World Refugee Day 2017: Equal Rights Trust calls for urgent protection of the Rohingya

Each year, World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. On World Refugee Day this year the Equal Rights Trust stands in solidarity with thousands of Rohingya refugees who have fled and who continue to flee discrimination and violence in Rakhine State, Myanmar. Today we make an urgent call to the government of Myanmar to address the root causes of this cycle of flight, and for governments of other countries in the region to fulfil their duties to protect the Rohingya and all other refugees within their borders.


Our work in Bangladesh focuses on the rights of the Rohingya – a community which has been subjected to one of the most serious and sustained campaigns of ethno-religious discrimination and persecution anywhere in the world. Up to 250,000 Rohingya who have fled persecution, violence and discrimination in their native Myanmar live in Bangladesh, the vast majority outside official refugee camps, and thus without protection and humanitarian support.
In 2012, following a wave of violence in Myanmar, thousands of Rohingya tried to escape to Bangladesh.

Civil Society Organisations Deeply Concerned by On-going violence against Stateless Rohingya in Myanmar and their Refoulement from Bangladesh

On 16 July 2012, a coalition of 58 civil society groups - led by The Equal Rights Trust (ERT), the Arakan Project (AP) and Refugees International (RI) ? 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.

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.