The genocide against Arakan Muslims, one of the greatest human drama of recent years, was discussed on October 17, 2017 with a panel and documentary show at our university.
Ambassador of Bangladesh M. Allama Siddiki, Deputy Undersecretary of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ümit Yardım and many guests participated in the panel entitled "Rohingya Muslims and the Arakan Genocide" organized by the Center for Asian Studies and Research Center of our university.
Editor of the panel Prof. Dr. Varis Çakan, the chief of Gazi University Applied Studies and Research Center of Asian Studies, briefly informed the people about the situation in Arakan. He said; "The Arakan people are exposed to the unprecedented oppression in the history of mankind. Today there is as much blood in Arakan as monsoon rains can not clean. "
Rector Prof. Dr. İbrahim Uslan, who made the opening speech of the panel discussing the genocide in Arakan, said; "I salute the honorable children of a civilization WHO are oppose to applaud the persecution and who do not love oppressors, with respect. I would like to sincerely congratulate those who contributed to this activity, which was organized in order to better explain this genocide to humanity."
Uslan, who made the opening speech of the panel, said; "The massacre, brutality and genocide against our Muslim brothers in Myanmar are deeply upsetting us all as a human being today. Unfortunately, the European Union, the United Nations, the United States and other European countries are quietly passing on this massacre as it is in other massacres. Those who think that they are exporting the concept of human rights in the world are carrying out great atrocities in Muslim geography by not considering human values contrary to our civilization which always crowns the every living thing. However, as we understand the whole human being as a body, wherever there is a cruelty, whether close or far away, we feel very miserable and our woes grow".
Prof. Dr. Uslan said; "The Arakanese Muslims, who are exiled and ignored by the Myanmar government, want only to be granted citizenship, to stop the attacks on their land, and to take over their rights taken from their hands".
Speaking at the opening of the panel, Allama Siddiki, the Ambassador of Bangladesh, stated that Arakan Muslims living in Myanmar have lived in Arakan for centuries and added "It is my duty to speak clearly and tell this pain to the world".
Saying that Arakan people were one of the 135 ethnic groups in Myanmar, Mr. Siddiki talked about the problems the Arakan people that they faced in the past and gave information about the present situation of Arakan Muslims. He said that bad behavior against the Arakan people began in 1962, and they were taken out of their citizenship and they were taken away from their identity, and they were left without a state in 1982. Mr. Siddiki, who said that the violence against the Arakan Muslims had lasted for a long time and that the Arakan people had begun their first transition to Bangladesh in 1978, said:
Defenseless people are being killed in Arakan. The Arakanese government continues to kill people. It is unthinkable for a government to kill defenseless people. If a government allows people to be killed, or if it says that we do not know about such a situation, then we can ask: Is this a government? Is it a country? "
Mr. Siddiki, who also thanked Turkey for his strong cooperation and support in his speech, said that they wish the support given to Myanmarian Muslims to continue in the international arena.
Prof. Dr. Varis Çakan, the chairman of Gazi University Applied Sciences and Research Center of Asian Studies and Sait Demir, Deputy Chairman of the Humanitarian Relief Foundation, gave a presentation on the genocide in Myamnar.