University of Wisconsin hosts conference on discrimination against Muslim Rohingya
Posted by Ann Corcoran on December 22, 2013
And, they claim the Rohingya of Burma are the “most persecuted people in our time.”
I suspect the Christians of the Middle East (Syria, Iraq) and Africa (Egypt, Nigeria, Central African Republic) might beg to differ.
Here is the story at Eurasia Review:
The first international conference in the USA on the plight of the Rohingya people of Myanmar – “Stop Genocide and Restore Rohingya’s Citizenship Rights in Myanmar” – was held in the campus of University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee on December 14, 2013. It was jointly hosted by the Burmese Rohingya American Friendship Association (BRAFA) and the Rohingya Concern International (RCI). The conference opened with a welcome speech from BRAFA’s chairman – Mr. Shaukhat Kyaw Soe Aung (MSK Jilani) and Dr. Chia Vang of the Ethnic Studies program at the university. The program was conducted by Mr. Mohiuddin Yosuf, President of the RCI and Chief Coordinator of the conference organizing committee. I was invited as a speaker. Amongst others, the speakers included – Professor Greg Stanton of the Genocide Watch (George Mason University), Mr. Nurul Islam of ARNO (UK), Sheikh Ziad Hamdan of Islamic Society of Milwaukee….
The Rohingya people, who mostly live in the western Rakhine state of Myanmar, are the most persecuted people in our time.
The conference called upon the government of Burma (aka Myanmar) to do the following:
The Government of Myanmar to stop persecution, discrimination and dehumanizing of Muslims, including repealing laws and policies that enact or contribute to the persecution of Muslims and other targeted groups within Myanmar.
The Government of Myanmar to crack down on anti-Muslim violence against Rohingya and other Muslims.
I sure hope the University’s ethnic studies department will soon host a program on Muslim violence toward Christians on several continents!
For new readers who might ask why do we follow the Rohingya issue so closely? We have been following the drum beat (the PR campaign!) for over five years now as we have watched the US Conference of Catholic Bishops and other of the federal resettlement contractors pushing to resettle Rohingya in your towns and cities. So far the number is small, and we only know from news accounts that Muslim Burmese are mixed in with the thousands of other religious groups from Burma. The US State Department does not release to the public the religious breakdown of refugees resettled in the US, although they do track those statistics.
See our extensive Rohingya Reports category, here.
Photo is posted at ACT for America Houston, some other photos are more gruesome.
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