Joint Press release dated 23nd May 2018

Crackdown on Yaba Trade

We, the undersigned Rohingya organisations worldwide welcome the recent declaration of the Bangladesh Government’s intention to launch a strong crackdown against yaba trade starting from this Ramadan.

We appeal to the Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh to launch a war against drugs by taking a strong and decisive stance against the flow of yaba pills from the Myanmar.

Rohingya refugees currently stranded in the camps of Bangladesh are hereby requested to inform the Bangladeshi authorities on any suspicious activities linked to yaba smuggling. Rohingya elders, community leaders and religious scholars are also requested to educate the younger generation about the dangers of this narcotics that has destroyed countless families in Bangladesh and many countries of South East Asia. At the same time, yaba smuggling has provided the Myanmar army with the resources to carry out genocide against Rohingya Muslims and the ability to wage wars against other ethnic minorities.
Drug trafficking is totally contrary to Islamic values and given the current situation, Rohingyas are hereby urged to take the most drastic stance against the smuggling of yaba. As most of these yaba pills are crossing from the Myanmar side of the border, Rohingya refugees are requested to keep their eyes and ears open and inform the Bangladesh authorities on any suspicious activities related to the cross border yaba trade.

Last not the least, we reiterate that we are grateful to Bangladesh for giving us safe abode when we were being wiped out in 2017.

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)
Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK)
British Rohingya Community in UK
Burmese Rohingya Community in Denmark
Burmese Rohingya Association Japan (BRAJ)
Rohingya Advocacy Network in Japan
Arakan Rohingya Development Association – Australia (ARDA)
Burmese Rohingya Community Australia (BRCA)
Burmese Rohingya Association in Queensland-Australia (BRAQA)
Canadian Burmese Rohingya Organisation
European Rohingya Council (ERC)
Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organisation in Malaysia(MERHROM)
Rohingya American Society
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee
Rohingya Community in Germany
Rohingya Community in Switzerland
Rohingya Community in Finland
Rohingya Community in Italy
Rohingya Community in Sweden
Rohingya Organisation Norway
Rohingya Society Malaysia (RSM)
Rohingya Society Netherlands
For more information, please contact:

Tun Khin (Mobile): +44 7888714866
Nay San Lwin(Mobile): +49 69 26022349
Zaw Min Htut (Mobile): +8180 30835327