Rohingya organization criticizes Asean, UN
Tribune Desk > Published at 03:48 pm June 19th, 2019
A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmarborder in Teknaf, Bangladesh – Reuters
ARSPH accused the duo of not treating the Rohingya issue as humanitarian crisis
A Rohingya refugee group based in a Cox’s Bazar camp has criticized the United Nations (UN) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean); saying they have not touched the root causes of the crisis. The group—the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights (ARSPH)—claimed the leaked Asean Preliminary Needs Assessment for Repatriation in Rakhine State was secret and the Rohingya refugees were not consulted in the assessment.
In a statement on June 8, ARSPH said: “Asean says Myanmar will only accept 500,000 Rohingya back in Myanmar – but there are over one million living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar. The experts in the UN IFFM report last year said 725,000 Rohingya fled violence and persecution in Myanmar in 2017 and 2018.”
ARSPH asked what Asean and Myanmar will do about the 500,000 other Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. ARSPH also claimed the Asean report congratulated Myanmar for increasing security forces in Rakhine.
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The organization said, “Rohingyas have been victims of genocide, by Myanmar’s security forces, for decades. What will Asean and Myanmar do to stop these forces from continuing the genocide against Rohingyas when we return home?”
ARSPH also said that the Asean report does not use their ethnic name: Rohingya. ARSPH criticized the agreement signed between Myanmar and the UN on repatriation of Rohingya refugees. They voiced their concern over refugee representatives not being involved in signing the agreement.
On June 6, 2018 the Myanmar government signed the agreement with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), allowing them to get involved in the much-delayed repatriation process.
ARSPH accused Asean and the UN for not treating the Rohingya issue as humanitarian crisis. It warned that there will be no repatriation without talking to the Rohigyas.