INGOs Call for Repeal of Burma’s Citizenship Law

A Rohingya mother and her children carry water from a stream to their refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (Photo: Reuters)

A coalition of 31 international NGOs, including many top Burma lobbyists and funders, issued a statement on Monday calling for the repeal of the country’s Citizenship Law.

The INGOs said the 1982 law, which was issued during the reign of former dictator Gen. Ne Win, is “not compatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or with Burma’s legal obligations under international treaties.” In addition, the group said, “it arbitrarily stripped many people in Burma of the right to citizenship.”

Though not mentioning the Rohingya community by name, the statement is clearly intended to voice support for the Rohingyas’ call to be granted status in Burma, and an end to discriminatory social and legal practices against the ethnic group, which many Burmese view as illegal Bengali immigrants.

Under Burma’s current law, 135 ethnic groups are identified as eligible for citizenship, including the main nationalities—Burman, Rakhine, Chin, Shan, Karen, Mon and Karenni. Chapter II, article 3, of the Citizenship Law states that only these groups and others that settled in Burma before 1823 are entitled to Burmese citizenship.

1823 marks the year when the First Anglo-Burmese War broke out, a conflict that the British won and thereafter assumed control of the country. The British colonialists brought with them soldiers and staff from India, including members of the Muslim Bengali community who mostly settled in Arakan State.

A new citizenship law was introduced in 1948 at the time Burma won independence. Under Article 4 (II), “Any person descended from ancestors who for two generations at least have all made any of the territories included within the Union their permanent home and whose parents and himself were born in any of such territories shall be deemed to be a citizen of the Union.”

Though no specific mention is made of the Bengalis, or “Rohingyas” as the community grew to call themselves, the 1948 law would appear to have granted early Bengali settlers the right to citizenship, though this was firmly overturned by the military-drafted 1982 law.

Denied legal status in Burma, and burdened with draconian restrictions on travel, marriage and even reproduction, many Rohingyas have attempted to return to what is now Bangladesh only to be rejected by that country too. In effect, the 2 million or so Rohingya are “stateless,” though most live in Arakan State, Bangladesh or India, and are regarded by the UN as one of the most maltreated peoples on the planet.

Monday’s statement said the current citizenship law “should be repealed, and replaced with a new law founded on basic principles of human rights.”

The 31 INGOs said that any new law “should honour equality and non-discrimination, and help create an inclusive and tolerant Burma.” It called on Naypyidaw to comply with its obligations under the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Signatories to the statement included Burma Campaign UK, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, US Campaign for Burma, Chin Human Rights Organization, Norwegian Burma Committee, Altsean-Burma, Forum for Democracy in Burma, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.

But not all Burma campaign groups agreed with the statement. Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) executive director Tin Maung Htoo accused the coalition of “acting like an international arm for Rohingya propaganda manufacturing machine” and stated that CFOB would not be associated with the campaign.


25 Responses to INGOs Call for Repeal of Burma’s Citizenship Law

  1. A Burmese Freedom Fighter

    I am glad to see at lease one international grouup such as Canadian Friends of Burma question the legimaticy of UK campaign bias toward Bangali immigrants in Burma. UK campaign for Burma and some other international human right campaign groups, when it comes to uninvited Bangali immigrants into western Burma, have no clues about the situation nor would like to learn real situation or show equal empaty to the burdern of the residents in western Burma.

    There is no sign of open heart from those bias gourps especially UK Campaign for Burma to study the cost that ethnic Raghine people has to pay due to act of terrorism by Bangali immigrants in Burma, but repeaded insults to the feeling and opinions of the whole Burmese people world wide, especially Rakhine ethnic by trying to portrait the Bangali abusers being oppressed by the Buddish, and Rakhine being racist as well as freedom fighters of Burma becomming oppressor to Bangali.

    The root of the cause of the violence in western Burma is initiated by the Bangali who do not mind to bite the hands that fee them nor properely regonize hospitality of the host country, instead aggressively invade a part of the land of western Burma and claims to be the owner of the land by raping, killing, destrying and buring thousands of houses of the host Country citizens.

    Should Bangali immigrants to Burma speak Burmese language and live like the rest of Burmese orgianl immigrants in a similar situation in Thailand, UK, Canada, America, Japan and the rest of the world, and be able to integrate Burmese society, and talk only about their immigration issues in Burma, majority of Burmese population will not ignore their plight of being stateless.

    Following is part of UK campaign for Burma statement which I see try to give a bad name to all Burmese. Make a note that the statement doesn’t make any demand to USDP which actually is the pary in power, rather UK campaign group demands purposely NLD which has only 7 percent of the seat and only powerful group that has been and still the main group challenging military rule in Burma.

    The following demand to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi led NLD, not to USDP party from the naive, arrogant, opportunist, bias and money hunter group like UK campaign for Burma doesn’t help at all to result the issues of Bangali immigrant issue, instead it will only breed more seeds of hatred sentiment within the rest of the Burmese people toward Bangali immigrants in Burma.

    Quote from UK campaign statement:

    “Speaking in Norway on 18th June 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi said: “If we were very clear as to who are the citizens of the country, under citizenship laws, then there wouldn’t be the problem that is always coming up, that there are accusations that some people do not belong in Bangladesh, or some people do not belong in Burma.”

    We call upon the government of Burma, the National League for Democracy and all political parties in Burma to support the repeal of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and for it to be replaced with a new law based on principles of human rights and equality, in particular on Burma’s obligations under Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1991.”

    A Burmese Freedom Fighter

  2. A Burmese Freedom Fighter

    I am glad to see at lease one international grouup such as Canadian Friends of Burma question the legimaticy of UK campaign bias toward Bangali immigrants in Burma. UK campaign for Burma and some other international human right campaign groups, when it comes to uninvited Bangali immigrants into western Burma, have no clues about the situation nor would like to learn the facts on the ground or show equal empaty to the burdern of the residents in western Burma.
    There is no sign of open heart from those bias gourps especially UK Campaign for Burma to study the cost that ethnic Raghine people has to pay due to an act of terrorism by Bangali immigrants in Burma, but commit repeated insults to the feeling and opinions of the whole Burmese people world wide, especially Rakhine ethnic by trying to portrait the Bangali abusers being oppressed by the Buddish, and Rakhine being racist as well as freedom fighters of Burma as oppressors to Bangali.
    The root of the cause of the violence in western Burma is initiated by the Bangali who do not mind to bite the hands that fee them nor properely regonize hospitality of the host country, instead Bangali immigrants aggressively invade a part of the land of western Burma and claims to be the owner of the land by raping, killing, destrying and buring thousands of houses of the host Country citizens.
    Should Bangali immigrants to Burma learn to speak Burmese language and live like the rest of Burmese origin immigrants, in a similar situation, to Thailand, UK, Canada, America, Japan and the rest of the world, and be able to integrate Burmese society, and talk only about their immigration issues in Burma, majority of Burmese population will not ignore their plight of being stateless.
    Following is part of UK campaign for Burma statement which I see try to give a bad name to all Burmese. Make a note that the statement doesn’t make any demand to USDP which actually is the pary in power, rather UK campaign group purposely make demands to NLD which has only 7 percent of the seats in Burma parliament and the only powerful group that has been and still the main group challenging military rule in Burma.
    The following demand to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s led NLD, not to USDP party from the naive, arrogant, opportunist, bias and money hunter group like UK campaign for Burma doesn’t help at all to result the issues of Bangali immigrant, instead it will only breed more seeds of hatred sentiment within the rest of the Burmese people toward Bangali immigrants in Burma.
    Quote from UK campaign statement:
    “Speaking in Norway on 18th June 2012, Aung San Suu Kyi said: “If we were very clear as to who are the citizens of the country, under citizenship laws, then there wouldn’t be the problem that is always coming up, that there are accusations that some people do not belong in Bangladesh, or some people do not belong in Burma.”
    We call upon the government of Burma, the National League for Democracy and all political parties in Burma to support the repeal of the 1982 Citizenship Law, and for it to be replaced with a new law based on principles of human rights and equality, in particular on Burma’s obligations under Article 7 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified in 1991.”
    A Burmese Freedom Fighter

  3. INGOs can call anything … that is their concern. Burma has its own laws and if they don’t respect them, and ask Burma to accept something that goes directly against its own constitution and statehood, that is purely interference into a country’s sovereignty. In this case I have a question to ask these iNGOs – have you ever thought why Burma promulgated this citizenship law? Why the US as recently as one week ago arrested Bangladeshi illegal immigrants? Burma can nab any illegal human entry into their country at any point at the border, or inside the country. Burma on the other hand, can grant some kind of citizenship to the Bengalis who have been in the country for a long time as mentioned int he citizenship law, but for those illegals, no one, I repeat no one, even the UN can force its government to accept that kind of demands. This the iNGOs should know, if they don’t know it altogether. Or else where is the sovereignty of a free nation?

  4. Good article with some more good facts – the positive of all the bad things happend to many people in Rakhine is that more and more qualified info are coming up from all sides concerned and outsiders as well. Main thing to separate is Ethnic Race and Citicenship .
    1.) Sure Bengalis in Rakhine are not Ethnic Myanmar ( easy already to hear on their Bangladesh sound and ႈ Indien look )
    2.) According to General Aung San s initiatives and 1948 law,- sure many, of course not all the Bengalis in Rakhine could be and sure had been citizen.
    Until 1999 still even in Thandwe villages, Ngapali Beach – Rakhine Buddhists most never had an ID / NRC card, as they never needed it , never leaving the village, specially girls…living traditionally just in the farmer village,– so many all over in Myanmar.
    3.) Clear also that UK England must take a stand and support clearing here the same as Bangladesh needs to as clearly many of the Bengalis came even only the past years to Myanmar,- of course most in transit as economical refugees on the way to Thai , Malaysia and Indonesia,– help them to reach it more easy and save……it will serve your feelings , Mr Burma Freeom Fighter.
    4.) U Htay Oo Secretary of USDP mentioned short after the clashes in Maungdaw:”…. it can not be that there are people living in a country which have no status and no identity… that must change …. ”
    5.) ASSK said there must be a clear law and enforced, up to the commitments Myanmar gave at UN or other International institutions, so that every one knowns what what is right and what is wrong,– and not only from 1982 – as also 1989 Aung San Sue Kyi s lost citicenship of Myanmar which they first had,– what would General Aung San have said that time ???
    6.) A new Imigration Law is in the drawer of Minister Khin Yi s Ministry and might be put up for approval at parliament this session. Myanmar want to be part of the international community,- than every one needs to give, what many Myanmar in other countries take since many years already for granted and believe they have the right to that,— no you have not,– but it is the human goodwill of the people there and the commitment to international standards in human rights of these governments.
    7.) Already before 2011 former Interior Minister Gen Maung Oo mentioned in an INGO and foreign press meeting that the Myanmar Government is committed and working on a good ” Status ” for the Rakhine Bengalis,- means not that they become Ethnic Races, but a status to secure their rights.
    8.) It was the same Sen Gen Than Shwe s Government, which issued many white cards and ensured that all Rakhine Bengalis could take part on the vote of General Election in September 2010.
    Of course the USDP party won in all Bengali areas the election, no chances for the Native RNDP,– many thanks also to big involvement of very rich Bengalis living and working in Yangon which organized as such – like the owner of Naing Construction,- said to be a good business partner of U Than Shwe s Son.
    9.) Coincident also in Taunguk, where the Rakhine Budhist mob, led by ( hear say ) a strong group of men from Thaung Tha ( central Myanmar and home to another strong man ) , slaughtered 10 innocent Myanmar Citizen on 3.6.2012 – also there in Rakhine Taunguk the USDP won strong and no chances for RNDP again.
    7.) Of course I understand that ,– and here the International NGOs above and many more are wrong or better not inclusive of all factors and needs: Rakhine Bengalis
    – must apply with Myanmar law, also to live monogamy
    – must speak the Myanmar language ( not different in germany for any foreigner apply )
    – might change their way of production to lets say first 5 kids only and than later 3 only
    ( which is not popular with some human rights for free live or so , but with others to ensure that
    we can feed the planet also tomorrow …. Ethiopia in 80ties 22 million and starving – today with international aid they became 80 million and also are starving – where is the Sustainable Aid management )
    – What I mean is listen to the Rakhine but also to the Chin and other Ethnic Races in northen Rakhine
    and realise their worry,– if Bengali leaders are clever they can adpot to some issues and make them self easy more loved over time, – mainly when simpel Rakhines do not feel threatened in existence – which they are not but fired online and with media mainly by Myanmar which live on illegal or imigrant status in other countries.
    8.) I hope very much that no one of the Canadian Friends of Burma is or ever was an illegal imigrant of USA or Canada, even so I would love to request all nations of the world to send back all Myanmar, take of their Citizenship of any other country and send them home – not only to experience such a nice trip,- but also to come back and help a bit to build a country from scratch and not just eat the Sweet Fruits in foreign on Asyal or Political Refugee as millions sucking out the money of other countries citizen.
    Rakhines do not know how to fish or farm the rice anymore and will buy in November expensive Burma – Delta rice as they scared away the Bengalis which did all these jobs and Rakhine Thars earned good money end enjoy Malaysia and Singapore live. Come all back for fishing at Kaladan River.
    Just think as Freedom Fighter how much you could or should be hated for beeing in an other country – where you are all not an Ethnic Race… and you will never be one – never, never, never and your child also not. ” Everyone is a foreigner – nearly all over in the world. “

  5. So that’s good for all those Chinese “illegal immigrants” living in Lashio, Muse, Mandalay, Myitkyina, Rangoon, etc., no?
    Many of them don’t speak “Myanmarese” either and some of them (the richer ones) probably still have Chinese papers, no?

  6. As a former Burmese Citizen, I am at a lost why people and entities have to become uncompromising principals so that their agents , they think, will obey to their “righteous political demands”– . The ordinary Burmese -Myanmar will never accept the dictates of others who flaunt their money, power and threats. If a Burmese people’s referendum is made for and against the “INGOs Call for Repeal of Burma’s Citizenship Law ” and if I as a person born in Burma is allowed to vote, will VOTE NO. For I am still in heart a Burmese.
    Forever Burma-Myanmar, A Nation’s territorial integrity and sovereignity , its my opinion can never be allowed to be determined by others, whatever they may say, that they as humans care about our human security and welfare and free us. Democracy is us, we will do it. Myo Nyunt, Perth, Western Australia

  7. Hasan Md Abdur Rouf

    For salvation of Burma & to prevent it`s breaking down into many smaller states it has become mandatory to do so.

  8. I know that many international organizations are calling for the government to do something about the Arakan conflicts, however they do not understand the very nature of the entire issue in depth. Many of these organizations are focused on only reiterating one thing- that the Rohingya people are “stateless” and “maltreated”.

    I do sympathize for the Rohingya but, i also feel for the Arakan people that are suffering too. Media needs to highlight that both parties are suffering, not just one above the other. Media also needs to highlight that Bangladesh also needs to respond and that they should also be responsible.

    But to all organizations that want Rohingya to become official citizens of Burma, I’d just like to ask- You are asking nearly 2million Rohingya to be able to become official citizens. Do you see how much more will flock into Burma? This as you know is a never-ending cycle. Burma has not even fully developed to improve conditions for its current citizens, let alone for them to be responsible for the 2million displaced Rohingyas.

    If citenzenship rules were created for Rohingyas years ago, I’m sure it would be a different situation. However, it wasnt and this is the very reason why it has become very difficult problem. Nobody, not even ASSK, can state a firm resolution that will bring the international community, the citizen of Burma and the Rohingyas satisfied.

    Honestly speaking, I’m sick of seeing the media portray this into a religious war that has turned the international Muslim and Buddhist community one against the other. I see too much hateful rubbish from both sides and it is getting out of control. I personally would like to reiterate one thing to all media- “Burmese people in Rangoon have been able to live peacefully and happily with all religions, whether it be Muslims, Christians, Buddhists or Hindus”

  9. Totally agree. Someone has to stand up for oppressed native Arakan people.

  10. Well, Saudi Arabia invite Aung SAn Suu Kyi to show her how unequally their women treated in their country which include other religion and Isralies people. But, Saudi religion eaders want so called “Rohingya” to get treated equally. We will treat any one equally who has the right to be citizen. However, should we tolorate someone who break our law intentionally while we are talking about “Rule Of Law”? The law breakers are not only inside military uniform, some time they are under disguise of victims. Well, today we are facing many attacks from many sides, only when we have problems we can tell who is friend and who is foe. Removing an unjust law and replace with Neoliberalism Unjust law!!!!! Burma should be creful.

  11. Good of you, “Canadian Friends of Burma ” …. Majority of Myanmar/Burmese citizens, including many many Myanmar-Muslims I know, are behind you.

  12. These Bengalese who now call themselves as so-calld Rohingyas are illgal in Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung. In fact, 99% of them don’t know the term “Rohingya” in these areas. If you ask them what their race is, they will always reply as “Amara Bengali”. Trust me, if not, go and ask them. This coalition now has a huge task to teach these people to reply “Amara Rohingya” and this will definitely take them decades to do so. These people are ungrateful and have been always waiting/hunting for the right time to drive native Arakanese from these three townships, even before Burma’s independence. Gen Aung San was required to stop in Pakistan on his way to UK to discuss with then Pakistani leader to reject these ungrateful Bengalese ancestors’ demands of integrating into Pakistan territory. Then off and on, they have been trying to implement their long held false hope of taking away these three townships under their rule. Anyone who follows closely their traces and plots know very well about it. Here I don’t want to make a list of their foiled attempts to cleanse these areas of Arakanese. In these three townships, estimated populationn ratios are (97:3 in Maungdaw; 95:5 both for Buthidaung and Maungdaw). So my question here for so-called blunt human rights groups is: we, Arakanese, have to cave in all these illegal demands until ratio of our population quota shrunk to less than 0.01%? If so, where is our human rights to defend our territorial integrity, our race, our faith, our culture, our tradition, our heritage, our pagodas (we don’t want to see another Bamiyan-like Buddha destroyed in Arakan or Burma in general), and the list goes on? Please be pragmatic in your human rights demands and also show some sympathy towards us who are shouldering these Bengaleses’ ungrateful burden for many decades.

  13. I want to repeat again and again about Bengali Rohingya issue. The international community were so concern about Bengali Rohingya ethnic group.

    First, we must fine out where they from? How they lived? What kind of people are they?

    Off cause in Myanmar, there were some Bengali Rohingya people were live there long ago. They did not even speak their native Bengali at all and the government treat them and accept them as their own people. According to Immigration report there were one hundred twenty thousand Rohingya were living peacefully and legally. How about some Bengali Rohingya in Bengaladesh, and India? Myanmar government could not help or accept Bengali Rohingya who were living out side Myanmar. We must know clearly how to solve Bengali Rohingya case. Some of Bengali Rohingya were living in Myanmar and it doesn’t mean Myanmar government to accept the hold nation of Bengali Rohingya people who were lived in Bengaladesh, India or out side Myanmar.

    I like to compare with some of Myanmar ethnic groups. We have some Karen, Shan ethnic group living in Thailand, some Kachin ethnic groups living in China and Thailand and some of the Chin ethnic groups living in India for more than a thousand years ago. All of these ethnic groups were not allow to visit their relative in Myanmar unless they have proper document or travel document issue by their related authority. It doesn’t mean they can come to Myanmar without travel document, because their relative were living in Myanmar. They have to be there where they belong.

    So, Lets look at Bengali Rohingya issued again? Why, people want to force Myanmar government to accept all the Bengali Rohingya ethnic? Why don’t they ask Arab world for this issue? Since, all of Bengali Rohingya were so faithful in Islam , why don’t international community does not push their brotherhood Muslim nation ? Why people want to force Myanmar to accept? Is it because they can bully Myanmar people? Is it because Myanmar is small country? Is it because, Myanmar government is so weak to push and easy to convince? I can’t understand at all.

    Off cause, I am one of ethnic groups in Myanmar. I was persecuted cause of my ethnicity and my religion. I know how bad was the previous military and the present governor retire general. It doesn’t mean I agree with Bengali Rohingya issue. Every nation has their own law, we must respect the sovereignty of the nation.The Bengali Rohingya is one of Bengaladesh ethnic group. There were bombing population in Bengladesh country and the government could not feed their own people. It doesn’t mean neighboring Myanmar people and government is responsible to accept the hunger Bengali Rohingya ethnic.

    I want all of you to read carefully and patiently. Thanks for your time.

  14. Call a referendum.
    Call a referendum on what we the 60 million or so people of Myanmar think about, accepting these Bengalis as one of us.
    Bugger the INGO’s. Who are you to tell us?

  15. Question to “How to become a Burmese nationality(to get NRIC)from immigration officers who under working Ne Win,Saw Maung and Than Shwe’s government? By law or bribery(money)?? All immigrants are human too,should treat as Human who wish to live as like us.

  16. I think 30% of Burmese population do not know how to speak main stream Burmese official language. Chin, Shan, Karen, Chin and Mon speak language totally different from main language in terms of vocabulary or dialect. Rakhine , Tavway, Beik & Intha speak similar to Burmese ( vocabulary) but with extreme accents . Out of those ethnics Only University educated or businessman commuting frequently to urban Burma could able to speak Burmese fluently.
    In one occasion, I saw a Bengali/Rohingya of Rakhine state helping to interpret a Rathedaung Rakhine woman once she was admitted to the Hospital. No Burmese staff understood her language, even one word. I also saw some well known Rakhine Medical specialists struggling with Burmese language even though they were in Yangon for decades.
    Language is a positive factor to qualify citizenship in general rule but not necessarily a must. Contrarily, fluent language skills do not qualify somebody to be a citizen of a country. Burma is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural country and it is hard to put everyone in the same shoe. There are countries sharing common languages such as Spanish speaking Spain & Columbia, thousands km apart. If I know English /Arabic fluently, I will not become British citizen or Egypt /KSA citizens automatically.
    If the integration efforts in the past were successful and perfect, there wouldn’t be decades long infighting with ethnics such as Karens, Shans and Kachins. There are still ongoing clashes in the Northern Burma.
    All Burmese should be tolerant enough to accommodate differences if willing to achieve a modern economic powerhouse at par with ASEAN countries. Otherwise the country will be heading negative was as we have seen in the past half century.

    Anyway Burma is nowhere near democracy and is clearly heading to one of the two options:
    1. Back to military dictatorship
    2. CIS ( Commonwealth Independent States of USSR) in an optimistic vieew and Balkanisation of former Yugoslavia in a pessimistic view

  17. Right one said any illegal should be punished with the law ( as the many illegal Burma in Malaysia ), but also every one should be punished which helps them as Burma Officers at NASAKA – no need to talk to the INGO s, Burmese people do that all for money.
    Myanmar of course is its own state and has its own constitution and rights that is good so and should stay so, at least for the 2008 constitution if I understand you well is the will of the Myanmar also Burma ( 65 % ) people,– I am not so sure if you also speaking about the 1982 under Gen Ne Win changed immigration or citizenship law, are you sure that this and all Myanmar / Burma wanted and Ne Win at all a free choice of the people with free speach at that time,– maybe I understood History wrong.
    The same people went on the street in 88 for everything they had in mind maybe many also the 1982 Law.
    Important not for you most of or former Myanmar is also what and where Myanmar committed it self to international law and here you can not as a Burmese ( which are mainly legal or illegal living in other countries as they did not like the constitutions ( so many ) or laws on them ) take a refugee status as many of my friends in USA or Singapore and at same time tell the world ” democracy the Myanmar way, sorry, is only one sided – no status for imigrants or refugess in Myanmar “….
    Sure Myanmar will learn and adopt to be able to communicate and share in a global world just give some time 5 to 25 years is nothing in mankind.

  18. It is not true that many top Burma lobbyists and funders are Burma Campaign UK, George Soros’ Open Society Foundations, US Campaign for Burma, Chin Human Rights Organization, Norwegian Burma Committee, Altsean-Burma, Forum for Democracy in Burma, and Christian Solidarity Worldwide.
    They do not know illegal immigrant problems. It look like Mexicans immigrants to California.

    Arakan history expert Dr. Jacques P. Leider said Rohinga is a political label to give themselves identity in the 20th century.

    You are Right,
    Canadian Friends of Burma (CFOB) executive director Tin Maung Htoo accused the coalition of “acting like an international arm for Rohingya propaganda manufacturing machine” and stated that CFOB would not be associated with the campaign.

    Myanmar citizens know there is no Rohinga in Myanmar, only Chittangongnian Bengali.

  19. Myanmar / Burma King and its people concered the land the Bengalis lived on, first the Rakhine Kings
    , took them as slaves and labor in own farms or on farms of Dutch to Malaysia, concored Chittagong and made it Rakhine State – so also all people which lived their that s why they had to bleed got raped
    and so on, than Burmese King took the Rakhine King and all his people including parts of now Bangladesh – Chittagong and all Bengalis but also the Marmar from Bago which the Rakhine King took as Ministers to Chittagong and rule the Bengalis .
    Burma & Rakhine people only ( not Kachin, Not Karen, Not Chin or Shan ) – No Burma and Rakhine created here their own problem ( of course without a constitution , no free speach and no rights for all the Burmese or Rakhine against and under their Kings , sending all Bengalis back to Chittagong side ( they would love it, but why should Bangladesh take back again, what Burma & Rakhine people had once stolen from them, on top when it is a heavy burdan now in 2012 ). Would it be than also that a lot of Gold from Shwedagon Pagoda than also could be given back to Ayuthaya ??? Re instate all sutations 600 years ago ??? Of course a Burma will take only the Chocolate peaces and not the bitter taste.
    No hatered just fiction but realise where all came from – from Burmese & Rakhine Imperialism only and who know s in 20 or 50 years Myanmar than great again, might conquer Bangladesh again, ” Chittagon the Rakhine City come Home ” or so and where you want to send the Bengalis than ??? To Greenland I suggest as the poles are melting, the ice is gone and a great land is abandond there free of use arranged by UN , UNHCR and the World Community. Just look for space open your small Myanmar Vision to a global one and make suggestions than solutions only can follow. After 300 years later all Bengalis will by evolution turn white and demand they were always from Greenland.

  20. In Myanmar, there is no ID or NRC or CRC Card before 1952. Can you prove that you are there before 1823? What is the prove of your fore father also? Before 1784 the Arakan was not a part of Burma.I am requesting you all, please research the true history of past Arakan and their people around the world not only from the pocket of Burmese Junta. When the British arrived into Arakan, they censer the people of Arakan, was Rakhine 60000 & Muslim 30000. That means half population of Rakhine are Muslim. That Muslim population was not total Muslim population of Arakan on that time but after depriving of more than 100,000 Muslim into India Empire during (1784 to 1823) under the regime of Burmese Occupier Bo Daw Para (Badon Min). Without studying of Past Arakan History how can Burmese Government classify how was in Arakan before 1823.

  21. The statement will make the problem even worse.And I’m so surprised to see some Burmese exiled groups endorse such statement.I wonder if they can’t find another alternative way to ask money from international communities.

  22. Censors tend to do what only psychotics do: they confuse reality with illusion.

  23. One more word – I dont know what Chin HR Org is there with the ultra Christian organizations demanding for the ‘rights’ of the rohingyas. In fact, there are thousands of acres of land, wild and uncultivated in Chin State. If there is no room for rohingyas for security reasons, and because the rohingyas have committed arson and mas murder against the people of Arakan, the Chins, being Christians and followers of sisterly religion like the Muslims can take these people and settle them there. I have no ill attitude against the Chins, but the Muslims finding animosity in Buddhist neighbours may be sent to Chinland for sympathy and assistance from their Christian brethren.

  24. I am sure that most of the so-called Rohingyas are living in Butheetung and Maungdaw areas and some are scattering in near-by towns. It means that 99% of the Rohingyas are iving in Rakine State. I could say that Rohingya issue is Rakhine’s issue. Why don’t we let Rakhines decide this issue themselves because the other people know is really happening in this state.

  25. Is this MERELY gross hypocrisy?
    One hand: a seeming majority of Burmese want the Rohingyas denied citizenship / a right to stay in Burma.
    The other hand: Dr Cynthia Maung and the International Rescue Committee and a number of other CBOs / INGOs have been lobbying the Thai Government to give official Thai birth certificates to the children of Burmese migrants that are born in Thailand. They have also lobbied that Burmese migrant children born in Thailand and who have been resident here for more than 15 years be entitled to Thai citizenship.
    And maybe on a third hand: what of the 50,000 plus Burmese Refugees that have been resettled to third countries and now enjoy, or are soon to enjoy the freedoms of a passport from a ‘safe’ country. No compassion for the Rohingya plight? No empathy?

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