Thursday 27 February 2014

Three Rohingya Houses Torched In Duchiradan

Source RB, 25 Feb

Maungdaw, Arakan – Three Rohingya houses were torched in  Duchiradan village tract in Maungdaw Township of Arakan State.

Today at 2:30 am three Rohingya houses from Fursi hamlet in Duchiradan village tract were torched. The owners of the houses were away from their homes as they left to escape the violence on January 13th and 14th committed by local police and Rakhine extremists. The houses were empty when they were torched by unknown group.

The locals said this wasn't a normal fire that broke out; it was an arson attack by either Rakhine extremists or the security police.

Rakhine state government and union government always used to accuse that the Rohingyas themselves were torching their homes. This of course is totally unacceptable as no normal person would do such a thing. The government never mentioned about the crimes committed by the police and their puppets, the Rakhineextremists. Last month the government has made some fake photos and presented them to the diplomats inYangon.

The owners of the three houses in Duchiradan are:
(1) Daw Hamida 
(2) Daw Mariam Khatoo (aka) Bottarni 
(3) U Osi Rahn
MYARF contributed in reporting

Tuesday 25 February 2014

A sorry state of health… and aid workers under fire from Rakhine groups

Source burmatimes, 24 Feb
Burma Times

By Shudeep Ariquzzaman, Uk. Exclusive Burma Times- 24 February 2014

Malnutrition, malaria, maternal mortality, diarrhoea and death – - this is how a medical aid worker would describe the state of the Rohingya Muslims in Arakan. The situation is worse because the living conditions in the internally displaced persons (IDP) camp, home to more than one hundred thousand Rohingyas, has been described as the worst in the world, according to international relief workers. But they also say Rohingyas living outside the camps are completely cut off from medical care due to travelling restrictions.

Rohingya Muslims have for a long time been forbidden to travel from one village to another without prior permission of authorities in Arakan. Since the riots of 2012, authorities rarely permit Rohingyas to leave their own localities. The government says that this is to protect Rohingyas from hostile mobs, but critics say that this has turned the entire Northern Arakan into an open air prison for Rohingyas.

In the complete absence of medical care, aid workers say that children have died from cases as simple as a common cold.

As the state of blockade continues, mobile medical services provided by international aid organisations such as the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) have become the sole lifeline for the community. But Buddhist Rakhine groups allege that MSF and other international organisations are biased towards the Muslims and want them out of Arakan.

Medical personnel are regularly blocked by the Rakhines from entering the camps or the villages where Rohingyas reside. Armed gangs of Rakhines often intercede medical personnel at the entrances to villages or camps. MSF workers say that as a result many Rohingyas die unnecessarily. Medical operations have been regularly suspended owing to threats and blockades enforced by vigilante mobs.

On February 3, more than 3,000 anti Muslim demonstrators took to the streets of the provincial capital Sittwe where they placed demands including the withdrawal from the area of the UN, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and other international relief groups. Other demands included that police be given permission to use emergency force on Rohingyas in emergency situations. Similar protests are planned in other parts of the province.

This is not the first time that MSF has been under fire from Rakhine Buddhist groups and the government. Since the riots, MSF staff along with other aid workers had been regularly intimidated by local Rakhines as well as the authorities for their alleged bias towards Muslims. The government says that aid operations should be conducted with more fairness towards the Rakhine populace, though medical facilities for the Rakhine populace dwarves anything Rohingyas can hope to get.

MSF on the other hand has complained that never have they encountered similar levels of intolerance working anywhere else in the world.

Last year many MSF staff resigned after their family members have been threatened on the social media with dire consequences after their identities were discovered. Leaflets also appeared on the streets of Sittwe threatening MSF workers. MSF also has a tough time recruiting as there is a strong social pressure not to work for the organisation.

Aid workers say that the main problem faced in Arakan is not the short supply of aid, but the hostility of the local populace that prevents delivery of the aid.

Saturday 22 February 2014

The Rohingya Story Myanmar Government doesn't want the World to Know

Source mgzarni, 21 Feb

Since 1978 the Rohingya, a Muslim minority of Western Burma, have been subject to a state-sponsored process of destruction. The Rohingya have long historical roots in the borderlands of Rakhine State Myanmar and were recognized officially as both citizens and an ethnic group by three successive governments of post-independence Burma. 

In 1978 General Ne Win's socialist military dictatorship launched the first large-scale campaign against the Rohingya in Rakhine State with the intent first of expelling them en masse from Western Burma and subsequently legalizing the systematic erasure of Rohingya group identity and legitimizing their physical destruction. 

This on-going process has continued to the present day under the civilian-military rule of President Thein Sein's government. Since 2012, the Rohingya have been subject to renewed waves of hate campaigns and accompanying violence, killings and ostracization that aim both to destroy the Rohingya and to permanently remove them from their ancestral homes in Rakhine State. 

Findings from our three-year research on the plight of the Rohingya lead us to conclude that Rohingya have been subject to a process of slow-burning genocide over the past 35 years. The destruction of the Rohingya is carried out both by civilian populations backed by the state and perpetrated directly by state actors and state institutions. Both the State in Burma and the local community have committed four out of five acts of genocide as spelled out by the 1948 Convention on the Punishment and Prevention of the Crime of Genocide and the Article 6, of the Rome Statute (2002).

Despite growing evidence of genocide, the international community has so far avoided calling this large scale human suffering 'genocide' because no powerful member states of the UN Security Council have any appetite to forego their commercial and strategic interests in Burma to address the slow-burning Rohingya genocide.
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Two Malaysians Trapped Under Five-Hour Seige In Sitwee, Return Home Safely

Source Bernama, 21 Feb

SEPANG, Feb 21 (Bernama) -- Two Malaysians working for Al-Hijrah television had a fright of their lives when they were besieged for five hours by about one hundred villagers in Sitwee, Myanmar, on Thursday.

Mohd Muhaimin Samad, 28, an assistant producer, said in the incident at about 8pm, he was out of the hotel with cameraman Mohd Fithri Ahmad, 42.

The journalist was in Myanmar since Tuesday on a humanitarian mission organised by the Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organisations (MAPIM) as well as to shoot a documentary on the lives of the Rohingya community there.

"We had just met another humanitarian group before being surrounded. Fortunately, about 50 policemen came to our rescue," he said when met by reporters at theKuala Lumpur International Airport after arriving from Yangon, Myanmar Friday night.

He said the group of police escorted them inside the hotel to ensure their safety.

Mohd Muhaimin said at the hotel, they were questioned by the villagers on the purpose of their visit.

"Luckily, one of the villagers could understand Bahasa Melayu and helped us clear the situation," he said.

After that, both of them were brought to a police station at about 1am and remained there until 5pm Friday, before flying home in the evening.

He said even though they had been to the country several times, this was the first time they came across such a harrowing experience and they were also pleased their filming was safe as well.

It is learnt that four more MAPIM volunteers were still at Sitwee under the same mission but they could not be contacted.


Thursday 20 February 2014

Immigration Minister Khin Yee Threatens Villagers Not To Fill In The Term Rohingya In The Census

Source RB, 20 Feb

(Photo: Sittwe Rohingya Resident)

Sittwe, Arakan -- The Minister for Immigration and Population had a meeting with local Rohingya residents from Sittwe on Monday. According to the local Rohingyas who attended the meeting, the minister threatened them. 

On February 17, 2014 the Minister met 47 Rohingya town-elders from Sittwe. The high rank officials from Department of Immigration and Population, State Police Chief and some officials from regional UN and NGOs joined the meeting.

The minister Khin Yee said all Muslims should participate in upcoming census but must be careful in filling in their ethnic name. "All must understand which name will not create problem and which name will have problem." He threatened the attendees that the Muslims will be responsible for any consequence if the name Rohingya is chosen in the census. He meant that the violence against Muslims will take place by Rakhine Buddhists if the name "Rohingya" is filled in.

At the end minister Khin Yee suggests to write "Bengali" but the town-elder Aung Kyaw said our forefathers were Rohingyas and we will fill in the name "Rohingya". He also added that the Muslims in Arakan filled in the name "Rohingya" in the last census that took place in 1983.

After that, Khin Yee said he was speaking according to the government. It was not his own opinion and not to misunderstand him. He added that the Union parliament will decide if the name "Rohingya" is filled in by the Muslims in Arakan.

Although Khin Yee is a Union Minister according to the law enacted by Union Parliament on July 29, 2013 for the census in 2014, the Minister has no right to suggest or threaten to fill in anything. He can only urge the people to participate and explain how the census will be.

Monday 17 February 2014

Agenda Awani: Tragedi Rohingya

Why Thai authority injustice with Rohingyas?



Thai authorities have sent around 1,300 Rohingya refugees back to Myanmar, a top official said on Thursday. Thai authorities began deporting the Rohingya in September through a border checkpoint in the province of Ranong, national immigration chief Lieutenant General PharnuKerdlarpphon told AFP. "The whole deportation process was completed in early November," he added.

More than 600 Burmese prisoners have been released recently in Thailand, Burma's Deputy Home Affairs Minister Brig-Gen KyawZanMyint said in parliament on Friday. Reported DVB news site.

The Rohingya are mostly stateless Muslims from Myanmar, also known as Burma. Deadly attacks of state-sponsored Buddhist extremists on Rohingya villagers erupted in Buddhist-majority Myanmar last year.More than thousands people have been killed and numerous are missed and more than 140,000 left homeless in several outbreaks of anti-Muslim violence launched by Buddhist groups since June 2012 in Myanmar's Rakhine state.

The United Nations and the United States called for an investigation into the Reuters report, based on a two months of research in three countries, that revealed a clandestine policy to remove Rohingya refugees from Thai immigration detention centers and deliver them to human traffickers waiting at sea.

According to the international report for Rohingyas their own country living hell. For the past 50 years, life for the nearly two million Muslim Rohingyas in Rakhine province has been a living hell. In 1978, the Myanmar army launched "Operation Nagamin (Dragon King)" to cleanse the province of the Rohingyas. Nearly 500,000 fled to Bangladesh. Four years later, the military junta enacted a new citizenship law asking them to produce 'evidence of presence' in Myanmar before the advent of the British. Most failed, lost their citizenship and became stateless. Another 250,000 of them fled to Bangladesh in 1991-92.Bangladesh's military rulers armed the Rohingyas to fight for a Muslim state in the northern Arakans, only provoking harsher retribution on the community.

Rohingyas fled to neighboring country because they are not safe their home, they face travel restrictions, forced labour and limited access to healthcare, education marriage restriction and religious freedom.No Burmese politician will gain kudos for backing the Rohingyas. Mr.Thein Sein's solution to the problem they pose was alarmingly candid: "We will send them away if any third country would accept them." Miss Suu Kyi, asked if the Rohingyas are Burmese citizens, and was at least more cautious in her reply. She said, she did not know. Other, heroic, freed political prisoners, were even less sympathetic.

"The Rohingya exodus is becoming a huge regional problem. Now that Myanmar is part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), we never seen Thailand strongly raised Rohigyas issue in ASEAN or united nation while Thailand is only neighboring country since 4 decades who supported Military dictatorship regime.

The main question is that if Thai authorities released 600 Burmese prisoners why they sent 1300 Rohingyas refugees back to Myanmar where is so dangerous their lives? As the government persistently denied their citizenship, how Burmese government accept those people who are not their citizens. It is just a game played with Rohingyas— the player are criminal Burmese Government and human trafficker Thai Government. The recently deported 1300 Rohingyas are still missing and no true information that they are even alive or died. The key reason to deport Rohingya from Thailand into Burma is simply clear due to religious faith. The religious faith of Rohingya is not Buddhism so they face like Christian Kachins double injustice and oppression in their own country and asylum sought countries in particular Thailand.

"The deportation of Rohingya Muslims is a blatant violation of international laws that prohibit sending back refugees and asylum-seekers to a place where they can face danger and persecution," said SunaiPhasuk, a senior researcher with New York-based Human Rights Watch.

Apparently, the Thai authorities sympathetically favor to Burmese Buddhists and released them when they are caught. On the other hand, the same Thai Buddhist authorities discriminatorily conduct brutality on Rohingya and send them back when they are caught into their oppressor hands, the repressive regime led by President Thein Sein.

It is deplorable to be heard that the Thai authorities sent the oppressed victims Rohingya back to oppressor hand Burmese Buddhist genocidal regime.

It is a global concern to call immediately on Thai and Burmese authorities to officially state where are the 1300 Rohingya and what is their physical conditions?

Mohamed Ibrahim is Media & information secretary The European Rohingya Council (ERC) he can be reached Twitter @Ibrahimdubashi

Separating Fact from Fiction about Myanmar’s Rohingya

Source csis, 13 Feb
Rohigya Symbol from flag
Rakhine State in western Myanmar has been the site of repeated outbreaks of violence between the Buddhists majority and its Muslim Rohingya minority, most recently on January 13. The details of what happened remain unclear, but it seems that dozens were killed. This follows widespread violence in 2012 that left more than 200 dead and 140,000 displaced.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says it has credible evidence that at least 48 Rohingya were killed on January 13 during an attack by their Buddhist Rakhine neighbors and security forces. The non-governmental organization Doctors Without Borders said its personnel treated 22 Rohingya who were wounded during the attack. The government of Myanmar has denied any large-scale violence occurred, insists only one policeman died, and has refused calls for an international investigation.

All the details might never become known, but the incident in Du Chee Yar Tan, and the government's angry and dismissive reaction, have refocused international attention on the larger plight of the Rohingya. Strangers in their own country, they are disenfranchised, discriminated against, and subject to unpredictable cycles of violence. Many in Myanmar, including prominent Buddhist monks and political leaders among the Buddhist Rakhine ethnic group, demand that they be driven from Myanmar by any means necessary.

Rohingya have few defenders within Myanmar, with hatred of them seeming to be one of the few issues that can bridge the country's political divide. Any public figure who stands up for them can expect to be persona non grata. The narrative of the Rohingya has been overtaken by fiction, with their place in Myanmar's history expunged by a succession of military governments looking for scapegoats and aided by the country's already strong sense of Buddhist nationalism.

Q1: Who are the Rohingya?

A1: The Rohingya are a Muslim minority living in Myanmar's Rakhine State and adjacent areas of neighboring Bangladesh. They are not recognized by the Myanmar government as an official ethnic group and are denied citizenship. Their population within Myanmar has been estimated at roughly 800,000. Most of this population lives in the townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung, where Rohingya are the majority, as well as in neighboring towns and the state capital, Sittwe.

Myanmar's government claims that the Rohingya are not eligible for citizenship under the country's military-drafted 1982 Citizenship Law. That document defines full citizens as members of ethnic groups that had permanently settled within the boundaries of modern-day Myanmar prior to 1823, the year before the first Anglo-Burman War. The government of General Ne Win drew up a list of the 135 ethnic groups that supposedly meet this requirement. That list is still in use by Myanmar's current civilian government.

The British colonial government encouraged immigration to Myanmar from modern-day India and Bangladesh. This is a source of continued resentment within Myanmar, which is why 1823 was used as a cut-off for citizenship. The dominant narrative within the country is that the term "Rohingya" is a recent invention, and those who claim to belong to the group are actually the descendants of these colonial-era immigrants from Bangladesh.

But this narrative is demonstrably false. In 1799, Francis Buchanan, a surgeon with the British East India Company, traveled to Myanmar and met members of a Muslim ethnic group "who have long settled in Arakan [Rakhine], and who call themselves Rooinga, or natives of Arakan." That would indicate there were self-identified Rohingya living in Rakhine at least 25 years before the 1823 cut-off for citizenship.

Even if the name "Rohingya" is too taboo to be accepted inside Myanmar, the historical record is clear that the ethnic group itself has existed in Arakan, or Rakhine State, for centuries. A significant Muslim population lived in the independent Kingdom of Mrauk-U that ruled modern-day Rakhine State from the mid-fifteenth to late eighteenth centuries. Many of the Buddhist kings of Mrauk-U even took Muslim honorifics. The evidence suggests that this community is the origin of today's Rohingya. The group likely assimilated later waves of immigrants from Bangladesh during and after British rule, but it did not begin with them.

Q2: How have previous governments viewed the Rohingya?

A2: Following independence from the United Kingdom, Myanmar's 1948-1962 parliamentary government recognized the Rohingya as citizens. Prime Minister U Nu referred to the group by the name "Rohingya," undermining the current narrative that the term is a recent invention. They were issued government identification cards and official documents, enjoyed all the benefits of citizenship, and the national public radio even broadcast several segments a week in the Rohingya language.

Maung Zarni, most recently a fellow at the London School of Economics, has uploaded several Burmese-language documents showing government recognition of the Rohingya during the government of U Nu and the early years of military dictator Ne Win's reign. These include public statements, official radio broadcasts, government-printed books, and government-issued licenses.

Several members of Myanmar's post-independence parliament publicly identified themselves as Rohingya. They opposed the inclusion of Rohingya-majority areas in a proposed Arakan State, which would later become Rakhine. As a result, U Nu in 1961 decided to carve out Buthidaung, Maungdaw, and part of nearby Rathedaung townships as the Mayu Frontier Administration, named after the river that runs through the area. It was administered separately from Buddhist-majority Arakan.

Life changed dramatically for the Rohingya under the military government of Ne Win. Benedict Rogers, in his Burma: A Nation at the Crossroads, cites a former minister in Ne Win's government saying that the dictator "had 'an unwritten policy' to get rid of Muslims, Christians, Karens and other ethnic peoples, in that order." Ne Win's government systematically stripped citizenship from the Rohingya, starting with the 1974 Emergency Immigration Act and culminating with the 1982 Citizenship Law. The Rohingya-majority Mayu Frontier Administration was folded into Arakan State, and hundreds of thousands of them fled to Bangladesh during brutal crackdowns in 1978 and 1991.

Since then, the Rohingya have been systematically stripped of the rights of citizens. They have been blocked from travel, education, government assistance, land ownership, and even marriage and the right to have more than two children. They have been scrubbed from the national consciousness, and several generations in Myanmar have grown up being told by their government that the Rohingya are interlopers, stealing land and economic opportunities, with the eventual goal of overthrowing Buddhism as the country's majority religion.

Q3: What comes next?

A3: In late March, the government of Myanmar will launch its first nationwide census in three decades. The Rohingya and many of their international defenders are concerned that the census will mark the first step in a campaign to cement their status as non-citizens. They will not be listed as one of the country's 135 ethnic groups, and many Rohingya communities have so far resisted efforts by government officials to force them to register as "Bengalis."

There appears to be some hope, as central government officials have recently affirmed that Rohingya may self-identify as such by marking "other" and writing in their ethnicity. Whether or not they will really be free to do so remains to be seen, as local and federal officials have a history of intimidation and violence against Rohingya during previous registration and census drives.

In the long-term, the census will not end the Rohingya's quest to be accepted as a national ethnic group. Officials assert that it will only be a statistical exercise, and that any redefinition of the country's ethnic groups will be decided by the parliament. All the momentum in the treatment of the Rohingya seems to be moving in the wrong direction, with legislative efforts underway to cement their status as illegal immigrants.

The outcry from the international community is likely the only reason that this has not yet happened. The U.S. and UK embassies in Myanmar issued a joint statement following the violence in Du Chee Yar Tan expressing concern and calling on the government to investigate. U.S. and European officials have repeatedly raised their concerns about the Rohingya during official visits to Myanmar. And even Indonesian foreign minister Marty Natalegawa raised the issue on the sidelines of an ASEAN foreign ministers meeting in January—the first meeting Myanmar hosted as ASEAN chair this year.

All of this international opprobrium has not led to an improvement in the lives of the Rohingya, but it has helped prevent further deterioration. Myanmar officials have asked foreign counterparts stop meddling in the country's internal affairs and have angrily demanded that foreign officials and media only rely on Myanmar government spokespersons for information on the Rohingya. These reactions show just how explosive the issue has become within Myanmar. But it also shows that the government is discomfited by the international criticism.

Continued attention from abroad, and explicit promises that Myanmar's good relations with foreign countries will be damaged by continued abuses against the Rohingya, are essential. It is also important that international actors not accept double-speak and falsifications regarding the Rohingya and their history.

Gregory Poling is a fellow with the Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

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Sunday 16 February 2014

The Awful Life of Rohingyas in Own Soil

source burmatimesnet, 13 Feb

By Mir Ahmed A.B Siddiquee Exclusive Burma Times 14 Feb 2014

Jeddah-According to several kinds of sources from the soil of Arakan, viewers hearing every day that "all kinds of torture, rape, killing and massacre are being activated each day in Arakan, western Myanmar." This is not the first time people are being killed and unfortunately this is not going to be the last time and something much more drastic and sort of independent. The UNSC needs to be done and action needs to be taken. Otherwise, it will become a sample for the world, Rakhine terrorist will cleans up all Rohingyas from the soil of *ARAKAN*.

Nowadays, in northern Maungdaw, new faces of Rakhine terrorists are roaming in mountain and Rakhine Natala villages (model villages set up by government in Rohingya quarters for Buddhists) and ready with arms and weapons. Muslim village administrators informed it to Police Camps but they are doing nothing to terrorist. Muslim villagers are not sleeping at night since two weeks for the fear of Rakhine Terrorist attack. Some native Rakhines informed to their Muslim friends for about newly sneaked armed terrorist and also about collaboration of Government Security Forces (Police Forces). Not only in Phawatt Chaung but also all the Rakhine Natala villages are feeding Rakhine terrorist each day. Police teams are drinking alcohol together at evening time with their new religious brother *Rakhine terrorist*.

In Ywet Nyo Taung Village (Rongyadong), a young police man tried to hunt on Muslim women repeatedly while they were fetching drinking water from hand pump at early morning and late evening. Village elders complained it to camp in charge, and he said to complainers that the young police is crazy; so your people go away from here will be better. When the village elders asked again that where they will go to, the camp in charge said again to go west (neighboring Bangladesh) or jail. Then, the villagers returned and stopped fetching water from the hand pump. The hand pump was donated by ACF/UNHCR just beside the Muslim hamlet not too far from police family housing.

Now the hand pump is free all time. It was also a tactic to create new problems in the region. Similarly, in Ngakhuya, Rakhine elders informed about the movement of new faces among them, fresh plan of Rakhine terrorist group saving arms and weapons in all Rakhine Natala villages. Although the terrorist movement becomes evident, the security forces are doing nothing with them. Some police forces asserted the terrorist so called Rakhine army for self-defense as a legal armed force that is already legalized for self-defense of Rakhine community in the region.

Simultaneously, President U Thein Sein and his government including opposition group repeatedly denied about the dynasty of Rohingyas in Arakan. Almost all the Buddhist monks don't want to keep Muslim in Myanmar and pre-planned to drive out from the soil of Buddha-Myanmar both politically and diplomatically.

Since Rohingya have been officially confined in particular in movement and higher education, Rohingya are vulnerable and they are unable even to confront against the attackers to protect themselves from enemy attack. Apparently, in this critical moment, what shall Rohingya do for their future survival?

Shan NGO blasts ‘militia monks’

Source dvb, 15 Feb
Burma Army soldiers conduct military training in Talawgyi, Kachin State. (PHOTO: source unknown)Burma Army soldiers conduct military training in Talawgyi, Kachin State. (PHOTO: source unknown)

It is wholly inappropriate for Buddhist monks to participate in militia training, said a spokesman for the Shan Ethnic Affairs Organisation (SEAO), speaking to DVB.

His response came after a controversial photograph was published showing ethnic Red Shan monks receiving firearms training by men in military garb, at least one of whom was wearing an insignia of the Burmese army's Northern Regional Military Command.

The monks in question have been widely criticised by Buddhist groups across Burma and abroad, with many commentators labelling them a "disgrace to their religion".

SEAO deputy-chair Sai Sang Wai confirmed that the Northern Regional Military Command had been providing militia training to local villagers in KachinState, including members of the Shan community, for about two years, apparently to protect themselves from alleged forced recruitment drives by the Kachin Independence Army (KIA) which is still at conflict with the central Burmese government.

But Sai Sang Wai also sought to downplay the incident, saying that the monks in the picture appear to be young "temporary" monks – a common practice in Southeast Asia where laymen can enter the monkhood for a short period in order to gain good karma.

"It was absolutely not military training for ordained monks," he said. "I assume they were just novices – temporary monks – and they are not from Talawgyi."

Talawgyi is a small Red Shan village near state capital Myitkyina where the Burmese armed forceshave conducted several firearms training exercises in the past.

Sai San Wai said he and his group will be discussing the matter with local Buddhist monasteries to ensure such a scene is not repeated.

He added that forced recruitment and extortion by the KIA have been significantly reduced in the village since the militia training began. He noted that the SEAO is considering the formation of an official militia unit in the Red Shan village and that he expected numbers of voluntary militiamen to increase if the KIA persisted with their forced recruitment campaign.

Wednesday 12 February 2014

German Pres. concerned over sectarian violence in Myanmar

11/02/2014 | 01:30 PM | World News

German President Joachim Gauck delivers a speech at Yangon University in Yangon on Tuesday.
Mr Gauck is in Myanmar for a three-day visit where he is scheduled to meet Myanmar President
Thein Sein and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi. (AFP photo)

-- Visiting German President Joachim Gauck on Tuesday raised concerns over clashes between Myanmar's majority Buddhist and minority Muslim communities, especially the Rohingyas.

"I am concerned, as are so many others, when I hear of the ongoing violence between Buddhists and Muslims in your country," Gauck said in a speech at Yangon University.

"Just like other minorities, the Rohingyas belong to Myanmar," Gauck said.
"I welcome all efforts to grant them a solid legal status as well as the prospect of self-determination within your country," Gauck said.

There has been a surge in sectarian violence since 2012 when fighting broke out in Rakhine State, home to about 800,000 Rohingya Muslims who were made stateless by a law passed in 1982.

The 1982 Citizens Act excluded the Rohingyas from the country's list of 136 recognized minority groups. (end) anj.gta KUNA 111330 Feb 14NNNN

Monday 10 February 2014

Military Sergeant Tortures Villagers For Not Offering A Rohingya Girl

Source RBnews, 7 Feb

Mrauk-U, Arakan – A military sergeant based nearby Parein Gone village in Mrauk-U township of Arakan state have tortured villagers for not offering a Rohingya girl as sex slave to him.

Rohingya Ethnic Youth Network (REYN) told RB News that military sergeant Than Oo from infantry no. 376 based nearby Parein Gone village in Mrauk-U township entered into the village on February 5, 2014 and asked the villagers to provide a Rohingya girl for him as a sex slave. The villagers denied his order although they were threatened in the beginning. Later the sergeant tortured the villagers by various means. The infantry outpost is just 50 yards far away from the village. 

According to REYN, the sergeant has been torturing the villagers for a long time. Villagers who are out trying to keep their livelihood. Although the villagers informed the regional authorities no action has yet to be taken. REYN said sergeant could be a member of Rakhine ethnic and unnecessary tension will be arose if these types of torturing continue in the village by military men. 

There are also many rape cases committed by soldiers in the Southern part of Arakan and some girls were brought to military bases and keep them as sex slaves for long periods.

Eyewitness accounts point to a government cover up of a massacre in Myanmar

Source aa., 07 February 2014 
Anadolu Agency (AA) has heard testimonies from eyewitnesses to a massacre that allegedly occurred last month in the village of Du Chee Yar Tan, in Myanmar's Rakhine State.

The claims made by the interviewees, whose identities cannot be revealed for their own safety, appear to implicate the Myanmar authorities in a cover-up of mass killings; allegations that, if verified, may hasten calls for an international inquiry into the incident.

Last month a group of local Buddhists, backed by police, rampaged through the village killing at least 40 people, according to a United Nations statement and human rights organisations.

A radically different version of events has been put forward by the Myanmar government, who deny that any Rohingya Muslims were killed and insist that the only victim was an ethnically Rakhine policeman.

AA has spoken with several eyewitnesses whose accounts may help to shed light on what actually took place last month. The area where the massacre purportedly occurred is off limits to international journalists, and only those with special permission can access it.

According to AA sources, the violence was precipitated by the discovery of the dead bodies of eight Rohingya Muslims that had gone missing attempting to flee the country; it was known locally that they had been detained by a Rakhine village administrator.

A worker saw the dead bodies in the garden of the village administrator and returned to his village, Du Chee Yar Tan, to raise the alarm.

One villager told AA that on the very same night, on the 13 January, the police came to the village and began to search some of the properties.

The commotion caused by the police searching the homes made some Rohingya villagers believe it was burglars and they came out of their homes to challenge them, one villager told us. 
The police left the village because of the opposition they faced.

Sources allege that the police returned at 2:00am with a mob of 400 Buddhist Rakhines.
"As soon as they entered the village they began firing. Seven people were shot straight away, everybody ran away," said one witness. "It was like it was raining bullets," he added.

Villagers also claim that their relatives were arrested and they still do not know about their whereabouts.

People from neighboring villagers claim that they saw trucks laden with Rohingya prisoners being driven away. These putative detainees are still missing.

In total, sources claim five police trucks full of people left the village and only one truck returned.

Many of the Rohingya managed to escape to neighboring villages or hid in other locations; some women returned to the village the next day.

"We say shallow graves had freshly been dug. We could smell the stench of decomposing bodies and there were flies everywhere," one woman told AA.

The women went back to a neighboring village upon seeing the shallow graves. However, they were asked to return to Du Chee Yar Tan by authorities preceding an EU delegation visit. When they returned they claim the bodies had been removed.

Villagers also claim that the police were the ones that started the fire on 28 January. They said that they saw the police pouring petrol on the roofs of the houses.

"They came on motorbikes. They first knocked some doors and when no one opened I saw them pour petrol on the roofs," claimed a villager.

This account was referenced by Myanmar Muslim MP Shwe Maung in an interview with the Democratic Voice of Burma (Myanmar), where he accused the authorities of starting the fire.
According to the MP he received a letter describing his interview as, "defaming the state and Myanmar Police Force," along with, "instigating conflicts".

AA has exclusive photographs from the village that show the destruction of homes, passed to us by local villagers.

After the EU delegation left the village the women were told to leave Du Chee Yar Tan because there would be an 'investigation'.

One village member told AA that even as the EU delegation was visiting the village the police were hiding a body that had turned up in a nearby creek.

Several accounts heard by an AA correspondent also point to some female prisoners being held in the nearby Rakhine villages of Kau Chaung and Mayrawadi.

The Rohingya Muslıms, who the UN say are among the most oppressed peoples in the world, reside mainly in the Western Myanmar state of Rakhine.

Attacks against the minority in 2012 involved, according to Human Rights Watch, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity perpetrated with the aid of state forces.

The Myanmar government continue to accuse media organisations of fabricating news and deny that any sort of massacre took place.

Monday 3 February 2014

Hitler Lives in Burma

By Dr. Abid Bahar
January 31, 2014
Imagine, if the Hitler of Germany remained alive, his persecution of Jews, Catholics and the Gypsies must have continued and the holocaust must have continued to systematically get rid of his enemies. It was a good for humanity that he committed suicide in fear of facing a nasty trial. While we have the German Hitler dead, there was Russia's Stalin who lived with respect and killed millions. Here we are talking about General Ne Win, the Hitler of Burma, who lived with respect and left behind a tradition of military rulers who devotedly follow Ne Win's policy of racist provocation and the principle of divide and rule to control his people.
Like bigot leaders, Ne Win was not fighting against any external enemy, his enemies were his countrymen, they were the non Burman ethnic minorities. The worst suffers of his oppressive rule were the non Buddhist and racially different people of Burma.
Ne Win was the champion of committing genocide against the Karen Christin, and the Rohingya Muslim. The worst sufferers in his ultra nationalist campaign had been the Rohingya who are a small minority live in the Arakan state. Ne Win began the anti Rohingya propaganda that Rohingya are Bangladeshis illegally living in Burma. But contemporary research proved otherwise. Rohingya have been living in Arakan from the 7th century.
After the disintegration of Pakistan, finding Bangladesh, a newly emerged state, Ne Win's the military regime became active to get rid of the Rohingya from Burma.
In 1978, Burmese government pushed out over 200,000 Rohingya people from Arakan to Bangladesh. Upon verification by the international organizations, they found the Rohingya carrying NRC papers. Finding no excuse, the government accepted them back to Burma. Then in 1982, Ne Win government officially declared the Rohingya people as the Non citizens of Burma. Following this, in 1992-93 it pushed out over 300,000 Rohingya to Bangladesh, this time, government made sure that nobody leaves Burma with any official papers.
From the total 300,0000 Rohingya population in Arakan, as of now there are only about 800,00 left in Arakan.To escape from oppressive regime, the Rohingya has been leaving Arakan for Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, the Middle East, Malaysia, Japan and to European and North American countries. Those who still live in Arakan continue to face restriction in movement from one village to another, they are restricted of having children and owning landed property.
After all these sufferings, in 2012 came the worst chapter in the Rohingya history; vigilantes assisted by the government security forces attacked Rohingya villages and burned down their houses, killing the young. Strangely though, instead of catching the culprits that committing the crimes, the government cleared the rabbles from the destroyed houses and took the Rohingya to shelter camps. Instead of resettling the Rohingya on their land, the racist government asked the international community to resettle them in third countries.

These are not naive signs, but are clear indications of government's racist policies against a racial minority. It seems that while Hitler of Germany was dead with his ideas discontinued, Ne Win of Burma however died honorably, and his racist legacy that produced new generation Hitlers in Burma, in the army, among monks and politicians perpetuated.
Then came 2013, more attacks on the Rohingya continued. The latest news that the racist Rakhine militants in cooperation with the police set fire on the the thachet quarters of the Rohingya shelters.
Nodoubt, Burma seem to live in the past. While the attacked continues by the powerful state machinery, as citizens of the world does the Rohingya stateless people deserve any serious initiative from the humanity to stop the terror from the long presence and growth of the local tyrants like Aye Maung, Aye Chan, Thein Sein and many others alike many of whom have been wrongly honored as being the champion of democracy? By the way, in these uncivilized behavior by the military, where is Suu Kui, who is dreaming about becoming the President of Burma? Where is the humanity to stop the Burmese Hitler from committing more horrors in Burma?

Death List of 52 Rohingyas Given To National Human Rights Commission of Myanmar

Source Rohingyablogger, 2 Feb

Maungdaw, Arakan – A delegation led by U Sit Myaing from National Human Rights Commission of Myanmar visited Duchiradan village on February 1, at 10 am where the mass killing took place. The delegation met with villagers in Duchiradan middle hamlet and were told the following facts by them:

(1) Duchiradan village administrator Aung Zan Phyu, police sergeant Aung Kyaw Thein killed eight innocent Rohingyas before January 13th, who were coming to Maungdaw through Mayu hills.

(2) At midnight on January 13th the police and Rakhine extremists entered the village and killed more than hundred innocent people and many are still missing.

(3) We were forced to leave from the village at that night and our houses were under custody of police but they permitted Rakhine extremists to take all our personal belongings and properties. All evidence is available and can be checked at any time.

(4) 22 houses were burnt to ashes in Duchiradan west hamlet by police with the collaboration of Rakhine extremists. Police Brigadier General Tin Ko Ko was stationed nearby the village. His outpost was just about 100 yards away from the village.

(5) On the day that the homes were burnt in west hamlet, the police and extremists came into the village and forced us to leave from our homes. They were holding knives, swords and sticks. Then they poured the patrol and burned the houses. They didn't give us time to take any of our belongings.

(6) We are glad that National Human Rights Commission visit us and listen to our voices.

The team of National Human Rights Commission visited Duchiradan west hamlet after the meeting with the people. The villagers submitted a death list of 52 people. They said that the death toll is higher than 100 and that they can have a full list once all the remaining villagers return to the village.

Death List of 52 Rohingyas --

(1) Shafika D/o Abu Siddique (3-months-old) – (The baby was taken from mother's hand and hacked into pieces by Rakhine extremists.)

(2) Mamed Sultan S/o Azizul Hoque (16-years-old)

(3) Fatema D/o Azizul Hoque (22-years-old)

(4) Farooque S/o Rahmat Ullah (17-years-old)

(5) Shabir Ahmed S/o Sayed Alam (20-years-old)

(6) Kabir Ahmed S/o Sayed Alam (18-years-old)

(7) Abdul Fayaz S/o Mamed Husson (16-years-old)

(8) Samira D/o Abul Hashim (19-years-old)

(9) Azizda D/o Abul Hashim (17-years-old)

(10) Anamul Hoque S/o Abul Zohar (19-years-old)

(11) Samira D/o Numar Hakim (20-years-old)

(12) Rafiul Kader S/o Abdul Shakur (18-years-old)

(13) Azizra Khatoo D/o Eliyas (16-years-old)

(14) Salim Ullah S/o Siddique (65-years-old)

(15) Sawmuda D/o Kala Miah (18-years-old)

(16) Haroon S/o Einus (20-years-old)

(17) Issaque S/o Einus (18-years-old)

(18) Rowaida D/o Amir Hamza (20-years-old)

(19) Mamed Waris S/o Hamid (18-years-old)

(20) Rahmat Ullah S/o Ali Husson (19-years-old)

(21) Aziz S/o Haroon (20-years-old)

(22) Nur Husson S/o Uzir Ahmed (22-years-old)

(23) Nurul Hoque S/o Issaque (17-years-old)

(24) Shafique S/o Kadir Husson (25-years-old)

(25) Shabir Ullah S/o Aman Ullah (17-years-old)

(26) Hamida D/o Sayed Hussein (17-years-old)

(27) Nur Faisal S/o Anzul Husson (7-years-old)

(28) Eisuf S/o Fawzawl Ahmed (18-years-old)

(29) Zubair S/o Einus (3-months-old)

(30) Arnis S/o Mustaq (22-years-old)

(31) Abdul Rahman S/o Fakkir (25-years-old)

(32) Ismail S/o Kamal (30-years-old)

(33) Samira D/o Ali Johar (18-years-old)

(34) Tawyuba D/o Fawzaw Ahmed (55-years-old)

(35) Abayda Khatoo D/o Waris (7-years-old)

(36) Ziabul Hoque S/o Abdul Karim (18-years-old)

(37) Mamed Rafique S/o Bashir (16-years-old)

(38) Sayed Karim S/o Zabair (45-years-old)

(39) Rabia Khatoo D/o Nur Ahmed (30-years-old)

(40) Jamla S/o Eman Husson (18-years-old)

(41) Kabir Ahmed S/o Habi Ullah (40-years-old)

(42) Mamed Rafique S/o Abu Siddique (30-years-old)

(43) Mamed Rafique S/o Hala Miah (25-years-old)

(44) Mamed Tahir S/o Azimullah (18-years-old)

(45) Nasufi Khatoo D/o Abdul Malek (18-years-old)

(46) Mujit Sama D/o Abdul Malek (16-years-old)

(47) Jamil Ahmed S/o Nur Mamed (25-years-old)

(48) Mamed Zubair S/o Aman Ullah (18-years-old)

(49) Tawyuba D/o Khair Husson (40-years-old)

(50) Hazara Khatoo D/o Afas Uddin (60-years-old)

(51) Mamed Shahad S/o Fawzaw Ahmed (16-years-old)

(52) Mamed Yasin S/o Zakir Ahmed (19-years-old)