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'It is total genocide': West London businessman organises demonstration to raise awareness of Rohingya plight

The demonstration is set to take place on Sunday (September 10) at 1pm outside the Myanmar embassy in London

Mr Khan is also involved in campaigns around the Kashmir issue(Image: Raja Sikander Khan)

A west London-based businessman and activist is organising a "peaceful" demonstration to raise awareness of how Rohingya people have been treated by Myanmar's government.

The Rohingya, often described as one of the world's most persecuted people, are a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority of about 1.1 million living mostly in the Rakhine state, located in Myanmar, a country in southeast Asia.

Tensions between the Rohingya and Rakhine Buddhists have been high for decades - but violence broke out again on August 25 after security forces launched a "clearance operation" in response to an attack by a Rohingya armed group.

As a result, 400 people have been killed and around 150,000 Rohingya refugees have fled into neighbouring Bangladesh.

Raja Sikander Khan, who has lived in west London for more than 15 years, described the situation in Myanmar as a "total genocide".

He told getwestlondon: "They [Rakhine Buddhists] are killing and torturing innocent women and children - they are trying to wipe them up.

"And where is the United Nations (UN)? Where are the other humanitarian champions?"

On September 5, the Guardian reported the UN had stopped the delivery of supplies , such as food, water and medicine, to the Rakhine state amid security concerns.

Mr Khan, who is originally from Pakistan, was "shocked" by the news - so he decided to take matters into his own hands.

Mr Khan with Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West (Image: Raja Sikander Khan)

Together with other activists, Mr Khan has organised a demonstration, which is set to take place on Sunday (September 10) at 1pm outside the embassy of Myanmar.

"We want to show the international community that we are united on this issue - and that we totally condemn what is happening there [Myanmar]," he said.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the event, Mr Khan added.

The demonstrators will also demand the chair of the Norwegian Nobel Committee to "take back" the 1991 peace prize awarded to Myamar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been accused of not criticising the violence against the Rohingya.

Mr Khan has encouraged other west Londoners to join the demonstration, saying that the "atrocities" experienced by this minority group "could happen to anyone else in the world".

Rohingya Muslim refugees wait to board boats over a creek after crossing the Myanmar Bangladesh border(Image: Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

But the Royingya plight is just one of the many humanitarian issues Mr Khan is passionate about.

He is the chairman of the Global Pakistan and Kashmir Supreme Council and has worked with the Europe and Asia Human Rights Commission.

"Whenever there are atrocities I am always there to raise my voice - and I will be the first one to get up and organise events like this," Mr Khan concluded.

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