Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, July 17, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 07172020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, July 17, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 9:55 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: DR. WAKAR UDDIN, Ph.D. Professor, the Pennsylvania State University
Director-General, Arakan Rohingya Union, Founding Chairman, The Burmese Rohingya Assoc. N. America,Supreme Council, The Muslim World League
Translation Summary: Dr.Wakar Uddin told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that first of all I would like to thank VOA Rohingya Lifeline team for media coverage on the Rohingya issue which is a landmark in our history. This has happened only after the first Rohingya program broadcast in Burmese Government Radio Station (Burma Broadcasting Service) in the 1960s which was abruptly terminated by the Myanmar military. Your VOA Lifeline program is widely tuned by the Rohingya population worldwide. Reports of Rohingya people in Arakan, Myanmar, and refugee camps in Bangladesh converging to listen to your Lifeline program have been coming to me regularly, he said.
ICJ did not release the report submitted by Myanmar because it is sticking with its own rule of international jurisprudence. This is a judicial process and it should not be tainted by any type of advocacy or politicized in any manner. Also, any move or action by ICJ should not be perceived as tilting toward Rohingya in their favor. A court of law is blindfolded with a balance of justice and truth, and its decision is based on just that. The first provisional ruling of ICJ was not favoring any party in the conflict, but it is solely based on facts and justice protecting an ethnic minority from genocide.
Justice Minister Abubacarr Tamabdou resigning from his position will not have any adverse effect on the Rohingya genocide case. The new Gambian Minister is His Excellency Dawda Jallow. Both the former and the new Minister only follow the policy of the Government of the Gambia and will do the same thing and the right thing, Wakar Uddin told VOA.
The Government of Myanmar has evidently done a few things on the ground for reporting to ICJ, but the question is whether they are enough to protect Rohingya people from genocide. The evidence on the ground clearly indicates that the report is not even close to be enough. The situation on the ground is more complicated than ever due to the current violence/armed conflict. We will see what will be done in Arakan by the Government of Myanmar for its second report to ICJ, he added.
He also mentioned that there are always opportunities for tripartite engagement of OIC, Rohingya leadership, and the Government of Myanmar, but such opportunities must be brought forth through international pressure on Myanmar. Under the current situation, the government of the Myanmar is not likely to cooperate.
Despite all the difficulties we face, the change for the better will also depend on our own community. We must move forward on the same track with a unified voice for one objective. The future of our people also depends on the return of the refugees to their original homes in Arakan along with their ethnic-based full citizenship, full human rights, full protectio