After years of systematic deprivation and human rights violation to the extent where state policies were introduced to govern their personal lives, Rohingya Muslims, one of the ethnic minorities in Myanmar, fled the border in August 2017 when troops began burning their villages and murdering their loved ones. Today, more than 800,000 stateless refugees live in the world’s most densely populated Refugee Camp in Kutupalong, Cox’s Bazar. Yet, not a day goes by when they are not haunted by the atrocities back home.
Youth Policy Forum’s Rohingya Advocacy campaign is a year-long initiative aimed at ensuring the safe, dignified repatriation of the Rohingya as well as the promotion of the rights of the host community and refugees until such repatriation comes to pass. YPF’s campaign was initiated in November 2020 with its inaugural Rohingya Advocacy panel, and it has since been followed by subsequent advocacy panels in March and June.
The Rohingya campaign primarily focuses on collaborating with top institutions around the world and their student bodies. Through this collaboration, it engages high-level stakeholders in policy dialogue regarding the Rohingya crisis to raise awareness among young people and to create a platform for collective consensus regarding Rohingya repatriation. At the same time, the campaign looks to branch out and make a significant presence in advocating for the rights of both host and refugee communities in Bangladesh.