Testimonials of Rohingya Victims
Compiled by Odhikar
January– November 2017
The name given to the Muslim minority community that resides in the western region of Myanmar's Rakhine (formally called Arakan) state is ‘Rohingya’. They have long been victims of human rights violations in the hands of the Burmese government and this has escalated to such extent that it is now seen as genocide against them. Their fundamental human rights have been denied completely to the extent of evicting them through a brutal process from their ancestral land where they have more than thousand year’s of history and tradition. However, the Myanmar government has continuously denied their citizenship. Such criminal activities of Myanmar government became even more dangerous when General Ne Win assumed power in 1962. Since then, the discrimination began to increase gradually against the Rohingya community. After 1970, recruiting members of the soldiers from Rohingya Muslims have closed. Prior to that, Rohingyas who were in the government service became the victims of widespread discrimination.1 The final st was taken by the Military junta in Myanmar to take away the citizenship of Rohingya people through passing the Citizenship Act on 15 October 1982. In that Act, there were three types of citizenship2 for Myanmar people but Rohingyas were not recognized as citizens. As a result, Rohingyas became refugee in their own land where they live for thousand years and faced severe restrictions to their movement. We continue to observe with concern how the Rohingya population has been facing genocide.