Statement of Solidarity for Rohingya
Community from Timor-Leste
We stand in
solidarity with the Rohingya community who are
currently facing death and suffering in Myanmar
Dili, Democratic Republic of
For immediate release:
11 September 2017
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press release, we, the members of Timor-Leste
International Solidarity Movement, declare that we
stand together with people everywhere to protest the
persecution of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.
October 2016, the Myanmar government's military
forces have inflicted violence against the Rohingya
people, causing a humanitarian tragedy. The military
has killed many Rohingya civilians, and forced
others to abandon their homes and seek shelter in
Bangladesh. During the past two weeks alone,
Myanmar's actions have forced more than 250,000
people to flee to escape persecution.
call on the Government of Myanmar to immediately
stop all acts of military persecution of the
Rohingya people. To show its commitment to human
rights, we also encourage the Government of Myanmar
to sign the international treaties, particularly,
the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights; the International Covenant on Economic,
Social and Cultural Rights; to become a signatory to
the International Criminal Court, and the other
international human rights conventions on Torture,
Refugees, Slavery, Racial Discrimination,
Statelessness and Forced Disappearances.
urge the democratic Government of
Myanmar to respect the Human Rights of
the Rohingya people and everyone else
within its borders.
few years ago, we joined with other human rights
advocates in Southeast Asia and around the globe to
support democracy and human rights for the people of
Burma who were oppressed by military dictatorship.
Today, we urge the democratic Government of Myanmar
to respect the Human Rights of the Rohingya people
and everyone else within its borders.
on the United Nations and national governments to
pressure the Government of Myanmar to fulfil its
obligations in accordance with international law. We
suggest that the Government of Myanmar promote
dialogue, not violence, to achieve peace.
call on international solidarity activists to come
together and respond to these acts of persecution
and to continue promoting Human Rights in every
country where they are being violated.
call on all countries that have been asked to give
protection to those persecuted - not to deny people
their rights to life and safety, but to give them a
place and provide them with what they deserve, as
the persecution against them in Myanmar has forced
them to require international humanitarian
Article 10 of Timor-Leste's
Constitution provides for solidarity with people who
are struggling for national liberation. The
Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste offers political
asylum, in accordance with the law, to people being
persecuted as a result of their struggle for
national and social liberation, defense of human
rights, democracy and peace. These legal principles
were adopted based on the historical foundation of
our people's victory over oppression.
these reasons, we express our concern and solidarity
for the Rohingya community who are enduring killing
and suffering. We call on the State of Timor-Leste
to exercise its moral and legal obligation to speak
out against the humanitarian crisis and urge an
immediate end to the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar.
It is our hope that those who have been killed
will be treated with due respect, and their bodies
will be buried with dignity, and that those who seek
protection are provided with safety in the lands in
which they seek it.
Signed by more than 80
civil society leaders and human rights activists
ETAN is "A voice
of reason, criticizing the administration's reluctance to
address ongoing human rights violations and escalating
oppression in West Papua and against religious minorities