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Jakarta Post

Reaching out to most oppressed minority

  • Kyaw Win
    Kyaw Win

    Leads the Burma Human Rights Network in London

London   /   Thu, March 1, 2018   /  04:37 pm
Reaching out to most oppressed minority In this file photo taken on October 19, 2017 Rohingya refugees who were stranded walk near the no man's land area between Bangladesh and Myanmar in the Palongkhali area next to Ukhia. Hundreds of desperate Rohingya Muslims still pour over the Myanmar border into Bangladesh camps every week, six months into the refugee crisis. (AFP/Munir Uz Zaman)

Where we send representatives into the world, we too must ensure they embody the compassion, courage and humility necessary to perform the duties they are entrusted with completing by the citizens of their great nations. The former Indonesian ambassador to Burma (Myanmar: the junta changed the country’s name without public consent), Ito Sumardi, had denied gross human rights violations and genocide against the Rohingya, showing that he was poorly informed. During a Feb. 1 meeting with Burmese officials, ambassador Ito said he had not witnessed evidence that genocide had occurred against the Rohingya, and went as far as to say that the violence in Rakhine state was the result of conflict between indigenous Rakhine and immigrants (referring to the Rohingya). Furthermore, in his interview with the media, he said he himself had seen no evidence of Rohingya mass graves. Ito ...

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