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Joint Statement: Rohingya Condemn Assassination of U Ko Ni and Call for Urgent investigation

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Date 30th January 2017

We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations worldwide strongly condemn the assassination of U Ko Ni, 65, a high profile Muslim leader and legal advisor of NLD on Sunday 29, 2017 upon arrival atYangoninternational airport from his official tour to examine the Indonesian model of interfaith. 

U Ko Ni, a 1988 activist, was well known inMyanmaras a sincere, honorable, dedicated and patriotic man. He was the founder ofMyanmar's Muslim lawyers Association and had contributed the nation with his expertise in law. He was a strong advocate for peace, interfaith dialogue and harmony in the country. It is an irreparable loss for the nation.

We express our deep condolences to the members of the bereaved families U Ko Ni and Ko Nay Win, the taxi driver who bravely chased the murderers.

The assassination of U Ko Ni, is a reflection of how intimidating the situation is for those who are working for peace and dialogue, especially when they are from minorities or non-Buddhist religious groups.

We call for an urgent independent investigation to identify the motives and people associated with this heinous murder. 

We also call on Rohingya people and all Muslims of the country to pray for U Ko Ni.

U Ko Ni will be remembered all times for his heroic struggle for the rights of Muslim communities and other minorities in the country, and also for his relentless fight for constitutional changes for a truly democraticMyanmar.

 

Signatories;

  1. Arakan Rohingya National Organisation
  2. Burmese Rohingya OrganisationUK
  3. British Rohingya Community inUK
  4. Burmese Rohingya Community inDenmark
  5. Burmese Rohingya AssociationJapan
  6. Rohingya Advocacy Network  inJapan
  7. Burmese Rohingya CommunityAustralia
  8. Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)
  9. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
  10. MyanmarEthnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation inMalaysia(MERHROM)
  11. Rohingya American Society
  12. Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
  13. Rohingya Community inGermany
  14. Rohingya Community inSwitzerland
  15. Rohingya Community inFinland
  16. Rohingya Community inItaly
  17. Rohingya Community inSweden
  18. Rohingya OrganisationNorway
  19. Rohingya SocietyMalaysia
  20. Rohingya SocietyNetherlands

For more information, please contact;

Tun Khin (Mobile):                +44 7888714866

Nay San Lwin(Mobile):          +49 69 26022349

Ko Ko Lin (Mobile):               +880 1726068413

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