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Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day
August 25 | 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Please join us for an online event on Zoom.
Wednesday 25th August 2021, 11am – 12pm.
Call for Sustainable solutions and justice for the Rohingya: 4 years on from the genocide.
11.00 – Welcome by Charles Dacres, Bradford Hate Crime Alliance and
11.05 – Lord Mayor, Cllr Shabir Hussain
11:10 – Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Leader of Bradford Council
11:15 – Imran Hussain, Bradford East Labour MP
11:20 – Rabea Sultana, Student, Rohingya Community
11:25 – Sayed Amin, Youth Advocate AROUK
11:30 – James Price, Strategy Consultant for Community Development
Project in Southeast Asia
11:35 – Mohammed Amin International Director, AROUK
11:45 – Kongosi Mussanzi, Former support worker at Horton Housing
11:50 – Canon Mandy Coutts, Bradford Cathedral
11.55 – Prayer by local Imam, Molana Fazaldad
The online event has been organised by AROUK with support from Bradford Council to commemorate the genocide of the Rohingya community on its 4th anniversary.
The Arakan Rohingya Organisation UK (AROUK), is one of the leading international non-profit and charitable organisations, it was established on the 18th of May 2009 by a group of dedicated Rohingya people who came in the UK through the Home Office Gateway Protection Programme in 2008. Their members have first-hand experience of persecution themselves or their family in Myanmar and some have lived more than 18 years in a refugee camp in Bangladesh.
Rohingya are the indigenous to the south-east Asian country of Myanmar and have been described by the UN as “one of the most persecuted minorities in the world”.
In 2017, the world witnessed thousands of Rohingya refugees fleeing genocide and risking their lives to travel to foreign countries in search of safety.
The UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights said they interviewed many women in a 2017 study and half of them said they have been raped or have suffered other forms of sexual violence at the hands of armed forces. Yanghee Lee, the UN special investigator on Myanmar, also believes that the country wants to destroy completely its entire Rohingya population
Currently, there are over 1.1 million Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, including the latest batch of 800,000 that came after August 25, 2017 and the 250,000 that arrived since the first exodus of mid-1990s.
As Myanmar nationals, the Rohingya Muslims have historically faced ethnic and religious persecutions, culminating in 2017 in a vicious, protracted genocidal campaign by the Myanmar army against its own people. The military launched a violent crackdown leading to arbitrary killings of Rohingyas, including children and the elderly, gang rapes of women, inhuman torture, and razing of village after village that forced all those people to seek shelter in Bangladesh. The crisis of the Rohingya refugee is among the largest, fastest movements of people in recent history.
The Current Situation in Bangladesh:
This Wednesday, August 25th, marks the four-year anniversary of the brutal crackdown against this long-persecuted minority group by the Myanmar (Burmese) military and security apparatus known as the Tatmadaw. Four years after mass atrocities in Myanmar’s Rakhine State the prospects for repatriation remain dim.
The Bangladesh government rejects current World Bank proposal on integrating Rohingya into Bangladesh which suggests extending Rohingya the right to education, freedom of movement, own property, businesses, rights of election and equal rights in employment as exercised by Bangladeshi citizens as part of the integration process, and if the government agree with the proposal, then it will provide financial support to this effect out of a $2 billion World Bank fund.
However, the local authority has introduced barbed-wire fencing surrounding Bangladesh’s Rohingya camps which have blocked people from fleeing a massive blaze that burnt thousands of shelters to the ground. They are also attempting to move refugees to a remote island, Bhasan Char which is unsafe for habitation. There are an estimated of 20,000 Rohingya have been relocated there with false promises and hope.
We would like to thank the following people for making today’s event possible
- Lord Mayor Cllr Shabir Hussain
- Imran Hussain MP
- Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe – Leader of Bradford Council
- Charles Dacres – Bradford Hate Crime Alliance
- Rabea Sultana – Student, Rohingya Community
- Kongosi Mussanzi – Former support worker at Horton Housing
- Sayed Amin – Youth Advocate, AROUK
- James Price – Strategy Consultant for Community development project in SEA
- Mohammed Amin – International Director, AROUK
- Canon Mandy Coutts, Bradford Cathedral
- Molana Fazaldad, Imam
- CBMDC Stronger Community Team
We hope you found this event informative, please contact
AROUK on their website if you require any further information. https://www.thearouk.org/