A online gathering was held on November 20, 2022 where a ‘Declaration of Rohingya Unity’ was announced at 1pm UK time in which all Rohingya senior leaders, credible politicians, activists and well wishers participated under an alliance called ‘Arakan Rohingya National Alliance’ (ARNA), a political platform. During the gathering, all speakers strongly condemned the brutal killing of a Bangladeshi officer at Zero Line and expressed condolences to the bereaved family members.
Nearly 300 Rohingyas from different Rohingya organizations, individuals and home and abroad participated the webinar.
Mr. Nurul Islam, Chairman of Arakan Rohingya National Alliance (ARNA) formally declared the creation of political platform in the meeting.
“We have successfully formed a political alliance in the name of Arakan Rohingya National Alliance (ARNA) as the sole representative organisation of the Rohingya people to protect the Rohingya ethnic and its rights like other ethnics in Myanmar,” N. Islam said this by adding more that they were able to include all of the Rohingya senior leaders, credible politicians, activists and well-wishers after a series of consultations.
Among others, Dr. Mohammad Yunus addressed the attendees and urged the Rohingya people of Bangladesh and other countries to respect the law and order system of the host country. He specifically requested the Rohingya refugees staying in Bangladesh to refrain from anti-social and anti-government activities that harm the traditions, self-determination and dignity of the Rohingyas and host community.
Yunus also called on Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to take strenuous stance against those who commit crimes that tarnish Rohingyas image and even said to collaborate with the government to bring down the criminals.
All speakers on behalf of ARNA expressed gratefulness to Bangladesh government and its people for sheltering more than 1 million Rohingyas genocide survivors fled into Bangladesh in August 2017.
15 persons belonging to various Rohingya organisations and individuals have unanimously agreed as follows:
To establish a political alliance in the name of the Arakan Rohingya National Alliance (ARNA).
The aim and object of ARNA shall be to achieve “the right of self-determination” of the Rohingya people consistent with other ethnic nationalities of Myanmar.