- Rohingya is a generic term referring to the Sunni Muslim inhabitants of Arakan, the historical name of a Myanmar border region which has a long history of isolation from the rest of the country. Since 1989, this region has been officially designated as the Rakhine State. However the majority of people of concern are from the northern part of the Rakhine State, from the three townships of Maungdaw, Buthidaung and Rathedaung.
- It is thought that the Rohingya are of mixed ancestry, tracing their origins both to outsiders (Arabs, Moors, Turks, Persians, Moguls and Pathans) and to local Bengali and Rakhine. They speak a version of Chittagonian, a regional dialect of Bengali which is also used extensively throughout south-eastern Bangladesh.
- The Rohingya are virtually friendless amongst Myanmar’s other ethnic, linguistic and religious communities. They were not formally recognized as one of the country’s official national groups when the country gained independence in 1947, and they were excluded from both full and associate citizenship when these categories were introduced by the 1982 Citizenship Act.
- As well as being stateless, Myanmar’s Rohingyas are confronted with other forms of persecution, discrimination and exploitation. These include (but are not limited to) forced labour, extortion, restriction on freedom of movement, the absence of residence rights, inequitable marriage regulations and land confiscation. The Rohingya also have limited access to secondary and tertiary education as well as other public services.
- As a result of such deprivations, large numbers of Rohingya have left Myanmar and taken up residence elsewhere. While there is a general lack of precision with respect to the number of people involved, there are estimated to be up to 400,000 in Bangladesh, a similar number in the Gulf states, some 200,000 in Pakistan, 20,000 in Thailand and 15,000 in Malaysia. UNHCR estimates some 750,000 Rohingyaremain in northern Rakhine state and other parts of Myanmar.
What is the Rohingya crisis?
In August 2017, violence erupted in Rakhine State in Myanmar, targeting the Rohingya people, a stateless Muslim minority. More than 700,000 Rohingya people fled to Bangladesh, triggering one of the fastest growing humanitarian crises in the world.
How many Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh?
An estimated 700,000 Rohingya have been driven into Bangladesh since in August 2017. Over half of them are children according the United Nation High Commission Refugees’ reports.
When hundreds of thousands of terrified Rohingya refugees began flooding onto the beaches and paddy fields of southern Bangladesh in August 2017, it was the children – who made up nearly 60 per cent of their number – who caught many people’s attention.
Today, there are an estimated more than 1 million Rohingya children in Bangladesh and Myanmar, in dire need of humanitarian assistance and protection according UNHCR report – and looking to the outside world for help.
Urgent efforts are needed to help the Rohingya children who are threatened either by the approaching cyclone season in Bangladesh or by ongoing violence and denial of their basic rights in Myanmar.
Who is Japan Peace Charity (NPO)
The Japan Peace Charity (JPC) is a non-profit organization which has been found in October 2017 in Japan with the primary mandate of supporting, enhancing, coordinating humanitarian different sectors for Rohingya in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh. Founder of Japan Peace Charity is a Rohingya Scholar who lives in Japan working for human rights for Refugees in Japan and working with International NGOs as collaboration to seek the Rohingya Refugees in Cox’s Bazaar Bangladesh.
To fulfill Rohingya’s needs in Cox’s Bazaar, JPC is working as corporation with Rohingya Woman Welfare Society as well for Rohingyas in Bangladesh that are initiatives in the most concentrated Camps and can provide basic humanitarian needs to them in the fields.
May we request you to carefully study the corporation letter to understand the JPC’s evaluating guidelines what JPC is working for Rohingyas who are the most disaster human beings in the world at the moment to help and build a better society for them there.
What are Japan Peace Charity’s (NPO) Goal and Activities
Social Education Promotion Activities For Rohingyas Children
- Japan Peace Charity is running more than 10 Arabic and English Medium Schools and 2 more plus Masjids in the different Camps of Cox’s Bazaar Bangladesh which is our first priority to giving Education to Rohingya Children. Each school has approximately 150-180 students.
- Provide Japanese style private tuition “Juku” in parallel of day time school.
- Free interactive English lessons to Japanese people to boost confidence in communicating in English.
- Provide JPC scholarships, financial aids to needy latent ended Japanese students to continue their study.
- Affordable kindergarten school establishment to support working parents.
Social works and Urgent Helps For Basic Needs of Rohingya Refugees Camps
- Urgent helps are providing monthly by Japan Peace Charity for Rohingya Refugees in Camps as following;
- Food Support for families,
- Gas Table Sets,
- Hand Water Pump with Short Pipe and Long Pipe,
- Solar Panels for Schools, and Masjids.
International Cooperation Activities
- Collaborate with renowned organizations world wide working in peacebuilding, conflict resolution, non-violent anti-war activities.
- Invite prominent peace advocates to participate in symposium/conference/seminar in Japan on human rights issue.
- Engage with Japanese government authorities (e.g. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Japan International Cooperation Agency, Chiba Prefecture, The Ichikawa City etc.) for mutual cooperation to realize peace.
Human Rights Protection and Peace Promotion
- Conduct seminar on the plight of Myanmar’s Rohingyas and Kachins in Japan
- Provide life-saving humanitarian aid for Syrian refugees.
- Engage in well being of minority community in Sri Lanka and escalate interfaith partnership.
- Spread Hiroshima & Nagasaki A-bomb painful experiences to outside world to realize peace on the earth.
Disaster Relief Activities
- Support relief works in emergency situation (e.g. tsunami, earthquake, volcano eruption etc.) and cooperate with local governments to handle aftermath of natural disaster.
- Encourage foreign community in Japan to participate in fire drill, evacuation drill proactively. Translate disaster time useful information in multi languages.
- Spread Japan’s disaster management expertise to foreign countries vulnerable to natural disasters like earthquake, tsunami, typhoon etc.