By Afreen Hashmi, National Law University, Jodhpur.
Rohingya are one of the world’s largest and most prominent groups of stateless people, trapped not only in a protracted refugee situation, but also in a protracted situation of statelessness. In 2015, to escape systemic violence and persecution from the Burma government, thousands of Rohingyas migrated from Burma and Bangladesh, collectively dubbed as the ‘boat people’ by international media, to Southeast Asian countries including Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand by rickety boats via the waters of the Strait of Malacca and the Andaman Sea. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that about 25,000 people have taken to boats between January and March, 2015. There are claims that around 100 people have died in Indonesia, 200 in Malaysia and 10 in Thailand during their journey. (more…)