INTERNATIONAL ADVOCACY:


Call for Solidarity & Action

Centre for Human Rights Education-Pakistan called for the solidarity and action for the Rohingiya Muslims of Burma. Report about the whole scenario was written and a press release was issued on the social media on 19th May, 2015. Following is the report and the press release.

“The stranded lives on the coasts of ASEAN states and the numbness of the governments.”
The story that came to news about the boat people who have tried to enter into the ASEAN states through the sea has gone viral.

According to Amnesty International up to 8,000 people remain stranded at sea while Thai, Indonesian and Malaysian authorities defy international human rights law. More than 2,000 people have already arrived in Indonesia and Malaysia this week reportedly, with some being detained on arrival. Many have been at sea for more than two months and are in urgent need of food, water and medical care. Refusing to rescue or pushing back the boats may be tantamount to a death sentence.

These boat people are Rohingya people who are indigenous of the state of Rakhine (Arakan).  They  are  the  Muslims,  who  speak  Rohingya  language  and  are  being persecuted on the basis of their faith.[2] The wish for freedom and a peaceful living has brought them to this extreme of taking risk.
Center for Human Right Education- Pakistan appeals for urgent interventions from the International  Community  to  press  the  governments  of  Malaysia,  Thailand  and Indonesia to save the lives of thousands of refugees and migrants who are at risk of death in seas around Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia after authorities have pushed back boats or refused to let them land.

Mr. Samson Salamat, Director of CHRE and renowned human rights campaigner in his statement has expressed his deep concerns on the situation of Rohingya Muslims in the boats and has said that “people rights should be protected without any discrimination and regardless of their legal status, their means of arrival or where they come from and should be dealt on humanitarian grounds”.

Mr. Samson Salamat has further added that “Rohingya people were forced to leave their homes because they were treated badly and therefore it should be kept in mind that they are not being detained, prosecuted or otherwise punished solely because of their method of arrival”.

Ms. Weeda Khara the Office Secretary of CHRE says that it is an inhumane yet shameful reaction of the governments to treat the human beings so coldly. People, who have been stranded in the sea, need to get urgent relief. But unfortunately the governments are giving cold shoulder to them”.
Therefore Centre  for Human Rights Education-  Pakistan joins its voice  with the international community and calls on countries in the region to immediately step up and co-ordinate efforts for search and rescue in the region and to protect the rights of people stranded at sea.

CHRE also appeals the government of Pakistan to use its diplomatic channels to help resolve the crisis and save the lives of thousands of people.

Centre for Human Rights Education- Pakistan recommends that

  All the boats carrying refugees and migrants should be allowed to land safely in the nearest country and not push them back, threaten or otherwise intimidate them.
   Provide the immediate humanitarian needs of refugees and migrants including food, water, shelter and health care;

   People claiming asylum should be able to access refugee status determination       procedures and there should not be any decision which can put their lives or             freedoms are at risk again;

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