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UN urges Myanmar to grant citizenship...

UN urges Myanmar to grant citizenship to Rohingya Muslims
GENEVA, Nov 22 ― The United Nations adopted a resolution yesterday urging Myanmar to grant citizenship to its Rohingya Muslim minority, ramping up pressure on Yangon to scrap a controversial identity plan. The measure was adopted by consensus in the General Assembly’s rights committee following some wrangling with countries from the 57- [...]

US Says Burma Should Draft New Plan t...

US Says Burma Should Draft New Plan to Give Rohingya Citizenship
By JARED FARRIE, November 13, 2014 NAYPYITAW — The United States on Thursday urged Burma to draft a new plan to allow the ethnic Rohingya minority to become citizens and to scrap a proposed plan to send them to detention camps if they refuse to identify themselves as Bengalis. Most of Burma’s 1.1 million Rohingya Muslims are stateless and liv [...]

Myanmar profits off Rohingya exodus

Myanmar profits off Rohingya exodus
BY RODD PITMAN, Bangkok, November 7,2014 The small wooden boats leave the shores of western Myanmar nearly every day, overloaded with desperate Rohingya Muslims who are part of one the largest boat exoduses in Asia since the Vietnam War. Helping them on their way: Myanmar’s own security forces, who are profiting off the mass departure o [...]

US President to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi...

US President to Meet Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon Next Week
By KYAW HSU MON Wednesday, November 5, 2014 RANGOON —US President Barack Obama will meet with Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon on November 14 during his second visit to Burma, following his audience with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw during the Asean Summit. The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama will be in Bu [...]

When will the Rohingya get to say ‘I ...

When will the Rohingya get to say ‘I Belong’?
By Binny Mary Paul November 4, 2014 It’s now 60 years since the United Nations pledged to protect displaced persons in a 1954 convention, however the number of individuals around the world who are without a nationality has surpassed 10 million. The numbers continue to rise with war in the Middle East escalating and new risks of statelessness [...]

UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop i...

UN resolution urges Myanmar to drop identity plan
By CARA Anna, October 31, 2014 AP news Draft resolutions urges ‘access to full citizenship on equal basis’ for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims. A new UN draft resolution takes aim at Myanmar’s aggressive campaign to have its Rohingya Muslims identify as a term they reject, urging “access to full citizenship on an equa [...]

Number of Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar To...

Number of Rohingya Fleeing Myanmar Tops 100,000
By ROBIN McDOWELL, October 25, 2014 A growing sense of desperation is fueling a mass exodus of Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar, with the number who have fled by boat since communal violence broke out two years ago now topping 100,000, a leading expert said Saturday. Chris Lewa, director of the nonprofit advocacy group Arakan Project, sa [...]

Over 650 Myanmar/Burma Civil Society ...

Over 650 Myanmar/Burma Civil Society Actors Speak Out on the Reality of the Transition
By Burma Partnership | October 21, The forum titled, “Civil Societies’ Review on Myanmar/Burma’s Transition Process: Prospects for 2015 and Beyond”, held on 15 – 17 October 2014 at the Myanmar Christian Fellowship of the Blind Center in Rangoon, brought together over 650 representatives from 257 organizations and networks from across the coun [...]

Burma Blockades Rohingya, Tries to Er...

Burma Blockades Rohingya, Tries to Erase Name
By Robin McDowell,AP new Thursday October 9, 2014 RANGOON — Authorities sealed off villages in Burma’s only Muslim-majority region and in some cases beat and arrested people who refused to register with immigration officials, residents and activists say, in what may be the most aggressive effort yet to force Rohingya to indicate they are ille [...]

Making a Mockery of Democracy

Making a Mockery of Democracy
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 [...]

Young Rohingya Woman Chases Dream of ...

Young Rohingya Woman Chases Dream of Peace and Justice
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. T [...]

Burmese Children’s Rights Violated in...

Burmese Children’s Rights Violated in Thai Detention Centers: HRW
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 [...]

Enumeration of Rohingya a “comp...

Enumeration of Rohingya a “complete failure”, census observers say
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. Th [...]

Arakan High Court rejects appeal in T...

Arakan High Court rejects appeal in Taunggup lynching case
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 [...]

Rohingya Children in Burma Camps Goin...

Rohingya Children in Burma Camps Going Hungry
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 [...]