Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, November 20, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 11202020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, November 20, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 7 minutes
· UN General assembly Third Committee Approves Draft resolution titled “The Situation of Human Rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar”
· General Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Burma
· Myanmar Rejects UN Third Committee Resolution
· U.S. imposes sweeping sanctions on Iran, targets Khamenei-linked foundation
· Biden said a general was needed in the fight against the Covid 19
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Dr.Wakar Uddin, Ph.D.
Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU)
Professor at Penn State University
Based in Pennsylvania, U.S
Topic: Arakan Rohingya Union Narrative Report to OIC: Development on the Ground in Arakan State, Burma/Myanmar
Translation Summary: Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union, Prof Dr.Wakar Uddin told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that we have basically covered the election in Arakan where ANP party dominated in most areas (where the election was held). NLD and the USDP also won in some areas but the ANP was the bigger winner in Arakan. Nationally, Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD had a sweeping victory. About the report to OIC, it is distributed worldwide, including the UN, OIC member countries, US State Dept and Congress, and Governments and NGOs in many other parts of the world.
The by-election demand for Arakan is a new twist, where AA and military seems to be playing some kinds of cards, apparently targeting the winner NLD. There will be no justice served if Myanmar continues to block Rohingya people from participation in the election. Rohingya people have been voting for over 50 years, ever since the country got the independence. Rohingya people must be allowed to vote, and Myanmar Government must reinstate and return to Rohingya their NRC cards, White Cards, and other documents that were used for populating voters’ list and also for the contestants in the election. Their cards were bluntly and unjustly revoked by the Government, he added.
He said, it is a good strategy, and I am optimistic that Myanmar will cooperate because Japan has been historically a good reliable partner for Myanmar with excellent bilateral relation. My concern is that the Myanmar military could try to get involved in this, hampering any effort by Aung San Suu Kyi as it tried during the efforts by Kofi Anan and others before. The notorious NVC process and current existence of some armed groups of Arakan may possibly be injected by the military in this goodwill efforts by Japan, complicating and hampering the process. I like what the ambassador said about participation by countries in the region in this effort because it will be highly productive if the regional countries come forward to jointly work with Bangladesh on this crisis with sincere desire for regional stability. This is a major crisis in the region.
We are very optimistic that the new US administration will be serious about finding a solution to the Rohingya crisis like many previous administrations. We are fortunate that both Democrats and Republicans in Washington strongly advocate for justice for Rohingya. They may have policy differences for other national and international issues, but they are quite united when it comes to Rohingya issue. The current and previous Secretary of State in this administration and senior defense and other officials spoke strongly in support of Rohingya people. The political appointees and career diplomats in the State Department are instr