Saiyadul Amin - is he
Burmese or Bangladeshi?
Maungdaw, 3rd September 2003:
The repatriation of Saiyadul Amin,
a Muslim young man, has stirred up controversies between the officials of the
two neighbouring countries of Burma
The matter has put the administrative high command of Bangladesh
into a fix, sources said. Though the fatherless youth, Myanmarese Refugee
Card # 17434, is officially recorded as living at Block H 73/1, he has been
living for a long time in Teknaf municipality on Bangladesh
side in a rented house with his mother and two other brothers.
But strangely enough his address has been recorded in the Nayapara
Burmese refugee camp in Teknaf. Besides that Saiyadul
Amin by procuring the nationality certificate of Bangladesh
used to travel a couple of times each week to Maungdaw on Burmese side.
He used to do business by travelling between the two bordering towns in this
way alongside drawing his food ration from the Rohingya refugee camp by using
By regularly travelling between the two border towns he developed good
relations with the Immigration Department officials in Maungdaw. On 17
August he was deported with the members of his family to Burma
when a lady immigration officer at Maungdaw identified him as the one
travelling to Maungdaw by using a Bangladeshi pass and denied to accept him as
a Burmese citizen.
When challenged Amin
admitted the charges, which put the Bangladeshi officials into an awkward
situation. The Burmese authority then declined to receive the entire
family and sent them back.
The incident and many other similar ones have put the repatriation process into
a difficult affair, said an immigration official #