Despite being thousands of miles away, the Director of the Gambia-based Agency for the Promotion of Global Peace and Religious Tolerance (AGPGRT) believes the world must not sit back and watch Myanmar’s Rohingya risk extinction in the only country they call home. Sheikh Sheriff Mameena Hydara’s message – a response to the recent “ethnic cleansing” of the Rohinyga population in the Southeast Asian country – is published below.
Agency for the Promotion of Global Peace and Religious Tolerance (AGPGRT), a development-oriented charity organisation that promotes interfaith dialogue, religious tolerance and universal peace, has joined voices of reason to condemn targeted mass killings, arson attacks and torture of the Rohingya in Myanmar. These inhumane acts — for whatever reasons by security forces of a government whose leadership swore to protect all it’s citizens — must be condemned outright. It’s wrong for the Rohingya, majority of who are Muslims, to be targeted for their ethnicity or religious affiliation. Rohingya people had lived in Myanmar since the British colonialists amalgamated the province with India. They have since lived in Rhakine state and continuously denied citizenship, education, employment and public amenities. The world powers must not allow anyone to become as stateless, displaced and persecuted as the Rohingya people who have been forced to leave Myanmar in hundreds of thousands. AGPGRT sees no reason why minority Rohingya Muslims cannot live side by side with majority Budhists. We therefore call on the world powers and organisations to pressure Myanmar government to not only protect the lives and properties of Rohingya but also guarantee their religious, cultural or economic rights. It will be our collective failure to see the Rohinyga extermination without taking action because protection of human life is an obligation on all humans, irrespective of their race, political or religious affiliation.