Friday, September 22, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL


PERMANENT PEOPLES’ TRIBUNAL
Session on
State Crimes Allegedly Committed in Myanmar against the Rohingyas, Kachins and Other Groups
University of Malaya, Faculty of Law
18-22 September 2017, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Panel of the Judges:
Daniel Feierstein (Argentina), who chaired the panel
Zulaiha Ismal (Malaysia)
Helen Jarvis (Cambodia-Australia)
Gill H. Boehringer (Australia)
Nursyahbani Katjasungkana (Indonesia)
Shadi Sadr (Iran)
Nello Rossi (Italy)


PRESS RELEASE

General Secretariat:
VIA DELLA DOGANA VECCHIA 5 - 00186 ROME - TEL:0039 0668801468
E-mail:ppt@permanentpeoplestribunal.org
www.tribunalepermanentedeipopoli.fondazionebasso.it

The Judgment presented today by the Panel of the Judges of this Session of the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal (PPT) is the product of a long term research work, which included not only the close monitoring of the many published reports, but of formal public hearings in London, 6-7 March 2017, and in these days 18-22 in Kuala Lumpur.

The deliberation of the seven Judges is very detailed in the analysis of the facts and in their qualification according to the best recognized instruments and criteria of international law: the State of Myanmar is fully responsible for genocide against the Rohingya people, and is further responsible not only for genocidal intent against the Kachin and the Muslim minority, but also and more specifically for crimes of war against the Kachins and crimes against humanity against the Kachins and the Muslim groups.

The full responsibility of the State of Myanmar for the above crimes is made more hideous because of the state of total impunity which is guaranteed by the substantial absence of a judicial system, as it is totally dependent from the military Government which is de facto the only ruling power. 

The qualification of genocide corresponds to the highest level of criminal responsibility and its foundations are analysed and documented in all its aspects: in the systematic policies of discrimination and physical elimination, in the active denial of identity and culture, including even the prohibition from using the term Rohingya. The witnesses heard in London and in Kuala Lumpur testified both in public hearings and in camera sessions (to protect their identity and for security reasons). Together with the reports of international experts (from Bangladesh, UK, USA) and the contribution of a very competent team of Prosecutors, they have provided evidence of the systematic use of the whole spectrum of atrocious violations of the right to life and dignity of the affected populations: raping of women was possibly the most conspicuously present, beside the killing and burning of children and elderly, tortures, and the long list of acts included in the definitions of genocide, crimes against humanity and crimes of war.

The PPT is the expression of the need and duty to react of the civil society to give the victims their identity as subjects who must be recognized as such and defended by the international community. In this sense, the Panel of the Judges has not concluded its work simply with a Judgment, which will be forwarded to the Myanmar authorities and to the international agencies and actors, but has issued a well targeted list of recommendations which must be implemented, to stop the ongoing genocidal process against the Rohingyas and to avoid the intended genocide against the Kachins and the other Muslim groups.

It is worth mentioning that the Government of Myanmar duly and timely informed of the PPT procedures and of its rights to defence never responded nor accepted to appear in the PPT court.



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Invitation: People's Tribunal on Myanmar (September 18-22, 2017)


We would like to announce that BMF along with International Movement for a Just World (JUST)  and Center for Human Rights Advocacy and Research (CENTHRA) are organizing committee for the People's Tribunal on the Rohingyas, Kachin and other Ethnic Minorities.
London, March 2017



The Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) will hold the Concluding Session of its proceedings on the Rohingyas, the Kachins and other groups in Myanmar in Kuala Lumpur from the 18th to the 22nd of September 2017.
London, March 2017
The Inaugural Session was held at the International State Crime Initiative, Queen Mary University of London on the 6th and 7th of March 2017. The Tribunal urged the UN and ASEAN to take swift and effective measures to stop international state crimes against the Rohingyas and Kachins, specifically. Though neither the UN nor ASEAN has responded effectively, the importance of addressing the issues confronting the two communities remains as urgent as ever.
More information is available at https://tribunalonmyanmar.org/2017/07/04/tribunal-on-myanmar-in-kuala-lumpur/

We support and  believe that this event is necessary to highlight the situation and for us to understand the what's happening on the ground in Myanmar. With a lack of direct and formal access to document the situation, this is probably the best opportunity to appreciate the real situation for us to map out action plans.
INVITATION
We would like to invite you to come to Kuala Lumpur during that period to witness the proceedings. The details of the meeting are as follows:
Date: September 18-22, 2017,        VENUE: University of Malaya (UM) (Map)
If you do intend to come, please arrive on or before the 17th September, 2017 and depart on the 23rd September 2017.  
Full schedule will be available shortly. 

Please click here to confirm your attendance
Please EMAIL If you require information on the logistics, accommodation and travel information, please email the same address.



Monday, October 10, 2016

BMF Membership: Invitation to join us




Dear Friends,

We happy to announce that membership has opened for the International Forum of Buddhist Muslim Relationship (BMF) and we invite you join us and support initiatives in collaboration, peace building and strategic networking.

We look forward joining of ideas and collaborative effort to build platforms for positive interfaith engagement especially among Buddhists and Muslims communities.

Please click here for information on membership

For membership form, please click here.


If you are new to BMF, you might like to download our Jogyakarta Statement 



For more information, please contact:

Interim Secretariat: 
International  Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relationsc/o International Movement for a Just World
JKR, 1258, Jalan Telok Off Jalan Gasing,  
P.O. Box 288. Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Vidyananda (KV Soon)
vidyananda@samma-ajiva.net

Hassanal Noor Rashid
hassanalnoorrashid@gmail.com

Monday, September 26, 2016

BMF in "World Beyond War Forum"



BMF's Interim Secretary, Vidyananda (KV Soon) share his views and ideas and supported a recently forum in seminar entitled "World Beyond War: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and its Implications on Security in the ASEAN Region".  He stressed the need for spiritual communities to play a role in bringing peace and to develop new ideas for greater inclusive and positive engagement amongst the different communities, especially the communities experiencing conflicts in Myanmar and in the ASEAN Region. 

Here is a report of the Forum, reproduced from The International Movement for a Just World :


The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) successfully organized an important seminar on, "World Beyond War: The Rohingya Refugee Crisis and its Implications on Security in the ASEAN Region. Held on the 24th of September 2016 at the Institut Integriti Malaysia (IIM), the event was a part of the larger weekend-wide conference opposing global war and militarism taking place in Washington, DC. That "World Beyond War" conference included leading public intellectuals, activists, and community leaders from the US and throughout the world addressing the array of crises being produced by the political decisions of the powerful. 


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Buddhist-Muslim Forum urge ASEAN Ministers to have Inter-Faith Dialogue to defeat Religious Extremism

PRESS RELEASE – 30 Sept 2015


Buddhist-Muslim Forum urge ASEAN Ministers to have Inter-Faith Dialogue to defeat Religious Extremism

KUALA LUMPUR, 30 September ; THE INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON BUDDHIST-MUSLIM RELATIONS (BMF) is making a clarion call to Asean Ministers to take proactive measures to stop, prevent and avoid extremism and radicalism in the name of religion.

Several recent conflicts have flared up in the region, most notably affecting the Rohingiyas and other ethnic minority communities in Myanmar, as well as the inter-ethnic friction in southern Thailand.


Some of these conflicts have spilled over into other ASEAN countries including Indonesia and Malaysia.


The Forum urges the ASEAN Ministers to strengthen Inter Faith relations and not allow the use of religion to cause dissent among the communities in Asean.