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Rohingya Association Thailand's statement at 35th ASEAN Summit statement

As the Association of Southeast Asian Nations convenes the 35th ASEAN Summit during 2-4 November 2019 in Thailand, the leaders of the group and partners are pursuing an agenda to ensure ASEAN is a people-centered grouping dedicated to sustainable development. Head of government from country will discuss the Rakhine Crisis and the fate of nearly one million Rohingya refugees being shelter in Bangladesh.

Speaking to this, we are member of the Rohingya Association Thailand representing our brothers and sisters who were forced to flee the strife torn Rakhine State in Myanmar as well as being in the process of repatriation and relocations. We are here to express our concern and to appeal the assistant from the ASEAN leaders. 

We call to the government of Myanmar as a member of ASEAN;
1. To verify and grant citizenship to all displace Rohingya, both those who fled from Rakhine State and those who remained.
2.  To guarantee the safety of Rohingya refugees who voluntarily agree to return home to Myanmar. There must be no forced repatriation of those refugees. 
3. To guarantee Rohingya the equal right to serve in the civil, police and defense services of Myanmar government.

We call the government of ASEAN member states:
1. To verify and document Rohingya migrants in order for them to have the legal status required to live and work in hosted countries legally.
2. To consider granting permanent residence status to Rohingya who have live for an extended period in Asean member states and are not willing to return to Myanmar.



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