Recently, we have seen some lobbyists are saying self-identification is the human rights when they are lobbying for Bengali (so-called Rohingya) when Burmese government is conducting census or when Burmese are refusing to recognize so-called Rohingya. Here, we would like to highlight here that they have omitted important fact of information. Self-identification can be done if group of people are the indigenous to the land but not immigrant or migrant since they have their own roots of ethnic identity. Definition of the indigenous means originating or occurring naturally in a particular place; native. Immigrants or migrant who are not native to northern Arakan cannot do self-identification since they belong to their root ethnic background. For example, in USA any Spanish or Spanish speaking background people are called Hispanics and sometimes US government is referring them with their countries of origin such as Cuban-Hispanic, Mexican-Hispanic or Colombian-Hispanic. If international community including USA keep on insulting Burmese by using the term so-called Rohingya referring to Bengali which Burmese don’t agree might push Burmese closer towards China.
Burma Democratic Concern (BDC)