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Showing posts with label FRC. Show all posts
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Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Sanctions Won't Hurt Myanmar's Brutal Leaders, Activists Say. Here's What Could

FEBRUARY 1, 2022 

Protesters hold banners and shout slogans while marching past Myanmar military soldiers who arrived to guard the Central Bank overnight on Feb. 15, 2021 in Yangon, Myanmar. The U.S. Embassy in Myanmar told Americans in Myanmar to "shelter in place" in an announcement after military movements and reports of possible interruptions to telecoms. Armored vehicles were seen on the streets of Myanmar's capital, but protesters turned out in force despite the military presence. Hkun Lat—Getty Images

The U.S. imposed new sanctions on senior leaders of Myanmar’s military junta on Monday—the eve of the one-year anniversary of their overthrow of the country’s democratically elected government and imprisonment of its leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.

The U.S., joined by the U.K., and Canada, announced sanctions on officials who helped prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi, the head of the National League for Democracy. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was arrested in the Feb. 1, 2021 coup. Myanmar courts have sentenced her to a total of six years in prison as of Jan. 10—but she faces additional charges.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Rohingya rights bodies denounce insurgent group ARSA

Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh

Joint statement calls for improving system of providing protection at refugee camps in Bangladesh

Dozens of Rohingya rights organizations on Tuesday denounced the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), an insurgent group recently involved in killing Rohingya at refugee camps in southeastern Bangladesh.

“The Rohingya community does not accept ARSA as a group that represents the ideals and interests of them in or outside of Burma (Myanmar). Thus, the group must not claim it represents the interests of the Rohingya nation,” said a joint statement signed by 22 Rohingya rights organizations, including the Arakan Rohingya National Organization (ARNO), the European Rohingya Council (ERC) and the Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC).

Monday, January 18, 2021

Rohingya: Tripartite moot raises hopes, skepticism

SM Najmus Saki 
DHAKA, Bangladesh

Bangladesh hosting tripartite meeting on Rohingya repatriation bringing China, Myanmar to table on Jan. 19
Bangladeshi Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen

Bangladesh is going to host an important tripartite meeting on the Rohingya repatriation issue, which has been frozen for a year, bringing China and Myanmar to the table on Jan. 19.

The last tripartite meeting was held on Jan. 20 last year in New York, and since then Myanmar has been allegedly postponing the bilateral talks despite repeated attempts by Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen said it will be a secretary-level tripartite meeting and hopefully it will be productive. However, he averred that “repatriation is the only solution to end the Rohingya crisis, and there will be no alternative.”

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Call on Bangladesh authorities to release Rohingya photographer Abul Kalam

03 January 2021

Well known Bangladeshi and international human rights figures, lawyers, academics, filmmakers, photographers, journalists and human rights focussed organisations are calling for the release of Rohingya photographer Abul Kalam.

On the morning of 28th December 2020, Abul Kalam, an award-winning photographer and Rohingya refugee, set out to take photographs of buses departing the Kutupalong camps for Bhasan Char. He was apprehended and then taken to the Camp-in-Charge in Camp 2W Block D5 of Kutupalong and subsequently to the Camp-in-Charge of Kutupalong Registered Camp. He was reportedly beaten when he was apprehended.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Video shows Rohingya refugees beaten by traffickers on boat

TRT World Now
Dec 16, 2020

AFP news agency has obtained video evidence showing brutal treatment that Rohingya refugees are facing at the hands of the traffickers. We speak to Co-founder at Free Rohingya Coalition Nay San Lwin.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Reconciliation between Rakhine and Rohingyas is essential before repatriation: Experts

16 July, 2020, 
The discussions also addressed the status of the genocide of Rohingyas, the limitations of international law and accountability mechanisms (such as ICJ and ICC) 
Rohingya refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox's Bazar. File Photo: Salahuddin Ahmed/TBS 

Experts on Thursday said in a special online seminar there are possibilities for reconciliation between the two largest co-habiting ethnic communities of Rakhine – Rakhine and Rohingya.

They also opined that reconciliation is a must before repatriation of Rohingyas in Myanmar.

The seminar titled "What Future for Rakhine?: End Games for the Arakanese (Rakhine, Rohingyas and Other Co-habitants)" was jointly organised by Free Rohingya Coalition, Forces of Renewal Southeast Asia and SOAS School of Interdisciplinary Studies.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Covid-19 And The Rohingya: Hunger, exploitation, hate crimes and xenophobia

The Daily Star
C R Abrar
 July 14, 2020
“What these youth want is to thrive as human beings, to realise their innate potentials, not merely to survive.” Photo: Anisur Rahman 

"We are the same human being like you and need the same basic rights which you enjoy. Please don't hate us. We don't want to be a burden. Allow us to study and work, and stand by us. We will surely return home."

This was the ardent appeal of Sharifah Shakirah, who fled to Malaysia from Buthidaung township in Myanmar at the age of six. Sharifah was joined by four other Rohingya youth at an eSymposium on June 9 to share their experiences of the Covid-19 situation in their respective countries of asylum.

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Covid-19 exposed Rohingyas to hate, xenophobia: Experts

TBS Report
09 July, 2020

Lockdowns, economic slowdown in different countries robbed the Rohingyas of their livelihood opportunities and pushed them into an abyss of hunger 

Rohingya refugees at the Kutupalong camp in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh/Reuters 
The Covid-19 pandemic has disproportionately harmed refugees, asylum seekers and stateless people such as the Rohingyas, said speakers at an online event jointly organised by the Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit (RMMRU) and Free Rohingya Coalition.

The lockdowns and economic slowdown in different countries have robbed the Rohingyas of their livelihood opportunities and pushed them into an abyss of hunger and malnutrition. It has also exposed them to exploitation, hate and xenophobia, they added.

Rohingyas facing more xenophobia amid the Covid-19 pandemic: activists

The Daily Star
July 09, 2020
Star Online Report
Rohingya refugees walk towards the Balukhali refugee camp after crossing the border in Bangladesh’s Ukhia district, on November 2, 2017. Photo: Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

Rohingya activists have urged the host countries to stop hatred against them and treat them as human beings, saying the refugees, who have fled genocidal acts in Myanmar, are now facing a higher level of xenophobia amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Stating that countries like Malaysia and Thailand had refused entry to Rohingyas who tried to go on their shores citing fears of coronavirus infection, they said it was not their choice to take such risky journeys but the grave rights violations back in Myanmar had forced them to do so.

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

ရခိုင္လူငယ္ႏွစ္ဦးႏွင့္ ေဆြးေႏြးခန္း

8th June 2020

FRC Genocide Podcast Series ျမန္မာပိုင္းအစီအစဥ္မွာ ရခိုင္လူငယ္ႏွစ္ဦးျဖစ္တဲ့ ကိုခိုင္ျမတ္နိုင္၊ ကိုေမာင္ ခိုင္သိန္း တို႔က ပါဝင္ေဆြးေႏြးထားပါတယ္။ ရိုေနဆန္းလြင္ က စီစဥ္တင္ဆက္ထားၿပီး၊ ဒီေဆြးေႏြးခန္းမွာ – – ရခိုင္နဲ႔ ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာျပႆနာက ဘာကို အေျခခံေနသလဲ – Arakanese ဆိုတဲ့ေခါင္းစဥ္ေအာက္မွာ အာရ္ကာန္ ေဒသရဲ့ လူမ်ိဳးစုေတြအားလုံး စည္းလုံးညီညြတ္လာဖို႔ – ရိုဟင္ဂ်ာဂ်ီနိုဆိုက္လို […]


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Free Rohingya Coalition decries pushing refugees back out to sea

The Daily Star

Star Online Report
April 29, 2020
A boat carrying suspected ethnic Rohingya migrants is seen detained in Malaysian territorial waters, in Langkawi, Malaysia on April 5, 2020. File Photo: Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency/Handout via Reuters

Pushing hundreds of starving and persecuted Rohingya refugees back out to the sea in the full knowledge that they have no safe place of refuge elsewhere are fundamental violations of their human rights, said Free Rohingya Coalition, a global network of Rohingya survivors and activists, today.

It said it is deeply troubled by the news reports that a number of Asian countries, specifically Malaysia, Thailand and Bangladesh, are pushing starving Rohingya refugees on boats back out to dangerous waters after refusing disembarkation on their shores.

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Free Rohingya Coalition expresses gratitude to Maldives

THE Edition
Mariyam Malsa
27 February 2020,
Free Rohingya Coalition (FRC) expressed gratitude to Maldives over the government's decision to file a written declaration of intervention at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague in support of the persecuted Rohingya people.

Highlighting that the genocide against the Rohingya effectively began in 1978, Ro Nay san Lwin, a founder of FRC stated, "Your action today speaks louder than the countless statements about us which are issued. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts".

Friday, February 14, 2020

OPINION – A hard look into the genesis of Myanmar’s genocide

February 14, 2020
The writer is a Burmese coordinator of the Free Rohingya Coalition and a fellow of the Genocide Documentation Center in Cambodia.

The International Court of Justice’s Jan. 23 interim order in a case filed by Gambia against Myanmar is designed to protect the Rohingya and preserve the crime sites. It has brought a sense of vindication to several million Rohingya victims – in the diaspora, inside Myanmar, and in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Don’t deport Rohingyas from Saudi Arabia until genocide ends: Free Rohingya Coalition

The Daily Star
February 13, 2020
Star Online Report
Star Online Report
Free Rohingya Coalition, a global platform of Rohingyas worldwide, has urged Saudi Arabia not to deport any Rohingyas until the genocide against them in Myanmar is over.

"Once the case is settled and peace prevails in Myanmar's Rakhine state, they will go back to their country of origin. At this moment, we urge Saudi authorities not to deport any Rohingyas -- either from the detention camps or outside in the Kingdom -- to Bangladesh," said Free Rohingya Coalition Co-founder Nay San Lwin.

Sunday, February 9, 2020




Thursday, January 30, 2020

UN, humanitarian bodies laud Bangladesh’s decision

The Daily Star 
January 30, 2020
Diplomatic Correspondent

Education for Rohingya Children

The UN and global humanitarian community have lauded Bangladesh’s decision to expand the access to formal education for Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar.

The decision was taken on Monday at the meeting of the National Task Force on Rohignya crisis, chaired by Foreign Secretary Masud Bin Momen at the foreign ministry.

In line with the decision, the education sector for the humanitarian response in Cox’s Bazar now plans to pilot the introduction of the Myanmar curriculum in the Rohingya refugee camps starting in April. Initially, it targets 10,000 Rohingya students from sixth to ninth grade.

'Great news': Bangladesh allows education for Rohingya children


Under new programme, 10,000 Rohingya boys and girls to be enrolled in grades 6 to 9, a move hailed by rights groups.
Rohingya refugee children attend a class to learn Burmese language at a refugee camp in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh [File: Mohammad Ponir Hossain/Reuters]

Rights groups and activists have welcomed Bangladesh's decision to allow Rohingya children living in sprawling refugee camps to receive a formal education, calling it a "positive step".

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya children, who fled a brutal crackdown in neighbouring Myanmar along with their parents in 2017, only receive primary education in temporary learning centres set up by international NGOs and the UN children's agency UNICEF.

Monday, January 27, 2020

This week, the UN cracks down on Myanmar’s genocide and a climate activist takes on racist news

Friday, January 24, 2020

Myanmar probe team lied at int’l tribunals: Free Rohingya Coalition

The Daily Star
January 23, 2020

Star Online Report

Free Rohingya Coalition, a global network of Rohingya activists, refuted the findings of Myanmar’s Independent Commission of Enquiry that there is “no” or “insufficient” evidence to establish the genocidal intent behind Myanmar’s destruction of the Rohingya community in Myanmar.

Nay San Lwin, co-founder and coordinator of the coalition, said, “This is yet another Myanmar commission set up to deny and dismiss credible findings of the decades-long and ongoing genocide of our Rohingya people.”