ANP lawmakers urge greater security for ‘ethnic people’ in Rakhine

By NYAN HLAING LYNN | FRONTIER

NAY PYI TAW — The Pyithu Hluttaw has agreed to discuss a motion by Arakan National Party for increased security in Rakhine State, as delays in the return of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh continue.

The motion urges the government to lay down plans for “the perpetuation of sovereignty” in northern Rakhine State and the “everlasting security of local ethnic people”.

Submitted by U Aung Thaung Shwe (ANP, Buthidaung) on October 27, the month before Bangladesh and Myanmar agreed to a bilateral deal for the repatriation of some 700,000 Rohingya refugees, the motion also calls on authorities to learn from “previous mistakes” of past governments.

“Because the local Rakhine ethnics’ mental and physical insecurities are at their highest, migration [from northern Rakhine State] has increased and migrants are worried about resettling at their original places,” Aung Thaung Shwe said on the Hluttaw floor Wednesday.

Support more independent journalism like this. Sign up to be a Frontier member.

Fellow ANP member Daw Khin Saw Wai (Rathedaung) spoke in support of the motion, saying that civil servants, security forces and “local ethnics” — a reference to the Rakhine and other ethnic groups formally recognised by the government — were “prey” to insurgents in northern Rakhine.

Khin Saw Wai added that Rakhine political parties and local ethnic leaders should be included in the plans formulated by the Union Enterprise for Humanitarian Assistance, Resettlement and Development in Rakhine, a government body formed last year to lead the government’s response to the Rakhine crisis and chaired by State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.

Pyithu Hlutaw speaker U Win Myint agreed on Wednesday to put the motion for discussion at an unconfirmed future date.

By Nyan Hlaing Lynn

By Nyan Hlaing Lynn

Nyan Hlaing Lynn is a former editor at People's Age Journal and Mizzima. He writes about politics, the military, ethnic conflict and social issues and is based in Nay Pyi Taw.
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on email

More stories

Latest Issue

Stories in this issue
Respect the election result, but don’t gloss over the flaws
The large turnout on November 8 powerfully demonstrated society’s commitment to democracy, but this should not overshadow deep flaws in the electoral process that threaten to undermine future progress.
Image, strategy and friends with money: How the NLD did it again
Trust in Aung San Suu Kyi, a tight social media strategy and help from business leaders were among the factors behind the National League for Democracy’s landslide election win.

Stay on top of Myanmar current affairs with our Daily Briefing and Media Monitor newsletters

Our fortnightly magazine is available in print, digital, or a combination beginning at $80 a year

Sign up for our Frontier Fridays newsletter. It’s a free weekly round-up featuring the most important events shaping Myanmar