In a joint statement on September 23, the groups said they “strongly condemned the Arakan (Rakhine) State government’s plans to demolish more than 3000 Rohingyas’ buildings, including 12 mosques and 35 madrasas, in the townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, under the pretext of illegal construction.”
The announcement of the demolition order on 18 September has caused consternation to the entire Rohingya community.
They claimed the “demolition project is
part of their long-drawn-out annihilation and ethnic cleansing policy
of the defenceless Rohingya people.”
According to their statement, they said
this was “a joint conspiracy of the Arakan State government and Rakhine
Buddhist extremist leaders to destabilize the situation in the
territory with intentions to frustrate any attempts to bring about peace
and stability in Arakan and produce more internally displaced Rohingyas
to be housed in apartheid-like concentration camps also in Maungdaw
Concern was expressed that these actions did not match the words of the Myanmar government.
“It is surprising that this sinister
design was announced at a time when the State Counsellor Daw Aung San
Suu Kyi, in her first address to the 71st U.N. General Assembly, was
defending her government’s effort to resolve the crisis over treatment
of the Rohingya minority by pointing out to the establishment of an
advisory commission for Arakan State chaired by former UN Secretary
General Kofi Annan at the same time assuring that everybody in Arakan
would be safe and secure,” the statement said.