Citizenship, Census, White Cards and Illegals

As of recent, there have been media reports especially in VOA & RFA Burmese Broadcasts, concerning with the Burmese Immigration granting citizenship to Rohingya/Bengali population in Rakhine State. The media is also questioning the origion of so-called "White Cards" or "Temporary Registration Cards" holders. Also important is that some Rakhine Parties expressing their disappointments about no illegal Bengladeshi immigrants, in fact, were being found in current citizenship scrutinizing process.


Rohingya: Clearing residual cases

There is an encouraging news that Burmese Immigration has been preparing to take back some Burma-Rohingya[Bengali] refugees, who found to be bona fide residents of Burma. According to Burmese Government sources, this caseload of 2451 was already agreed-upon to take back since 2005 [1, 2]. The delay was to have been caused by the Burmese side in hesitating, at times, to clear people who became married or having extended family.

Rohingya/Bengali migration after first Anglo-Burman War

When we are looking at the Rohingya/Bengali migrations after 1824, one priority question is whether the Bengali ethnic group historically have had some form of settlement in Arakan. This is important because, Chin ethnic group, for example, has a counterpart Zomi ethinc group in Mizoram State across the India-Burma border since the time immemorial. So too is the Kachin, one of our indigenous ethnic groups, has a racial and linguistically related Jingpho/Jingphaw group just across Burma-China border.


Australian Carrot and Burmese Rabbit

The Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, is currently on tour in Burma. According to following ABC report, she 'had raised' human rights issues with U Thein Sein government.

When Australian Government is making visit at such a ministerial level, all other quarters no doubt may have their hope raised for the support and initiative regarding Burma's democratic transition and human rights.

Roots of the Stateless: Gen. Ne Win's speech on 1982 Citizenship Law

The roots of stateless-Rohingyas (Temporary Registration Certificate Holders) in Burma can be examined against the continuous migration into Rakhine State by (Rohingya)Bengali/Chittagonians from 1824 to 1978. During that period, there had been major changes that were beyond control of the affected Rohingya migrant community. In this series of discussion, I shall follow as closely as possible to the parameters of 1982 Citizenship Law, which it may have been Burmese State's view and projection of this migrant community.



Roots of the Stateless: TRC Holders

Just picking up from the conversations by Abid, Derek and Dr Uddins;(7-Jun-14)

To Dr Abid B.: I did send the copy of Scotman's May-1949 Article as an attachment to all. Sorry if some of you do not get that attachment. What I've reckon is that some email servers automatically stripped off the attachments. From now on, I shall embed the links within email whenever possible.


British census vs Francis Buchanan-Hamilton (1799) evidence on Rohingya

Attached is Derek Tonkin's discussion about Francis Buchanan-Hamilton's work in 1799, which many pro-Rohingya activists citing as an evidence for the existence of historic-Rohingya ( i.e. Rohingya ethnic or tribal group ). He makes important point of interpreting F B-H document carefully against existing British census records in later years, up until 1942, which never once making reference to a specific ethnic group 'Rohingya'.


Rohingya(Bengali) migrants and their descendants

About the existence of a historic 'Rohingya' (i.e. before 1823-24), I say this is a point which I agree to disagree. I've already seen the F.Buchanan's 1799 report, but I am not pursuaded. I still hold the view that present-day living & breathing 'Rohingyas' are mainly the descendants of Bengali migrants after the first Anglo-Burman War.


Question on Indigenousness

Dear Tiger,

Yes. I am aware that your father, our first President, reported to have made such a remark re: Rohingyas. I do not think we can simply quote from one sentence that he have (or may have) said. We have to understand the whole environment and examine in which context have he said those words. Otherwise, we shall be in danger of mis-interpreting the speech of a national leader. It is unfair to him and, also to us, trying to ascertain whether he had said is valid or legitimate. It is impossible to analyse now, I think.



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