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Showing posts with label Arakan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Arakan. Show all posts

Monday, April 26, 2021

Chittagong port turns 134

Financial Express

April 25, 2021

CHATTOGRAM: The Chittagong Port Authority (CPA) turns 134 on Sunday. Like last year, the port will observe its founding in a simple manner tomorrow as the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic is lashing the country since early this year.

The history of Chittagong Port, one of the oldest natural ports in the subcontinent, dates back to the 4th century BC, the area was called 'Shetgang' where Arab, Chinese, European and Turkish traders settled.

The Chittagong area, which is now Chattogram, has been a recorded seaport since the 4th century BC.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

OPINION - Arakan resistance assist Rohingya in their common quest for int'l accountability

Maung Zarni 

Arakan Army/ULA emerging as an unseemly ally and collaborator of Rohingya victims seeking justice and a peaceful homeland 
It is really welcome news for the Rohingya campaigning for justice and accountability that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has reportedly brought to The Hague two Myanmar army deserters who could provide first-person accounts as perpetrators in the genocidal killings of Rohingya families, including women and babies.

Sunday, August 23, 2020

ARU report: No sign of peace, stability returning to Arakan

Dhaka Tribune
August 23rd, 2020
File Photo: Myanmar police officer stands guard in Maungdaw, Rakhine July 9, 2019. Photo taken on July 9, 2019 Reuters

Coronavirus has recently surged in Sittwe with new cases

There is no sign of peace and stability returning to Arakan any time soon, according to a report.

The Arakan Rohingya Union (ARU) Report to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on the situation on the ground in Arakan state, Myanmar, was submitted by ARU Director General Dr Wakar Uddin on Saturday.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

The Rohingya, Rising Asian Islamophobia and the Tenuous State of Muslim- Buddhist Relations in Contemporary Southeast Asia

Asst. Prof. Dr. Imtiyaz Yusuf
Lecturer and Director Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding College of Religious Studies Mahidol University

A Brief History of the Rohingya

I heard about the case of the Arakan Muslims some thirty years ago, when few people knew about them. The first ever well-documented information and research about the Rohingya, who were described as insurgents, was done by an Israeli diplomat named Moshe Yegar. Yegar was posted as the Second Secretary at the Israeli Embassy in Rangoon (Yangon) in 1960s. His two books, titled: Between Integration and Secession: The Muslim Communities of the Southern Philippines, Southern Thailand, and Western Burma/Myanmar and The Muslims in Burma: A Study of a Minority Group, are indispensible in order to learn and research about the Rohingya and Muslims of Burma, both of whom have different historical trajectories (Yegar 1972).

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Rohingya quest for safety and survival — Abu Ahmed Farid

Thursday, 30 Apr 2020

APRIL 30 — The Rohingya is an indigenous Muslim community in Arakan (renamed by the military as Rakhine state in 1974). Despite of being peace-loving and law-abiding people, they are not tolerated in Buddhist Burma/Myanmar.

They are oppressed and persecuted beyond one’s imagination based on their ethnicity, religion and appearance. This was done in order to rid Arakan of the Muslim population.

“The United Nations has described them as the world’s most persecuted minority in most danger of extinction.”

And UN Human Right Chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said “The situation seems like a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

CJ Werleman Renewed campaign to wipe out surviving Rohingya will be the most savage yet

16th April 2019

Rohingya refugees in a temporary settlement in 'no man's land' between Myanmar and Bangladesh [Getty]

Comment: There's growing evidence the 
military junta in Myanmar is using its 
ground offensive against separatists as 
a pretext to 'clean out,' the remaining Rohingya,
writes CJ Werleman.

Last week, a Myanmar military helicopter attacked a Rohingya Muslim village in Rakhine state, leaving as many 30 dead and dozens more injured. 

Thursday, February 28, 2019

‘Way of Rakhita’: dream or nightmare?

By Kyaw Linn, February 28, 2019

“The Way of the Rakhita” – the Arakan Dream – doesn’t have a single definition, but its force as a unifying message among the Arakan people is powerful. Evoking memories of the once-great Arakanese Kingdom, Arakan Army General Twan Myat Naing’s appeal to Rakhita inspires the Arakanese in ways that Burmese calls for peace cannot. However, its power among the Arakanese might be the very reason the people of Myanmar’s Rakhine state will continue to suffer worse and worse violence in the years to come.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Amnesty: Myanmar army ops target Rakhine state.

5,200 men, women, children displaced due to ongoing fighting by Jan. 28, according to human rights group citing UN figures.

By Ahmet Gurhan Kartal


Myanmar security forces have shelled villages and blocked civilians from accessing food and humanitarian assistance in western Rakhine state since early 2019, a rights groups said Monday.

“Security forces have also used vague and repressive laws to detain civilians in the area,” according to the Amnesty International report based on fresh evidence on ongoing military operations.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Rohingya Activists Share Stories of Community's Plight.

Fars News Agency

Sun Feb 10, 2019

TEHRAN (FNA)- Fear, intimidation, repression and genocide; The words used by members of the Rohingya community to describe what is happening to them at the hands of Myanmar's military forces.

"Some may think that by leaving a repressive, genocidal regime, Rohingya will be free," Yasmin Ullah, a Rohingya activist, said, Anadolu news agency reported.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Hundreds of Arakanese, Chin Flee to Bangladesh as Army, AA Clash in Paletwa

The Irrawaddy
By Moe Myint ,6 February 2019
 A separate group of displaced Arakanese and ethnic Chin trek to safety in Bangladesh’s Bandarban District in recent days. / Ko Ko Marma / Facebook
YANGON—About 250 newly displaced Arakanese and ethnic Chin from Chin State’s Paletwa Township were driven from their homes into neighboring Bangladesh last week by fierce fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA). Some of the children in the group are reportedly gravely ill as the refugees lack food, clothing and shelter in the area’s cold conditions, a rights worker said.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Myanmar / Why Tatmadaw attempts to ‘crush’ the Arakan Army will ‘backfire’

By: Thomas Brent - Posted on: January 15, 2019 | Current Affairs 
The Arakan Army was formed just under ten years ago but has quickly grown into a fierce military force in Myanmar. Its latest attacks, which fell on the country’s Independence Day, prompted an unprecedented response from Aung San Suu Kyi’s government, whose office ordered the state army to “crush” the insurgency group. But what will a crackdown achieve and why has the government called for it?
As 2019 took its first tentative steps, Myanmar set about celebrating its 71st anniversary of its independence from British rule. On 4 January, in Maha Bandula Park in Yangon, the sound of sporting events and fun fairs filled the air. In the Buthidaung township in northern Rakhine state, it was the sound of bullets that stamped a bloody mark on the calendar.

Court indicts four Arakan youths in slaying of Tatmadaw corporal



The Sittwe Court has charged four youths with the murder of a soldier in Rakhine State, a lawyer for the accused said.

The court indicted the suspects on Monday in the killing of Corporal Phoe Lone, lawyer U Tun Aung Kyaw said.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

( 16.12.2018 ) Forcible repatriation of Rohingya dangerous

December 16, 2018

TEHRAN - Just a little more than a year ago, at least ten thousand Rohingya were killed in northern Rakhine state, at least 350 villages were burnt to the ground. As a result, about 750,000 had to flee to neighboring Bangladesh.

Monday, December 12, 2016

( 12.12.2016 ) Burma Could Be Guilty of ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ as Rohingya Crackdown Intensifies

Nikhil Kumar @nkreports
Dec. 11, 2016

Rohingya Muslims who have fled from violence in Burma take shelter at the Leda unregistered Rohingya camp in Teknaf, Bangladesh, on Dec. 5 2016

"Things are not as they are being portrayed by the government"

Reports from Burma’s northern Arakan state, where violence against the country’s Rohingya Muslim minority has forced tens of thousands to flee for their lives, suggest the situation there is “getting very close to what we would all agree are crimes against humanity,” the U.N.’s top human-rights investigator for the country has said. “I am getting reports from inside the country and from neighboring places too that things are not as they are being portrayed by the government. We are seeing a lot of very graphic and very disturbing photos and video clips,” Yanghee Lee, the U.N. special rapporteur on human rights in the country, tells TIME.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

( 20.11.2016 ) Ethnic cleansing in Myanmar

Published : 19 Nov 2016,

Recently Myanmar army has reportedly carried out a planned ethnic cleansing in its Arakan province against the ethnic minority, Rohingyas following a riot. The media reported that 160 people were killed and 16 thousand Rohingyas were displaced and many are stranded in Bangladesh-Myanmar border. The Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) intercepted the fleeing Rohingyas and stopped them from crossing into our border. Many Rohingyas were pushed back to Myanmar.