Arakan Rohingya's appeal to UN Security Council to safeguard the Burmese civilians. (Burma)
Arakan, Burma, 08 May: Arakan Rohingya National Organisation has appealed to the United Nations Security Council to take urgent action to stop attacks on civilians by the Burmese Army and provide 'human security' to the people of Burma.
In a statement, Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) has expressed its strongest condemnation on the State Peace and Development Council (SPDC) for terrorizing the Karen civilians in its worst offensive since 1997.
The statement revealed that over the past week more than 11,000 villagers in Nyaunglebin, Taungoo, and Papun Districts of Burma have been forced to flee their villages, and the number is rising every day.
"The Burma Army is hunting down the escaping villagers in the jungles, shooting them indiscriminately while pushing them into forced relocation camps, turning their villages into `free-fire` zones, kidnapping people for forced labour, burning and stealing food stocks, raping, torturing, and laying landmines. They are passing their days in jeopardy without food, medical care and shelter," ARNO emphasized.
"We urge upon the NGOs and international community to immediately provide humanitarian assistance to these displaced Karen people and other internally displaced and refugees from Burma."
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation pointed out that the United Nations Security Council has to come forward 'to take urgent action to stop attacks on civilians and provide human security to the people of Burma.'
Von: 8.5.2006 Asian Tribune