By BERTIL LINTNER,
September 02, 2014
When the generals who previously ruled Myanmar first said in 2003 that they wanted to introduce a “discipline-flourishing democracy,” it was far from clear what they meant. Presumably, it would be different from so-called “Western-style democracy,” but beyond that, it was anybody’s guess what they had in [...]
By Thin Lei Win/Thomson Reuters Foundation,
Septembers 03, 2014
RANGOON — Wai Wai Nu is a diminutive 27-year-old with pro-democracy activism in her genes and a quarter of her young life spent behind bars.
The former political prisoner is now working to end the persecution faced by her people, the stateless Rohingya Muslims in western Burma.
By Nyein Nyein,
September 2, 2014
CHIANG MAI, Thailand — Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday urged the Thai government to stop arbitrarily and indefinitely detaining migrant children, including Burmese, in violation of international law.
In a 67-page report launched in Bangkok, the US-based international rights group details how Thailand’s im [...]
By Tim Mclaughlin
August 21, 2014
Independent observers of the nationwide census conducted earlier this year have called the enumeration of Rohingya Muslims a “complete failure”, saying the process fell short of international standards in Rakhine State where the minority group was barred by the government from self-identifying.
By AYE NAI
August 19, 2014
The High Court of Arakan State on Friday rejected an appeal by lawyers of seven men accused of murdering 10 Muslim pilgrims in 2012. The trial will now go ahead as scheduled at Sandoway [Thandwe] District Court.
Charged in May with the murder – which involved a Buddhist mob grabbing a group of Muslims from a bus in [...]
By Esther Htusan/AP
August 9, 2014
OHN TAW GYI CAMP, Arakan State — Born just over a year ago, Dosmeda Bibi has spent her entire short life confined to a camp for one of the world’s most persecuted religious minorities. And like a growing number of other Muslim Rohingya children who are going hungry, she’s showing the first signs of severe ma [...]
By Lawi Weng
August 7, 2014
RANGOON — The local government in Arakan State’s Myebon Township has begun examining the citizenship applications of nearly 1,100 residents who have self-identified as “Bengalis” under a controversial pilot program covering Muslims in the state known internationally as Rohingya.
Khin Soe, an immigration officer who [...]
By Lawi Weng
July 29, 2014
RANGOON — A senior Burmese government official has pushed back against a statement from the United Nations on Monday, in which its human rights envoy to Burma warned that the country risked backtracking on political reforms and urged the government to allow more freedom to journalists and activists.
“We do not agree [...]
Monday, July 28, 2014
Myanmar’s plans for the future of Rakhine State could result in the “permanent segregation” of its Buddhist and Muslim communities, a United Nations envoy warned in Yangon on July 26.
The UNrapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, Yanghee Lee, said there was a “deplorable” situation in camps f [...]
Monday, July 28, 2014
Medecins Sans Frontieres has expressed cautious optimism about its invitation to resume operations in Rakhine State and hoped to begin work soon there soon, the international medical aid organisation said on July 25.
In a statement issued in Amsterdam, it welcomed announcements by the Union and Rakhine governments that i [...]
By Alex Bookbinder
July 27, 2014
Concluding a ten-day visit to Burma, the UN’s new special rapporteur on human rights, Yanghee Lee, painted a decidedly mixed picture of the country’s ongoing reform process at a press conference held at Rangoon airport on Saturday evening. She described the conditions in displacement camps across the state as [...]
By Paul Mooney & Thin Lei Win/Reuters
Friday, July 25, 2014
INN DIN, Arakan State — Visitors to the medical facility in one of Burma’s poorest and most remote regions are greeted by a padlocked gate and a sign reading: “Clinic closed until further notice.”
A vehicle that used to ferry around doctors and patients parked next to the neat co [...]
July 24, 2014
The Arakan State government has invited international aid organisations — including Médecins Sans Frontières, which was dramatically expelled from the state nearly five months ago — to continue operations in the troubled region.
In an announcement published by state media on Thursday, Arakan leadership said that 24 specif [...]
Keynote speech by Prof. B T Win*
On March 2nd. 1962, the day the military takeover Burma, Eugene’s Younger brother Sao Myee Myee Thaike was deliberately shot on that night as the Burmese army raided the President’s home. Since then more than half of the past-century, the various military administrations of Burma, was one of the w [...]
By Lawi Weng
July 17, 2014
RANGOON — The newly appointed chief minister of Burma’s conflict-torn Arakan State appears to be struggling to win the trust of Rohingya Muslims, who continue to live in squalid camps after being driven from their homes in rioting two years ago.
Chief Minister Maung Maung Ohn, who is also a general in the armed forc [...]