Ethnic Rakhine villagers protest against fake IDS
Ethnic Rakhine villagers complain that national registration cards are being issued to illegal migrants and have called on the government to verify all of the cards issued since last year.
ETHNIC Arakan and Kaman residents in southern Rakhine State claim that thousands of illegal migrants are obtaining citizenship cards through illegal means.
The residents said that 3306 illegal people from Bangladesh have obtained National Registration Cards in Rambre township.
“Non-residents should not be getting citizenship cards identifying them as Kaman (ethnic Muslim residents). We sent a complaint letter to the (Myanmar) president’s office,” U Tin Htoo Aung, chairperson of the Arakan National Network, told a recent press conference in Yangon.
If the government does nothing to stop this, it might lead to more illegal migrants in the area, he added.
U Tin Htoo Aung said the authorities must verify the authenticity of cards that were issued between December 2017 and August.
The Kaman National Progressive Party also said that Kaman and Arakan ethnic people object to immigration authorities issuing cards to 3306 people who claimed they were Kaman descendents in Rambre.
“These people were given cards even though they are not Kaman,” said U Tin Hlaing Win, party secretary.
The Kaman Ethnic Appraisal committee was formed by order of U Thein Shwe, minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement. There are about 40,000 ethnic Kaman in Myanmar, according to the party. Ethnic Kamans, majority of whom have been Muslims for hundreds of years, speak the same language as Rakhines and have very similar cultural traits.
U Tin Maung Oo, an MP in the state parliament, submitted a proposal to the state and Myanmar governments on Wednesday calling for the verification of Kaman citizenship cards starting with number 11/Yabana (N) in Kyauk Ni Maw village.
He said, “In February, I and a team from the Immigration Department went to the village to check reports by residents of fake Kaman. We found that most of the people listed as ethnic Kaman were illegal.”
U Thein Shwe said on Wednesday that the Kaman citizenship cards were properly issued, but officials will re-check them in Kyauk Ni Maw.