Muna2014

Next MUNA conference:
February 20, 21 & 22, 2018
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The question of protecting Rohingya refugees in Myanmar and Bangladesh

Issue in GA 4: Special Political and Decolonization

The Rohingya are a Muslim people whose ancestors moved to Myanmar in the 15th century. There are about 1.2 million Rohingya and together they form 2% of the Myanmar population. The Myanmar government has always refused to grant them citizenship status, depriving them of many rights, for example the rights to good education and healthcare. There have already been many clashes between cultures in the past and the conflict between Muslims and Buddhists in Myanmar is one of the current crises. The differences between these two cultures have led to the Muslim Rohingya minority being persecuted by the Buddhist majority of the country.

Because of recent attacks and tensions in Myanmar, thousands of Rohingya have been forced to flee, which has resulted in a new wave of Rohingya refugees searching for shelter and a safe place to stay for a while. Most of them go to their neighbouring country: Bangladesh. There are neither short-term solutions, nor long-term solutions yet. So, when looking at this issue, the delegate should not only be trying to solve the problems that are currently present as a result of the persecution, but he should also look to the future.


Useful links:

https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/gashc4211.doc.htm

http://www.unhcr.org/afr/news/briefing/2017/11/59fc49984/rohingya-refugees-still-fleeing-bangladesh-crisis-third-month.html

http://www.unhcr.org/news/latest/2017/11/5a01bdca4/rohingya-return-rests-safety-trust-says-unhcrs-volker-turk.html

http://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/
 

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