Sittwe Correspondent: A delegation from United Nation has made a visit to Aung Mingla Qurater of Sittwe, Rakhine state and met with Rohingya leaders on 8th of Jan, 2016.
After arriving Sittwe, the UN delegation visited Aung Mingla quarter and discussed on various situation of Rohingya with delegates of the community represented by Mr Shwe Hla, Aung Thin, Monir Deen, Maung Thun, HF (A.M.G.L) and Bravo Myint.
In response to the questions raised by the delegation on peaceful existence between the two communities – Rohingya and Rakhine, and gaining citizenship rights based on the discriminatory 1982 Act, Mr Aung Thin (a Rohingya historian) said, “since the time of my memorial, we have been living peacefully along with other religious and ethnic groups. We did nothing wrong to any communities and we still like and hopeful to continue our lives united and peacefully with any other communities here”.
Nevertheless, Mr Thin highlighted the unwillingness of Rakhine community to live in coexistence and want the Rohingya community into isolation.
In regard to the 1982 Law, he answered that Rohingya are not against the citizenship Act which was drafted based on the 1947 Act and if Rohingya are to provide with citizenship on the basis of the 1947 Act (according to which Rohingya enjoyed equal citizenship and ethnic rights), Rohingya are always ready to accept the citizenship of Burma.