At least 50 Muslims were killed among the 840 civilian protesters who were killed during the past 4 months following the military coup in Myanmar, according to Myanmar Muslim media sources, as well as an unspecified number of detainees out of 5,529 people arrested by the army or the police, 4404 of whom are still in custody. arrest.
Muslim sources in Myanmar indicate that they were not far from the anti-coup movement, which began to expand and take different forms, and because Muslims are spread in many villages and towns in Myanmar, and are concentrated in neighborhoods in the center of cities where their stores and mosques are, this made them at the forefront of events whether they wanted to participate in Or did they remain in their homes, like the case of the Muslim girl who was killed in the arms of her father inside her home in the city of Mandalay in the center of the country. Read also Myanmar.. 29 international organizations accuse the army of waging a propaganda war to stir up hostility between Rankine Muslims and the rest of the population Watch: Myanmar is using Corona to harass and blackmail Roaring Muslims They call him crazy.. Learn about the detention of political prisoners in Myanmar With increasing repression, Myanmar’s revolution against the military coup slips into armed confrontations
The anti-coup movement generated a state of a single national feeling in pursuit of reform and political change. Indeed, many intellectuals, activists, students and the general youth under the age of 30 began to realize what Muslims were talking about before the last coup of racial discrimination and unfair policies against Muslims at various official levels and aspects. General Life.
Among the Muslim youth who led the protest movement against the military was Wai Mu Naing, who was the head of a youth union in the Xinjiang region, specifically in the well-known commercial city of Monywa in the center of the country, and after the spread of his pictures and speeches among the protesters, the army arrested him on 15 April.
Then Myanmar state television broadcast a list of the charges against the 25-year-old. He met his lawyer last week for the first time, a month and a half after his arrest, and the judiciary is trying him on 10 charges, including murder, incitement and illegal assembly.
High advisory body for Myanmar Muslims
In light of the movement rejecting the coup, intellectuals, students and leaders of Muslim associations and organizations in Myanmar and in exile announced the formation of the “Multi-Ethnic Advisory Board for Myanmar Muslims”, in an effort to find coordination between the various Islamic bodies and the various ethnic minorities of the Muslim minority in Myanmar.
The establishment of the commission came to enhance the contribution of Muslims – as the statement of the announcement of this body said – in “confronting and eliminating the military dictatorship along with the components of the multi-ethnic and multi-religious Myanmar society, and the pursuit of political reform and justice for all Muslims in Myanmar,” including restoring civil and political rights to a minority The Rohingya are the most vulnerable to persecution by successive governments of the military and its party fronts for decades.
Granting the commission a “multi-ethnic” status is intended to be a supreme coordinating and advisory body for Muslims of all nationalities and ethnicities, because they are not only Rohingya. More than one national or ethnic group of the Mon, Shan and Karen nationalities, as well as the Muslims of the Bamar nationalism, who are called Zerabadi.
This body has begun communicating with the outside world and with the national unity government established by the Myanmar opposition that rejects the rule of the military in order to clarify the future policies of the opposition and its various civil and national forces, and what will be its position towards the Muslim minority of the different ethnicities it includes, after the experience of keeping Muslims away from candidacy and political participation. In the 2015 and 2020 elections, including by State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) party, other small Muslim parties were also not allowed to campaign.
The commission seeks to coordinate efforts between Muslim activists and others in exile in Asia, Europe, the United States and the Arab world, to work together to contribute with other Myanmarese of different ethnicities and religions for political change and the creation of a federal democratic system in Myanmar, in which the amendment of the legal and constitutional articles established by the military is achieved. Many civil and political rights were taken away from Muslims and others, such as the Citizenship Law in 1982. The Commission aspires to reach an understanding between the opposition forces to enact a just nationality law that preserves their rights for all, after Myanmar Muslims, at different levels, lost many of their rights, and suffered harassment in their various official, commercial and educational transactions.
An invitation to communicate with the opposition government
Speaking to Al Jazeera Net, Chu Win, one of the spokespersons for the Myanmar Muslims Advisory Board, said that they are looking forward to finding interest from Arab and Islamic countries in the popular movement in Myanmar, and for some Arab and Islamic capitals to start communicating with the National Unity Government formed by the Myanmar opposition against the military in April / Last April, like Western countries, to ensure the rights of Muslims in Myanmar, who spared no effort to participate in the movement against the military government, especially since they live in various Myanmar towns and are not confined to a specific region.
Chu Win said that the body that was formed will expand the number and representation of all Myanmar Muslims wherever they are to include all regions and ethnicities, calling on politicians, parties and civil organizations in Arab and Islamic countries to communicate with Myanmar Muslims who are active in the popular movement and with the government of national unity, and that Arab and Islamic countries be in Introduction Whoever communicates or recognizes the forces of the Myanmar opposition, which will reflect positively – in Chu Wen’s view – on the conditions of Muslims in the future by appreciating the opposition forces for their efforts with other components of the Myanmar people.
change in speech
It has been noted that opposition politicians in the National Unity Government, who are affiliated with the National League for Democracy, have spoken in a different positive language towards Muslims, expressing the need to change the situation in which they live, whether the Rohingya and what they suffer in the displacement camps in Rakhine State or Bangladesh Or what Muslims of other nationalities face, and some of them expressed the opposition’s efforts to pursue legal prosecution of those accused of human rights violations by the military against the Rohingya in international courts.
Major military campaigns were launched against the Rohingya minority, the last of which was in 2017, because of which about 750,000 people were displaced, so that about 1.2 million Rohingya refugees gathered in the camps of Bangladesh.