TDN World: On Monday morning Myanmar military took control of the country by deposing its democratically elected governmemt with its top leader Anug San Suu Kyi detained.
There is a mixed reaction among the Rohingyas, who fled persecution in Myanmar and living in Bangladesh as refugees.
“I am happy that the army has taken over. Because of Suu Kyi, we had to leave our own country and take refuge here,” said Khadija Khatun, 60, a resident of Shalbagan camp in Hnila, Teknaf.
Speaking to Daily Star Hafez Jalal Ahmed, chairman of the Kutupalong Rohingya camp, said, “Suu Kyi is just like the Myanmar army to the ordinary Rohingyas. This is a conflict between Myanmar’s ruling party NLD and the army. Their position on the Rohingya is not expected to change”.
However Rohingyas like Badarul thinks that the coup will not help them rather it may worsen the situation.
“What the Myanmar army has done today is by no means justified. Although Aung San Suu Kyi did not ensure the interests of the Rohingya people, she is still an elected leader,” Badrul Islam, a Rohingya community leader in Teknaf’s Hnila, told The Daily Star.
According to Badrul, the Rohingyas will not benefit from the coup as the army deprived them of their voting rights in the 2008 elections in Myanmar.
More than 730,000 Rohigya mionrity people were forced to flee Myanmar and take refuge in neigbouring country Bangladesh after they had been subjected to brutal military-crackdown in 2017. The UN attributed the atrocities on Rohingyas as “the text book example of ethnic cleansing “.
Some Rohingyas are worried that their prospects to return to their homeland, Myanmar has shrinked further after the coup.
“Having forced us into Bangladesh through the 2017 crackdown, they kept on generating many domestic issues, with the coup being the latest. Our return to Myanmar has become even more uncertain now. We’re so frustrated now,” Dhaka Tribune, a Bangladeshi news outlet quotes Syed Ullah, a Rohingya leader as saying.
In 2019, Muslim West African country Gambia filed genocide suit against Myanmar at the international court of justice. Ironically, Suu Kyi represented at the International Court of Justice defending the Military of its genocidal charges and ingnored the persecution of the Rihingya minorities. During the atrocities on Rohingyas she was the de facto leader of Myanmar assuming the post of “state councellor”, a post akin to Prime Minister. But she did nothing to prevent the army from wiping out the minority Rogingy Muslims living in the Rakhaine state. She was stripped of various international honours and prizes for her complicity in the Rohingya Muslims’ genocide.