Arakan Rohingya Army aims to ‘protect the rights of persecuted Rohingyas’
A new armed group, named Arakan Rohingya Army (ARA), has emerged in Myanmar to “protect the rights of persecuted Rohingyas”.
ARA declared its presence by issuing a statement on September 1, an informed source told UNB on Sunday.
ARA said they have formed the armed group with Rohingyas from Myanmar to restore their all destroyed human rights, rights of Rohingyas, and ensure equal rights with other ethnic minorities.
In its statement, ARA said their group will remain present in the north Rakhine State, and they will not use the lands of other countries.
It said they will support all religions and work to protect the lives and dignity of minorities. "We’re determined to achieve our goals," the statement read.
The ARA said: "We would like to inform you all with due respect that we all should work together for the development of the Arakan region through peaceful coexistence."
Bangladesh is now hosting over 1.1 million Rohingyas, most of whom entered the country since August 25, 2017, amid military crackdowns on them.
Bangladesh and Myanmar signed a repatriation deal on November 23, 2017, but Myanmar did not take a single Rohingya back to their place of origin in Rakhine.
On January 16, 2018, Bangladesh and Myanmar inked a document on “Physical Arrangement”, which was supposed to facilitate the return of Rohingyas to their homeland.