Burning Homes, Sinking Lives
This situation report provides an overview of the violence against and human rights abuse of Rohingya within Rakhine State in Myanmar in June 2012. The Rohingya are a stateless, ethnic and religious minority who were arbitrarily deprived of a nationality in 1982 and have suffered systematic arbitrary and discriminatory treatment in Myanmar for many decades. In this report, the Equal Rights Trust presents the findings and observations of our researchers and the legal obligations of the parties to this crisis; and makes recommendations to the governments of Myanmar and Bangladesh, the UNHCR and the international community. Click to download.
Statement on Bangladesh
On 16 July 2012, a coalition of 58 civil society groups - led by The Equal Rights Trust, the Arakan Project and Refugees International condemned the abuse and violence carried out by state authorities in Myanmar against the Rohingya community for over one month. What began as inter-communal violence between Rohingya and Rakhine, escalated into large-scale state sponsored violence against the Rohingya, following the deployment of the military. This joint statement also charges Bangladesh with flouting international law in its attempts to prevent fleeing Rohingya from reaching safety, and pushing them back into dangerous waters. Click to download.