Demonstration outside U.N. office meant to garner support for Muslims in Burma
Genocides against Muslims in Burma once again renewed during the past two months, when 420 Buddhists killed 10,000 Muslims and burnt 16 villages, causing the deaths of thousands of Muslims.
“We demand urgent intervention to stop the massacre and genocide against Muslims in Burma,” Zuha Yaseen, a coordinator of the demonstration, said. “We condemn that no actions are taken by countries and international organizations in the Arab and Islamic World against what is going on in Burma.”
For his part, Abdulnasser Al-Hamadi, another organizer of the demonstration, said the demonstration in front of the United Nations office in Sana’a is the first step, and the second will be held in front of the Human Rights Ministry to put pressure on decision makers and civil society organizations to take actions that stop violence in Burma.
Sina’a Al-Ariqi, a college student who participated in the demonstration, said nobody knew about what was happening in Burma 60 years ago. It is an ethnic cleansing against the Muslim in Burma, and it is time to do something, Al-Ariqi said.
“It is a religious and a human duty to participate in this demonstration,” activist Nojood Al-Rawm said. “It isn’t a political demonstration and doesn’t belong to any political party.”
Essam Al-Nozaili, one of the protestors, said, “What is happening in Burma gives me the chills and makes me cry. Unfortunately, Arabs or Muslims didn’t do anything, and this makes me sorrowful. What is happening today in Burma may happen in any other Islamic or Arab countries if we don’t support one another.”
The demonstrators threatened to start an open sit-in in front of the U.N. building if relevant authorities don’t take actions to support the Muslims in Burma.
The demonstrators demanded that the Muslims in Burma be given all rights based on the international conventions of human rights issued by the U.N.
Al-Hamadi said a plan has been set to contact several Arab countries, including Egypt, Algeria and Tunisia to specify a day when all Arabs will organize demonstrations to support the Muslims in Burma. The demonstrations will continue until actions are taken to save those Muslims.