Census resumes in Maungdaw south

Today, in the morning, a hostile operational team consisting of immigration, military,  Nasaka, police and village administrators went to Aley Than Kyaw village tract of Maungdaw south to perform  an operation ( listing family members) forcing the Rohingya to register as “Bengali” for the census, said a villager elder on condition of anonymity.
“All the villagers rejected to participate in the operation. But, the authority forcibly composed some of the family members into computer and also taking signatures, where they wrote “Bengali” in place of “Rohingya.”  After taking list of some family members, they returned to their destination.”
All these have been done under the direction of Rakhine Nationalities Development Party (RNDP) which dominates the Arakan Sate government and pursues a policy of Rohingya extermination with the blessing of the central government. An atmosphere of terror has been created while the whole Rohingya community is being affected by the humanitarian disaster, said a politician.
The so-called census operation was first conducted immediately after June and October 2012 deadly violence against Rohingys in Arakan at irregular intervals but was stopped when the Rohingyas rejected to be registered as “Bengali”.
But since 10 April, the authorities resumed it selectively in Maungdaw and Buthidaung Township torturing and forcing the Rohingyas into agreeing to register as “Bengali,” said a village businessman.
The Rohingya people “have the collective right to live in freedom, peace and security as distinct people” and additionally they have the right to life.  To force the Rohingya people into accepting ‘Bengali’ against their will is an ethnocide or an international crime, the politician more added.

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