Rohingya “Lifeline” radio - Wednesday, June 09, 2021
MC & News: Sami Ahmed & Mohammed Hussain
ROH Lifeline 06092021 1130 UTC
Today: Wednesday, June 09, 2021
7:30 a.m. (Washington, D.C., USA)
Duration: 6 minutes
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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: 3:30 minutes
Interviewer: Hamid Hussain (VOA Rohingya Lifeline reporter)
Guest: Mr. Mohammed Eleyas
A former Chemistry Teacher in Myanmar and A Rohingya activist.
Secretary General of Myanmar Muslim Association of Netherland
(MMAN), Based in Amsterdam, Netherland.
Topic: Response to the statements of All Arakanese Solidarity Committee and the ALP against the statements of the NUG.
Translation Summary: Mohammed Eleyas, a Rohingya activist told VOA Rohingya Lifeline that on June 3rd, the NUG (National Unity Government) released a statement regarding the Rohingya, stating that we have accepted the term "Rohingya" by international norms and that each group has the right to be called by any name they wish. It also noted that the rights of the Rohingya in Myanmar would be exercised in accordance with international human rights law. But the NUG did not mention or recognize the Rohingya as an ethnic group in Myanmar. However, All Arakanese Solidarity Committee and their rebel group ALP have issued two separate statements against NUG, on the Rohingya issue with the following allegations:
· Before making any decision in favor of Arakan, they must consult or discuss with the leaders of the Rakhine community and the arms group ALP (Arakan Liberation Party) .
· If any conflict or communal violence is created within the state of Arakan, the NUG must take responsibility.
· The ALP stated that now we are living peacefully in the state of Arakan and that we have an agreement with the Burmese military on the NCA (National Ceasefire Agreement). But it is believed that UNG's statement on the Rohingya issue will lead to communal violence as they have accepted the terms “Rohingya” instead of the “Bengali”.
· At the same time, All Arakanese Solidarity Committee warned NUG that recognizing Bengalis as Rohingya would lead to violence in Rakhine State in which case the NUG must take responsibility for the violence.
· They also made it clear that the Rakhine people will not recognize the NUG government, and it is not their concerned about the state of Arakan. Thus, NUG has no right to make any decisions about the people of Arakan. On the Rakhine community's intentions towards the Rohingya, and against the NUG's statement on the Rohingya issue, we, the Rohingyas, need to take a note and think about those allegations, he added. “In this regard, I would like to make it clear one more thing that on July 11, 1989, a three-party agreement was signed between the Rakhine rebel group ALP and the Rakhine National Party (RNP) and the Rohingya defense group ARIF(Arakan Rohingya Islamic Front) to liberate the state of Arakan from Burma. It explicitly mentions that the Rohingya is an ethnic group and native to the state of Arakan. But now those Rakhine leaders and rebel group are making allegations against the Rohingyas with the negotiation of Burmese military and trying to prove to the world that they are not Rohingyas but Bengalis. In this regard, I would like to request to our Rohingya people who are living in the state of Arakan and who are willing to return home from the refugee camps, please remember how the Rakhine are reacting to the Rohingya peo