In Myanmar, the Citizenship Law of 1982 made the Rohingya “stateless.” The Rohingya consider Bangladesh a haven and take to the sea on rickety boats to cross borders. If they do, however, they become “illegal migrants.” Considering such laws unjust, local and international NGOs have been leading struggles to uphold the Rohingyas’ rights in Bangladesh. This article registers the struggles of these organizations against the production of illegality and statelessness. It discusses how they contest and negotiate the thick mix of politics, the local labor control regime, laws, and national regulations, and how in turn the refugees assert their agency through resilience and resistance, individually and collectively.
Against Unjust Laws: Civil Society Activism for the Rights of the Stateless Rohingya “Boat People” in Bangladesh
Arnab Roy Chowdhury is an assistant professor in the School of Sociology at HSE University, Moscow, in the Russian Federation. Prior to this, he was an assistant professor in the Public Policy and Management Group at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. His research and teaching interests include forced migration and refugee studies, social movement studies, ethnicity and nationalism, agrarian studies, and natural resource extraction and labor. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arnab Roy Chowdhury; Against Unjust Laws: Civil Society Activism for the Rights of the Stateless Rohingya “Boat People” in Bangladesh. South Atlantic Quarterly 1 July 2021; 120 (3): 670–676. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/00382876-9155381
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