Rohingya exodus has started since 1970s because of persecution and more than half of the whole Rohingya population scattered around the Globe finding a secure place.
To escape from atrocities of Myanmar military, Rohingya fled many times to Bangladesh. Every time, Myanmar government failed to fulfill their agreed commitments. This time, international community should not give a chance to Myanmar government repeat the same atrocities after repatriation of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, said Aung Hla Kyaw live in the ghetto of Aung Mingalar, Sittwe.
Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to set up a “Working group” to plan the repatriation of more than half a million Rohingya who fled to Bangladesh to escape atrocities of Burmese army. At the same, atrocities against Rohingya such as setting fire on Rohingya’s homes, looting, torturing, arbitrarily arresting of Rohingya by Myanmar military Border Guard Police continues in Rathedaung, Buthidaung and Maungdaw townships of Rakhine State.
The United Nations has called the exodus of more than half a million since late August the World’s fastest-developing refugee’s emergency, and says Buddhist-majority in engaging in ethnic cleansing against Rohingya minority. But State media of Myanmar has been repeatedly spreading propaganda against Rohingya referring them in flux Bengali illegal immigrants from Bangladesh.
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“The repatriation process can start any time for those who wish to return to Myanmar. The verification of refugees will be based on the agreement between the Myanmar and Bangladesh governments in 1993 said Win Myat Aye, Myanmar’s Union Minister, Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.
A former refugee Muhammed Jalil aged 65 who returned to his home town Sittwe in 1978 as a government repatriation process, currently live in Dapaing IDP camp of Sittwe, said, “We had NRC, registered family list and birth certificates. In 1978, our family list was confiscated and returned it written Bengali on it though we are not Bengali.
My brother’s NRC was confiscated and he was arrested saying illegal immigrant from Bangladesh. So we fled to Bangladesh with whole of my family. When we returned in 1979, Rakhine occupied on lands and we had to struggle, rent a house in Nazi Ward of Sittwe. In 2012, we were driven out of our home saying Bengali illegal immigrant by security forces and we became again refugees, The term “Bengali illegal immigrants” is Burmese State’s policy of Rohingya Genocide.
As long as the State uses the term instead of our own ethnic name, Rohingya crisis will never end. commented by Khine Maung Zan, a primary teacher from Bu May of Sittwe. Annan Commission recommends to amend the 1982 citizenship law to solve Rohingya issue but there is no sign of amendment in the active and future plan of ruling party. Myanmar government will never restore rights of Rohingya unless international community charges the genociders of Myanmar.