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Phuketwan has done a sterling effort in keeping this documented and well reported. Now that BBC and AJ are on the case, the international spotlight just got turned on to MAX. I hope the UN, UNHCR and ASEAN now start really putting pressure on the root of the problem - Burma. I had high hopes of Aun San Su Kyi sorting this mess out. I have been disappointed so far.
Posted by Mr Man on January 17, 2013 06:33
Posted by Peter on January 17, 2013 13:03
Would not these people be free to move in the Asean area after 2017 ? then it should be easier for governments to let them already stay in safe places. Or I miss something ?
Posted by migrant too on January 17, 2013 17:05
They are in the ''Asean area,'' migrant too. You missed the word ''stateless.''
I would like to say a huge THANK-YOU to Chutima Sidasathian and Alan Morison for their persistant and accurate coverage regarding the Rohingya boatpeople over YEARS now! You haven't stopped covering, even when noone else cared, thank goodness some people are starting to care now at last.
Posted by Jamila Hanan on January 17, 2013 20:51
Yes Editor, they are stateless but they have a " country of origin ", Burma, that will be in 2015 in the area of the Asean mobility. I hope that they will be granted a status in this area as has been done for some Thai minorities in Thailand
Posted by migrant too on January 17, 2013 23:48
Citizenship springs from recogniition by your own country's government that you have rights, migrant too. If Burma - which also recognises some minorities - chooses to deprive the Rohingya of citizenship, how will the Asean Economic Community change anything in 2016? Stateless in Burma neans stateless in Asean. Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore are already members of Asean. Shamefully, Asean has failed to act so far. Singapore, the most prosperous member, is also the most selfish. Asean, like Singapore, is only interested in the money. It doesn't have a heart.
Yes Editor, stateless in a mobility area is stateless, but good will can always overcome legal barriers : for instance since Romania joined the EU in 2007 , Roms ( Gypsies ) without a citizenship have been allowed to stay in France 3 months and their stay can be extended if they have a job ( from a limited list ). You are right it is a matter of heart. But also a matter of good will from all sides. I leave in a hevea forest, my next neighbors are a muslim family from Burma. We are happy they are there, they have children too and we feel safer with them 200 m away from our isolated house. Usually they pray at 5 am but I have never heard their prayers, until this night that was a real discomfort, may be they had guests so the prayer was amplified. But in the village prayers are not a problem although you would see from their faces that the people have very diverse origins. Good will has built harmony.( I am sensitive to noise from prayers, having leaved 2 years in the past in a house about 10 metres from the temple loudspeakers - a Buddhist village ) . Thank you very much for your excellent reports on the Rohingya.
Posted by migrant too on January 18, 2013 08:44
Goodwill in this part of the world? It can be bought, migrant too, like people, and every other material thing. As a slave, a Rohingya has value. As a goodwill gesture, a Rohingya is worthless. Nothing here counts unless it has a monetary value.
I saw a small boat carrying 103 men and boys set off from Neill Island, Andamans on 12.1.13 escorted by the Indian coastguard. I was told they had been forced onto the boat at gunpoint by the Burmese Government because they were Muslim. The Indian coastguard would hand them on to the Malaysian coastguard as they were trying to reach Malaysia.
Posted by Eve Bartlett on January 20, 2013 11:49
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