Burma Times Correspondent, February 04, 2015
Camp authorities at Nayapara refugee camp have threatened to take action against refugees who have turned in their ration cards protesting the absence of the term ‘Rohingya’.
Refugees say that although the term ‘Rohingya’ was inscribed in their ration books when they were first allocated in 1992, since 2005, the camp authorities have gradually erased the term since 2005 after pressure from Burmese government which does not recognise the ethnic group.
Lately Rohingya refugees have turned in their ration cards after their ethnic identity was not inserted. In response camp authorities have told them that they will lose their status as refugees and will be ejected from Nayapara altogether.
Meanwhile, a delegation of Nayapara Rohingya refugees handed a memorandum to a visiting UN team on Wednesday. The memorandum urged the UN, the government of Bangladesh and other countries to ensure that they are recognised by the term Rohingyas. The UN delegation was also informed of water shortages, sanitation problems and other problems faced by refugees at Nayapara.
The memorandum also said that camp authorities have deprived the Rohingyas of food rations and other basic rights since 1999.