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ARAKAN STATE
QUESTIONS ON BURMA CITIZENSHIP
OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT BENGALI SO-CALLED ROHINGYA
BY MYANMAR PYI THAR 28 MAY 2013

British Citizenship Law stated that you will not be a British citizen if neither of your parents was a British citizen or legally settled here at the time of your birth. This means you are not a British citizen if, at the time of your birth, your parents were in the country temporarily, had stayed on without permission, or had entered the country illegally and had not been given permission to stay in UK indefinitely. There are millions of stateless people in UK.

All the illegal immigrants should be housed at the refugees camps. Burmese President Thein Sein noted, We will send them away if any third country would accept them. Bangladesh must take back all Bengali immigrants who entered Burma illegally. Addition, 57 member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should take all illegal Bengali so-called Rohingyas from Burma or they need to leave on a one-way back to their country of origin: Bangladesh.

UN envoy urges Burmese Government to amend 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law so as to include so-called Rohingya (Bengali) as Burma's indigenous race and to make them possible to get Burmese Citizenship. People of Burma don't accept anyone demanding to reform 1982 Burma citizenship law since nationality is a legal bond between a person and a state.

The Bengalis had high population growth rates, gradually making them become today s second largest population group in Arakan State. The high population growth has contributed to the tensions between the different groups.

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Burma: Root Causes of Arakan onflicts

To address the argument of statelessness of so-called Rohingya (Bengali), international community must learn the root causes of the problem. The Arakan State is situated in the western part of Burma with over 3.3 million population which comprises of the indigenous Arakan, Thet, Daing-Net, Mro, Khamee, Kaman and Mramargyi peoples. Apart from these, Bengali peoples also live in Arakan State. The British colonial forces took over Arakan State in the earlier part of the 19th century, subsequently expanding the land under cultivation. The British brought in large numbers of Bengali from the neighbouring country as seasonal workers. The Bengalis had high population growth rates, gradually making them become todays second largest population group in Arakan State. The high population growth has contributed to the tensions between the different groups. The conflict and tension between the Arakan people and the Bengali people go a long way back. Major differences between the two groups in religion, traditional practices, culture and social norms meant that each group did not easily accept the other. Relations between the two groups have seen attacks and killings, heightened feelings about racial identity, desire for political control, accusations and counter-accusations. The bitterness and tensions have passed down from one generation to the next. Amongst the many episodes of violence, the sectarian violence that erupted in June and October of 2012 was particularly prominent. Attacks and counter-attacks, killings and counter killings erupted between the Arakan (Rakhines) and Bengalis, leading to heightened fears, lack of physical security and the inability of communities to meet their basic essential needs1.

Rakhine Commission Report 2013 http://bdcburma.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/rakhine-commission-report2013/

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Burma: Questions on Bengali so-called Rohingya Burmese Citizenship Since 2012, there were series of clashes between indigenous Arakan Burmese Buddhist and aliens illegal immigrant intruders so-called Rohingya Bengali who entered from Bangladesh. Arakan people have been residing for thousands of years in Arakan state which is located at Western part of Burma sharing border with Bangladesh. These Bengali illegal immigrants who called themselves Rohingya enter Burma through porous border due to the lack of rule of law and due to the deep-rooted corruption of Burma immigration officers, border security officers, police officers and military officers. During the colonial era - British brought them as the labourers for farming and construction work. Some of the Bengali were brought in by the Arakanese land owners as the seasonal workers but these farm labourers don't return to their native place after the farm season end but settled in northern Arakan. Majority of Bangladesh migrated to Myanmar (Burma) illegally by just crossing the porous border by all methods because of population explosion in former East Pakistan, now Bangladesh.

They have never been an original ethnic group of Myanmar (Burma) according to Burma history as well as international history. They are from Bangladesh and should be named as Bangladeshi Bengali but definitely not the Rohingya. Arakanese (Rakhaings) and Burmese cannot accept that term-Rohingya. There has never been such an ethnic group in Burma and also in Indo-Pakistani history. Bengali (so-called Rohingya) have the connection with Talibans, and Islamist Terrorists which were revealed by Wikileaks2. Addition, these so-called Rohingyas are also involving in human trafficking. On 8th June 2012, so-called Rohingya (Bengali) committed crime against humanity on Arakan people of Burma. Scores of Buddhist Arakan were killed, thousands of their homes were burnt down to ashes and tens of thousands of Arakan become refugees in their very own home-land overnight.

Wikileaks.org http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2002/10/02 Rangoon1310.html

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Burmese government responded by declaring a state of emergency in a western region bordering Bangladesh to prevent clashes between Bengali (so-called Rohingya) Muslims and indigenous Arakan Burmese Buddhists from spreading or threatening the countrys democratic transition. These Bengali (so-called Rohingya) who have been building network of various media, campaign groups, NGOs, donors, and OIC led Islamic Countries; distributed fabricated and unfounded stories propagating to the world that they were the victims but in reality they were the perpetrators. These foreigners, Bengali (so-called Rohingya), have been building up network and campaign lobbying internationally for decades. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) Director said that for too long, many Burmese3 exile leaders failed to object on what Bengali (so-called Rohingya) have been spreading fake history around the world. Burmese exile media biased with these Bengali (so-called Rohingya) and some critics say that they are bribed with under table money. In return, these very Burmese media in exile are campaigning for them with fabricated stories.

Therefore, through the network of Burmese media contacts and with the support of OIC countries, these Bengali (so-called Rohingya) able to buy international media to promote their fabricated stories to brain-washed the viewers and to earn support from international leaders. In reality, Arakan crisis is immigration crisis and it must be dealt in accordance with 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law. When we are talking about Arakan crisis one's also need to understand what are citizenship law and what are immigration law. For the citizenship issue, Burma would give careful consideration on those people if one can produce all essentials documents to prove that they are entitled to have the Burmese citizenship in accord with Burma immigration laws. Burmese people won't be happy if thousands of illegal Bengali immigrants stealing Burmese identity by creating fake ethnic group with their lies history.

Threat to Global Peace by so-called Rohingya Bengali Terrorists Extremists http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z50NzmWSHlo

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Bengali people who called themselves Rohingya claiming asylum in third countries are most likely from the Bangladeshi side of the border since some 'so-called Rohingya gangs' in Bangladesh are involving in human trafficking. Burmese are not happy at all that international community labeling so-called Rohingya as part of Burma's ethnics groups and they totally object about it. To investigate what had happened in Arakan conflicts 20124 - we must do research on Arakan history. President Thein Sein appointed the 27-member panel to investigate the causes of the conflict and recommend measures to prevent further violence. The panel included former political prisoners, Christians, Hindu, Muslims, and Buddhists. According to Rakhine (Arakan) Commission's Report which released on 22 April 2013 stated that Bengali (so-called Rohingya) had massacred5 thousands of Arakan indigenous people in 1942.

According to the report, more than 20, 000 Buddhist Arakan were brutally massacred by intruding fully armed Islamic Bengali (so-called Rohingya) masses. The whole area of Arakan land (villages) were wiped out and unarmed Arakan civilians were forced to flee from their homes (villages) especially at Maungtaw and Buuthitaung townships due to the atrocities and terrorism of Bengalis (so-called Rohingya). Subsequently, Bengali (so-called Rohingya) had occupied vacant Arakan lands and settled there. Until now, Maungtaw and Buuthitaung townships become Bengali (so-called Rohingya) majority areas comprising more than 90-95% of the population where indigenous Arakan of Burma become minority in their very own mother land. Arakan holocaust survivors pass down the histories from generations to generations and cannot forget the bitter and bloodshed execution they had suffered at the hands of brutal Bengali (so-called Rohingya) masses. At that time these Bengali (so-called Rohingya) called themselves as the Mujahids or Mujaheedins.
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Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) on 2012 Arakan Crisis: What Went Wrong?-video http://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2013/04/29/burma-democratic-concern-bdc-on-2012-arakancrisis-what-went-wrong-video/
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Rakhine Commission Report 2013 http://bdcburma.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/rakhine-commission-report2013/

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The sectarian violence in Arakan (Rakhine) State stemmed from the fact that Bengali wanted to turn Arakan state into Islamic state with technical advice and financial support from religious extremists from foreign countries like Bangladesh and Pakistan. The sectarian violence spread quickly across the state due to the governments inability to protect the ethnic nationals, corrupt officials taking bribes to let illegal Bengali immigrants in, officials from Union Solidarity and Development Party issuing temporary registration cards to many Bengalis to win the 2010 Elections. Arakan (Rakhine) community strongly believes Bengalis are trying to control Sittwe, the capital of the state and other main cities as the main waterways across the state are dominated by several Bengali villages making way for illegal Bengali migrants to enter the country easily.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch (HRW)6 issued the report on 22 April 2013 accusing the Burma (Myanmar) authorities and Buddhist monks of playing their role in ethnic cleansing against the Muslims in western state of Arakan. But, HRW's report was swiftly rejected by activists and Burmese Government. The 88 Generation Leader Pyone Cho7 told the HRW officials to produce a correct report. Burma Democratic Concern (BDC) issued the press release8 rejecting Human Rights Watch unfounded accusations. Human Rights Watch (HRW) is deliberately exploiting the Arakan (Rakhine) conflict so as to get attention from religious extremists around the world. As the growing sign of Islamic extremists' mobilisation to attack Burmese civilians, on 3 May 2013, Indonesian Islamic groups called for Jihad in Myanmar by saying "We Want to Kill Myanmar Buddhists"9.

Human Rights Watch Report Burma 2013 http://www.hrw.org/world-report/2013/country-chapters/burma

88 Generation Students Public Relation Page https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=373330519439208&set=a.212622052176723.39691.2124148855 30773&type=1&theater


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Burma: From Dictatorship to Democracy and now is the time for Democracy to Development http://www.bdcburma.org/Statements.asp?Id=164
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Deadly Jihad : WE WANT TO KILL MYANMAR'S BUDHIS http://democracyforburma.wordpress.com/2013/05/03/deadly-jihad-we-want-to-kill-myanmars-budhis/

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Indonesia police arrested two Islamic Terrorists with Bombs who plan to plot exploding Burmese Embassy. On 10 April 2013, ten Buddhist fisher men10 were beaten to death by 110 Bengali (socalled Rohingya) in the same detention centre of Indonesia as the retaliation of communal conflict in Burma. There are no denounce made from either UN, EU, USA, HRW, OIC, AI, Ban Ki-Moon, Dalai Lama nor Tomas Quintana when victims are Buddhist or Burmese. While America is battling with Boston home-grown Islamic terrorist attack but it is supporting the Syrian Opposition Coalition11 which is linked with terrorist groups. U.S.-backed rebels are committing Christian genocide12 in Syria, where they are sacking churches and issuing threats that all Christians will be cleansed from rebelheld territory. Recently, they called for carrying out terrorist attacks13 on Burmese Buddhists and non-Islam in Burma. United Nations accused Syrian rebels of using Chemical Weapons14. In Burma, the resentment against UN and HRW are growing. Marginalised by media and imposed with terrorists' threats-- the spirit of Nationalism and Patriotism amongst Burmese are growing. UN envoy urges Burmese Government to amend 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law so as to include socalled Rohingya (Bengali) as Burma's indigenous race and to make them possible to get Burmese Citizenship. People of Burma don't accept anyone demanding to reform 1982 Burma citizenship law since nationality is a legal bond between a person and a state.

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Myanmar Buddhist Living in Fear After Indonesia Killings http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/myanmar-buddhist-living-in-fear-after-indonesia-killings/


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Indonesia Foils Terror Attack on Burmese Embassy http://www.voanews.com/content/indonesia-foilsterrorist-attack-on-burmeseembassy/1653753.html?utm_content=socialflow&utm_campaign=en&utm_source=voa_news&utm_medium= twitter


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Muslims Persecution of Christians http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012072616742/world/terrorism/muslim-persecution-of-christians-june2012.html


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Syrian Islamists set sight on Myanmar https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/nownews/syrian-islamists-set-sighton-myanmar14

UN's Del Ponte says evidence Syria rebels 'used sarin' http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east22424188

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Burma's MPs, legal experts and representatives of ethnic groups said the 1982 Myanmar (Burmese) Citizenship Law15 requires no amendments as it prevents an illegal influx of foreigners. Burmese see infringement of Burmas sovereignty anyone demanding to reform Burmas 1982 Citizenship Law16. Norway government said that it will not demand Burma government to give citizenship to the Rohingyas. Norwegian Foreign Minister Espen Barth Eide17 insisted that a nation is not obligated to give citizenship to everybody who is living there. Some critical voices talk as if all nations would have received people from neighbouring nations and made them citizens. But, UN argues that according to the Article 15 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights18 "Everyone has the right to a nationality and no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality." Forum of Burmese in Europe (FBE)19 represents the network of Burmese across Europe from various countries such as UK, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Poland, Czech, Finland, Belgium and France. The FBE is advocating for democracy, social justice and human rights in Burma. The FBE strongly rejects dictatorial rule in Burma and has been closely working together with the democratic forces around the world. FBE clarify that the recent crisis in Arakan state was not based on the race or religion but the crimes committed by both parties. The lack of rule of law and corruptions employed by the military rule for decades were to be blamed for it. US has signed the NDAA law and maintained the Guantanamo prison for years. One violates the 4th amendment of the US constitution and the other violates the international law.
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President Thein Sein and his government have no plan to amend the 1982 Myanmar Citizenship Law http://elevenmyanmar.com/politics/2706-thein-sein-says-myanmar-has-no-plan-to-amend-citizenship-law
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English Translation 1982 Burmese Citizenship Law http://www.ibiblio.org/obl/docs/Citizenship%20Law.htm

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Norway slammed for silence on stateless Rohingya http://www.dvb.no/news/norway-slammed-forsilence-on-%E2%80%98stateless%E2%80%99-rohingya/26703


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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights https://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/#atop

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Forum of Burmese in Europe http://www.scribd.com/doc/99984784/A-Response-to-the-coalition-of-31international-NGOs-calling-for-the-immigration-law-reform-in-Burma

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Burmese accused UN of double standard. UN is saying nothing at all regarding Middle East and Saudi Arabia Citizenship Laws. Saudi Arabia Citizenship20 is based upon the Saudi Nationality Law. Birth within the territory of Saudi Arabia does not automatically confer citizenship. Child of a Saudi father, born in wedlock, regardless of the childs country of birth. Child of a Saudi father and foreign mother, born out of wedlock, will obtain the citizenship of the mother. Child born in Saudi Arabia, out of wedlock, to a Saudi mother and unknown father, child born out of wedlock to a Saudi mother, born outside the country, will not be granted citizenship by descent. Foreign woman who marries a citizen of Saudi Arabia may apply for citizenship by registration. Saudi Arabia does not automatically grant rights to apply for naturalization.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum said yet across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)21 region and the Gulf where women and children are being denied their right to nationality a crucial component of citizenship. In many countries in the region, women who marry foreign men cannot confer their nationality to their husbands, or even to their children. This has made children foreigners in the countries they grew up in, while men lack key rights even after living in countries for many years. They often have no access to welfare benefits such as free healthcare and education, and must obtain and regularly renew residence permits. They are also often restricted from owning or inheriting property, excluded from certain professions, discriminated against in the employment market and treated as foreign students when applying for university.

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Saudi Arabia Citizenship http://www.saudiembassy.net/about/countryinformation/laws/The_Basic_Law_Of_Governance.aspx


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How Sexist Laws Deprive Families of Citizenship http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2012/05/29/howsexist-laws-deprive-families-of-citizenship-in-lebanon-and-beyond/

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Burmese said when you look at British Citizenship Law22, even If you were born in the UK to parents who are not British citizens and are not legally settled in UK, then even if you were born in the United Kingdom, you will not be a British citizen if neither of your parents was a British citizen or legally settled here at the time of your birth. This means you are not a British citizen if, at the time of your birth, your parents were in the country temporarily, had stayed on without permission, or had entered the country illegally and had not been given permission to stay in UK indefinitely. There are millions of stateless people in UK. Stateless people in the UK live in constant risk of human rights abuse - UNHCR and Asylum Aid report23 on stateless persons living in the UK describes the experiences of stateless people forced to live on the street, with no accommodation in the UK and no right to remain, but with no other country to which they can turn for help, stateless people separated from their spouses and children for many years in some cases, for more than a decade and stateless people held in immigration detention, often for many months, when evidence shows there is no country of nationality or residence to which they can be returned. But, there is no serious measure taken by UN demanding to amend UK Citizenship Law given that it is a super power country. Addition, the French government24 is refusing to grant citizenship to a foreign man who forces his wife to wear the full Islamic veil. French also passed a law to ban the wearing of full Islamic veils in public institutions. France President Nicolas Sarkozy, said the burqa was "not welcome".

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British Citizenship Law http://www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk/britishcitizenship/othernationality/Britishcitizenship/borninukorqualifying territory/


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UNHCR and Asylum Aid Report http://www.unhcr.org.uk/resources/monthly-updates/november-2011update/statelessness-report.html


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French Government not welcome Foreign Man http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2010/02/20102311368461133.html

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A mass exodus of Christians25 is currently underway. Millions of Christians are being displaced from one end of the Islamic world to the other. We are reliving the true history of how the Islamic world, much of which prior to the Islamic conquests was almost entirely Christian, came into being. In the middle-east, Palestine crisis is still pending to be solved. It is not only the Arabs and the Palestinian governments who are turning a blind eye to the mass displacement of Palestinians. Human rights organizations and the mainstream media26 in the West are also ignoring the plight of the Palestinians. This is, after all, a story that lacks an anti-Israel angle. More than 55,000 Palestinians have been forced to flee Syria to Lebanon and Jordan over the past two years, according to figures released by the United Nations Work and Relief Agency [UNRWA]. According to Palestinian sources, more than 2,000 Palestinians have been killed in Syria, most in recent months, by both the rebels and the Syrian army. Most of the Palestinians who fled Syria have found shelter in neighbouring Lebanon, where more than 500,000 Palestinians live in several refugee camps in different parts of the country. It is worth noting that Palestinians in Lebanon are subjected to apartheid laws that deny them work, social and health benefits, and freedom of movement.

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The mass exodus of Christians from the Muslim World http://nocompulsion.com/the-mass-exodus-ofchristians-from-the-muslim-world/


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Palestinians in Syria Killed, Injured, Displaced http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/3706/palestinians-syriakilled-injured-displaced

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Burma: What Should Be Done Tackling Illegal Immigration of Bengali so-called Rohingya

There are three main areas we must emphasis so as to restore peace, stability and development of the Arakan state: i.e. restoring rule of law, tackling corruption and poverty alleviation which all will contribute preventing further conflicts as well as tackling so-called Rohingya (Bengali) Citizenship problem. Burma must strengthen the rule of law by encouraging reform in the justice sector, to include fostering the independence of the judiciary; and to increase access to justice. The fundamental of all must be tackling corruption and respecting rule of law at all levels especially immigration officers, border security officers, administration officers, military officers, police officers and religious affair officers. In the past, successive responsible officers of various departments failed to implement Burma's 1982 Citizenship Laws which largely contributed compilation of today Bengali population in Arakan. All the illegal immigrants should be housed at the refugees camps. Speaking of his refugee policy, Burmese President Thein Sein noted, We will send them away if any third country would accept them. Or so-called Rohingyas (Bengali) need to leave on a one-way back to their country of origin: Bangladesh.

At present the emir of Qatar has funded and shipped 3,500 terrorists27 from Tunisia to Burma to slaughter more Buddhists in Burma. Burma is facing the threat of potential terrorist attack. Close cooperation with international and regional organizations - governments and non-governments alike - Burmese Government should plan a Counterterrorism Readiness Strategy to implement and complement on how to respond, handle and take action in the event of emergency. The Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) should help Burma taking preventive and precautious measures to tackle terrorism.

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THE INNOCENT AND PERSECUTED ROHINGYA MUSLIMS IN BURMA: A HISTORY OF RAPE, GENOCIDE AND GRISLY MURDERS OF BUDDHISTS BY BANGLADESHI MUSLIMS http://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2013/05/02/the-innocentand-persecuted-rohingya-muslims-in-burma-a-history-of-rape-genocide-and-grisly-murders-of-buddhists-by-illegalbangladeshi-muslims/

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Burma should work closely with the Global Counterterrorism Forum, Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering, to strengthen Anti-Terrorism Work, to tackle terrorist activities and terrorist organizations and terrorist financing. Burma should have the legal frame work for the freezing, forfeiture, seizure, or detention of terrorist assets and property and to combat terrorist financing and acts of terrorism. International NGOs such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) should be impartial in advocating for their interest groups in Burma. Media should be responsible and they should be ethical in reporting news. Addition, media should rely on reliable news sources rather than one-sided voices. Burma border security must be increased. International Community should help Burma building manmade barriers such as RC Concrete Fence installing with CCTV 24-hour surveillance stationed with specialist forces especially trained for gathering intelligence on extremist organizations and violent groups. As a matter of priority, the organization of Immigration service personnel (La-Wa-Ka) in Arakan (Rakhines) State must be strengthened.

UN and International Community should help Burma training, empowering and expanding Burma Immigration officers. Burma must ensure that Arakan State has an excellent transportation network and International Community should help building and maintaining highway roads, railways and airports. Arakan State civil services need to be strengthened, in particular, the Office of General Administration and the Department of Religious Affairs. International Community should help empowering and training officers with skills, man power and hi-tech technology so as to effectively administer the region in accordance with rule of law. Education is the fundamental solution for almost all of the problems. More secular schools must be opened and children should be able to go to school. International Community should help Burma empowering teachers, supporting teaching careers and teachers' welfare especially in Arakan state. Burma needs to expand civic education in order to eliminate extremist teachings, especially in religious schools for the Muslim communities in Arakan State.

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International Community should help Burma building new school, supporting teaching materials and recruiting secular teaching. Muslim communities must be able to function in the Myanmar

language; to this end literacy courses need to be implemented amongst these communities. UN and international Community should help Burma teaching Burmese literacy especially amongst Bengalis. Arakan States economy and business environment need to be enhanced, so that livelihood and employment opportunities are created and expanded. All groups must be able to speak the Burmese (Myanmar) language, and understand Burma (Myanmars) traditional cultures. Measures need to be taken to instil a sense of loyalty and allegiance to the Union of Burma (Myanmar). International Community should help Burma with implementing development projects in Arakan state which will create jobs opportunities and tackling poverty.

The Burmese government needs to urgently initiate a process for examining the citizenship status of people in Arakan (Rakhine) State, implementing the provisions of the current 1982 Citizenship Law. International Community should help Burma collecting data for census in order to identify Burmese Citizenship in accordance with Burma's 1982 Citizenship Laws. All villages and communities should be able to receive correct and factual news via radio programmes, news bulletins, and public address systems. International community should help Burma providing fast and reliable internet access, telecommunication and satellite network systems. All the illegal immigrants should be housed at the refugees' camps. Bangladesh must also take responsibility to take all Bengali illegal immigrants in Burma. Addition, 57 member states of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) should take all 500, 000 illegal Bengali so-called Rohingya from Burma. Above measures must be implemented so as to solve so-called Rohingya (Bengali) Citizenship problem, to promote human rights, to promote respecting rule of law, and to promote human development which will in turn will promote peace, stability and prosperity in Burma and in the world at large.

Acknowledgement: Massive thanks to Rakhine Commission Report 2013 which contribute largely for root-cause and what should be done parts of this document.