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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More than 620,000 Rohingya people have fled into Bangladesh [Andrew Stanbridge/Amnesty International]

Virtual reality 360 film shows Rohingya’s plight

  A man forced to bury his son after watching Myanmar's military kill him, a woman who was gang-raped by soldiers, and another woman who...
Reuters reporter Ko Wa Lone, left, and Ko Kyaw Soe Oo. (Facebook)

Two journalists covering Rohingya crisis in Burma arrested for possessing ‘secret papers’

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, who in recent months have covered the military crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Burma,...
The remains of burnt villages near Maungdaw in Northern Rakhine State are seen on Oct. 10, 2017. Rohingya Muslims remaining in Myanmar's Rakhine state and other communities in the violence-racked region are so terrified of each other that life has basically ground to a halt, the Red Cross said on Dec. 13, 2017. (Marion Thibaut / AFP/Getty Images)

Aid group says at least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar in first month of...

The international aid group Doctors Without Borders has released the first survey-based estimate of how many Rohingya were killed during the first and bloodiest...
What is important is the fact that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s high-level meeting with Chief Ministers of five North-Eastern States

Facing the Rohingya challenge

India is spot on in its approach of tightening borders controls to handle the influx of Rohingya Muslims. However, unless New Delhi takes the...
Described as ‘wretched of the earth’ they are unwanted in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh where they have have taken shelter.video

VIDEO: The Rohingyas ‘Long March to Freedom’

ROME, Dec 13 2017 (IPS) - Over 800 000 of the 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims from the Rakhine state in Myanmar have been on...