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One government, two different statements

Maungdaw,
Arakan State:
  Two ministers of Thein Sein government
had stated two different statements on Rohingya rights issue in
Burma, according to a politician who didn’t want to mention his
name.


“In
an interview with The Hindu newspaper, Burma’s information
minister, U Aung Kyi, said his government is working towards a
“win-win solution for all stakeholders” and acknowledged that the
statelessness of its Rohingya Muslim minority is a key cause of its
suffering in the country, according to Telegraph.co.uk on November 1,
2012.”


The
local Rakhine also have this belief, and from this situation we are
going to create a win-win situation for all stakeholders, a solution
that will benefit everybody,” he said.


“Rohingyas
are denied citizenship by Myanmar [Burma] and as a consequence the
rights that go with it,” he added.

“The
government is understood to be considering new moves to confer
citizenship on several hundred thousand ‘third generation’
Rohingya who are already entitled to it under Burmese law but who
were illegally denied it by previous governments.”

But,
the Immigration minister U Khin Ye said that the government has no
plan to enlist a new group who are stateless or illegal immigrant in
the country, according to The Myanmar post Global Journal, on
November 2, 2012.

“Anyone
who live in Burma before 1948, we will issue for them “White Card”.
While collecting census, must show evidence of staying in Burma since
long , otherwise we will take action as per immigration law.”

Diplomatic
sources in Burma said the government is now focused on granting
citizenship rights on third generation Rohingya, but has yet to
decide what to do with several hundred thousand first and second
generations Rohingya who are regarded as Bengali immigrants by local
Rakhine.

The
government is also understood to be considering whether to accept the
Rohingya as a ‘national race’, but progress is expected to be
slow because of Rakhine opposition, the information minister said.

“Lots
of people are being denied basic rights of citizenship to which they
are entitled….and it undermines the rule of law,” said one
source.

According
to The Myanmar post Global Journal, the minister U Khin Ye said any
race who stayed in Burma after independent without registered or
list, will check for national security and if found any false , we
will not issue them White card.

“We
will allow anyone to stay in the country without proof of identity
and proof of long staying. It is for our national security proposed.”

Similarly,
All the non-ethnic group ( Rohingyas)  who flee from their homes
and homeland will sent to a place – Taungbro, Maungdaw –  where
the government is planning to set up refugee camps near the
Bangladesh border, according to U Aung Mra Kyaw, Arakan State MP.

The
government officials are saying different statements on Rohingyas, in
Burmese statement show anti-Rohingya while English statement showed
pro Rohingya. Which one, we have to accept and to follow, said the
politician.

“The
president office also declared that the government had evidence who
is behind the ethnic cleanse of Rohingya, but never mention who is
the person.”


Source KPN