Burma Times: By Humaira Shah 16 May 2015
“For us, it will not be helpful to hold meeting if it is [on the issue of] Rohingya, except as boat people. As both our Burmese government and our people do not accept the term Rohingya, it will not be absolutely helpful if we discuss that,” Deputy Foreign Minister Thant Kyaw told VOA’s Burmese Service Thursday.
“Our government will examine whether the boat people are Burmese citizens. If the boat people can demonstrate that they are from Burma, the government will prepare to consider the issue,” added by the said Burmese deputy foreign minister.
According to the statement of one Rohingya political activist Mohamed Ayub bin Kalamia, to insistent denial of Burmese authorities against the existence of Rohingya in western Burma is the long master plan of Burmese injustice government and of the ethnocentric Buddhist monks, and the quasi-military regime led by President Thein Sein will never agree to hold official talk on Rohingya issue, and will never be willing to bring an end to the long Rohingya plight as it was politically created by the government itself.
The prime source of the Rohingya trafficked victims is that the Burmese authorities designed territorial Acts to forcibly enact against Rohingya people and the politically motivated extremist- gang Rakhine-brokers who are granted permission to persuade Rohingya people [concurrently, who face discrimination, arbitrary arrest, torture, gang rape, arson attack, etc] to unwillingly accept the one-sided choice ‘ either be embraced the desperate journey of the uncertain future by boat or be killed like dog.
The Rohingya community from western Burma has been banned to cross entire Burma except the western gate called Burma-Bangladesh border since 1980s. If Burmese authorities are not get involved in the long human-trafficking which has been perpetually carried out since many decades; during such severe travel restrictions, how the Rohingya people get chances to flee other countries embracing unexpected death or uncertain future.
Myanmar, a predominantly Buddhist country, does not recognize the ethnic Muslim Rohingya as an entity, even though they have been building families in the country for generations.
Rohingya people were official Burmese citizens until 1982 and they gradually became lack of documents since the oppressive regime led by military dominated Burmese authorities deceptively retracted all the officially issued documents.
The Arakan Project, an NGO concerned with the long plight of the Rohingya, prior to Friday’s landings said that 8,000 migrants might be on the seas in overcrowded boats en route to Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia.
Zeid, the UN human rights chief, said in a statement on Friday that “until the Myanmar government addresses the institutional discrimination against the Rohingya population, including equal access to citizenship, this precarious migration will continue.”
Note: written by Humaira Shah and edited by Ibrahim Shah