29 April 2017
Press release of Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO) strongly condemns the Myanmar government plan to resettle Rohingya Muslims displaced by recent atrocity crimes in “camp-like” villages.
During recent military crackdown in Maungdaw district, about 1,000 Rohingyas were killed, hundreds of women raped, at least 1,500 houses burned across several villages, thousands more hid in forests and fields while about 75,000 Rohingya fled across the border to Bangladesh to escape genocide. In addition, about 140,000 Rohingya have been forced to live in semi-concentration camps in Sittwe since 2012 state sponsored genocidal massacre.
Some of the displaced Rohingyas, who have returned from Bangladesh, are now facing acute problem in their temporary shelters as the Myanmar authorities have disallowed them rebuilding their homes permanently under the pretext of ‘security restriction’. The authorities should regard that these people are not settlers but natives who possess their plots of land or dilapidated houses for generations. This is absolutely inhumanness on the part of the Myanmar government not to allow them to return to their original places and properties in Arakan.
There is no change of attitude of the NLD government and powerful military towards Muslims and the so-called “model villages” is a dangerous plan to dispossess the already denationalized Rohingya people of their homes and lands with a view to destroying them ultimately.
We, therefore, demand that the Myanmar government immediately withdraws this sinister plan, and rehabilitates and reintegrates all Rohingya refugees and IDPs in their original villages/places and properties with full security of life, honour and dignity and property without delay. To these facts we earnestly invite the attention of the UN, OIC, EU, ASEAN and international community to put necessary pressure on the Myanmar government.
For more details, please contact:
U.K. Ronnie: +44-7783118354
Japan: Zaw Min Htut +81-8030835327
Australia Dr. Hla Myint +61-423381904
USA: Dr. Habib Ullah +1-4438158609
Canada: Nur Hasim +1 (519) 572-5359
Bangladesh:Ko Ko Linn: +880 1726068413