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Rohingya Leaders Say ARU Conference Should Have Been Postponed

Rohingya people must work together and avoid infighting; it is what the oppressors want...

Mohamed Ibrahim and Abdul Aziz of ERC, and the Prof. Dr. Wakar Uddin at the United Nations in Geneva.
Mohamed Ibrahim and Abdul Aziz of ERC, and the Prof. Dr. Wakar Uddin at the United Nations in Geneva.

(BERLIN) - There is not a single resistance movement in the world that does not suffer from dissension and division, but the cause of the Rohingya people must still somehow be an exception to this. The Rohingya Muslims of Burma have long suffered for their faith, they have been punished, routed, raped, tortured, broken and murdered for being different, and refuses to allow this to take place silently. The enemy of the Rohingya Muslim in Burma are the Rakhine Buddhists. Some have a mob like mentality and they are backed by a Buddhist government that has little regard for any Muslims, let alone the Rohingya.

A rift has developed within the ranks of the ARU, (Arakan Rohingya Union) between longstanding members who have labored greatly, and the new ARU Director General Wakar Uddin. This is dangerous and needless. I spent more than an hour on the telephone yesterday with Mohiuddin Mohamad Yusof (Maung Sein) in New York to better understand the problem that is taking place. For now, we are publishing this article by Mohammed Ibrahim which explains the issue from his point of view. Many in ARU say Dr. Uddin is a highly qualified person in good standing, but they also say he has failed to perform the role expected of him.
- Tim King, news editor

On behalf of Rohingyas around the worldwide Mohiuddin Mohamad Yusof (Maung Sein) sent a formal letter to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to postpone the Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) Conference that took place from July 7-8, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Yusof wrote that it’s important to “not to divide the Rohingyas' unity” by holding the conference when 14 out of 25 ARU signatories won’t be attending. ARU Director General Wakar Uddin “has been misguiding the OIC and EBO in the last two years with false and fabricated information of ARU members” he said.

“The ARU 2nd congress without these 14 ARU members half of the signatories of ARU declaration are meaningless and unjustifiable, unacceptable to the world Rohingyas in which Mr. Wakar Uddin invited only those people who support him and ready to make him legitimate director general for future term.”

The OIC and The Euro-Burma Office (EBO) helped unite leaders, activists and organizations from the Rohingya community with OIC member countries leading to the formation of ARU on May 30, 2011. The ARU that serves as umbrella group for 25 different organizations has become a legitimate organization accepted by many Rohingyas both in Burma and abroad.

Noor Kamal, president of the Chittagong Research and Cultural Society (CRCS), Bangladesh requested for Uddin to explain his reasons for going through with the conference despite the low turnout.

“I would request that Prof. Dr Waker who is foremost responsible person, the only spoke person to ARU, representing not only of allied 25 Organizations, but claimed of 3.5 million Rohingyas in and abroad Arakan as a whole and holding the highest ranking profile of entire community, should come up to explain position to the discontent members of community on the Internet.”

Sending an air ticket without helping in getting a visa is like curry without salt, said Fayas Ahmed, the editor of Kaladan Press Network. Ahmed said there wasn’t enough time given to complete the necessary paperwork to make the trip.

Wakar Uddin should “fix a date after Ramadan or suitable time where all the signatories members will invite to participate in the congress” or risk being “called a dictator”, Fayas Ahmed said.

During the conference discussions took place for adopting the Charter of the Arakan Rohingya Union. There was an election held for officials of the union and the formation of a supreme council and a committee and advisory board. A strategy and action plan for the next session also took place.



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