the continuing plight and persecution of the Rohingya Muslims of Myanmar a shameful testament to the failure of the UN to fulfill its basic principles of upholding human rights and protecting a people from genocide,” Imran wrote to Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday.

The PTI chief added, “I call on you, as the Secretary General to move the UNSC to end the persecution and genocide of Rohingyas within Myanmar and to bring to an end their inhumane plight on the high seas, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.”

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Imran said the principle of humanitarian intervention was specifically added to the UN mandate in the face of the Rwandan genocide but the UN has once again failed to protect people from persecution and genocide — this time the Rohingyas of Myanmar.

The letter urged the UN Secretary General “to move the UNSC to end the persecution and genocide of Rohingyas within Myanmar and to bring to an end their inhumane plight on the high seas, under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.”

Explaining the plight of the persecuted community, the letter said that in the past three years, more than 120,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled abroad under desperate circumstances and conditions.

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“The ASEAN meeting, held on 29 May 2015, to discuss the Rohingyas plight, did little to resolve the issue and, even in terms of aid and assistance, the final statement effectively reflected proposals and recommendations with no mechanism for ensuring implementation,” it added.

The PTI chief further said, “It has been heartbreaking to witness the silence of the UN and the international community on the persecution of the Rohingyas in Myanmar since the 1970s.”

“The hypocrisy prevalent within the international community on human rights and humanitarian interventions has been acutely evident as the Rohingya crisis has unfolded.”

Further, the letter upheld the Rohingya crisis is as clear a threat to international peace and security as any, in the expanded notion of security now adopted internationally – which goes beyond mere conventional wars.

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“Global security is indivisible and the international community cannot be secure while in one part of the world persecution and genocide of a people in going on with impunity,” the letter argued.

“It is time for the UN to act decisively or forever lose its relevancy as a global body reflecting the will of the people with which the preamble of the UN Charter begins. It is time to live up to that commitment on which the UNO was founded – in the aftermath of a global appeasement to the genocide of another people in Europe,” the letter added.

Myanmar’s navy refused on Sunday to let journalists approach a remote island where more than 700 migrants are said to be held following their rescue last week.

Reporters have been trying to access Thamee Hla Island at the mouth of the Irrawaddy since the authorities announced that 727 people, including 74 women and 45 children, had been found drifting in a boat off Myanmar’s coast and had been taken there.

They are part of a recent exodus of persecuted Myanmar Rohingya Muslims and Bangladeshi economic migrants who have fled the region en masse in a crisis that regional nations have struggled to deal with.

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Reader Comments (18)

  • roarwali
    Jun 3, 2015 - 4:31PM

    UN is nothing but a rubber stamp of the powerful. They don’t see genocide and human rights abuses in Myanmar.
    By the way there should be a mechanism to devoid Nobel laureate from the title who is engaged in war (as Obama) or genocide (as Suu Kyi), otherwise the title will lose its significance. Recommend

  • umif
    Jun 3, 2015 - 4:37PM

    Mr Imran Khan. I take hat of for you! You are a real man and real leader. You have proof it many times no doubt. You now how to present PK National/intenationally.Because of you we are getthing respect in rest of the world. In the last you are better choice then other leaderes in Pakistan. First mulim leader to take this issue up with UN! Recommend

  • Bookworm
    Jun 3, 2015 - 4:44PM

    The ONLY leader to speak up for the Rohingya Muslims while the rest have turned a blind eye! Pakistan needs this gem called Imran Khan!Recommend

  • Amir
    Jun 3, 2015 - 4:56PM

    Can our politicians also talk about plights and injustice to our local minorities, who also suffer under draconian laws, and hate mongering leaders who incite murder, target killers who kill to earn (false) paradise ?Recommend

  • MMB
    Jun 3, 2015 - 5:05PM

    Sir Imran Khan, I Salute you. Nothing else to say. No words can discribe the respect we have for you. A lone soldier fighting in the sea of enemies without any fear and with trust in only Allah. I salute you sir. Recommend

  • ramallah khan
    Jun 3, 2015 - 5:29PM

    While it is nice to talk and take up the cause of Rohingyas Muslims in Myanmar with the UN chief, then why is Imran silent over the acts and deeds of ISIS in Iraq & Syria? Today the world is watching helplessly what ISIS is doing each day in the name of Islam to the people they capture right from very small kids to old people, they spare no one. Where is the Muslim brotherhood feeling then? Why cannot he declare support to the forces fighting the ISIS and tell Nawaz Sharif to shelter a sizable number of the Syrian refugees who are just living in the camps in Turkey in deplorable condition. Only then can Imran Khan be seen as a real leader in Pakistan with a world view. Recommend

  • Junaid
    Jun 3, 2015 - 5:58PM

    What is this ? Pure political statement. His senseless statement has nothing to do with anything. Why to make statement about this issue or kashmir or an of these kind of political statements ? Utter non practical statementRecommend

  • Kamran Akmal
    Jun 3, 2015 - 7:22PM

    @ramallah khan:
    There is difference between Syria and Mayamar Situation. In that case Palestine is also there, Iraq is also there. Do you think we can take responsibility of all this. You just wrote all this for the sake of criticism, which is deplorableRecommend

  • Asif
    Jun 3, 2015 - 7:53PM

    Mr. Imran Khan, if you care so much for Rohingya Muslims, bring them to Pakistan and settle them in KP. Let’s see you take the first step, then we can say Imran Khan is a real leader otherwise you are just another Sharif / Zardari. Recommend

  • Farhan
    Jun 3, 2015 - 8:13PM

    Although I don’t like IK at all. But this must be appreciated. Thanks for the initiative.Recommend

  • salim
    Jun 3, 2015 - 8:31PM

    A very apt comment. If we can house 3 million Afghan refugees why not this relatively small number of Rohingya Muslims.Recommend

  • Gram Massla
    Jun 3, 2015 - 8:34PM

    Any action has an equal and opposite reaction. Newton’s law. The Buddhist thugs who terrorize the Rohingyas cite the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha, among other reasons, for their actions. The Rohingyas are Muslims. Why is it inconceivable for a prosperous Muslim nation like Malaysia to take them in? Why depend on the West?Recommend

  • Sad but true
    Jun 4, 2015 - 12:29AM

    IK. Any sympathy for the Muslim killings in Xinjiang, China?Recommend

  • drS
    Jun 4, 2015 - 12:35AM

    why don’t ik raises his voice against persecution minorities and freethinkers facing in Pakistan in general and kpk in particular ?? isn’t this hypocrisy? isn’t this shameful ??Recommend

  • Shahzeb
    Jun 4, 2015 - 12:46AM

    I don’t think imran khan can make this decision genius because that power is in the hands of the federal govt. a province on its own cannot give refuge to foreigners unless the federal govt allows it.@Asif: Recommend

  • Jun 4, 2015 - 4:44AM

    Wake up UNORecommend

  • Umais Ali
    Jun 5, 2015 - 2:38AM

    Man you are so dumb. I cant decide whether to laugh on u explain to u@Asif:
    KP is already holding IDPs . Afghan refugees.
    when it came to IDPs punjab and sindh denied entry to them. How shamefull was that. Have some senses
    And rohingyas that will most probably land in karachi will cross whole 9f pakistan to settle in KP for that matter??
    How dumb are you mister asif. Recommend

  • Umais Ali
    Jun 5, 2015 - 2:44AM

    Shame on all humanity that this has come to this.
    Especially to muslim world .
    Shame on Pakiatani government that they are quite in this matter. And letting IK do their work.
    Having laughs on metro launching ceremony while thousands die for nothing. Recommend

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