Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – The Rohingya Project, a grassroots initiative seeking to uplift the stateless Rohingya people, was launched today (20th December 2017) at talent Lounge in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Project is aiming to raise funds to execute the first stage of the project which will register 1,000 undocumented Rohingya worldwide and then provide them with individual digital identities using blockchain technology.
The launch program was kicked off by the co-founder of the project Mr Kyri Andreou with opening remarks by introducing the project and a video presentation and was followed by Muhammed Noor co-founder of the project with a detailed view of the project implementation and effects of statelessness on society.
Launched in the backdrop of the ongoing conflict in Rakhine, Burma, the Rohingya Project (or ‘R’ Project) looks to shift the narrative of the Rohingya people from victim hood to empowerment. There are nearly 3.5 million stateless Rohingya worldwide, the vast majority of whom are undocumented and therefore denied access to basic services such as financial transactions, healthcare, travel, etc. “While much international attention has focused on the victims of the conflict in Burma, this Project will engage public support to address the problems of statelessness and financial exclusion for the future of the Rohingya,” said Mr. Muhammad Noor, co-founder of the Project and himself a Rohingya.
Further in conclusion he added “Today it’s sad to see that animals and birds are given nationality, robots are given citizenship but human beings like us (Rohingya) are let to rot”.
[Project founders Director and Execution team of Rohingya Project. Image by : Rohingya Vision TV]
The Project looks at two key issues of identity and opportunity for uplift of the Rohingya people. ‘Identity’ relates to the need to digitally register stateless Rohingya, providing the first verified data on Rohingya census in the world. Individual Rohingya shall have their ancestry authentically identified to link them directly to their original lands of dispersion. The pilot phase of the Project will start with the registration of 1,000 undocumented Rohingya worldwide.
‘Opportunity’ refers to the need to improve the state of the Rohingya people by providing them meaningful financial avenues after the registration process. “Using their own unique blockchain-based digital identities and crowdfunded resources, Rohingya diaspora communities will be given their chance to improve their own condition. This includes opportunities for vocational training, employment and entrepreneurship to allow the Rohingya to tap into their potential,” said Kyri Andreou, co-founder of the Project.
Those interested to support the Rohingya Project are encouraged to visit www.rohingyaproject.com for further information.
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