Who We Are

The Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) is an umbrella group for Rohingya organizations from around the world. The ARU works to protect the rights of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

We, the Rohingya Congress the representative of political and socio-cultural organizations, attending the historic Rohingya Convention held on May 30-31, 2011 at Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Headquarters in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

  • UNITED

    by a common desire and collective will to work together in seeking a just and lasting political solution to the long standing and deep rooted Rohingya problem through peaceful means;

  • RECALLING

    that almost half of the total Rohingya population has been forced to diaspora who have the right to return to their historical homeland of Arakan with honor and dignity and integrate with those who are left behind in Arakan;

  • NOTING

    that it is utmost necessary for preservation and growth of Islamic culture, historicity and cultural heritage of the Rohingya people without prejudice to the preservation and growth of other religious and indigenous cultures in Arakan;

  • INSPIRED

    by the initiative and appropriate steps of the Secretary General of OIC, H.E. Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, in accordance with the Resolution No. 4/37 – MM  issued by the 37th Islamic Conference of Foreign Ministers (ICFM) which urged the Rohingya parties to cooperate and unite their ranks under a united coordination council;

  • ENCOURAGED

    by the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed on June 9th, 2010 at OIC Headquarters which called for the creation of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) at a Rohingya Convention to be held at suitable place and time;

  • AWARE

    fully of the fact that the Rohingya people have more than a millennium old historical background of establishment in Arakan; their role in the transformation of Arakan into a strong maritime power of the Bay and the present regime and its collaborators’ evil intention of erasing their contribution through distortion of historical facts and false propaganda;

  • COMMITTED

    with the principles that peaceful co-existence, democracy, human rights and an indivisible Arakan should be accepted in theory and practice by both Rohingya and Rakhine, the two major ethnic peoples of Arakan;

  • RECOGNISING

    that rapprochement and cooperation with the Rakhine community is in the interest of all peoples of Arakan and to work together with full understanding with all democratic forces and ethnic nationalities of Union Burma is a pre-requisite for the restoration of genuine democracy in Burma;

  • CONVINCED

    of the fact that without a well-planned and wellcoordinated united effort and support of the Rohingya masses and the international community solution to the Rohingya problem will remain elusive;

  • INSPIRED

    by the determination and conviction that this united struggle shall continue unabated until the ongoing oppression, ethnic cleansing and extermination against the Rohingyas are stopped; their inalienable political, socio-cultural, economic, education and religious rights are restored and they are treated equally with all other ethnic nationalities and citizens of Myanmar;

  • DO HEREBY DECIDE

    to establish, through this Charter, the legal and institutional framework of Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) on this historic day of July 7th, 2013.

GENERAL PRINCIPLES

*  The territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

*  An indivisible Arakan region within the Republic of the Union of Myanmar;

*  An inclusive and democratic Myanmar

*  The recognition and protection of the rights of Rohingya minority in Myanmar by the Government of Myanmar, including their culture, religion, ethnicity, political – both individual and collective

*  Resolving political and socio-economic problems by political means through mutual respect and recognition, dialogue, negotiation, and compromise

Dr. Wakar Uddin

Dr. Wakar Uddin

Director General of Arakan Rohingya Union

THE AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

*  Restoration of citizenship and ethnic rights of the indigenous Rohingya minority in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar

*  To improve living conditions for Rohingyas in Arakan and in refugee communities in other countries

*  To seek better protection for Rohingya and non Rohingya Muslim community living in Republic of the Union of Myanmar

*  To seek Rohingya educational development and rehabilitation admission of larger numbers of Rohingya students to world universities

*  Demand – with all legitimate means- that Arakan Rohingya Muslims be granted all the rights guaranteed by the instruments of the United Nations and human rights organizations on equal footing with all the other free peoples of the world

*  Promote and empower Sunni Islam in society both in terms of belief and behavior

*  Preserve the Islamic identity of society and building the Islamic integrated personality

*  Foster interaction, solidarity and coexistence among the components of the Arakan Rohingya society

*  Foster interaction, solidarity and coexistence among the components of the Arakan Rohingya society

*  Participate actively in the development of society

*  Train competencies and capacities such as to guarantee the wellbeing and security of society