ON behalf of Malaysian Buddhists, we'd like to highlight the cause of the Muslim Rohingya.
The human rights violations against them include abuse, rape, destruction of property and killings.
On July 11, Myanmar's National Human Rights Commission reported that 78 people had been killed since the violence began, but unofficial estimates exceed 100, with Amnesty International reporting up to 90,000 people had been displaced.
This letter is by the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia and the Malaysian Network of Engaged Buddhists.
We call for three actions:
THE stopping of violence in Arakan province, with a call to all parties to seek resolution through peaceful means;
FOR the Myanmar government and the opposition to intervene and halt further violence on the people in Arakan province through the implementation of democratic law; and,
FOR the Myanmar government to grant immediate access to independent and international humanitarian agencies and humani-tarian aid workers into the affected areas to offer aid to stop further bloodshed in Arakan province.
We fervently pray that peace returns to Arakan province and for all to join us in this prayer.
K.V. Soon, on behalf of the Malaysian Network of Engaged Buddhists and the Young Buddhist Association of Malaysia, Petaling Jaya, Selangor