By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
December 15, 2014
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) are the most oppressed people in our planet. They face elimination in the Buddhist majority country, which is rightly called the ‘den of hatred and intolerance’ in our time. Not a single day goes by when their community members don’t face repeated persecut [...]
By Phyu Phyu Zin,
December 08, 2014
Eight people arrested in Rakhine State for their refusal to be registered as “Bengali” during Myanmar’s nationwide population census were sentenced December 2 to two years in prison, according to Daw Wai Wai Nu, director of the Women Peace Network Arakan.
Maungdaw Township Court in Rakhine State sentenced t [...]
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- [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.