Daily Archives: November 9, 2017

Security officers gather before a ceremony for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila, Philippines, November 5, 2017. © 2017 Reuters

APEC/ASEAN: Prioritize Rohingya Crisis

Address Deteriorating Rights Situations in Vietnam, Philippines, Cambodia Security officers gather before a ceremony for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Manila, Philippines, November 5, 2017. (New York) – World leaders meeting for...
Rohingya Muslim refugees who were entered Bangladesh by boat walk towards refugee camps after landing in the Bangladeshi district of Teknaf.PHOTO: AFP

Myanmar says UN statement on Rohingya crisis could harm talks with Bangladesh

YANGON (REUTERS) - Myanmar said on Wednesday (Nov 8) that the United Nations Security Council's statement on the Rohingya refugee crisis could "seriously harm" its talks with Bangladesh over repatriating more than 600,000 people...
Amnesty International and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) hosted a panel discussion titled Ending Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar on Wednesday, Nov. 1.

Amnesty event illuminates Rohingya persecution

Amnesty International calls on the Canadian government to do more to address crisis in Myanmar Amnesty International and the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) hosted apanel discussion examining the persecution currently faced...
Katie Arnold 6 Min Read UKHIA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the cyclone season comes as a relief to most Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. But not Noor Alom, who had been searching for his six-year-old daughter for two days. Fatima left their home, which sits near three putrid latrines, to play on a nearby hillside - and never came back. “Nobody has any news about her,” Alom told the Thomson Reuters Foundation after another exasperating search in the blistering heat, his wife rocking on the floor beside him. “I am so worried that someone has sold her and taken her to another place,” he said. “People told me that it occurs here.” His fears are not misplaced. The United Nations (U.N.) says trafficking networks already exist in southern Bangladesh’s sprawling camps, which have been overwhelmed by the arrival of more than 600,000 Rohingya fleeing Myanmar over the last two months. It says killings, arson and rape of Rohingya Muslims by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since Aug. 25, in response to coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts, amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing. Six out of ten of the new arrivals in the Bangladesh camps are children, providing a fertile hunting ground for traffickers looking for young girls to recruit as maids. Thousands of children have, at some point, been separated from their families amid the chaos. “It is a major, major risk,” said Jean Lieby, head of child protection at the U.N. children’s agency (UNICEF) in Bangladesh. “Young girls might enter into this type of trafficking and then end up in one of the big cities.” KIDNAPPERS Nazir Ahmed, a Rohingya refugee in the camp, set up an information center two months ago, which he said has already reunited some 1,800 lost children with their parents. Despite its important title, the center’s only equipment is a wooden table and a megaphone. But, from the moment the sun rises, it is inundated with people looking for their loved ones. “For the Rohingya who have just come here, this place is new,” said Ahmed. “If they go far from their house, they can easily get lost.” On the morning the Thomson Reuters Foundation visited, two toddlers sat beside Ahmed, staring with terror at the wall of bodies in front of them. A young child clutches her younger brother as she looks for her family in the Kutupalong makeshift camp in Ukhia, Bangladesh on October 24, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation / Katie Arnold

Traffickers prey on lost Rohingya children in Bangladesh camps

  UKHIA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The end of the cyclone season comes as a relief to most Rohingya in Bangladesh’s Kutupalong refugee camp. But not Noor Alom, who had been searching for his...
Chechnya Could Force Russia's Hand on the Rohingya Crisis

Chechnya Could Force Russia’s Hand on the Rohingya Crisis

Ramzan Kadyrov’s strong words on the Rohingya’s persecution could impact Russia-Myanmar ties. On September 4, 2017, Chechnya’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, held a rally in Grozny that mobilized tens of thousands of Chechens against Myanmar’s repression...
The Rohingya have been fleeing persecution in Burma for decades

Burma’s final solution

Since, August 25 more than half a million Rohingya Muslims and Hindus, women, children and men have fled their homes in the Rakhine state of Burma as the army and Buddhist vigilantes systematically burning...
Rohingya Muslims who have fled persecution in Myanmar wait along the border for permission to move further toward refugee camps near Palong Khali, Bangladesh, Thursday, Nov. 2.

Gazette editorial: Tragedy in Myanmar

  In the Southeast Asia country of Myanmar (formerly Burma) the Buddhist majority systematically murders a Muslim minority called Rohingya. Military units cold-bloodedly massacre Muslim villages. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights calls it “a...
A group of Sri Lankan hardline Buddhists protest outside the United Nations office in Colombo on September 27, 2017. On September 26 radical Buddhist monks stormed a United Nations safe house for Rohingya refugees near Sri Lanka's capital and forced authorities to relocate the group, officials said. (Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP/Getty Images)

The Regional Reach of Buddhist Nationalism

Myanmar isn’t the only country where Buddhist nationalists are whipping up anti-Muslim sentiment.   As hundreds of thousands of Rohingya flee across the border from Myanmar to Bangladesh, stories of terror and suffering continue to mount:...
Considering it is destroying Buddhism, extremist monks protest against the government in Yangon, Myanmar. Lynn Bo Bo/EPA

Militant Buddhism is on the march in South-East Asia – where did it come...

Even ten years on, the first mental image that comes to mind with regard to Theravāda Buddhism is that of Myanmar’s Saffron Revolution of August-September 2007: thousands of Buddhist monks peacefully demonstrating in the...

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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...