Statement on the World Refugee Day 2010


“They took my home but they can’t take my future”

Every year, on June 20, refugees all over the world celebrate the World Refugee Day to

acknowledge the extraordinary challenges facing refugees around the world, who

despite their situation, to look to the future with hope. This day is marked in hundred of

different types of festivities and tributes, whether it is as a school event or a high

ceremony. This is a day to think about the world refugees and extend to them our

encouragement, support and respect.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reports that millions of refugees and internally

displaced persons are languishing in vulnerable condition in different parts of the

world. Of them, report of Rohingya Burmese refugees in different countries and their

long standing problems are remained unclear and uncertain. Anyhow, situation of the

Rohingya refugees in different places are deteriorating day by day. Now, they are the

victims of multifarious human rights violations both in their home (Arakan State,

Burma) and countries of exile.

Besides, their refugee status is in marginalization known as “

Prima-facie” refugees or
group status. They are not eligible for resettlement, but facilitated to return their

country of origin.

In fact that their basic and fundamental rights to citizenship were denied by the

Burmese military ruler and that rendered them into “

de facto Statelessness”. They
cannot return to their home (Burma) unless the ending of racism and the establishment

of full human rights for all. They need durable solution rather then temporary

settlement as the democracy and human rights are still far cry in Burma. The military

rulers have also turned the country into a silent killing field.

The Rohingyas also do not have hopes to find a long lasting solution, not only in home

(Burma) but also in countries of refuge like Bangladesh, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi

Arabia, Thailand and etc. These people are unfortunate. They are in subhuman

condition. They are also subjected to modern slavery in the 21

st century.

On the other hand, Burmese military regime is developing nuclear program with the

collaboration of North Korea, while increasing pressure over the ethnic minority,

especially the Rohingyas of Arakan. It is also stepping forward to sham election in

October 2010. Burma is a clear threat to the region and thus no hope for the repatriation

of refugees is available at all.

We believe that the United Nations will take a pro-active initiative for the enforcement

of its conventions and additional protocols in order to ensure the rights of stateless

persons and refugees, particularly, the Rohingyas of Burma who are now, de facto

stateless. Of them, over 1.5 million were forcefully expelled out from their homeland

under the ethnic cleansing agenda of the regime.

It is also true that tens of thousands of Rohingya refugee children and youths are

deprived of their rights to education and other facilities that enjoyed by the refugees of

the world. Their futures are totally in uncertainty.

On this occasion of World Refugee Day, we call upon the UNHCR to:

Immediately lift the imposed policies of temporary solution for the Rohingya
Burmese refugees in order to find a durable solution for them under the

resettlement program as they have already spent their lives as refugees for about

two decades;

Initiate pro-active policies for the recognition of the Rohingyas as Persons of
Concerns (POC) to the office and issue necessary documents for their protection

under the UNHCR mandates and International Human Rights standards;

Accede and implement the 1951 Convention and 1967 Protocol relating to the
Status of refugees and implement the 1954 Convention relating to the Status of

Stateless Persons and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness;

Ensure the adequate protection and all of their refugee rights with full refugee
status like other non-Rohingya Burmese refugees until they have a secured

place;

Strengthen the role of the UNHCR in monitoring and implementing refugee
protection and allow them to have access to represent themselves at the forums

of the international community;

We request to the neighboring countries of Burma and member states of
ASEAN to review their policies towards military regime at the causes of

Burmese peoples’ struggle for the restoration of democracy, human rights,

peace, justice, equality and self-determination of all people of the country;

We also appeal to the state parties of Convention of the Rights of Child (CRC)
to take necessary measures to support to the education of the Rohingya in order

to alleviate illiteracy and poverty from the upcoming juvenile community and

also to ensure their basic rights to citizenship in order to reduce their

statelessness.

Endorsed by:

1. Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC), Malaysia

2. Arakan Rohingya Organization-Japan (JARO)

3. Arakan Rohingya Ulama Council, (ARUC), Malaysia

4. Burmese Rohingya Association in UAE (BRA-UAE)

5. Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organization (CBRO), Canada

6. Myanmar Muslim Council (MMC), Saudia Arabia

7. National Council for Rohingya (NCR), Malaysia

8. National Democratic Party for Human Rights (NDPHR) exile, HQ, USA

9. Rohingya Youth Development Forum (RYDF), Arakan-Burma

10. World Rohingya Congress (WRC), USA

For further information, please contact:

Kyaw Soe Aung, Tel: +1-414-736 4273

Mohammad Sadek, Tel: +60- 16309 4599

released by NDPHR (exile-HQ) on June 20, 2010…..

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