FIOE: The world must intervene to deter the grave and serious violations against Myanmar's Muslims


  In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

  The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe: The world must intervene to deter the grave and serious violations against Myanmar's Muslims

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe warns of the escalating persecution, repression and expulsion perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, in violations that amount to ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity.

Over the past two months, successive reports have told of a surge in unjust collective targeting of this persecuted minority, including killing, arbitrary detention, rape, and burning of houses, facilities and mosques, along with preventing them from practising religious rites, even in the month of Ramadan, as well as expulsion from the country.

The Rohingya Muslims suffer from the complete denial of their right to citizenship, as well as the most basic civil rights and fundamental liberties, while the state adopts an extremist ideology towards them, calling for their collective expulsion and deportation from the country. This policy is translated on the ground, by the security forces, in the form of grave and serious violations. Indeed, the situation is all the more concerning, given the statements by the President of Myanmar, Mr. Thein Sein, in which he refused to recognise the right of Rohingya Muslims to citizenship, while the opposition leader, and Nobel Prize winner, Mrs. Aung San Suu Kyi, has adopted relaxed positions regarding the ongoing atrocities.

It is surprising that this escalation takes place, following the world’s rejoice at Myanmar's entry into a new era of freedom and democratic openness. However these new developments, replete with atrocities and violations against Rohingya Muslims in early June 2012, were quite shocking; bringing to mind the successive waves of unjust targeting of this minority over the past thirty years.

The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe sounds the alarm, in that the continuation of this pattern of violations and intimidation threatens the complete eradication of this minority from their native homeland, provoking a refugee issue of tragic dimensions, in one of the world’s most destitute and deprived regions.

The Federation expresses solidarity with the Rohingya Muslims in this difficult phase of their history, and demands that the authorities in Myanmar refrain from this approach, which must not be permitted in the civilised world. The European Union and the international bodies are required to adopt firm positions to deter these atrocities, towards which it is not acceptable to turn a blind eye or be silent. The international community has learned many lessons on the perils of laxity regarding practices such as these—horrific collective punishment, or in addressing them after it is too late.

The Federation invites Europe's Muslims to organise activities in solidarity with those oppressed in Myanmar, and to provide relief aid to those displaced and the families of victims, while supplicating to Allah, in the blessed month of Ramadan, to relieve their suffering, and bring a swift end to their ordeal.


Brussels, 2 August 2012


The Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe