Updates 2: Rohingya and Population Census in Arakan

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By March 30, 2014 15:30

Updates 2: Rohingya and Population Census in Arakan

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30th March 2014

1- Sittwe (Akyab), Arakan

-A group of 400 Security Force, township administration officers and 100 Census Enumerators arrived at the village of Annauk Sanpya (Baas-Sara) at 1:30PM today (30th March 2014). First, they apporoached the people at the Row No. 37 of the displaced camps. The team enumerated 5-6 households at the initial stage. They inquired about the names and numbers of the family members and ethnic name. When Rohingyas claimed their ethnicity to be ‘Rohingya,’ the enumerators asked them (Rohingyas) to claim another ethnic term but Rohingya. Rohingya people responded saying they had nothing to claim but this name.

Moments later, the officials from the Rakhine state ministry and some local media arrived at the village around 3:00PM of the day. The ministers also inquired the villagers of their ethnic name. They gave the same answer they had given earlier. It was said to be broadcasted live in English. At 4:30PM, the mininsters, security forces and enumerators left the village without further carrying out the census.

Besides, the enumerators said “there is no such thing called ‘Rohingya’ neither in Rakhine state nor in Myanmar.” “It doesn’t even exist in the world” added the enumerators before they had left. (But Rohingya were able to claim their ethnicity in the division of Yangon. Quite ironic, isn’t?)

Around 4:00PM of the day, some police personnel arrived at the Row No. 37 of the displaced camps in the village and attached some stickers reading “The Households Enlisted and Enumerated” at the wall of every household without actually carrying out the census. Besides, Police Chief Rohingyas threatened Rohingyas and ordered not remove the stickers for three months post the completion of the census. (Reports by Saed Arkani, Ko Moe Thu, Sittwe)

The Sticker Reading "The Households Enlisted and Enumerated" without Actually Carrying Out the Census (Photo: Ro Myo Chit FB)

The Sticker Reading “The Households Enlisted and Enumerated” without Actually Carrying Out the Census (Photo: Zaw Tin FB)

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2- Kyauktaw, Arakan

A group of Police, Immigration and Census Enumerators numbering total 70 arrived the village of Zaillya-Fara (At Htet Paik Thay) of Kyauktaw Township around 12:30PM today. The village administrator of the village, Abu Ahmed (S/o) Bashar @Maung Thein Maung, arranged a special place and hosted them well. The group were joined by other 70 Rohingya interpretors. After having lunch, the group started the census enumeration. They inquired 5 family heads of five households each time of their family members and ethnicity. They asked them questions politely.

So, the family heads asked the census enumerators whether they could mention ‘Rohingya’ with the code No. 914 under their ethnic category or not. They replied that they were unable to write down ‘Rohingya’ as they didn’t have permission from the higher authority. Hence, Rohingyas reponded they had better not participate in the event.

Upon that, the village administrator ringed the head of the immigration to his office to say that his villagers were not willing to participate unless ‘Rohingya’ was mentioned. The immigration head replied “we would not be able to register you under the name ‘Rohingya.’ So, if they don’t take part, let it be. If they change their minds and are ready to take part without the term ‘rohingya’ being mentioned, you can call us anyday. We will come and enumerate them.”

Seeing the reluctancy of Rohingyas to participate in the census without their ethnic name being mentioned, the group left the village afterwards. We have heard that they would try to proceed to other villages like ‘Appauk Wa’ and ‘La-Son-Kok (Baara Fara).’ (Report by Kadir)

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3- Buthidaung, Arakan

– Similar to the incidents in the above-mentioned townships, there was a group of 70 people including security force, immigration officials and enumerators arrived at the guest houses in the quarter three of Buthidaung Township around 2PM today. They inquired some people of their family members and other details. But when it came to the ethnic category of Rohingyas, they declined to write down ‘Rohingya’ in the ethnic category. The moments followed were same to the incidences mentioned in the earlier cases. (Report by Zubair)

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4- Maungdaw, Arakan

– A group of the census enumerators, immigrations and police (of the similar numbers mentioned above), arrving at the quarter 1 (Ukhil Fara), Maungdaw, enumerated 6-7 households in the quarter. Of them, three households are headed by 1) Futu, 2) Dildar and 3) Nur Hussain. They asked them about their ethicity. The household heads replied ‘Rohingya.’ The team asked the people to claim any other name but Rohingya. However, the households replied their claim could be none other than Rohingya. They entered other 3-4 houses later and asked their heads to just mention the name of ethnicity. They replied the same ‘Rohingya.’ So, it is said that the census enumerating team left the place laughingly.

– This afternoon, another team made to the village of Zeepin Chaung (Zeeyaung Khali), northern Maungdaw, and asked its people about their ethnicity. The villagers replied ‘Rohingya.’ Then, they entered a Rohingya home and summoned ten Rohingya seniors from nearby area. They (the seniors) took the same stand. The team responded ‘we have never found that term in any document or read in any book. So, you can’t use the name.’ Claim something else. The villagers replied ‘we can’t claim anything but Rohingya.’ The team asked them to think for 20 minutes and said they would come back after the given time. When they came back, the waiting Rohingya elders gave the same reply. So, they left without completing their tasks.

– Around 3PM of the day, another team made to Taung-Pyo Let-Ya (right wing), Nothern Maungdaw. One more team did to Inn Din (Aan Daang) and Myint Hlut (Mer Ullah) in southern Maungdaw around 2PM. The similar situations took place. (MYARF Report)

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5- Minbya, Arakan

– According to a report by Myanmar Muslim Media (MMM), around 300 Rohingya families at the village of Hlet-Ma of Min-Bya Township were forcibly enlisted in the population census by a joint of authority consisting the Township Administrator U Aung Naing, Deputy Township Education Minister Than Aung, Immigration Officer and thier subordinates. There are 600 families in the township. The remainng 300 families are extremely worried of being forced to participate in the sham census.

Today also, the census enumeration team to do the same as they did in other townships.

The Census Enumeration Team Leaving a Rohingya Village without Completing their Task. (Photo: Ro Myochit FB)

The Census Enumeration Team Leaving a Rohingya Village without Completing their Task. (Photo: Ro Myochit FB)

On the other hand, Rakhine extremists are celebrating all over Arakanas the Census Enumerators left various Rohingya villages without finishing the census process.

Read the earlier reports here: http://www.rvisiontv.com/updates-process-population-census-arakan-state-myanmar/

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