IGO denounces Buddhist protest to stop relief aid for Rohingya

IGO denounces Buddhist protest to stop relief aid for Rohingya 24 February 2014

Feb24

IGO expressed concern for the safety of the Rohingya people who are in dire need of relief aid.

Senior monks in Arakan have been protesting for the past two days to stop the arrival of humanitarian aid to Rohingya people.

The monks accused a number of countries, including GCC countries and Malaysia, for sending humanitarian aid to Rohingya Muslims and demanded they stop such assistance immediately.

Mohammad Ayoub, a researcher on Rohingya, stated: “The monks want to remove Rohingya Muslims completely from Arakan by preventing relief aid.”

The prevention of relief aid forces Rohingya to escape to neighboring Thailand, Malaysia and other countries, where they fall prey to human traffickers or face death during the journey.

IGO urges the Burmese government to step in and ensure relief aid reaches Rohingya people and to uphold their right to life, liberty and security as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.