Burma Times Correspondent: August 14, 2015
Authorities have formally declared that movement for Rohingyas in Maungdaw and Buthidaung townships are to be stopped till they accept the green card.
On Thursday, authorities told Rohingyas throughout Maungdaw and Buthidaung that the security forces in check points have been ordered to halt Rohingya movement unless they can show the receipt for the green card. They will also be denied permission by village authorities to travel from one area to another. Under the laws of Arakan, Rohingya Muslims are forbidden to travel from one area to another without prior permission.
Most Rohingyas only have the receipt for the white card (issued to foreigners) that was withdrawn earlier this year. The authorities have declared that they are no longer valid.
The green card issued to naturalised foreigners is unpopular among Rohingyas as it requires them to register as Bengalis.
As the blockade comes in to force, Rohingyas will be denied access to livelihood. They will also be cut off from the markets. That will result in food shortages, in an area where hunger is already rampant.
Movement restrictions are always in place, but the authorities are now intensifying this draconian measure that many say are intended to starve Rohingyas out of Arakan.