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The Camp Life of Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh

For more than 90,000 Rohingya refugees in two registered refugee camps (Kutupalong and Nayapara) and two unregistered refugee camps (Leda and Kutupalong), it becomes a norm living inside these camps since 1992 when they fled their native country, Burma (now known as Myanmar) after they were discriminated, persecuted and targeted to expel from the country due to their unique religious belief, culture and tradition than the proper Burma.

The neighbouring country, Bangladesh has seen Rohingya taking refuge in the country for 21 times since its independence as the results of genocidal policies carried out by the subsequent military governments after Dictator Ne Win’s coup in 1962. Rohingya were robbed of their citizenship rights, fundamental rights and properties in Burma.

Since 1992, two generations of Rohingya refugees grow up seeing no permanent solutions to return to their country of origin despite struggling live and cope in the camps where they face the similar restrictions implemented in Burma – the lack of freedom of movement, freedom of education, freedom of self-expression, freedom of medical care, freedom of marriage, freedom of security, freedom of fair trial, freedom from torture and freedom of legal assistance.

The government of Bangladesh consistently blocks various international non-governmental organizations in assisting the refugees and freezes the resettlement of the refugees to third countries.

The life inside the camps becomes a chronic struggle to live a life with full dignity, full potential and full optimism.

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Mass Arrest

Not only Arakan (Rakhine) State being a vast open-prison for 1.3 million of Rohingya, abuses and mass arrests are common activities conducted by the state authorities to further make the-already persecuted minority to be dispirited and distressed.

Every year, there are hundreds of mass arrests of peaceful Rohingya across Arakan State with the full involvement of the state-government and the Rakhine extremists, used as a tool to extort money, to harass and to kill for fun. Very few Rohingya are released from the mass arrests and majority of them are either killed or jailed with no trials and with hard-labours.

The survivors have either no homes to live or nothing to earn livings, and recount the inhumane torture endured during the time of unlawful arrests. The mass arrests of Rohingya are being compared to the arrests of  Jews in Nazi Germany.

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Humanitarian Campaign

The Campaign for the Humanitarian Intervention of Rohingya in Arakan  was launched on 20 October 2015 due to more than two third of Rohingya are suffering with lack of food, water, shelter, healthcare, education and security.

The government of Myanmar continues to block International NGOs to provide the urgent humanitarian aids to more than 150,000 internally displaced Rohingya (as well as hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh camps by the government of Bangladesh), and at the same time, the government along with Rakhine extremists persecutes Rohingya with genocidal and discriminatory polices, and hatred campaigns.

Rohingya are denied of –
Citizenship
Self-identification
Freedom of religion
Freedom of marriage
Freedom of education
Freedom of movement
Freedom of well-being
Freedom of right to vote and participation

Stand up to break the silence against the persecution of Rohingya!

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