6 September 2017, 12:01
Dilihat   2.7K, Jakarta –

I wrote this articles with tears, as I imagine the _sadistic and barbarous massacre_ in Rohingya, is savagery worse, compare to other so many killing field story I knew before. Now, I wrote this in English, not as an Indonesian or as a Muslim, but I wrote this as a human being and a fellow citizen of the world.

The Rohingya as a Muslim minority group are not allowed to be state citizen in Myanmar. While, the estimated 1 million Rohingya living in Myanmar have been subjected to systematic persecution and grave human rights abuses by authorities for decades.

Whereas, Dr. Francis Buchanan a Scottsman working as a surgeon at the British East India Company, believe that the Rohingya is a native inhabitant in Burma/Myanmar. I will cite Buchanan: _“I shall now add three dialects, spoken in the Burman Empire, but evidently derived from the language of the Hindu nation. The first is that spoken by the Mohammedans, who have long settled in Arakan, and who call themselves Rooinga , or natives of Arakan. The second dialect is that spoken by the Hindus of Arakan. I procured it from a Brahmen and his attendants, who had been brought to Amarapura by the king’s eldest son, on his return from the conquest of Arakan. They call themselves Rossawn, and, for what reason I do not know, wanted to persuade me that theirs was the common language of Arakan. Both these tribes, by the real natives of Arakan, are called Kulaw Yakain, or stranger Arakan.

Despite the election of a nominally-civilian government in November 2015, the new Myanmar Government has not shifted its policies of persecution of the Rohingya. Over 100,000 now live in internally displaced persons’ camps with no freedom of movement or access to food, water, sanitation, healthcare and education. A report released by the International State Crime Initiative at the Queen Mary University of London has concluded that the Rohingya “face the final stages of genocide”.

In a couple of week more than 400 people have been killed in the last week, not as clashes between the Rohingya Muslim minority and Myanmar/Burma’s military and the monks. But it was a committed of atrocities by Military together with the monks.


I can’t believe why Aung San Suu Kyi as a Nobel Peace Prize winner has do nothing to help the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority. On the contrary, He accuses international community of stoking unrest in Myanmar and asking other countries not meddling his internal affairs.

“Now, the world has witnessed a remarkable sight: a beloved Nobel Peace Prize winner presiding over 21st-century concentration camps.” Tens of thousands of Rohingya have been forcibly confined in deplorable conditions in Sittwe, whilst there is evidence that the ethnic cleansing perpetrated under the military government amounts to genocide. In May 2015, stranded Rohingya off the coast of Thailand elicited humanitarian outrage from the international community. Ever since, foreign commentators have called for an end to what appears to be government inaction or lack of accountability for extreme human rights abuses in Rakhine state.

While, they can’t fence off itself in the digital era, which put us in borderless world and at once to be a global society as well, thus then the genocide and violence of humanity in Rohingya, in seconds has been an international issues and global anxiety. As reported by social media and followed by global media, that Rohingya has been a killing field, against the philanthropic, humanitarian and civilization, as a more then what we have ever knew on human savagery, compared with cruelty in several world war ago.

Let me thanks you to the world leaders and world citizens. especially Mr. Erdogan of Turkey and to the people of Turkey, thank you Mr. Ramzan Kadyrovand of Chechnya, and to the citizens of Chechnya and citizens of Moscow. And let me thank Indonesia and millions of peoples in Indonesia, for stand with the peoples in Rohingya earliest this week. These proven that our world still stand as one.

Off course, we committed to keep going on world peace so this continent do not lay in ruin again, that the rubble of Belin city had yet to be built into a wall. While the Soviet shadow had swept across Eastern Europe and the Communists chose to blockade the western part of the city.


Look at Indonesia, where all ethnic group and religion learned to work together and trust each other since hundreds years ago

But, does not mean without any tension, as the tension among religion and tribe in Indonesia has been rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam as majority (90%) and the other minority is non-Muslim, both side includes centuries of coexistence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars has ever been happening as unavoidable, in certain province area (Maluku and Poso) when Muslim as minority, the Non- Muslim denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims and finally Muslim has brutally attacked first by the local minority.

More recently, tension re-occurred fed by local politics interest, during Election of Governor of Jakarta in 2017. Where, Ahok as Candidate of Governor of Jakarta issuing *blasphemous words* to Islam (known as Al Maidah 51). At first, He has protected by Jokowi as President of Indonesia. And the government denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and in which Muslim are majority were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations.  Moreover, the sweeping change brought by new government dominated by secular, neolib and their intensive communication with communist Party from several countries led many Muslims to view Jokowi as hostile to Islam. Thus then, push the great rally of Muslim that attending by more than 7 million of peoples, name “Bela Islam 212 by GNPF-MUI” have exploited these tensions in a large of potent to majority of Muslims. And worse, after the 212 rally, the government side do some intimidation and arrest toward some activist of Muslim leaders and some un-reasonable accusing. But, the Muslim leaders committed to keep their self-control not to be provoked against the prolocutors. On the contrary, they do defuse the tension so not engage in violence against civilians and avoid Islam hostile and intolerance image, often expose by media of mainstream subjectively. All this has bred more miss-understanding on Islam and fear and more mistrust and increase the Islamophobia.

I do so recognizing that change cannot happen in sudden. I know there’s been a lot of subjective publicity to push Islamophobia, but no single step can eradicate years of mistrust, nor can I answer in the time that we have in some articles all the complex questions that brought us to this point.  But I am convinced that in order to move forward, we must say openly to each other the things we hold in our hearts and that too often are said only behind closed doors. There must be a sustained effort to listen to each other; to learn from each other; to respect one another; and to seek common ground.  As the Holy Koran tells us, “Be conscious of God and speak always the truth.” .  That is what I will try to do via this article– to speak the truth as best I can, humbled by the task before us, and firm in my belief that the interests we share as human beings are far more powerful than the forces that drive us apart.


History has led us to a new crossroad, with new promise and new peril. When we, the as a world society, can tore down Berlin wall – a wall that divided East and West; freedom and tyranny; fear and hope – walls came tumbling down around the world. From Kiev to Cape Town, prison camps were closed, and the doors of democracy were opened. Markets opened too, and the spread of information and technology reduced barriers to opportunity and prosperity. While the 20th century taught us that we share a common destiny, the 21st has revealed a world more intertwined than at any time in human history.

The fall of the Berlin Wall brought new hope on peace. But that very closeness has given rise to new dangers – dangers that cannot be contained within the borders of a country or by the distance of an ocean.

Some global issues relate to terrorists and violence who killing thousands from all over the globe. As we speak, the discovery of  high tecnology as part of our new civilization. Along with it, some scientist in could help build a bomb and mass weapon as well, that detonates and kill thousands peoples in some countries. The poppies in Afghanistan become the heroin in Berlin. The poverty and violence in Palestine, Somalia and Darfur breeds the terror of tomorrow. and the last the the most barbaric genocide in Rohingya, Myanmar shames the conscience of us all.

In this new world, such dangerous currents have swept along faster than our efforts to contain them. That is why we cannot afford to be divided. No one nation, no matter how large or powerful, can defeat such challenges alone. None of us can deny these threats, or escape responsibility in meeting them. Yet, in the absence of Soviet tanks and a terrible wall, it has become easy to forget this truth. And if we’re honest with each other, we know that sometimes, on both sides of the Atlantic, we have drifted apart, and forgotten our shared destiny.

In Europe, the view that Islam is part of what has gone wrong in our world, rather than a force to help make it right, has become all too common. In Muslim countries, there are voices that deride and deny the importance of Europe’s role in our security and our future. Both views miss the truth – that Europeans today are bearing new burdens and taking more responsibility in critical parts of the world; and that just as Muslim countries bases built in the last century still help to defend the security of this continent, so does all country still sacrifice greatly for freedom around the globe.


So history reminds us that walls can be torn down. But the task is never easy. True partnership and true progress requires constant work and sustained sacrifice. They require sharing the burdens of development and diplomacy; of progress and peace. They require allies who will listen to each other, learn from each other and, most of all, trust each other.

Now is the time to build new bridges across the globe as strong as the one that bound us across the Atlantic and Pacific. Now is the time to join together, through constant cooperation, strong institutions, shared sacrifice, and a global commitment to progress, to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

This is the moment when we must defeat terror and dry up the well of extremism that supports it. This threat is real and we cannot shrink from our responsibility to combat it. If all nations stand together to face down the savage and violence toward humanity, we can join in a new and global partnership to dismantle the racist countries behind of those who have support to struck Rohingya; So, we could win a battle of ideas against the communists, we can stand with the vast majority of religion those who believe in monotheists of God to reject the extremism that leads to hate instead of hope.

This is the moment when we must renew our resolve to rout the country who keep support terrorists who threaten our security. No one welcomes war, as we recognize the enormous difficulties in all war. But all countries that believes in the existence of monotheists of God can stand together against the terror and their savagery of violence, as the all construction of terror and violence are violates the provisions of God.


This is the moment when every nation in this planet must have the chance to choose its own tomorrow free from the shadows of yesterday. In this century, we need strong alliance countries that deepens the security and prosperity of this continent, while extending a hand abroad. In this century – in this city of all cities – we must reject the Cold War mind-set of the past, and resolve to work with east and west when we can, to stand up for our values when we must, and to seek a partnership that extends across this entire continent.

This is the moment when we must build on the wealth that open markets have created, and share its benefits more equitably. Trade has been a cornerstone of our growth and global development. But we will not be able to sustain this growth if it favors the few, and not the many. Together, we must forge trade that truly rewards the work that creates wealth, with meaningful protections for our people and our planet. This is the moment for trade that is free and fair for all.

This is the moment we must help answer the call for a new dawn in the Middle East, and Asian. We must stand with all countries in equality especially with Europe, USA and Russia in sending a direct message to China, North-Korea, Iran and Israel that it must abandon its nuclear ambitions and support the peoples doing atrocities of massacres, savagery and violence in Rohinghya and others, with any reasons.

We must support the Lebanese who have marched and bled for democracy, and the Palestinians who seek a secure and lasting peace. And despite past differences, this is the moment when the world should support the millions of Rohingya who seek to rebuild their lives, even as we pass responsibility to the Rohingya government and finally bring this war to a close.

This is the moment when we must come together to save this planet. Let us resolve that we will not leave our children a world where the oceans rise and famine spreads and terrible storms devastate our lands. Let us resolve that all nations – including my country– hopefully will join to act with the same seriousness of purpose as has other countries that promote tolerance and civilized. This is the moment to give our children back their future. *This is the moment to stand as one.*


And this is the moment when we must give hope to those left behind in a globalized world. We must remember that the Cold War was not a battle for land or treasure. Seventy years ago, some the planes that flew over Berlin did not drop bombs; instead they delivered food, and coal, and candy to grateful children. And in that show of solidarity, those pilots won more than a military victory. They won hearts and minds; love and loyalty and trust – not just from the people in this city, but from all those who heard the story of what they did here.

Now we can learn from what we know of the last war. Will we extend our hand to the people in the forgotten corners of this world who yearn for lives marked by dignity and opportunity; by security and justice? Will we lift the child in Rohingya from atrocities and savagery of massacre, and return them from their refuge of some shelter countries, and banish the scourge of disease in our time?

Will we stand for the human rights of the dissident and atrocities in Rohingya, Myanmar/Burma, Palestine and other oppressed peoples by their ruling regime itself ? Will we give meaning to the words “never again” in Rohingya?

Will we acknowledge that there is no more powerful example than the one each of our nations projects to the world? Will we reject torture and stand for the rule of law? Will we welcome immigrants from different lands, and shun discrimination against those who don’t look like us or worship like we do, and keep the promise of equality and opportunity for all of our people?

People of the world – this is our moment. This is our time.

I know no other country has not perfected itself. At times, they struggled to keep the promise of liberty and equality for all people. However, they’ve made their share of mistakes, and there are times when their actions around the world have not lived up to their best intentions.

But I also know that no one countries in this planet perfect. I know that for centuries, the develop countries have strived – at great cost and great sacrifice – to form a more perfect union; to seek, with other nations, a more hopeful world. Ideally, their allegiance has never been to any particular tribe or religion –  and what has always driven a set of ideals that speak to aspirations shared by all people: that they can live free from fear and free from want; that we can speak our minds and assemble with whomever we choose and worship as we please.

These are the aspirations that joined the fates of all nations in the world. These aspirations are bigger than anything that drives us apart. It is because of these aspirations that we stand for one, began. It is because of these aspirations that all free people – everywhere – became citizens of world. It is in pursuit of these aspirations that a new generation – our generation – must make our mark on the world.

People of the world – the scale of our challenge is great. The road ahead will be long. But I hope we all to say that we are heirs to a struggle for freedom. We are a people of improbable hope. With an eye toward the future, with resolve in our hearts, let us remember this history, and answer our destiny, and remake the world once again.


~ Insanial Burhamzah

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