Rohingyas are the stateless, mostly Muslim ethnic minority group of people who have been living in Myanmar for centuries, but the country does not recognize their citizenship rights. Even the term ‘Rohingya’ is still banned in Myanmar though the term has been accepted globally. This short article aims to find out the historical background and present status of the term ‘Rohingya’ where information has been collected from different sources predominantly from scholarly articles and through the in-depth interviews of the Rohingya refugees living in Bangladesh and New Zealand.

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Kaladan Press Network - KPN - was founded by some Rohingyas who left Burma in 1948 in search of better opportunities for their community. In 2001, ethnic media were beginning to emerge, but there was no voice for Rohingyas - Muslims from Arakan, or Rakhine state who face widespread discrimination in identity and status, employment, education, travel and etc..... Gary Rozema of BRC came up with the idea, and KPN had setup on 21st February 2001. Since 2001, KPN is running with hardship: survived on donations from well-wisher donners and exiled Rohingya community leaders, distributing news by e-mail and online.


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