[DEBATE CORNER] ROHINGYA CRISIS
Rohingya crisis is expected to be one of the most heated debates in ASEAN of IVMUN 2018. Please dive into it and leave your viewpoints at the comment!
Imagine being forced out of your home, with the constant death threat following every single footstep, every mile on the wide sea. You don't have any legal documentation with you. You don't belong to any country. The risk of persecution pervades you, your family, your loved ones and your whole community. You entrust your life and your lifetime savings to the malicious stranger who promises an asylum, only to find out that the risk of dying before even reaching the destination is unbelievably high.
This is exactly the case of thousands of Rohingya refugees who are struggling to flee their own hometown, their own ancestry, their own origins.
Since the late 1970s, the discriminatory policies made by the Myanmar’s government (Burma) have coerced thousands of Rohingya people into fleeing their hometown, which was a prevalently Buddhist country. More than 600,000 people have fled the country, turning the total number of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh into around 900,000 - a shocking number that is constituting one of the fastest-growing refugee crises in the world.
Many Rohingya have died on their journey from Myanmar to Bangladesh. While some have been attacked, others have stepped on landmines with other hundreds have drowned. In the latest developments of the situation, violence has sparked in the Rakhine State with the insurrection of Rohingya Muslims known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa) against the Buddhist military troops. This eventually culminated in a humanitarian and political crisis demanding immediate measures to be taken. There were reports of sexual violence against Rohingya women and entire villages being burned to the ground. The government also refuses citizenship to the Rohingya, making them stateless without legal documentation.