A Simple Way to Safe Rohingya

Since 2012, The Rohingya, an ethnic and religious minority group of approximately 800,000 in Myanmar, have been in the global spotlight. They are Muslims, whilst the majority of Burmese are Buddhist. They live mainly in Rakhine State, in Western Myanmar.

The Rohingya are also a unique minority group in Myanmar, as they are not classified as Burmese citizens, like other ethnic minorities are, due to controversy surrounding their ethnicity. According to Human Rights Watch, the Burmese Government has denied citizenship to any Rohingya person who cannot prove their ancestors settled in the country before 1823, the beginning of British occupation of what is now, Arakan State.

The Rohingya Muslims are amongst the most persecuted minority group in the world. According to Amnesty International, the Rohingya Muslim people have continued to suffer from human rights violations under the Burmese junta since 1978, and many have fled to neighboring not just Bangladesh, but Malaysia and Indonesia as well. However, the reality is that the Rohingya people have been oppressed for many years prior to 1978, though arguably not as significant. They have lived in Myanmar for centuries but tensions with Myanmar’s Buddhist majority have caused discrimination and harassment. Cases of rape, torture, arbitrary detention, and violence against Rohingya are commonplace, with many incidents going unreported as enforcement officers turn a blind eye. We have to put an end to this matter.

The Abandoned, Rohingya deserves not just a shelter, but also validation and justice. In order to make them come true, we first have to realize that the Rohingya people are our brothers and sisters. We must unite, no matter where you come from, what your race, and what you believe. We must unite. There’s no exception in it. When we realize that we are indeed one unity, then that is where the feel of needing to help others will grow. When we realize that we are indeed one family, then we will automatically help others, willingly, with pleasure, because that’s what family do. Love and care.

The Rohingya people are our siblings. As a functional human being, we can’t just sit around doing nothing when our siblings (or anybody for that matter) are in pain. As a functional human being, we will do anything we can do to reduce their pain, or at least try to cheer them up, or even pray for them. That’s the least we can do, and now, our siblings need us.

I’ve seen so many videos about how Rohingya people, especially the children, are treated in Myanmar. They cry for help, they are harassed, violated, and beaten until they can’t defense themselves any longer. With blood running down their faces, they can only pray to God that help will soon come along. Guess what the people who beat Rohingya Muslims do afterwards? They laugh, they mock them, and then they runaway leaving the helpless victims. The Rohingya people have no one to defend them but themselves, not the government, not anyone in Myanmar. With no one to count on to, they decide to leave the country.

Image result for rohingya wooden boatThey leave with such minimum preparation like food, beverages, and the only cloth they have is what is left on their bodies. Only by wooden boat, they sail with no direction, until they are stranded in the neighborhood countries such as Bangladesh, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Even though an analyst, Siegfried O. Wolf, believes that this issue is way more concerned politically and economically instead of religiously, that is not the case I am trying to deliver. No matter what the issue is, it is never going to be okay to slaughter people. I am not here to focus on the religion which most of the Rohingya people affiliated, nor am I here to focus on Myanmar politics and economy. I am here to focus on the Rohingya people’s rights as humans.

According to Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), there are thirty human rights that are universally applicable, and I believe the Rohingya people don’t get most of the rights they very well deserve as human beings, which are listed below:

Article 1

Right to Equality

Article 2

Freedom from Discrimination

Article 3

Right to Life, Liberty, Personal Security

Article 4

Freedom from Slavery

Article 5

Freedom from Torture and Degrading Treatment

Article 6

Right to Recognition as a Person before the Law

Article 7

Right to Equality before the Law

Article 8

Right to Remedy by Competent Tribunal

Article 9

Freedom from Arbitrary Arrest and Exile

Article 10

Right to Fair Public Hearing

Article 11

Right to be Considered Innocent until Proven Guilty

Article 12

Freedom from Interference with Privacy, Family, Home and Correspondence

Article 13

Right to Free Movement in and out of the Country

Article 14

Right to Asylum in other Countries from Persecution

Article 15

Right to a Nationality and the Freedom to Change It

Article 16

Right to Marriage and Family

Article 17

Right to Own Property

Article 18

Freedom of Belief and Religion

Article 19

Freedom of Opinion and Information

Article 20

Right of Peaceful Assembly and Association

Article 21

Right to Participate in Government and in Free Elections

Article 22

Right to Social Security

Article 23

Right to Desirable Work and to Join Trade Unions

Article 24

Right to Rest and Leisure

Article 25

Right to Adequate Living Standard

Article 26

Right to Education

Article 27

Right to Participate in the Cultural Life of Community

Article 28

Right to a Social Order that Articulates this Document

Article 29

Community Duties Essential to Free and Full Development

Article 30

Freedom from State or Personal Interference in the above Rights

The Rohingya are victims; a persecuted group who need justice, freedom, humanitarian assistance, and a sounder path to citizenship than what the Government of Myanmar is currently proposing. The Western media, humanitarian organizations, and to a lesser extent independent Burmese media agree on these assertions. Now, let’s all together stand up for this matter, defend our siblings. Let’s help them with anything we have. It is never too late to change to be better. There’s always a hope.

A determined, cheerful, clever, confident, open-minded, and polite 17 y.o girl. Always love to experience new things and explore the world. Tend to always see the bright side of everything. Believe with good intentions and hard work, along with God by our side, everything is possible

40 Comments » for A Simple Way to Safe Rohingya
  1. Adinda Ayu Lestari Saputra says:

    proud of you!! goodluck love.

  2. Dewi fairiyah says:

    It is such a good essay Iffa..love to read it. Feeling so sad hearing the news from media regarding what have been happening in Rohingya since years. Even more sad, realizing that not much i can do personally to help them out from those pains and gain the happiness which they deserve. Only pray that i can do so far..hoping that Allah SWT will give a better life for them all in near future and for sure in the Jannah..aamiin

  3. Adinda Iffa Wardhany Saputra says:


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  5. rizki admaja says:

    It is such a good essay Iffa..love to read it. Feeling so sad hearing the news from media regarding what have been happening in Rohingya since years. Even more sad, realizing that not much i can do personally to help them out from those pains and gain the happiness which they deserve. Only pray that i can do so far..hoping that Allah SWT will give a better life for them all in near future and for sure in the Jannah..aamiin

  6. Ade saputra says:

    It’s good essay iffa, impress me much

  7. El says:

    Amazing article. Gives a look on the injustice happening right now in the world. I had no idea that such cruel things are directed at Rohingya people. Stay strong, everyone.

  8. Bree Cruz says:

    I totally agree about the UDHR, the people in Rohingya should have equal rights and having them left out of is just inhumane. I wish they would be treated equally and I hope everyone would read this to be aware of what is happening to them. To be honest, I don’t know about Rohingya till I saw this.

    • Adinda Iffa Wardhany Saputra says:

      Yes, sadly, many people dont know bout this yet…Which is really heartbreaking. Would you share it to others and let them know? Thank you for your concern. 🙂 Stay safe 🙂

  9. ale says:

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  14. Jasmine J says:

    Thank you for writing this…this is something that the media fails to address. you are an amazing writer, continue with your passion

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