The responses of UNHCR and Resettlement Countries; “resettlement is depend on various resettlement countries, not by UNHCR” and “our state has already welcomes refugees regardless of race, religion, colour or rank. Please, approach to frontier UNHCR, UNHCR itself can be consider in the context of this quota”, bring puzzling and conspiracy for the plight of Rohingya refugees in Malaysia.
The numbers of resettlement up to year 2010 from 2000 figured about 43,000 according to provided here;
year-2010, about 10,000 (source: UN in Malaysia grants more Burmese refugee status)
year-2009, about 7,400 (source: A population in limbo)
year-2008, about 6,000 (source: UNHCR meeting with refugee leaders on 18 Feb 2009)
year-2000-2007, about 20,000 (source: Reliable approximation)
In this numbers, Rohingya just numbered to less than 250 in ten years following reports of Malaysian home minister and Flight Cycle of Rohingy. So far how fair and equal in resettlement quota is told and segregation practice in the procedure as well. The fact also claims a creation of instigation among Burmese refugees.
Despite UNHCR itself understood that resettlement is only a durable option for de-facto stateless Rohingya refugees, Rohingyas are often pointed as an affiliation group to Malay and bureaucratically paved for repatriation. While recognized groups of Burma are easily relocated to third country.
A report released by chage.org on 7 Sept 2010 stated that 800 Rohingyas to be resettled in the US. It was came after the Obama administration says countries to which Burmese Rohingya migrants have fled should carefully screen them — with the involvement of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) — to determine if they need protection. This was also the first time ever the US’s announcement of its commitment towards Rohingya refugees.
In the notice released by Australian government on 17 Mar 2011, UNHCR in Australia has strongly expressed for its recognized refugee asylum-seekers detaining in Australia by quoting that “why they need to also go through a refugee assessment process in Australia. While advice from the UNCHR is an important part of the assessment process, we need to also assess your claims against Australian law and policy”. So, why not in place such confrontation in Malaysia.
So far new representative of UNHCR-Malaysia says it has improved the situation compare to the past. It seen many refugees were getting release out from detention but refugees living in farer areas are continuously sweeping by operations. The measure of equal treatment in UNHCR facilities includes registration, recognition, assistance and resettlement are in upset position.
Rohingya refugees in Malaysia opposes RI report:
Refugees International (RI) has released reports are being different for one situation will be told how conspiracy. Like wise, one is-“Malaysia: Burmese Chin Refugees on the Run” and another one for Rohingya is-“Malaysia: Invest in Solutions for Refugees”.
The report for Rohingya much stated about daily survival life of Rohingya and neglected how they craving for resettlement. RI members visited at UNHCR office and its partners NGOs then met with a team of women who have been misguiding by them. These women have not been heard what are their obligations at all. The Sail met with them and found that they are not also representing all of Rohingya women. So, whatever their statements given in the report are inaccurate as they are inconsiderable women. They also surprised on RI’s report.
The report also includes inaccurate sorts relating to UNHCR’s micro-credit, doubled benefit from SGBV, lack of resources for new registration and written like the Malaysian government is going to issue resident and work permit. RI does not know that the Malaysia has nothing to do with refugees. RI exaggeratedly written as Malaysia has recently commissioned a study to consider setting up a residence and work permit scheme for Rohingya refugees. In deed it was only an artificial to show sympathy and that was organized by the Institute of Malaysia and International Studies in Kuala Lumpur on 16 Dec 2009. The topic was “Rohingya refugees in Malaysia: Listening to Their Problems & Understanding Their Plight”.
RI didn’t know about why the immigration director Dt’ Isak was removed from the post after strong tied with UNHCR. Instant moves in Rohingya society was shocked and in the advance of the forth coming Rohingya project, a new group call as Rohingya Society in Malaysia(RSM) was founded by new a leader Mr Abdul Hamid based in Penang state and collected thousands of data from Rohingyas by misinforming that it has processing for residency and work permit for Rohingyas.
Moreover, the RI has not escalated genuine reasons and vulnerable cases of at least about 50 families are craving for assistance since their Rohingya husbands went to Australia. If they are protected or life in Malaysia is perfect the question is why they busy to find a safe territory? Rohingya arrivals in Australia raised about hundred persons in 2010 from 42 persons in 2009. Hundreds have been arrested in Indonesia and many are on the way to Australia.
Area based Rohingya refugee representatives say they are very disappointed with UNHCR for about hundred awaiting for resettlement cases have been stopped and planing again to push them into tempo-solution. So, they are going to organize to submit a memo to UNHCR. They also say RI’s recommendations are unworkable and regardless of their situation. Therefore they would urge the outstanding Rohingya refugees’ problems to be solved through conventionally.
RI report released for Bangladesh expressed Bangladesh government is restricting Aid and welfare projects. RI did not discover it is political motivation or not. If not, how could the country which depending alone on foreign’s funds, dare to stop Aid for the others.