The tussle between Myanmar and Bangladesh over the fate of the Rohingya refugees looks likely to become the next chapter in the Rohingya tragedy.
Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi has said that those Rohingya who can prove their origin in Myanmar will be able to return. This promise is meaningless because 99% of the refugees will not be able to prove their origin. Myanmar has done its best over the past few decades to deny Rohingya individuals proper documentation, from residency cards to birth certificates. Of the few who had managed by some means or other to obtain such documents, most will have had them seized or destroyed during the last few years of violence, and especially now with the military crackdown which pushed them over the border to Bangladesh. When the army is shooting at your children you flee – you do not go back to your burning house to get birth certificates.
Ms Suu Kyi, of course, knows this. The offer is an empty platitude from a fallen rights icon who is just going through the motions, and who, as far as we can see, is just as eager as the military leaders who are leading the crackdown to see the cleansing of the Rohingya from her country over and done with. The inevitability of this genocidal process is plain for all to see.
But as if removing the entire Rohingya population from Myanmar was not enough, this promise will also make the lives of the refugees in Bangladesh much more difficult. Bangladesh is not a wealthy country. It is not a particularly politically stable country either. The efforts they have made to absorb the inflow of refugees deserve all the more credit for that. But for all that they have done, to say that Bangladesh has been ‘welcoming’ to the Rohingya would be a gross overstatement.
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