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Myanmar's administration has put pressure on development helpers and international civil servants not to say the name Rohingya, say campaigners and UN-Officers. How are the Rohingya's laws defended by those who do not even use the term "Rohingya"? Tun Khin, chairman of Burma's Rohingya organization UK, said to the Associated Press newscast.
He said that by not using it, the government cooperated with a politics of oppression. Myanmar's suppressed Rohingya Muslims were refused nationality, driven into lethal cultist force and crammed into filthy camp without help. The Myanmar government regards the Rohingya as Bangladeshi illegals, not as one of the 135 formally recognized nationalities.
Myanmar has become more intense with the opening of Myanmar after centuries of war. Over 140,000 Rohingya have been held in overcrowded encampments since the brutal Mob of the Buddhaist minority began to chase them out of their houses two years ago and kill up to 280 of them. Rohingyas were expelled from a UN-backed UN-encensus in April when they identify themselves as Rohingyas.
Myanmar's Information Minister Ye Htut said the name had never been approved by the people of Myanmar. In an interview with AP press office, Htut said it was founded in the 1950' by a Separist group and then used by exiled militants to put the former Myanmar army rule at the United Nations under duress in the 1990'.
UN officers say they are avoiding the concept in the open to prevent tension between the country's Buddhists and Muslims. Following a recent meeting with Myanmar's Foreign Secretary John Kerry, a high-ranking State Department officer informed journalists that the US believes the name question should be'put aside'. Mr Kerry during a recent meeting this months did not express the concept at a press conference when he spoke with disquiet about the state of Rakhine.
A State Department officer, who spoke on an anonymous basis because the officer was not authorized to address the public, said that the US stance is to compel any fellowship to agree to a name it considers insulting, which includes the word "Bengali" used by the administration to describe Rohingya, meaning "to summon conflict".
Says the département that its policies on the use of Rohingya have not change. MSF was evicted by the authorities in February and is still awaiting release. UN said the number of serious cases of Rohingya undernourishment more than more than doubled between March and June, and Yanghee Lee, the chief executive of the UN for Myanmar, said the ruling was "regrettable" last months.
It said that it had been asked on several occasions by the administration not to use the name Rohingya, although it had established under public policy that minority groups had the right to be identified on the grounds of their own nationality, ethnicity, religion and language. The UN Children's Fund even apologized in June for using the word "Rohingya" at a speech in Rakhine, an event criticized by legalists.
"Not only does any philanthropic organization or donors who refuse to use this concept betray basic principles of respect for mankind, but they also show a degree of sophistry that is not found in any contemporary humanitary project," said David Mathieson, Human Right Watch in Myanmar, SRS.