Twenty-nine Rohingya rights defenders across the globe in a joint statement Saturday claimed the persecuted people want peaceful co-existence with Rakhinese in Arakan State, which is now Rakhine.
“The show of solidarity between Rohingya and Rakhine people, who are both suffering under the Tatmadaw [Myanmar Army] is clearly making the Tatmadaw nervous and they are trying to instill discord between our two people,” said the statement.
Referring to rising tensions between Rohingya and Rakhine residents, the statement accused the Myanmar army of stepping up a “propaganda war.”
Quoting multiple and reliable sources, the statement said disturbing developments such as instigation to sow new discord between Rohingya and Rakhine residents have taken place in Rakhine State and online last week.
“It puts the life of the 600,000 remaining Rohingya in Rakhine State in grave danger, as well as all the Rakhine living there.”
As an example, it mentioned the case of Tun Khin, head of London-based Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) and said he also come under attack through fake Facebook accounts in recent days.
“Several accounts with Tun Khin’s name and photo have been published, where Tun Khin is por