Daily Archives: September 26, 2017

Myanmar revokes Rohingya voting

Anti-Rohingya refugee protests:the latest pretext of Islamophobia

Given Sri Lanka’s recent history as one of the main sources of refugees during the three decades of ethnic conflict and the JVP’s 1988-1989 insurgency, the recent protests against the Rohingya refugees are downright...
A Rohingya refugee, carrying his mother, reaches Bangladesh on 16 September, after having fled Burma, where his community is being violently persecuted. More than 400,000 Rohingyas have already fled the violence. (AP/Dar Yasin)

The Rohingya stuck between despair and insurgency

Black smoke rises in the distance. Arefa Begum realises that her house is in flames as she flees the violent military crackdown. The Burmese army has burned down her village, Hasari Bil, north of...
A Rohingya Muslim woman, who crossed over from Myanmar into Bangladesh, wipes her sweat as she waits to receive aid during its distribution near Balukhali refugee camp, Bangladesh, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017. More than 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25, when deadly attacks by a Rohingya insurgent group on police posts prompted Myanmar's military to launch "clearance operations" in Rakhine state. Dar Yasin AP Photo

Myanmar-Bangladesh-India: Grappling with the Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh has seen massive demonstrations in favour of the Rohingya refugees, particularly from Islamist parties and organisations whose sympathy is driven by religious affiliation. Rohingya, Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, ARSA, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sheikh Hasina,...
Random thoughts: The Rohingya massacre

Random thoughts: The Rohingya massacre – Dr A Q Khan

For the past few weeks, we have been seeing and hearing about the horrific persecution of Muslims in the Arakan district of Myanmar (formerly Burma). Fanatic Buddhist monks and regular troops have burnt huts,...
Rohingya refugee children queue for aid in Cox''s Bazar, Bangladesh [Cathal McNaughton-Reuters]

The question of self-identity of the Rohingyas of Myanmar

  By Habib Siddiqui One of the most egregious crimes is to deny a people its inalienable right to self-identify itself. The neo-fascists of Myanmarism have been committing this crime for nearly half a century. To...
Myanmar Army says it has found bodies of 28 Hindus killed by Rohingya militants: AFP

Myanmar Army says it has found bodies of 28 Hindus killed by Rohingya militants:...

Hindus living in Ye Baw Kya village said that militants had entered the village on August 25, killed many people and carried others off into the forest. The Myanmar Army on Sunday claimed that it...
Anifah at the TN50 Dialogue With Malaysians at The Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations in New York on Sept 24, 2017. Source: Facebook

Malaysia rejects Asean declaration on Rohingya as ‘misrepresentation’ of reality

MALAYSIA has disassociated itself from a statement by Asean over the weekend regarding the humanitarian crisis in Rakhine State, Burma (Myanmar), calling it a “misrepresentation of the reality of the situation.” Malaysia’s Foreign Minister Anifah...
Aung San Suu Kyi we hardly knew ye: Cohn

Aung San Suu Kyi we hardly knew ye: Cohn

Interviewing Myanmar’s democracy icon 15 years ago, there were early clues to her political blind spots. In her current position, Aung Suu Kyi, pictured in 2002, is as much a prisoner of her political situation...
Myanmar is often marketed as the "golden land of a thousand smiles". Photo: iStock

Don’t believe the travel brochures: Myanmar is deeply racist and bigoted

The Myanmar that's advertised in travel brochures doesn't match up with the heartbreaking reality we're witnessing in daily news reports. The country is often marketed as the "golden land of a thousand smiles", a...
The tragic ordeal of Rohingyas

The tragic ordeal of Rohingyas

The international community in consultation with the Myanmar government should find a permanent solution to the Rohingyas’ identity crisis and settlement and citizenship issues Since August 25, the Myanmar Muslims or Rohingyas are brutally persecuted...
Myanmar cartoonists lead media jeering as Rohingya flee

Myanmar cartoonists taking aim at Rohingya Muslims spread rapidly across country’s social media

Yangon, Myanmar: Cartoons taking aim at Rohingya Muslims are spreading rapidly across social media in mainly Buddhist Myanmar, where public opinion on the crisis stands in stark contrast to the outcry overseas. This photo shows...

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Professor Abdur Rob Khan

‘Bilateral approach without powerful underwriting will not solve the Rohingya crisis’

Professor Abdur Rob Khan, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, North South University, talks to The Daily Star’s Naznin Tithi about the present...
Above, a structure being constructed on Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast to prepare for the relocation of Rohingya refugees in this October 15, 2018 photo. (AFP)

Moving Rohingya to Bashan Char is not the solution

  Above, a structure being constructed on Bhashan Char island off the Bangladeshi coast to prepare for the relocation of Rohingya refugees in this October...
Sheikh Hasina talking before the UN General Assembly

Rohingya support Bangladeshi leader’s proposal to end crisis

A proposal by Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the United Nations for resolving the Rohingya refugee crisis has been hailed by the Muslim...
The Balukhali refugee camp near Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh, is seen last fall. A Cabinet minister says authorities in Bangladesh will build barbed-wire fences around sprawling camps housing Rohingya refugees to stop their expansion. | AP

Bangladesh to fence in over 30 Rohingya refugee camps to halt their sprawl

ASIA PACIFIC / SOCIAL ISSUES DHAKA – Authorities in Bangladesh will build barbed-wire fences around sprawling camps housing Rohingya refugees to stop their expansion, a...
Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, April 24, 2019 (AP photo).

Rohingya Refugees Risk Going Back to Another Genocide in Myanmar

Myanmar’s government is pushing for the more than 1 million Rohingya refugees currently in Bangladesh to start returning to the country, in an effort...