Tuesday 31 July 2012

Arakan Crisis during UN Envoy Visit

The government indulges the Rakhine people while Rakhine people party- RNDP is being the in-charge for Arakan state. From the beginning of the violence, Law and Order have not been applied on aggressive Rakhines, the local security forces have been permitted to shot Rohingyas, seizing Rohingya people's lands and forcing them into tents, rejecting their rights, blocking aid and compelling to die from starvation, and handing over to relocate at another country, are very clear part of the government's involvement.

However, UN just talking for inquiry despite that have not been agreed by the both Myanmar junta and Srilanka dictator from the past five years. Instead, UN must take another workable step.
The second visit of UN envoy could not find anything and such visit could not end the crisis either. The power of UN is also not clear as its envoys have been guided by the military generals and unable to visit freely. In this manner, all Rohingyas will be terminated progressively.

Yesterday, immigration minster Brigadier General Khin Ye talked to the press that the Bengali immigrants of Rakhine state will not be counted for census of 2015.

Sittwe Crisis (31 July):
A Rohingya family going across the farming land of Tambi village (Tambi Fara or new Chicha Fara), were arrested by Nasaka forces in the afternoon of 31 July. The father was tied up and hanged at the tree while the rest were laid on the ground. The forces accused them as members of Al-Qaeda and shot the father's hand first. When the family members screamed and craved for help, another bullet shot at the forehead of the father, the elder son was shot at tight, the younger son was shot at around abdomen and the mother was beaten to unconscious.
Both the father and the younger son were died on the spot and the rest two were still unknown.

Afternoon, after the UNDP staffs leaved the camps, two police and a RNDP member came to arrest a Rohingya who work as an interpreter for UNDP. During they grabbing away the interpreter, the villagers noisily came out and rescued the interpreter. The police throw the guns away and ran towards outside the village. After that, the two police reported as the Rohingya villagers began mutiny against the authority.

The gangs of RNDP await across the roads near by Roghingya villages. They rush to check every vehicle come out from Rohingya villages. They informed the driver that they will take over in case any Rohingya found in the vehicle.

A ship load of foods sent by Yangon based Muslim organizations has been arrived at Sittwe bay but it was blocked by Rakhine authorities administered by the Arakan state minster Dr Aye Maung who is also chief of RNDP. Despite it has been permitted by president Thein Sein.  First, the Rakhine authority asked to distribute 80% to Rakhine, 10% to military and the rest 10% for Muslim. In this manner, the ship has been stopped more than 3 days and totally not allowed to come near the jetty.
According to the source received today, the ship has been finally allowed to park at the jetty with the agreement of 20% distribution for Rakhine people. But it is not sure whether all the foods will be handed first to the authority.

Rakhine people destroyed their huts and some bamboo houses in Rakhine village of Mingan and rushed to take shelter today at the Buddhist monastery before the arrival of UN envoy. Remaining muslim villagers in Aungmingala village, have been forced to go to the bazaar and authority prepared to film it.

Related info:

Myanmar totally rejects the attempts by some quarters to politicize and internationalize the situation as a religious issue

Burma's Fabrications Ahead of UN Rapporteur Quintana

Translation of- MP U Shwe Maung's Parliamentary Speech in Burmese Parliament Relating to Arakan Crisis on 25 July

Burma's Fabrications Ahead of UN Rapporteur Quintana Visit

Source from Rohingyablogger, 30 July 2012
"There are several hypocritical attempts ans steps taking by the government in Arakan to deceive the visiting UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana about the actual situation of Arakan and to cover up the crimescommitted against Rohingyas.

Attempt 1
The authority are forcing the leaders of Rohingyas in Maung Daw and Buthidaung to say to Mr. Quintana that they are in peaceful situation and government has only arrested those who involved in the violence. 

Attempt 2
The authority are clearing all the blocks to show that people can move freely and forcing Rohingyas to re-open the remaining businesses.

Attempt 3
Until two days ago, Rohingyas were not allowed to do their lifeline cultivation of crop rice. Now, the NaSaKa in Maung Daw are forcing Rohingyas to start their cultivation and subsequently taking photographs of them.

Attempt 4
NaSaKa is behaving as if they are giving some food rations. The foods given to Rohingyas are taken back by NaSaKa after the completion of their photographic sessions.

Attempt 5
Authorities in Sittwe are repairing few remaining Mosques and painting them. 

Attempt 6
Authorities and Rakhine leaders are visiting the Rohingya camps, persuading Rohingyas and calling them as if their brothers.

Attempt 7
The government also ordered all people to attached the postcards with the symbol "NSK" to their the shirts." Rahim from Maung Daw reported.

In short, authorities in Arakan commanded all Rohingyas and Rakhines that they must, though externally, show solidarity and live like friends from 1st August to 5th August. This pseudo-solidarity and peacefully living together for five days is certainly an attempt to deceive the visiting UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana. C'mon, tyrannic regime and extremist Rakhines! Don't be afraid to show your true faces. Don't try to
deceive the world.

Moreover, according to one of the internal source, the police custodies in Maung Daw and Buthiduang have become Burmese Version of Nazi Extermination Camps where many Rohingyas arrested and locked up are being killed through tortures and various other means. The Rohingyas including under-aged ones are kept without water for days. When they are given foods, it is not on the plates but on the ground. Then, their hands are tied with ropes and they are forced to eat using their mouths. Besides, authorities of the custodies frequently put SALT into wounds of Rohingyas resulted from the tortures. Whoever dies is buried inhumanely wherever possible. Therefore, it is quite similar to how Jews were treated in Nazi's extermination camps. 

Furthermore, it has been known to the world that the monks in Rakhine state are restricting Rohingyas' access to foods, rations and medication. The monks boycotted 22 Rohingyas villages in Kyauktaw township. No Rohingya from these 22 villages are allowed to go out of their villages in search of foods and making them (Rohingyas) die by starvation inside their villages. To add more horrors, according to a reliable source from Maung Daw, about 2 to 3 Rohingyas per day (including children) are being slaughtered in "Allu Daw Bray (Byay)" monastery opposite to the government hospital in Maung Daw. During the raids by the police and Lunthin (security guards) which are made up of Rakhines, hundreds of Rohingyas were arrested. Some of them were killed on the spot, some have been kept and being tortured in police custodies and some were handed over to the concerned monastery to be slaughtered. The people who are not allowed to inflict pains even on insects, whose religion teaches Metta (loving-kindness), are slaughtering human beings. Unbelievable! These people who are hiding behind saffron might not be Buddhists. They might be influenced more by Hitler than Buddha himself. 

Meanwhile, arresting of educated Rohingyas and their religious leaders continues in Buthidaung and Maung Daw.

The people of the world regretted and mourned after the holocaust of six millions Jews. Then, they decided and took oath to not let happen such kind of atrocities, ethnic cleansing, genocides and the crimes against humanity take place on the earth again. Yet, it is taking place against Rohingyas in Arakan state of Burma. Do come forward to save them before it
is too late. 

Compiled by M.S. Anwar

It's Neo-Nazi Racism, Stupid!

iViews.com , 7/30/2012 - Social Political - Article Ref: IV1207-5209

Burned Down Village in Rakhine Sate, Myanmar
In his book - Worse Than War - Daniel Jonah Goldhagen says that during mass murders, the murderers themselves, their supporters and those who wish to stand idly by practice linguistic camouflage. And this has been the case with the apartheid regime in Myanmar when it comes to its national project towards exterminating or purging out the Rohingyas.

When asked by an independent reporter Barb Weir (from deLiberation) to comment on Rohingya citizenship crisis, an Interior Ministry official working for the Myanmar government said: "After trying for many years to connect them to neighboring countries, we finally have decided that they are most likely the descendants of Swiss nationals that came to Myanmar many centuries ago and lost their passports. Unfortunately, their birth records were lost in an avalanche in Switzerland and so we cannot prove their origin. However, we are negotiating with Switzerland to repatriate them."

When asked by the reporter about the origin of these "illegal immigrants", the govt. official said, "I told you. They're Swiss. And besides, they're Muslim. The Rohingya Muslims are a demographic bomb for Myanmar. We want to remain Buddhist and democratic, and Muslim Rohingyas are a threat to our existence. Muslim self-determination has been expressed in dozens of countries. Why don't the Muslim countries take them? They don't belong here."

When asked if he was worried about being accused of practicing apartheid policy, the official said, "We're not worried."

That tells us all we need to know about the mindset of the Myanmar government vis-a-vis the Rohingya people, not that we did not know what to expect from a representative of that apartheid regime. If you were looking for hearing from the horse's mouth, we have it in President Thein Sein's statement, released in early July. His office said that it would not recognize the Rohingya and would hand over responsibility for them to the U.N.'s refugee agency in Arakan State, adding that it was also "willing to send the Rohingyas to any third country that will accept them."

But frankly speaking, I was rather shocked at the level of haughtiness demonstrated by the interviewee from the Interior Ministry. The interview truly epitomizes denial and arrogance.

Myanmar government wants to portray the Rohingyas as outsiders who had intruded into the country illegally. This small minority, according to official estimate of only 800,000 living in a country of some 56 million, is even depicted as a demographic bomb, threatening Buddhist lifestyle. I did not know Buddhism is that frail. Funny that the Thein Sein regime is even touted as a reform-minded government! If this be the attitude towards a persecuted minority one wonders how appalling it must have been during previous military regimes.

The Rohingyas, of course, are neither Swiss nor from Switzerland, and Switzerland is not Bangladesh either. No matter how the apartheid regime in Myanmar feels untroubled or gleeful about their own savagery and horrendous treatment of this persecuted people, the Rohingyas are from Myanmar or what used to be officially known as Burma. No denial of their existence can obscure this historical fact. It is also ludicrous to imagine that such a small tiny minority could be a threat to Buddhism.

For decades what used to be whispered (and/or unheard by others) in government circles before the latest pogrom was unleashed against the Rohingyas of Burma (Myanmar) has now become somewhat audible for all to hear. Thanks to the new-found guarded openness of the regime. We may not like what we hear though; after all, these are spiteful words - lies - coming from some of the worst racists of our time. But they are brutally candid about disclosing their inner hideous thoughts.

Their recent statements clearly show that for the past half a century, the Burmese government ultimately has been the author of its own actions - their genocidal campaigns, their repeated pogroms, and their apartheid character to eliminate the Rohingya people one way or another. It is this policy which has led to forced exodus of more than a million of Rohingyas, let alone the inhuman condition that their people are subjected to day in and day out inside Myanmar.

As we have witnessed in the past with the Jews of Germany, Bosnian Muslims of former Yugoslavia, Kosovars of Kosovo of former Greater Serbia (and former Yugoslavia), and victims of Rwanda and Burundi, any time such mass extermination or eliminationist projects are launched, it is always about societies and their cultures that contribute to the circumstances that produce extermination plausible as a group or national project -- a project that is led by the state, supported by a good percentage of the nation or its dominant group or groups, and which employs large institutional and material resources.

With the current ethnic cleansing in Arakan against the Rohingyas, we are once again reminded of this ugly truth that it is a national project in Myanmar led that is by a criminal neo-Nazi regime where a good percentage of Rakhine and Burman majority -- brainwashed by their own brand of Julius Streicher in the likes of (late) Aye Kyaw, Aye Chan, Khin Maung Saw and others - are willing participants. The extremist Rakhine politicians and Buddhist monks play their respective roles providing the justification and necessary institutional and material resources for such extermination projects.

As noted by Goldhagen, the targeted groups come to be seen as deleterious to the well-being of the executioner (often a majority) group. In some instances people deem the group's perniciousness so great that they want to eliminate it. "In some of the cases such beliefs become socially powerful and coalesce into an explicit public and political conversation about elimination."

And that is what has happened with the targeted Rohingya people. As part of a very calculated, sinister plan, the unfortunate murder of a Rakhine woman was used as the backdrop to simmer hatred and start the latest extermination campaign against the Rohingya people. It is not difficult to understand why the alleged criminal conveniently died in the prison so that no one would ever know the truth and whether or not he was used as a pawn in what was to follow. Thus, instead of a much anticipated inquiry report on grisly murder of ten Burmese (not Rohingya) Muslims in early June, we heard President Thein Sein's statement that the Rohingyas cannot live inside Myanmar.

As I have noted earlier, crimes at individual levels happen in all societies. But only in eliminationist projects are such crimes used to justify elimination of a targeted group. To do this, the Myanmar regime has employed all five principal forms of elimination - transformation, repression, expulsion, prevention of reproduction, or extermination of the Rohingya people. In spite of world condemnation, the regime, once again backed by its monks and mobs, refuses to allow outside inquiries and refuses to provide necessary food and shelter to the suffering Rohingya victims in this hot summer month of fasting.

So overwhelming is this criminal national project and its scope that when asked to comment about Nobel Laureate Suu Kyi's ignoble comments about the Rohingya, the ministry official said, "She has to equivocate on Rohingyan rights. However, we are confident that just like Nobel laureates Shimon Peres and Barack Obama, she will do the right thing and overlook injustice toward undesirable populations." Ah, we should have known not to build false hopes with people that have mastered the art of double-talks, who talk about 'sympathy' and not 'rights'!

So, what comes next?

President General Thein Sein has publicly stated that the Rohingya people should be expelled and the UN should take their charge. This is racial discrimination, plain and simple. It is an apartheid policy that has no place in the 21st century. The military regimes that preceded Thein Sein have been practicing this Burmanization and Buddhization policy of the country for the last few decades. When General Ne Win assumed power in 1962, he quickly nationalized all businesses and Muslims were the biggest losers. He also purged the armed forces and the civil bureaucracy of Muslims. Many fled (including those with Burmese or Karen spouses) to neighboring East Pakistan (now Bangladesh), Thailand, West Pakistan (now Pakistan), UAE and Saudi Arabia. Anti-Muslim riots took place in Mandlay in 1997 and again in 2001. Some two dozen campaigns have also been directed against the Rohingya people to exterminate or evict them from their ancestral homeland in Arakan.

The real power in Myanmar still lies with the generals. President is their front man. They would continue to make sure that they control government and that the head of the state is a Burman from the majority race. To maintain their tight grip of power, they have created a toxic cocktail of ultra-nationalism (which is pure racism) and religious intolerance (which is bigotry) where the government patronized bare-feet monks are the flag-bearers of this new Myanmar. It is no accident that Nazi insignia - signs and symbols - are hot sales amongst the Rakhines and many Burmans today. They see themselves as the Fascist Germans of the Hitler-era ready to weed out their 'Jewish peril' - the Rohingyas totally. Even the so-called democracy movement icons and leaders have proven to be closet racists and bigots. Indeed, with the advent of a semblance of democracy, majority Buddhists feel they now have a license to kill and persecute minorities. This is tyranny of the majority at its worst.

It is high time that the UN and the international media take notice of this grave historic injustice to the Rohingyas of Myanmar. The Thein Sein regime must be obliged to accept the Rohingyas as equal citizens failing which the entire region would be forced to settle for decades of instability, something nobody wants. It is for the good of Myanmar that it fulfills its international obligations for reaffirming fundamental human rights, securing the life and dignity of the minorities within its territory, as are very clearly enshrined in the preamble of the Charter of the UN. The sooner the better!

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Burma's Rakhine Provocateurs are Hypocrites but the June Massacre is an Open Wound

Abid Bahar

From my research on Arakanese Rakhines and the Rohingyas for the past 32 years, I have no doubt in my mind that the report by MS Anwar (see below) coming directly from Arakan is true. Rakhines are masters of cruel deception. This time to the visiting UN Special Rapporteur, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana deceiving the actual situation of Arakan.(http://www.rohingyablogger.com/2012/07/current-situation-of-arakan-30th-july.html) The cover up of the crime scenes is clear even from Burmese President's previous statement asking for Rohingya's mass deportation.

Today, these Rakhine ultra nationalists are powerful in the Burmese army, security force and in the police. Most dangerous of all is that these Rakhine extremists are also the followers of a Rakhasa Buddhism. Like their cousins in Cambodian and Sri Lanka, they are capable of committing genocide.

Here in Arakan, Rakhine religion of Rakhassa have been used as a religious ideology;meaning Arakan is for Rakhine race only, killing the Rohingyas man, women and children randomly by the use of machetes,with the excuse of Rohingyas as being "foreigners." This is even when the victim Rohingya ancestors were there for centuries, even from the time of the Indian Chandras. For the Rakhine Mogh's historic barbarity in the region, no wonder why Arakan was named by Bengalis as the Moghur Mulluk "Land of the lawless people".

When there is a planned ethnic cleansing (genocide) going on, I wonder why Suu Kyi lost her voice, and Dalai Lama is in his deep meditation, and where is America's fight against terrorism this time when for the sake of its business interest in Burma, how can it define Rakhine terrorism against the Rohingya?

Burma's Rakhine problem is not over yet, Rakhine extremists are dangerous elements and in collaboration with the Generals are good at playing the cat and mouse game, of course until they are caught red handed. I am sure, Mr. Tomas Ojea Quintana and his expert team (different from the previous Indian naive visitor) and the international body already know and couldn't be fooled many times. I am sure, they are almost there because the massacre is an open wound from a full-blown genocide!

Turkish FM meets with representative of Arakan Muslims

30 July 2012, Anadolu Agency 
Davutoglu received Yunus, representative of Arakan Muslims, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.
Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu on Monday received Mohammed Yunus, representative of Arakan Muslims, in the Turkish capital, Ankara.  

The meeting at Davutoglu's residence was held closed to news media.
Head of Turkey's Directorate of Religious Affairs Mehmet Gormez accompanied Yunus during the meeting.
Turkish diplomatic sources have said Yunus had asked for Turkey's support in dealing with the humanitarian crisis which forced many Rohingya Muslims to flee oppression into Bangladesh.

Sources also cited Yunus as asking for support to mobilize international community to step up and send aid to the displaced Rohingya Muslims. 

Sources cited Davutoglu as telling Yunus that Turkey would continue to monitor developments closely and that he was set to send a letter to his counterpart in Myanmar. 

RI ready to fight for Rohingya

Margareth S. Aritonang and Bagus BT Saragih, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Headlines | Tue, July 31 2012, Marty Natalegawa: (JP/Arief Suhardiman)Marty Natalegawa: (JP/Arief Suhardiman)
In his first official statement regarding the prolonged communal violence in western Myanmar between Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa said that Indonesia would raise the problem at the Extraordinary Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, scheduled for mid-August.

Marty said that Indonesia would emphasize its opposition to any kind of human rights violations, including the violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar.

“We must highlight, again, that Indonesia has consistently rejected discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, or any other reason. Our stance also applies to the ongoing attacks against the Rohingya in Myanmar,” Marty told reporters at his office.

Marty also insisted that Indonesia would not sit idly by while western Myanmar burns.

He said that Indonesia had sent an envoy to Bangladesh and Myanmar in 2010 to investigate the conflict between the Rohingya and the Rakhine after refugees from the conflict poured in into the country.

“We have always brought the issue into multilateral and bilateral discussions with Myanmar. So it’s not true that we don’t care. Our silence doesn’t mean we don’t care,” Marty said.

Data from the Foreign Ministry said that 394 Rohingya have sought refugee status in Indonesia, 124 of whom were ready to be resettled in third party countries. The remaining 199 displaced persons are sheltered in a number of refugee camps in the country.

“We always open our door for anyone who needs our help,” Marty said.

Separately, presidential spokesman Julian Aldrin Pasha said that the Indonesian government would not comment on granting political asylum status to the Rohingya who had arrived in the country.

“I have no statement with regard to that,” Julian said at the Presidential Office on Monday.

Hundreds of the ethnic Muslim have fled Myanmar for several nearby states, including Indonesia.

The United Nations claims there are about 800,000 Rohingya in Myanmar, and considers them among the most persecuted minorities in the world.

At least 78 people have been killed in communal violence there in the last month.

Reports say the Rohingya are currently stranded in the Riau Islands, with some in other locations around West and East Java. They left Myanmar to seek safety and asylum from the Indonesian government, with some apparently hoping to continue on to Australia for the same purpose. They are reportedly surviving in poor conditions, lacking food and other basic necessities.

When asked what the government would do about the situation, Julian said the administration had taken all possible measures, but for the time being, Indonesia could only use diplomacy. “The government has been trying its best in our diplomatic efforts with Myanmar. Hopefully these efforts will stop the violence,” he said.

“Our position is clear: we will make any possible diplomatic efforts to help our Rohingya brothers,” Julian added.

Myanmar, meanwhile, has denied the communal conflict was motivated by religion and rejected any effort to bring an international presence into the conflict.

“Peace and stability is indispensable for the on-going democratization and reform process in Myanmar. National solidarity and racial harmony among different nationalities is vital for the perpetuation of the Union. Myanmar is a multi-religious country where Buddhists, Christians, Muslims and Hindus have been living together in peace and harmony for centuries, hence recent incidents in Rakhine State are neither because of religious oppression nor discrimination,” Myanmar’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement.

Monday 30 July 2012

Maungdaw authorities design the town for UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights visit

Source from Kaladan Press, 30 July 2012

Maungdaw, Arakan State: Maungdaw authorities- Township and district administration offices – are designing the town with full of Human rights to welcome UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Tomas Quintana visit  the areas , according to an elder from Maungdaw.

“We heard Mr. Tomas Quintana will visit tomorrow Maungdaw and Buthidaung and the Town authorities are preparing all things are under the control and town people –Rohingyas – are getting all facilities – movement, foods and religious.”

“The town authorities called all the village administration officers to their office and ordered all Rohingyas must be in the field for working rice cultivation, must be open the Rohingya shops.”

“The authorities also shifted all the arrestees from Buthidaung Jail to No.2 Hluntin Battalion of Buthidaung near golf playground, who were arrested in the riot period and kept in a small room where the authority toke off all the clothes from them.”

All Rakhines  - Maungdaw  north and south , from town and other sides ;- Buthidaung and Rathedaung - are gathering at refugee centers (mostly in the monasteries) in Maungdaw before , now the Rakhines are gathering at Maungdaw High school as they are victims of the riot and staying in the refugee center for fear of Rohingyas attack to them, said a school teacher from Maungdaw.  “The Rakhines  were gather in the monasteries when relief goods were distributing time and returned back to their home after received the relief goods. There are no Rakhine refugees in Maungdaw as no Rakhine ‘s houses burned, only Rohingyas’ houses only burned in Maungdaw.”

“Rohingyaa are not getting any relief from any quarters and they more suffering by not giving access to foods and medicines by the authority.”

Besides, Police officer U Hla Sein with other 4 police personnel entered more than 20 houses from Ward number 5 where the police beat the family members – women and children- and destroyed all the house hold items. At last the police toke the family list and handed over to Ward admin, said a villager from Ward number 5.

Foor Khan, 21, son of Syed from Naribill was arrested by Military Intelligence officer Hla Win Khine  today at about 4:00pm where he was tortured  to confessed  to say some name of villagers which the officer want to extort money from them, said a villager.

The military personnel are placed everywhere in Maungdaw Township. Rohingya people can move freely now wherever army personnel are posted. The military is selling rice for Rohingya with high price. Rice-sack porters also are happy for earning something. The Rohingya are not able to buy rice as they have no money. All the money were looted by Rakhine and security forces, said a villager from Maungdaw.

But some policemen -–Assistant police officer Aye htun Sein and sergeant Than Maung Gyi- who stationed near the clock tower are looting money from the people and collecting 1000 kyats as toll on per rice -sack.

The ancient mosque nearby Sittwe airport is under renovation by the local municipality as to show up that the government is taking care of the damages. The lands of destructed houses and mosques have been bulldozed. The situation of Rohingya refugee camps in Sittwe is still unchanged. People are dying by starvation and lack of medical treatments.

Violating human rights beside the unrecognizing citizens is likewise keeping the people at silent killing field. Many people are living in open area without any shelter but sometime they were brought to designated places and taken pictures to show up that they were in safe places, said an educated person from Maungdaw.

“Of course Mr Quintana will visit the villages in Arakan to see the situation but I don’t think the vulnerable Rohingya people will dare to speak to him. If anyone who speaks the truth will be tortured upon leaving of Mr Quintana. It is a worry that the government will make some Rohingya as their puppets and let them meets with Mr Quintana and will hide the reality and cover up their crimes against Rohingyas.”

Amnesty International and many Human Rights Organizations issued the statements that there are arbitrary arrests, mass killings and security forces are targeting Rohingya people. The security forces raid every night the villages in Maungdaw to arrest Rohingya men. The Rohingya women were raped in absence of men as almost men were not sleeping at home for the fear of arrest.

Malaysian government offered aids for displaced people but Burma’s foreign minister Wunna Maung Lwin rejected it. Human Rights expert Mr Ansar Burney was rejected the entry visa to Burma. Turkish Red Crescent is waiting for the response of Thein Sein government to assist the Rohingya people. Iran government is urging the UN to send peacekeeping forces to Arakan. Independent media access is still controlled. Within, this situation, the Rohingya can get their rights from world community, said an old man from Maungdaw.

MP U Shwe Maung's Parliamentary Speech in Burmese Parliament Relating to Arakan Crisis

By NDPHR(exile),
This is the direct translation of-- 
" the speeches of Union Solidarity and Development Party-USDP's MP U Shwe Maung for Buthidaung Town Constituency in his 20 minutes time in Parliament"
at Pyithu Hluttaw (Lower House) Assembly on 25 July 2012,
which has been stored in Youtube. Some part may disconnect and complex. Despite it only a very few part of explanation about the crisis, it could explain somehow about the reality of some part of the situation and how media reacted.
I would support and discuss the thesis of "to grand- the State President's Emergency Act 144, Order No.1/2012" relevant to declaration of emergency condition within Rakhine state.

The declaration of Emergency Act in Rakhine state by the state president is for the violences occurred in May and June have been broadening. And found the administrative works are being unmanageable effectively by issuing and undertaking with Emergency Act 144. Getting the military's help to undertake for urgently materialization of the public security and live peacefully.

I myself was in my constituency of Buthidaung township from 9 May to 10 June 2012. From there, I arrived at Yangon via Sittwe township.
During the violences occurring, according to the people requests I corporately discussed and undertook on time as a public representative.

18 June 2012, I went to Sittwe together with U Maung Oo of public representative for public affairs management committee, Maungdaw township parliament U Aung Zaw Win. And Providing donation to the Rakhine state government for all the people who are suffering from violence and delivered encourage speeches to the local people in the temporary camps.

In regard to the state and public welfare, I would like to state separately four parts depend on my aforesaid experience for not to happen similar violence and multi-races and multi-religions to live peacefully- "Peaceful Co-existence".
1) The root causes of occurrence violences,
2) The causes of taking two weeks long more broadening violences,
3) Suggestion not to happen the next violence and all  local public to live together and peacefully,
4) Current Rakhine state condition and to continuously apply the state president's  Emergency Act 144 Order No.: 1/2012.

Later of I have given list to discuss this thesis, I manage to express reasonably to discuss the requirement of the state president's emergency condition. But, in looking to today discussions, it is sadly found that the discussion with historical, using racial and religious words by less prioritizing on the state president's emergency condition declaration.

But, I would say to thank for the Parliament Chief of Patron had already warned intermediately. I would conserve and exert our speech usages and talks to be worth with the disposition of the Parliament. Meanwhile, our this parliament is express as the nation's highest pride, the greatest power Union Parliament.
Before I state the four facts, I would like to state the occurring cases in Rakhine state particularly in Northern Rakhine State, Middle Rakhine State. Meanwhile, I would not discuss the history as I am not a historian.

But, four parts of our discussions, these problems are; example part I would discuss, secondly the violences more broadening and why took two weeks long. 
Despite I managed to explain shortly this discussion, as a public representative i would explain a little as much as i can in regard of the well being of the nation and the people because now we could misunderstand and propagating to delude the whole nation's 60 millions people.

That is according to Rakhine region, in reality it had lived with history for era. Strengthened as separate Rakhine kingdom. The reason I am talking this, is I am expressing in order not to happen present problem in the future and to assist in solving and live peacefully. Not the purpose with contradiction.
In reality, our Rakhine history is a quite long. In discussion relating to Muslims increasing and inflating in Rakhine state, we have proverb in history that "Rakhine Sittwe and Chittagong are like  Roof and Floor". The history of Chittagong was ruled 200 years by Rakhine kings that have been known to all historians. So, this Rakhine region specially Buthidaung, Maungdaw, Sittwe and Chittagong region in Bangladesh country are closer that is the nature of border has having mutual traveling and communication are not necessary to be puzzled.

But nowadays speakings in slang language are- "came yesterday, came the day, sneaked after Independence". "Brought to work at farming during British Era". I would like to express to know a real situation rather than disputing.

Before Rakhine Independence, bringing as farmers during British era is also at the time Rakhine region's main business was farming. All ethnic people, national people of Rakhine state worked in farming. In reality, for this case we can't talk only an era of British Rule.
Before English, there were having continuity in the histories of long time ago during Rakhine kings. Because at that time our Myanmar was not formed, Rakhine kings did not have ability to rule the whole Rakhine state, much as the kingdom of the city.

Historical tradition, that time Rakhine king Min Saw Mon took refuge at the king of the other side call Gaur City in Bengal. They are many in our history. In refuging so, that king help to enthrone by sending general Sindhikhan with 30,000 troops to Rakhine state and enthroned Rakhine king at Mrauk Oo town. There are many evidence so I would not say them detail.
We are ignoring them and saying "came in English Era, all came sneaky way". I would like to say steadily that if "came during English Era, snaked after 1948". If so,  these two borders have been situated since the beginning of the world so "also came a thousand years ago". Because of the Rakhine kings ruled Chittagong for 200 years, the people of that region would come this side, this side would go there. The best example is the main races- Rakhine, local Muslim in Rakhine state.
Now problem with the term 'Rohingya'.
If we think this, very clear and easy. We are mindfully creating hard the such clear and easy thing by propagating that deems peace in Rakhine state.
In that Rakhine state, races from Myanmar border side there are Rakhine, Dainet, Tak, Mro. There are also all of these races in the other side. Chin state too is like this. Kachin state too is like this. Shan state too is like this.

If I say a word, people' facial, appearance and speak of Middle Rakhine state including Northern Rakhine Northern- are similar with the other side Chittagong, are the greatest evidence of this races are Rakhine ethnic national people. As, there are a lot of Rakhine ethnic national people in the other side. During king Tabin Shwe Thi conquered Rakhine, there were many Rakhines went to refuge at Awa Island.

Yesterday, There has been discovered the very big canoe by Bangladesh Department of Ancient Architecture. So, there are many Rakhine ethnic national people in Tripuri of India. We discovered that Rakhine ethnic national people, Dainet, Chekma are in Bangladesh, present Bangladeshi envoy is Chekma descendant of Rakhine  race too. So, the other side accepted all of these people as ethnic national people and no problem. This is being problem in our side is not natural.
Reality, it is for talking on the basis of unwilling to accept, sharing quota, unwilling to give legacy, separatism.

In reality, by looking the real situation of the primary history, solving this matter by discovering the history before the British Era in this region could be reached to the right answer.
If not, this problem will not be reached to the accurate answer. It will be always abrupt..

Later of this problem, "this people were entered illegally, illegal enterers do like this". No Rohingya in Myanmar. Taking this is- "having Rohingya or not"- is very important to check the people in this region are whether nationals? Ethnic nationals?
The checks had been done through various operation such as Kyikan, Shwe Kyi, Nagamin. Checking and checking, these people in there are like no more require to be checked. However, checking done already. But in 1990, it has not been issued for the various reasons of changing the National Identification Card with National Registration Card. So, they don't have national identity cards. It is not rational to describe these people as non-nationals. Meanwhile, becoming national and national identity are two activities. The national identity cards issue to nationals, the nationals are not become by getting national identity card.

If we look the causes of violences occurred in Rakhine state, it is found distribution inciting letters widely via internet with the name of 'Wanthanu Rakhita' of Taungup town base on a crime at Kyuknimaw village of Rambre township on 28 May 2012. On 3 June 2012, we learned a group of about 300 people grouply also committed crime in Taungup town.
On 3 June 2012, the event of violent attacks of  the No.(1) police station by 200 people was occurred. The root cause of reality of protesting was for about tendering Nazi Bazaar Relating to this, we also learned that protesting the Rakhine government and protested by using racial usages in Rakhine state parliamentary meeting.

I would like to state part(2)- the causes of taking two weeks long more broadened violences, are because of widely incitements through disadvantaging on the occasion of part(1) by some radical people who reluctant multi-races and multi-religions living together and Rakhine state's peace and stability. That lead many of Rakhine state attempted violences so the violences occurred. Here coincidentally, I would like to state a little about Buthidaung, Rathedaung, Maungdaw townships.

On Friday- 8 June 2012, I was in Buthidaung township. As a result of various rumour news, I corporately discussed with authorities for the stability of peace and in order not to transmit calamity  into my town from other towns. So, no problem was occurred. Nothing of inciting violence, attempt. But, I was hearing surprisingly from my bed the declaration of this Act 144 by town administrator during midnight for having attempts to violence in Buthidaung No.(5) Quarter and Rwama Village. I can say exactly as I assisted for peace and stability corporately with town administrator,  chief  of township police, brigadier Kyaw Kyaw Soe- chief of military division.

Moreover, relating to the occasion occurrence in the morning at Tarakpran(Sarapran) village of Rathedaung on 19 June 2012, after approaches to concern authorities were being primitive, they asked for help from me through telephone call for having the local villagers of Tarakpran(Sarapran) were threatened by a gang of arms from 3 days prior to 19 June 2012, the villagers can't sleep, the village will be set fire if the villagers did not come out, threaten to shoot by guns.
That time I was also coming from Buthidaung township and as a cooperative habit with regional authority, I contacted and expressed this matter with Buthidaung military division. That time, when 16 military personals went to safe keeping the Tarakpran(Sarapran) village, the villagers were living safe. But 3 days after, after the military personal leaved, this Tarakpran(Sarapran) village was attacked on 19 June 2012. 500 houses were burnt down and 7 villagers lost lives. But this is also a problem for them so they resisted like human nature, I learnt that caused 10 persons from the aggressive side were lost lives.

But I also noted surprisingly that this news was being reversed in journals, foreign radio meetings.
Later, I knew according to media that the police arrested over 150 villagers. But none of the aggressive attackers who attacked the Tarakpran(Sarapran) village has been detained yet.
It has been caused delaying, for at last it has been coiled up to the political mater from racial and religious matters as a result of propagating in the various journals, radios. 
Peace is important for people to live peacefully and in order not to happen like this violence with the bad part.

World famous scientist Albert Einstein told a proverb- "Peace can't be built by forces, Peace can only be built by understanding". We have to establish the peace by understating. Therefore, we all of Rakhine state must undertake by building an understating and forming a committee with inclusion of concern parliament committee, parliament members, jurists, historians.

It is instructed in our journey on 8 July 2012 with public parliament president and members. I assume  like we must contemplate to undertake- legislating for the safe guard of the benefit of ethnic nationals and nationality case and rights by contemplating concern laws by the parliament representatives.

As part(4), if we look present Rakhine state condition and the president's Emergency Act, with the assistance of military despite the situation has been stable and peace, this peace is not a stable peace.
Therefore, as I a fore stated in part(3), we must get an understating and the Parliament has to legislate a suitable law for this emergency condition. 

The withdrawal of the state president's Emergency Act Order No.: 1/2012, will be after finishing all doubts, ever thing clear, after reaching to such situation.
Before doing that, I would conclude by earnestly supporting to continuously apply the state president's Emergency Act Order No.: 1/2012
thank to all.. 

Warrior Monks: The Untold Story of Buddhist Violence (I)

Source Loonwatch,

29 July 2012 by Danios
This is a part of LoonWatch’s Understanding Jihad Series.

The basic plank of Islamophobia can be summed up as follows:
Islam is uniquely violent compared to other world religions.

Of course, it’s just not true.  In previous articles, I’ve taken a Thor-sized hammer to shatter this myth by proving that Judaism and Christianity are scripturally and theologically just as violent, if not more so.  The Bible is far more violent than the Quran, and both the Jewish and Christian traditions have been just as problematic.
It’s also not true from a historical perspective.

Take Judaism for instance:  According to the foundational narrative in the Bible, for instance, the Hebrews were persecuted in Egypt, forcing them to flee to Palestine.  When they found the Promised Land to be already occupied by the native Canaanites, Moses and the Jews invoked their warrior god to mercilessly slaughter the indigenous population in what can only be called a genocidal holy war.

The Jewish kingdoms were then overrun by outsiders.  Eventually, the Jews came under the rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes, who sought to replace Judaism with his own religion.  The Jews revolted and overthrew him, leading to the emergence of the Jewish Hasmonean Dynasty.  Just previously facing down the barrel of religious oppression, the Jews did not lose a beat and immediately set out oppressing non-Jews.  By force of arms, they sought to expand their borders and to ethnically cleanse the land of infidels, either killing non-Jews, forcibly converting them to Judaism, enslaving them, or simply running them off the land.
This Jewish kingdom fell as well, and the Jews would have to wait until the twentieth century to rule again.  They faced several centuries of oppression and finally ethnic cleansing at the hands of the Nazis, but eventually regrouped in Palestine.  Just yesterday having chanted “never again!”, they seamlessly transitioned to the task of ethnically cleansing Palestine of its non-Jewish population.

Although it’s true that Jews have been on the receiving end of oppression for a great deal of history, it’s also true that they have oppressed when in a position of power.  Is oppression then a matter not of religion but simply of opportunity?
Christians had more opportunity for violence than any other religious group on earth, and it is therefore unsurprising that, from a sheer numbers perspective, they have been responsible for the most acts of warlike aggression than any other.  It is true that Jesus himself never engaged in violent action, but again, this seems to be an issue of opportunity rather than moral repulsion to violence: he was never in a position of political power and was in fact killed by the authorities.  But, according to the Biblical narrative, Jesus will return to earth as a conquering warrior king, flanked by a massive army of earthly and heavenly beasts.  He will then kill all his enemies.

The early Church was not pacifist as many modern-day Christians claim.  Instead, the early Church fathers enlisted themselves as prayer warriors for the imperial Roman armies.  The very minute Christianity rose to power with the conversion of the Roman Emperor Constantine, war in the service of empire and religion was adopted wholesale.  Once persecuted by pagans, Christians now set out to destroy paganism in Europe.  They sent forth armies to conquer new lands in the name of Christ.  Eventually, almost all of Africa, Australia, Europe, South and North America–as well as huge swaths of land in Asia–came under the boots of Christian soldiers.  Even today, the Religious Right in the U.S. leads the country down the path of war.
Not a single inhabited continent was spared by the Christian conquerors, so it is very difficult to accept the idea that Islam is somehow uniquely violent.

Of course, there is no denying that Islamic history had its fair share of violence.  Just as the Christian Church came under the tutelage of the Roman state, so too did many ulema ingratiate themselves to the rulers.  Expansion of the state was religiously justified, and the armies of Islam poured out of the Arabian Peninsula, conquering lands from China to Spain.
Islamophobes often complain that Islam gobbled up a significant part of the Christian world, which is true.  Yet, the Christians themselves had conquered these lands aforetime.  Is this simply not a case of Christians crying foul play when another religious group does to them what they did to the rest of the world?
It seems clear that Westerners of the Judeo-Christian tradition have no leg to stand on when they single out Islam.

But, what about Eastern religions, such as Buddhism?  Is violence merely a problem of the three Abrahamic faiths, as some would have us believe?
Westerners imagine a stark contrast between supposedly violent Muslims on the one hand and pacifist Buddhists on the other.  When we recently linked to a story about Buddhist oppression of the Muslim community in Burma, an Islamophobe quipped:
So, Buddhists acting like Muslims for once?
This remark reveals a profound ignorance of history.  Stereotypes notwithstanding, the Buddhist tradition is no stranger to violence.  This little known story is retold by Professors Michael Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer in the book Buddhist Warfare.  Jerryson writes:
Violence is found in all religious traditions, and Buddhism is no exception.  This may surprise those who think of Buddhism as a religion based solely on peace.  Indeed, one of the principal reasons for producing this book was to address such a misconception.  Within the various Buddhist traditions (which Trevor Ling describes as “Buddhisms”), there is a long history of violence.  Since the inception of Buddhist traditions 2,500 years ago, there have been numerous individual and structural cases of prolonged Buddhist violence. [1]
Prof. Jerryson writes in Monks With Guns: Discovering Buddhist Violence of armed Buddhist monks in Thailand.  He notes that the West’s romantic view of Buddhism
shield[s] an extensive and historical dimension to Buddhist traditions: violence. Armed Buddhist monks in Thailand are not an exception to the rule; they are contemporary examples of a long historical precedence. For centuries monks have been at the helm, or armed in the ranks, of wars. How could this be the case? But more importantly, why did I (and many others) hold the belief that Buddhism=Peace (and that other religions, such as Islam, are more prone to violence)?
He then answers his own question:
Buddhist Propaganda
It was then that I realized that I was a consumer of a very successful form of propaganda. Since the early 1900s, Buddhist monastic intellectuals such as Walpola Rahula, D. T. Suzuki, and Tenzin Gyatso, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, have labored to raise Western awareness of their cultures and traditions. In doing so, they presented specific aspects of their Buddhist traditions while leaving out others.
It should be clear that such “propaganda” need not necessarily be construed as something sinister.  Proponents of other religions–including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam–will, for obvious reasons, often give a positive spin to their faith traditions.  Many Buddhists believe their history to be relatively peaceful, because they view their religion to be so.  This is no different than Muslims claiming that Islam is “the religion of peace”.

The difference is that the politics of the War on Terror have caused the religion of Islam to be put under heavy scrutiny.  Therefore, there is great incentive to refute Muslim “propaganda”, an incentive which simply does not exist for Buddhist “propaganda”.  The enemy, after all, is Muslim, not Buddhist.  Thus, Buddhism flies under the radar, and Buddhist “advertising” is taken at face-value.
Buddhism’s relative inconspicuousness shields it from the harshest blows of public criticism.  Case in point: the Bible and the Quran are well-known and easily accessible to the public.  Finding the violent verses in them is just a click away on the internet.  Meanwhile, Buddhist scriptural sources are more obscure, at least to the average Westerner.  Most people don’t even know what scriptures Buddhists follow, let alone what is contained within them.

As a consequence, many modern-day Buddhists believe that their scriptural sources are in fact devoid of violence, that this is a problem only of the Bible or the Quran.  But, Prof. Stephen Jenkins points out that this is just not the case.  In fact, ”Buddhist kings had conceptual resources [in the religious texts] at their disposal that supported warfare, torture, and harsh punishments.” [2]
For example, the Nirvana Sutra, a canonical Buddhist text, narrates a story about one of Buddha’s past lives: in it, he kills some Hindus (Brahmins) because they insulted the Buddhist sutras (scriptures):
The Buddha…said…”When I recall the past, I remember that I was the king of a great state…My name was Senyo, and I loved and venerated the Mahayana sutrasWhen I heard the Brahmins slandering the vaipulya sutras, I put them to death on the spot.  Good men, as a result of that action, I never thereafter fell into hell.  O good man! When we accept and defend the Mahayana sutras, we possess innumerable virtues.” [3]
Porf. Paul Demieville writes:
We are told that the first reason [to put the Brahmins to death] was out of pity [for them], to help the Brahmans avoid the punishment they had accrued by committing evil deeds while continuously slandering Buddhism. [4]
Here we arrive at a disturbing theme found in Buddhist thought: “compassionate killing”.  Killing is normally forbidden because it is done with evil intent (hatred, vengeance, etc.), but if it is done with “compassion”, it becomes something permissible, even praiseworthy.
The Buddhist does the unbeliever a favor by killing him, “an act of charity”:
In the Zen sect in Japan, they interpreted the argument for taking another’s life as “attempting to bring the other’s Buddha nature to life” (Buddha nature exists in virtually every living being), “by putting an end to the passions that lead astray…”
They make killing an act of charity. [5]
This is of course a disturbing belief to most of us.  As Prof. Bernard Faure puts it: “‘Killing with compassion’…remains a dubious oxymoron.” [6] One is reminded of the odd Christian belief that a Christian soldier can love his enemies even as he kills them.  Of what relevance is such “love”?
Jenkins writes:
If he does so with compassionate intentions, a king may make great merit through warfare, so warfare becomes auspicious. The same argument was made earlier in relation to torture, and the sutra now proceeds to make commonsense analogies to doctors and to parents who compassionately inflict pain in order to discipline and heal without intending harm. [7]
He goes on:
General conceptions of a basic Buddhist ethics broadly conceived as unqualified pacifism are problematic.  Compassionate violence is at the very heart of the sensibility of this sutra.  Buddhist kings had sophisticated and practical conceptual resources to support the use of force…The only killing compatible with Buddhist ethics is killing with compassion.  Moreover, if a king makes war or tortures with compassionate intentions, even those acts can result in the accumulation of vast karmic merit. [8]
There was a second reason to kill the infidels: to defend the Buddhist faith.  Prof. Demieville writes:
The Buddha’s second reason for putting them to death was to defend Buddhism itself. [9]
Faure notes:
Another oft-invoked argument to justify killing is the claim that, when the the dharma [i.e. the Buddhist religion] is threatened, it is necessary to ruthlessly fight against the forces of evil…promoting the need for violence in order to preserve cosmic balance… [10]
What about the first precept of Buddhism, which forbids murder?  Demieville writes:
In another passage, this same sutra (scripture) declares that there is no reason to observe the five precepts [the first of which is the taking of life], or even to practice good behavior, if protecting the Real Law is in question.  In other words, one needed to take up the knife and the sword, the bow and the arrow, the spear and the lance [to defend the faith].  ”The one that observes the five precepts is not a follower of the [Mahayana]!  Do not observe the five precepts–if it concerns protecting the Real Law…” [11]
The Nirvana Sutra reads:
The [true] follower of the Mahayana is not the one who observes the five precepts, but the one who uses the sword, bow, arrow, and battle ax to protect the monks who uphold the precepts and who are pure. [12]
The dye is cast for defense in the name of religion.  Elsewhere in the Nirvana Sutra, we are told of a king who goes to war in defense of rightly-guided monks:
To protect Dharma [Buddha's teachings], he came to the defense of the monks, warring against the evil-doers so that the monks did not suffer.  The king sustained wounds all over his body.  The monks praised the king: “Well done, well done, O King!  You are a person who protects the Wonderful Dharma.  In the future, you will become the indispensable tool of Dharma.” [13]
This king too was Buddha in a past life; Buddha declared:
When the time comes that the Wonderful Dharma is about to die out, one should act like this and protect the Dharma.  I was the king…The one who defends the Wonderful Dharma receives immeasurable recompense…
Monks, nuns, male and female believers of Buddha, should exert great effort to protect the Wonderful Dharma.  The reward for protecting the Wonderful Dharma is extremely great and immeasurable.  O good man, because of this, those believers who protect Dharma should take the sword and staff and protect the monks who guard Dharma
Even if a person does not observe the five precepts, if he protects the Wonderful Dharma, he will be referred to as one of the Mahayana. A person who upholds the Wonderful Dharma should take the sword and staff and guard monks. [14]
Demeiville notes:
Along these lines, the Buddha sings the praises of a king named Yeou-to, who went to war to defend the bhiksu (monks). [15]
The general idea is that “[h]eresy must be prevented and evil crushed in utero.” [16]
As for the Brahmins whom Buddha killed, they were in any case icchantika, those who neither believe in Buddha or Buddhism–historically, the Buddhist equivalent of infidel.  Buddha says in the Nirvana Sutra:
If any man, woman, Shramana, or Brahmin says that there is no such thing as The Way [i.e. Buddhism], Enlightenment, or Nirvana, know that such a person is an icchantika.  Such a person is one of [the demon] Mara’s kindred [Mara = the Lord of Death].  Such a person is not of the world… [17]
An icchantika is “sinful…[because] he does not act in accordance with the Bhuddas’ injunctions.” [18]  ”Because the icchantika lacks the root of good,” he “falls into hell.” [19] In fact, “it is not possible…for the icchantika not to go to hell.” [20] The icchantika is “the lowest” and “has to live for an eon in hell.” [21]
Putting to death unbelievers carries no sin or bad karmic result.  Demieville writes:
Regardless, these Brahmans were predestined to infernal damnation (icchantika); it was not a sin to put them to death in order to preserve the Real Law. [22]
There are in fact three grades of murder, in increasing order of seriousness, but killing infidels is not one of them.  The Nirvana Sutra reads:
The Buddha and Bodhisattva see three categories of killing, which are
those of the grades 1) low, 2) medium, and 3) high.  Low applies to the class of insects and all kinds of animals…The medium grade of killing concerns killing humans [who have not reached Nirvana]…The highest grade of killing concerns killing one’s father, mother, an arhatpratyekabudda, or a Bodhisattva [three ranks of Enlightenment]…
A person who kills an icchantika does not suffer from the karmic returns due to the killings of the three kinds above.  O good man, all those Brahmins are of the class of the icchantika.  Killing them does not cause one to go to hell. [23]
The Buddha says in the Nirvana Sutra that icchantika’s status is lower than that of the ants:
[T]he icchantikas are cut off from the root of good…Because of this, one may well kill an ant and earn sin for doing harm, but there is no sin for killing an icchantika.” [24]
In addition to issues of faith and unbelief, the Buddhist tradition offered sophistic justifications for killing and war:
[H]ow can one kill another person when…all is emptiness?  The man who kills with full knowledge of the facts kills no one because he realizes that all is but illusion, himself as well as the other person.  He can kill, because he does not actually kill anyone.  One cannot kill emptiness, nor destroy the wind. [25]
Furthermore, killing is sinful because of the evil it creates inside the killer’s mind.  But, a true yoga master can train his mind to be “empty” even while he kills.  If the killer has “vacuity” of thought, then the murder “did not undermine the essential purity of his mind” and then there is nothing wrong with it. [26] In other words, killing can be excused if it is done by the right person, especially a “dharma-protecting king”.
The Buddhist canonical and post-canonical texts not only provide the religious justifications for war and killing, but provide examples of meritorious holy figures who engaged in it, examples for all Buddhists:
Celestial bodhisattvas, divinized embodiments of the power of enlightened compassion, support campaigns of conquest to spread the influence of Buddhism, and kings vested with the dharma commit mass violence against Jains and Hindus. [27]
In these textual sources, we see dharma-inspired Buddhist kings who “have a disturbing tendency for mass violence against non-Buddhists.” [28]
Buddhist Warfare provides many other examples of the theological justifications for waging war and killing, but these shall suffice us for now: they provide the religious basis for Buddhist holy war: (1) Killing those who slander Buddhism as a necessity; (2) Anyone who rejects Buddhism is by default slandering it; (3) Killing infidels carries no sin; (4) In fact, it is not really killing at all.
These are not merely theoretical justifications found buried in religious texts.  Instead, these beliefs were acted upon historically, and continue to be so in the contemporary age.  The historical record is something we will explore in part II.
*  *  *  *  *

Prof. Michael Jerryson issues the following disclaimer:
Our intention is not to argue that Buddhists are angry, violent people—but rather that Buddhists are people, and thus share the same human spectrum of emotions, which includes the penchant for violence.
I could not agree more with Jerryson here.  My intent here is not to demonize Buddhism, but rather, to underscore the reality that all religious traditions, not just Islam, have had their fair share of violence.  This includes Buddhism.
It’s certainly something uncomfortable for me criticizing a religious tradition in this way, but it seems necessary to dispel the enduring myth that Islam holds a monopoly on violence.
I would also like to take this opportunity to distance myself from those who are using the violence in Burma to further Buddhaphobia.  Such claim that “people are ignoring what is happening to Muslims in Burma”, which is certainly true, but we all know that if the shoe were on the other foot–if it were Muslims in Burma oppressing Buddhists–then many of these Muslims would be the silent ones, or even be justifying such oppression (as I have seen many Buddhists doing now).
What is it other than rancid hypocrisy when some Pakistanis are up in arms about Muslims in Burma, but absolutely silent about the oppression of religious minorities in their own country?
How easily these people are able to transfer the same hatred against Islam that is directed toward them on a daily basis to Buddhism!

What I have learned about religions is the following:
#1: Adherents of a religion will cry foul when their coreligionists are the victims of oppression, but will remain silent or even justify such oppression when their coreligionists are the perpetrators of such oppression.  This includes Jews, Christians, Buddhists, and Hindus–as well as Muslims.
To this, I recall the words of the Prophet Muhammad, who said: “Help your brother, whether he is an oppressor or he is oppressed.”  The people asked him: “It is right to help him if he is oppressed, but how we should help him if he is an oppressor?”  Muhammad replied: “By preventing him from oppressing others.”
#2: The corollary to #1 is that religious groups will cry foul when they are oppressed by another religious group, but as soon as they themselves come to power, the very next minute they set to the task of oppressing the religious other.  Yesterday, the Jews were ethnically cleansed by the Nazis; today, they ethnically cleanse the Palestinians.  It is such a seamless transition–it happens with such mechanistic automatism and absolute obliviousness–that it is something quite amazing to witness.
#3: Following from #2, it becomes obvious that humans oppress when they are given the opportunity to do so.  It is not their religious creed that matters so much but rather whether they have opportunity or not.
#4: No major world religion is vastly different from the other when it comes to its propensity to inspire violence.
#5: Instead of using religious violence to demonize particular faiths–instead of using it as a battle ax to split open heads–we should hold in our hearts a continuous candlelight vigil to end inter-religious violence–holding hands with Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus–and start seeing each other as fellow human beings.

Danios was the Brass Crescent Award Honorary Mention for Best Writer in 2010 and the Brass Crescent Award Winner for Best Writer in 2011.
[1] Jerryson, Michael K., and Mark Juergensmeyer. Introduction. Buddhist Warfare. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. 3. Print.
[2] Jenkins, Stephen. “Making Merit through Warfare and Torture.” Buddhist Warfare. By Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. 59. Print.
[3] Nirvana Sutra, Chapter 19.
[4] Demieville, Paul. “Buddhism and War.” Buddhist Warfare. By Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. 41. Print.
[5] Ibid., 44.
[6] Faure, Bernard. “Afterthoughts.” Buddhist Warfare. By Michael K. Jerryson and Mark Juergensmeyer. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2010. 212. Print.
[7] Jenkins, 68.
[8] Ibid., 71.
[9] Demieville, 41.
[10] Faure, 212.
[11] Demieville, 41.
[12] Nirvana Sutra, Chapter 5.
[13] Ibid., Chapter 19.
[14] Ibid.
[15] Demieville, 41.
[16] Ibid., 39.
[17] Nirvana Sutra, Chapter 22.
[18] Ibid., Chapter 24.
[19] Ibid., Chapter 34.
[2o] Ibid., Chapter 39.
[21] Ibid., Chapter 40.
[22] Demieville, 41.
[23] Nirvana Sutra, Chapter 22.
[24] Ibid., Chapter 40.
[25] Faure, 213.
[26] Demieville, 42.
[27] Jenkins, 59.
[28] Demieville, 63.


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Date:- July 29 , 2012


Washington — On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, the president of Rohingya Concern International (RCI) and former president/current Party Chief of NDPHR (exile) USA (HQ), Mohiuddin  M. Yusof  has attended a gathering of senior leaders from US government, think tanks, business, academia and philanthropy at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The event was organized by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in cooperation with the Council on Foreign Relations and CNN to explore the challenges of preventing genocide in the 21st century. 

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton  in her key note address
that President Obama has made preventing mass atrocities and genocide a core U.S. national security interest as well as a significant moral responsibility.
“These crimes undermine stability in countries and across regions. They spark humanitarian crises and send refugees streaming across borders.”

Mass atrocities and genocide also reverse economic progress and stymie growth for generations; they create cycles of often bitter vengeance and retribution that can scar communities for decades, Mrs. Clinton said.

“If a government cannot or will not protect its own citizens, then the United States and like-minded partners must act,” Mrs. Clinton said. However, she added, that is not a call for military force, which must remain an action of last resort.

“In most cases, other tools will be more appropriate, through diplomacy, financial sanctions, humanitarian assistance, law enforcement measures,” she said.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in her key note address that the United States has a moral obligation to fight genocide through “prevention and partnership.” and urged greater political will to stop "the evil" of genocide, as a poll found most Americans think global bodies are ineffective in halting atrocities. The United States and our partners must act before the wood is stacked or the match is struck, because when the fire is at full blaze, our options for responding are considerably costlier and more difficult," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in her keynote speech. Clinton also argued that working to end genocide was not just "morally right" but also in national security interests as such crimes reverse economic progress, create huge refugee problems and undermine stability.

Why the United States has acted to contain the violence in mass atrocities and genocide, and prevent even more terror, is not a difficult question to answer, Clinton said, but deciding when and how to act is difficult. That’s important because there is no one solution that works in every case; each situation requires a customized response, she said. Mrs. Clinton said the United States is developing several approaches to addressing the problems including placing new emphasis on preventive measures, and is seeking to expand the range of partners to contribute to this cause because no single country can be effective alone.

She noted that the U.S. response is based on a whole-of-government response, from the intelligence community to diplomacy. The symposium's two panels, moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer and Dana Priest of The Washington Post, discussed the ways the United States could use technology to find and respond to atrocities.  Dr. Bama  Athreya , the Executive Director of United to End Genocide raised the issue of 800,000 Rohingyas of Arakan (Myanmar)  who are the victims of Myanmar Govt.’s inhuman atrocities and Genocide  and the panel discussed on it. Mr.Mohiuddin M Yusof met  many VIPs in the gathering  and discussed with them explaining  details update information of Rohingyas current situation and urged them to protect Rohingyas raising strong voice  and putting  serious pressure on Myanmar Govt. to end violence and state  sponsored Genocide  committing  by RNDP Ruling Rakhine Buddhist  party in Arakan State against Muslim Rohingyas  in Myanmar. The other speakers of the gathering are-Christopher A. Kojm, Chairman, US National Intelligence Council.Peter Schwartz, Senior Vice President for Global Government Relations & Strategic Planning, 
Timothy Snyder, Bird White Housum Professor of History, Yale University,
Dana Priest, Investigative Reporter, Washington Post. andArwa Damon, Beirut Correspondent, CNN.
Strive Masiyiwa, Founder & Chairman, Econet Wireless ,
Sarah Sewall, Founder and Faculty Director, Mass Atrocity Response Operations Project, Harvard Kennedy School,
Richard Williamson, Nonresident Senior Fellow in Foreign Policy, Brookings Institution, Wolf Blitzer, Anchor, CNN.

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Rohingya could be facing threat of ethnic cleansing, says advocacy group

 Rakhine Refugees camps again setup in Maungdaw

The authority called all the Natala villagers , Rakhine community from Maungdaw north , Rakhine community from Maungdaw town and others area- Buthidaung and Rathedaung -  to join at the Maungdaw State High school as a refugees, pretending  who are  not able to stay in their villages for fear of attack from Rohingya community, said an elder from Myoma Kyayoungdan village.

“The Rakhine before setup   7 refugee centers at monasteries , but now they again setting up new style  in Maungdaw High school. It is just for showcase of refugee to show the UN Human Rights Special Rapporteur, Tomas Ojea Quintana who will visit soon.” (Full Report)
Rohingya could be facing threat of ethnic cleansing, says advocacy group
29 July 2012 / Todays Zaman
The continuing violence against the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the blocking of aid for them by Buddhists in Myanmar could be seen as an attempt at ethnic cleansing, according to Chris Lewa, director of the Arakan Project, a nongovernmental group that advocates for the Rohingya, adding that the international community should put pressure on the government to immediately control the situation.
“Blocking of aid could be seen as an attempt to ethnic cleansing -- to starve the Rohingyans to force them to flee and leave. The international community should pressure the government to urgently control the situation, provide security for the Rohingya Muslims and to humanitarian workers as well as to ensure access and delivery of aid to affected people. If this is not done immediately, then external intervention should be forced upon, but I doubt this could actually happen.”

The first glimmer of violence in Myanmar occurred in June after claims that three Rohingya Muslims raped a Buddhist woman. Following the allegations, extremist Buddhists began to kill Muslims living in Arakan province, the location of the recently escalating violence in the country, near Bangladesh.
“The alleged perpetrators were indeed three Muslims although the exact circumstances of the rape are unclear. The three were immediately arrested and sentenced to death. The sentence was handed down so quickly that I doubt any proper judicial procedure has been followed,” said Lewa, adding that the death penalty was usually not carried out in Myanmar.

In an interview with Today's Zaman, Lewa described the violence in Myanmar as an ethno-religious conflict, primarily based on race, but in which religious sentiments play a significant role. “Rohingya Muslims do not have any friends in Myanmar,” said Lewa, adding that communal clashes between Buddhists and Rohingyans have turned into state-sponsored violence specifically targeting the Rohingyans.

Reproaching the stance of the international community, Lewa stated that most countries are keen to invest in Myanmar but do not care about the human rights of Rohingyans. “What I find regrettable is that the suspension of sanctions and support for a reform process in Myanmar, which so far is not much more than cosmetic, have reduced these countries to silence on gross human rights issues including the treatment of Rohingyans,” said Lewa.

The Rohingyan Muslims are not seen as citizens of Myanmar by nationalist Myanmar leaders, officials and fanatical Buddhists, and in turn are exposed to discrimination. “Hostility toward the Rohingyans has been long-standing, fuelled by competing notions of the role of race and religion in Myanmar's national identity,” said Lewa.

Myanmar President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in Arakan province following clashes between Buddhists and Muslims and deployed army troops to restore stability. “Border security forces as well as riot police have been involved in burning houses, looting, and killings before and after the state of emergency was imposed. The army has mostly been involved in mass arrests, killings and rape but not in burning houses and looting,” said Lewa, adding the government has declared a state of emergency in six townships in Arakan province, which is still in force.

“Hundreds of Rohingyans were arrested and taken away to unknown destinations, as their families did not hear from them,” said Lewa.
Myanmar's government is currently not allowing any media organizations to enter the country. An aid team from the United Nations, which is the only foreign team that was allowed to enter the region, has said death toll numbers are contradictory.
“Threats against the UN and international NGOs are being circulated in attempts to block assistance to the Rohingyans,” said Lewa.