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Authority harasses Census educator in Maungdaw

By KPN News
January 05, 2014  

Maungdaw, Arakan State: The
concerned authority is harassing a census educator in Maungdaw since January 2,
2014, according to Halim, a Human Rights Watchdog from Maungdaw.
 Nur Alam – school teacher
teaching Burmese and English in a religion school – in Done Pite (Aung Seik
Pyin) village, Maungdaw north, explaining about forthcoming census to rural
areas Rohingya villagers, Halim said.
But, the concerned authority – U
Aung Myint Soe, the District Administration officer and U Kyi San, the Township
administration officers – are giving trouble and issuing order to arrest Nur
Alam for giving education to the people who didn’t know about census and how to
answer the questions in the census forms, Halim more added.
The Aung Seik Pyin village admin
officer U Maung Mya and his collaborators –Abdullah, son of Nazir Ahmed; Nazir
Ahmed, son of Sultan Ahmed; Dil Mohamed ,son of Eman Hussin and Sabir, son of
Iddries – informed to the concerned authority that Dil Mohamed is educating the
Rohingya villagers how to answer the census forms, said a village
administration member. 

So, the authority is searching
Nur Alam to arrest for his work to explain about census and to say freely their
race name as per census’ law, the member said. 
Nur Alam explained to the
villagers how to say and answers when the census collectors will come to
collect their data, especially census form in column 7 and 8 which mention
religious and race as it was big issue for Rohingya community. He explained to
villagers to say in column 7 “Islam” and column 8 “Rohingya” because the census
leaflet said to answer correct without fear and free. In the leaflet and forms
also mention that all data for census will use for only census related not for
investigate and it also mention that it is not necessary to answer same as
family list-form 66/6- and National Registration Card – NRC, said a teacher
from Maungdaw.
The Immigration Minister U Khin
Ye explained in the Census collection explanation meeting to the ethnic armed
organizations at Holiday Inn, Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 30 December, 2013 that
the government assures the data will not be used for political, military and
any other unlawful purposes and asked to the ethnic leaders to cooperate and
assist the government successful data collection. The minister said to decide
the ethnic race and ethnic identity by the ethnic themselves.
But, Maungdaw high level officer
U Aung Myint Soe and U Kyi San had ordered to the village admin officer at the
monthly meeting to use the name or data as per family list or NRC which the
immigration used before Rohingya which is totally against the Census law and
its program, said Abul Hakim (not real name) who attended the meeting.
The officers ordered to village
admin officers to force villagers not to use “Rohingya”, use only “Bengali” and
also ordered to admin officers who used “Rohingya” as race will face jail term
which is against the census’ law. The Immigration officers who are going to verify
operation of family list and members also forcing Rohingya community to use
“Bengali” not “Rohingya”, Abul Hakim said.

In the census process, all the
Rohingya are willing to use their race “Rohingya” not “Bengali”, but , the
authorities are  forcing and harassing
our community not to use “Rohingya” and the authority restricted  the Rohingya educators not to give
explanation about the census process. We request to Minister to explain census
‘law is different within Burma territory areas or same all, said a politician
from Maungdaw.