Vigil in Mudgee for Rohingya

Photo: SMH
Photo: SMH

The appalling treatment of the Rohingya, the most marginalised people in the world, should stop now, according to Philip Blackman of the Mudgee Amnesty International Action Group.

Philip is calling on other members of the community to join him this Tuesday in a vigil to call for an immediate end to the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya.

The vigil will be held at 5.30pm in Robertson Park on Tuesday, October 17.

"I have worked with Karen and Hmong refugees in villages on the Thai/Burma border and seen first hand the sort of treatment the Rohingya are experiencing at the hands of the Burmese military. It is shocking and for the Rohingya to be targeted and killed in this way despite having lived in Myanmar for generations is something the world should not tolerate," Philip said.

Community members are invited to light a candle, sign a petition and write a letter in protest at the treatment of Rohingya.

“We are asking you to join us in solidarity, with more than half a million Rohingya people having fled their homes, villages razed to the ground and one of the worst humanitarian crises we have seen in decades unfolding right on our doorstep, we cannot be silent on this issue.”

The Mudgee Amnesty Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 5.30pm at the Uniting Church Hall in Mortimer Street, Mudgee.