Bangladesh bars on marriage with Rohingya refugees

Chittagong, Bangladesh: Bangladesh law minister Syed Anisul Haque issued a circular on July 10, that the country would terminate officiating marriages for Rohingya Muslims, from Arakan, Burma with Bangladeshi citizens.
The marriages between Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshis create social and cultural problems, to obtain Bangladeshi passports and even citizenship for those marrying Bangladesh nationals, which the ban would prevent, claimed law minister Syed Anisul Haque.

The inspector general of registration under the Law Ministry issued a circular on July 10, asking the marriage registration offices across the country to prevent Kazis (marriage registration officer) from conducting any marriage between refugees who are the nationals of Burma and Bangladeshi citizens.

Legal action would be taken against Kazis from now on for registering marriages between Rohingyas and Bangladeshis. Their licenses may be cancelled or they may be dismissed from their jobs, if they do it in violation of the order, according to ICR Khan Md Abdul Mannan.

The prohibition on the marriages between Rohingyas and Bangladeshis is certainly an unconstitutional restriction and discrimination against the right of two adult persons to marry each other is recognized by all international human rights instruments, including the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights, according to human rights activist and jurist Shadeen Malik.

Bangladesh alleges that Rohingyas marriage Bangladeshis and then try to get citizenship. After getting citizenships, they proceed to get passports and went to foreign countries where they committed many crimes ruining the image of the Bangladesh, according to govern official.

In reality, Rohingya did not committed many crime in foreign countries, may be a few, mostly Bangladeshis. But, Bangladesh government accused the Rohingya people because Rohingya has no soil under their feet, said Rohim from Saudi Arabia.

When asked a refugee leader Aman Ullah from Nayapara camp, he said, “Mostly, we want to get marry within our community.”

Lifestyle restrictions are nothing new for Rohingya Muslims, who the U.N. considers to be among the most persecuted minority groups in the world. Rohingyas are denied citizenship in Burma, Rohingyas are unable to move, marry or find jobs without permission from the government. Despite the restrictions on marriage, Rohingya couples are only allowed to live together if they are married and then are subject to a strict two-child policy. Bearing children out of wedlock is prohibited, said Ahmedullah, a school teacher from Maungdaw.

There are roughly 500,000 Rohingyas living in Bangladesh, though the country recognizes only about 30,000 who are eligible for food, housing and other basic aid provided by the U.N. Other Rohingya refugees are dispersed in Thailand, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Indonesia, said a refugee watcher from Cox’s Bazar, named Hamid Husson.

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