Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Friday, December 11, 2020
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 12112020 1130 UTC
Today: Friday, December 11, 2020
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
· One year of the Rohingya genocide case trial on International Court of Justice
· US opinion on relocation of Rohingyas to Bhasanchar
· China revokes visa exemptions for U.S. diplomat passport holders visiting Hong Kong, Macau
Shortwave: 31-meter band, 9350 kHz; 25-meter band, 11700 kHz and 12030 kHz Medium wave (AM): 1575 kHz
Report: VOA News
Related item code: 9-P
Duration: 10:00 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Dr. Wakar Uddin, Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union,
U Shwe Maung @ Abdu Razzak Former Member of Parliament at Phithu Hluttaw, Buthidaung Township Constituency, Rakhine State,
Mr. Mohamed Eleyas, A Rohingya activist and General Secretary of Myanmar Muslim Association Netherlands (MMAN)
Topic: About the Relocation of Rohingya Refugees from Cox’s Bazaar to Bhason Char and Reaction of Rohingya Leaders
Translation Summary: Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union, Dr. Wakar Uddin told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that primarily there are two issues:
First, the role and responsibility of Bangladesh. Bangladesh is a sovereign nation with its own laws, governance, and foreign/domestic policies. It formulates its policies based on its national interests and strategic positioning in the region. We are confident that there are good reasons for Bangladesh for taking this step with relocation, most likely due to the overcrowding, some emerging conflicts, and clashes within the refugee community in camps, and possible blending and rooting in the Cox’s Bazaar area locality where they may find some affinity. Bangladesh has provided refuge to over 1.2 million Rohingya and averted a humanitarian catastrophe with a great touch of humanity. I am confident that Bangladesh will continue to be sympathetic to the Rohingya people and share their pain and agony. These relocation efforts are apparently in line with its own strategic policies.
The second issue is the Arakan, the homeland of Rohingya. The refugees are the indigenous population of Arakan, and they belong to nowhere in Bangladesh, regardless of where they were moved by the Government of Bangladesh - either to the sea or to mountains. These relocations must be aiming at tackling some emerging issues in Cox’s Bazaar area camps. Practically, it is also important that Rohingya refugees generally should remain near their homeland of Arakan, and as close as possible near the border. We are confident that whatever the relocation plan the Government of Bangladesh undertakes, the ultimate objective will be the urgent repatriation of Rohingya people to their original homes in Arakan, by all possible means. These relocation plans in Bangladesh are all temporary as Rohingya have a homeland of their own in Myanmar.
Former Member of Parliament at Phithu Hluttaw, Buthidaung Township Constituency, Rakhine State,U Shwe Maung @ Abdu Razzak told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that I would like to highlight the following 3 points:
Bangladesh made sure that the isolated island (Bhason Char) is a very safe place to live and life surviving, and it will be a very good place for Rohingya Refugees.
United Nation said Bangladesh has never informed us and we do not have complete information about the island (Bhason Char), and we are not involved in the relocating of Rohingya refugees.
United States House Committee on Foreign Affairs and International, Communities suggested that the Bhason Char island is not a safe place to live and before relocating of Rohingya refugees the authority must ensure safety mechanism by the experts.
Now the Rohingya refugees are confused about the points of view and sugg