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Rohingya Community Welcomes Initiatives of World Buddhist Leaders to End Violence Against Muslims in Burma

Rohingya Muslims applaud the responsibility...

Rohingya victims in Myanmar
Burma has been out of control for months, as Rakhine Buddhists have raped and murdered the Rohingya population since July.

(ALMERE, Netherlands) - With the exception of the Dalia Lama, world Buddhist leaders have finally issued a statement condemning Buddhist violence in Burma (Myanmar). To read the statement, visit: World Buddhist Leaders Response to the Growing Ethnic Violence Against Muslims in

Achariya Professor J Simmer Brown
Dr. AT Ariyaratne
Ven. Ajahn Amaro Mahathera
Ven. Arjia Rinpoche VIII
Ven. Bhikkhu Bodhi
Ven. Chao Khun Raja Sumedhajahn
Ven. Phra Paisal Visalo
Ven. Shodo Harada Roshi
Ven. Thich Nhat Hanh
Ven. Hozan A Senauke
Younge Khachab Rinpoche VIII
Ven. Sr. Thich Nu Chan Kong
Dr. Jack Kornfield Vipassana Achariya
Lama Surya Das
Ven. Zoketsu N. Fischer Soto Roshi
Tulku Sherdor Rinpoche
Professor Robert Tenzin C. Thurman
HH the XIV Dalai Lama

We, European Rohingya Council (ERC), on behalf of the whole Rohingya Community, would like to extends heartfelt thanks to the World Buddhist Leaders for the initiative and suggestions they have made to end the decades-long persecutions and months-long violence against Rohingyas and other Muslim communities in Arakan State, Burma(Myanmar).

In fact, Buddhism centers on promoting peace universally. Its teaching is based on the moral percepts of refraining from killing and causing harm, on compassion and mutual care and its teaching offers respect to all, regardless of class, caste, race or creed. So, Buddhism is without any doubt a non-violent religion.

However, in Burma, the way many Monks and Buddhists are behaving and committing violence against the different people especially Rohingyas is demeaning to Buddhism. As a result of tyrannical rulers’ decades-long conspiracy to Divide and Rule, racism and xenophobia has deep-rooted in the hearts of majority Burmese. As a result, sadly, even the Monks, Scholars and Human Rights Activists seem unable to escape the trap of ultra-nationalism, bigotry and delusion.

Burmese Regime, some extremists and ultranationalists and some self-interested groups have systematically plotted the violence against Rohingyas that started on 8th June 2012 for their respective gains. Despite the massive violence against Rohingyas and other Muslims in Arakan that have created unimaginable human tragedy, we still wish and are ready to live together with Rakhines and others, in the name of “A Peaceful Co-Existence.”

With a view to achieving “A Peaceful Co-Existence and Communal Reconciliation” it has become necessary to hold dialogues on reconciliation and national level meetings. We feel the World Buddhist Leaders are really influential in Burma because no matter what, Burmese Buddhists carry a long and profound history of upholding the Dharma. Therefore, we request to the World Buddhist Leaders to take all possible steps towards holding such dialogues and meetings.




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