Act for Displaced (AFD) collaborated with the Indian Constitutional Aid Association (ICAA), a group of dynamic minds coming from different spheres of profession ranging from Law to public policy as well as research, to conduct a socio-economic survey concerning the distressed Rohingya refugee community in Delhi NCR.
Rohingyas have been arbitrarily deprived of their nationality and persecuted in Myanmar, while also being denied adequate protection as refugees and stateless persons in neighbouring countries. In 2017, the Burmese army led a brutal crackdown on the community. It led to the killing of thousands of Rohingyas. Furthermore, the Burmese army was also involved in a large number of gang rapes, tortures, and various other human rights violations. As a result, nearly 7,00,000 Rohingyas were forced to flee to neighboring countries. India has 40,000 Rohingya refugees at present, out of which only 16,500 are registered with the UNHCR. The United Nations says there are 16,000 registered Rohingya in India, but many more are believed to be undocumented.
As part of the collaboration, our teams visited the Rohingya refugee camps in Delhi today and collected information about the living and financial conditions of the community through personal interaction and data collection through questionnaires.
Furthermore, both ICAA and AFD are jointly drafting a research report highlighting the key findings through our field visit and submitting the report to relevant national and international authorities for appropriate actions to be taken along with designing a model of policy for persecuted minorities from the international territory.