Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, August 07, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed, Hamid Hussain & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 08072020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, August 07, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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· Jihadi militants attack displaced camps in Cameroon
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Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 9:55 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Wai Wai Nu is a former political prisoner and the founder & Executive Director of the Women Peace Network in Myanmar. She spent seven years as a political prisoner in Burma.
She has received numerous awards including:
1. 2014 N-Peace Award (Peace Generation Category)
2. 2015 Democracy Courage Tribute by World Movement for Democracy
3. 2018 Hillary R. Clinton Award for Advancing Women in Peace & Security
4. Impact Hero Award, by the Earth Company
Named: among “100 Top Women” BBC 2014.
One of the 100 World Thinkers, Foreign Policy Magazine 2015.
Next Generation Leader, Time Magazine 2017.
She is currently living in Maryland.
Topic: U.S policy toward Burma and the Rohingya Crisis
Translation Summary: Wai Wai Nu told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that I am very grateful and honored to testify about the Rohingya crisis at WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ami Bera, M.D. (D-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation, last Monday chaired a subcommittee hearing on the Rohingya crisis. Yes, I was able to testify about Rohingya situation before the house foreign affairs subcommittee on Asia Pacific and I would say it’s a great news for us seeing the House is holding this hearing at this moment during COVID-19 which reflects the challenges confronting vulnerable populations around the world and learning that the House of Representatives are concerned about the plight of the Rohingya and takes interest about our cause. I have a great hope as the House is legislative body that enact laws and can shape U.S policies on Burma.
During the hearing all of us also called for the ‘’Genocide’’ determination and I hope this will accumulate the administration to make decisions on going genocide in Rakhine State, she said.
Wai Wai Nu said, Burmese and most ethnic Rakhine do not like Rohingya and always discriminate them , therefore they are trying to exclude Rohingya in the upcoming election and in Burmese politics, so our people are denied of political rights and have been disenfranchised. This is the time now our priority should be our struggle to restore our equal rights in Myanmar. We all need to work as a community.
She expressed that the world is not interested in promoting full democracy in Myanmar as it appears, we have a civilian government led by human rights champion Aung San Su Kyi. However, we need to explain to the world that her presence alone does not bring democracy and protect human rights in Myanmar.
She also calls on leaders, activists, and educated people in Rohingya community, to be united and work together effectively to end Genocide in Burma. First, Justice and accountability is essential and for that we need work for the establishment of an international criminal court. 2nd, We need to find a political solution within Myanmar through dialogue with Burmese government for restoring our rights and for a sustainable solution. Finally, we need to empower the youth in our community, work together men and women. Remember; creating a strong community possible with knowledge and education will be k