The opposition National Unity Government (NUG) has called for the Rohingya to join in the “Spring Revolution” against the military junta and promised to offer justice and citizenship to them.
“We invite the Rohingyas to join hands with us and with others to participate in this Spring Revolution against the military dictatorship in all possible ways,” said the NUG.
The NUG said they would amend or repeal rules such as the Citizenship Act of 1989, which has been used to deny citizenship to the majority of Rohingya.
Under the rule of Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD), Rohingya were denied citizenship and forced off the country.
“The entire people of Burma is sympathetic to the plight of the Rohingya as all now experience atrocities and violence perpetrated by the military,” said the NUG.
There are 900,000 Rohingya refugees living in poor conditions at refugee camps in Bangladesh while others are still at sea or in other countries.
“The recognition of the Rohingya as citizens of Myanmar speaks volumes for the unity that `[it] wants to promote in the country,” said UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Myanmar Tom Andrews.