The Friendless Rohingyas

The UN has long considered the Rohingyas as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Thousands of people have been displaced from their homes in the Western part of Burma. Since June 2012 as many as 300 000 are displaced and 5,000 people are killed, Human Rights Watch reports.

The Rohingyas are denied Myanmar  ID-cards and citizenship. The population of 800 000 are considered as refugees from Bangladesh although they have lived in Burma for generations  Bangladesh has also refused the Rohingyas refugee status since 1992. Rohingyas claims hey are victims of ethnic cleansing.

This humanitarian crisis cannot continue. The Burmese government has to take care of their own citizens and provide the Rohingyas health care and aid needed. The violence must be stopped! We apply for international observers in the area.  Not least, one would think that the Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi also has a certain responsibility to advocate for the Rohingyas.  The pressure on her increases, but so far her messages have been rather vague.

It is crucial that minorities are included as equal citizens. Now, there are ceasefires in ten of eleven armed conflicts between ethnic minorities and the government forces. So far a lasting peace settlement between has failed. In the Kachin State, he fightings started again last year after 17 years of ceasefire.  The Burmese government has a responsibility to resolve the conflict and get all minorities involved in peace and democratization process.

The Oslo Center focuses on the minority rights in Myanmar and will continue arranging dialogue forums between minorities and the majority in 2013.

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