Burma Times Correspondent: June 17, 2015
A delegation of the European Union visited Chakipara in Akyab on Tuesday.
During the visit the delegates asked refugees about their humanitarian situation and what could be done to improve their standards of living.
In reply, the refugees thanked the visiting team for their aid packages saying that since the riots, the Europeans have been very generous towards them. But they went on to say that they did not need any more reeif as it was both a burden for the donors and did not provide a long term solution. What Rohingyas needed one was citizenship and equal rights, said one community leader.
He then went on say that the government was talking about green card, but it is at best a temporary and insincere measure. What they needed was rights on par with the Rakhines and other communities.
Many refugees also requested that they be returned to their old homes. In 2012, most Rohingya Muslims had their homes razed and their lands snatched by Buddhists.
Rohingyas in Akyab are strictly forbidden to leave their small villages and as a result there has been no work or income for them. Rohingyas requested the EU delegates to lobby on their freedom of movement.
In January, the UN passed a resolution drafted by the EU to address these issues. The UN resolution has been totally ignored by the regime. See http://burmatimes.net/un-resolution-early-warning-signs/
At the end of the visit, the Rohingya community once again thanked EU for standing besides them in these troubled times.