The European Rohingya Council (ERC) was launched in Esbjerg, Denmark Roundtable held on 6th and 7th October 2012. The roundtable brought together many concerned Rohingya activists residing across Europe, who unanimously agreed to form a Europe-wide Rohingya organization to strive for the cause of Rohingya minority that is on the verge of extermination from the Arakan State, Burma (Myanmar).
More than one hundred Rohingya youths with vision, passion, solidarity, hope, unity and perseverance finally decided to form an umbrella organization with the name of ERC.
Here members and chairs agreed on the ERC Membership and Organization structure, the Vision and Mission Statements as well as the way forward for the National and International Groups.
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Who are the Rohingyas?
The Rohingya are one of the most persecuted communities in the world (Ref: United Nation). According to historians and scholars, Rohingya have been living in Arakan (which is now part of Modern day Myanmar) since many centuries ago. In addition, Rohingya have been officially recognized as ethnic minority and citizen by four successive governments of Myanmar after independent from British. However, after decades of oppression and marginalization since 1962 military coup, the infamous discriminatory 1982 citizenship law stripped away the ethnic and citizenship rights of more than a million Rohingya; therefore, become officially stateless in their own ancestral land.