Rohingya are “Exiled to Nowhere.”

The Rohingya are a Muslim ethnic minority living in northern Arakan/Rakhine State in western Burma. They have faced severe persecution and violence at the hands of the state and national governments for decades.

There are approximately 1.33 million Rohingya in Burma, but the country's 1982 Citizenship Law denies them citizenship in spite of the fact that Rohingya have lived in Burma for generations.

On January 13, 2014, Rakhine mobs and security forces entered Du Chee Yar Tan, Maungdaw Township, and slaughtered over 40 Rohingya. A UN report confirms the gruesome deaths , severed heads of at least 10 Rohingya, some children, were found bobbing in a water tank.

The international community has called on the Burmese government to commission an independent investigation. But Burmese Presidential Spokesman Ye Htut rebuked the UN for calling for an investigation: “It was sad to see a statement issued by the UN…These accusations are unacceptable. By acting like this, it will mean the local people will have more concerns, doubts and less trust in the UN.”

UNHCR estimates that 130,000 Rohingya have fled Bangladesh and western Arakan state since the outbreak of violence in 2012. As a result, the Burmese Navy and local security forces are profiting off the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya in western Burma by demanding payments from smugglers who devlier Rohingya to human traffickers, as well as Rohingya desperately seeking passage.

Forced to venture by boat to trafficking camps on remote Thai islands, the Rohingya are faced with violence, lack of food and water (often forced to drink their own urine), and those who have fallen victim to disease are thrown overboard if dead or close to dying. In Thailand Rohingya are held in internment camps until they can either pay thousands to human traffickers to be released or be sold as slaves to the highest bidder. Often Rohingya must resort to soliciting funds from their personal networks, and if successful, they are pushed back out to sea. Those who are unable to pay become slaves: women and young girls are forced into marriages and lifelong indentured servitude, and men sold to Thai fishermen.



Recently, mass graves, mostly Rohingya, have been uncovered in Thailand. Now, ASEAN countries (specifically Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia) are refusing to allow Rohingya refugees to seek assylum. They instruct their respective military to take them back to sea, effectively abandoning the vulnerable Rohingya. It is suspected that thousands have died making the deadly voyage to escape the ethnic cleansing they face in Burma.

Since June 2012, several hundred Rohingya have been killed because of their religion and ethnicity in widespread, systematic attacks led by Rakhine Buddhists. Over 140,000 Rohingya have been displaced in inhumane internment camps, and thousands have fled the country. Hundreds more, mostly men and boys, have been arrested on false charges.

In October 2012, a more targeted surge occured against the Rohingya Muslim population. Rakhine Buddhist communities formulated vigilante mobs, surrounding homes and razing them to flames, and Rohingya villagers fled. Many Rohingya attempted to escape by boat to Bangladesh; some boats capsized leaving many missing, and some reached the Bangladesh shore where they were told to immediately return to Burma.

Most alarming is the direct involvement of the local, state, and national government in the violence. Government officials have enforced explicitly racist policies for decades, and have failed to intervene and even participated in violent attacks against Rohingya. The government has been accused of implementing the crime against humanity of persecution against the Rohingya, and Rohingya are increasingly considered to be targets of potential acts of genocide.

But Government officials and security forces have refused to implement impartial investigations into the violence. They have instead subjected Rohingya and other Muslims to discriminatory restrictions and policies of apartheid and ethnic cleansing. Rohingya internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Arakan State are now languishing in what UN officials have called the most dismal and under-served IDP camps in the world.

Of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya that have fled to Bangladesh, Thailand, and Malaysia to escape persecution and adversity, approximately 300,000 Rohingya live in squalid conditions in Bangladesh where they are denied access to food supplies, medical aid, and education. In essence, the Rohingya are “Exiled to Nowhere.”


Right now almost 80 thousand Rohingya Muslim are stranded in Seas waiting for Help from entire World.But a Creepy Silence has over shadowed their grief.Most shocking is silence from Muslim World.
No one is ready to grant them Asylum hence have left them to spend Nights of hunger and thirst(consuming urine to defeat thirst) in seas.

UNO and Muslim World better HELP as their Neglection would lead the ultimate survivors with hate and anger.This hate and anger may lead to rise of another group of people with revenge against whole world.

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