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Showing posts with label Rakhine. Show all posts
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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Have an Unlikely New Ally

Vice World News 

This photo taken on Oct. 3, 2019 shows a man driving his motorcycle past the ruins of a mosque in Kyaukphyu, Rakhine state, where Muslim residents have been forced to live in a camp for seven years after the inter-communal unrest tore apart the town. Photo: Ye Aung THU / AFP

A shared desire for justice is bringing formerly divided Rohingya and Rakhine communities together, but there is a long way to go.

Once bitter foes separated by violence, religion and competing historical claims, Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists have shared rare moments of solidarity in recent months, finding common cause in demanding justice as victims of Myanmar’s bloody military campaigns.

“They have suffered bad things, and now we are suffering bad things too," said Toe Toe Aung, a 21-year-old ethnic Rakhine man who wants to build peace between the two communities.

Saturday, November 14, 2020

War, not politics: Troubled election deepens tension in Myanmar's Rakhine

By Shoon Naing

YANGON (Reuters) - Yarzar Tun’s whole family backed Myanmar’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi in the landslide 2015 election that swept her to power. As fighting this year in western Rakhine state crept closer to his home, he decided he would not vote for her again. 

People wearing protective gear line up to vote at a polling station during the general election in Taungup, Rakhine State, Myanmar, November 8, 2020. ÊREUTERS/Stringer

Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NLD) has claimed another commanding win in a parliamentary election on Sunday, the second since the end of half a century of military rule. But in Rakhine the NLD was rejected by voters such as Yarzar Tun and his family, who backed an ethnic nationalist party instead.

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Hate speech rife in Myanmar ahead of elections: Study

Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh 

Ahead of general elections, state-sponsored hate speech, fake news, incitement to violence have mar campaigns, says report 
 A new study on the ongoing general election season in Myanmar documented cases of social media hate speech and disinformation by authorities against the country's minority communities.

The study, released on Wednesday by the UK-based Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN), reported 39 cases of hate speech and disinformation, of which some were shared over online platforms more then 2,000 times.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

British sanctions against Myanmar military are ‘toothless’, says UK-based pressure group

Myanmar Now
Published on Oct 20, 2020
None of the 16 people subject to sanctions in the UK have had any assets frozen there, says Burma Campaign UK 

A member of the border guard force seen in Buthidaung township, Rakhine early last year. (Aye Chan Khaing/Myanmar Now) 

Senior members of Myanmar’s military and security services have been completely unscathed by “toothless” British sanctions imposed in response to the mass killing of Rohingya in Rakhine state, a rights group said.

A recent annual review from the British Treasury showed that none of the 16 individuals, including commander-in chief Min Aung Hlaing, have had any of their assets frozen as a result of measures.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Rakhine armed group seized Myanmar governing party candidates

19 Oct 2020

Arakan Army says it abducted three candidates of Aung San Suu Kyi’s party ahead of November 8 election.

Tens of thousands of people have been displaced since fighting began in early 2019 and dozens killed [File: AFP] 

A rebel group in western Myanmar’s Rakhine state has claimed responsibility for the kidnapping of three candidates of de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s governing party, demanding the release of detained student protesters in return for letting them go.

The governing National League for Democracy (NLD) said the three – Min Aung, Ni Ni May Myint and Chit Chit Chaw – were abducted last week while campaigning ahead of the country’s November 8 election.

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Myanmar Calls Off Polling in Rakhine, Shan Conflict Zones


Sebastian Strangio
October 19, 2020 


On October 16, Myanmar’s Union Election Commission (UEC) announced the cancellation of the upcoming national elections in conflict-ridden regions of the country, including swathes of territory in Shan and Rakhine states.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Myanmar: New evidence of attacks in Rakhine state

SM Najmus Sakib
DHAKA, Bangladesh

UN Security Council must urgently refer situation in Myanmar to International Criminal Court, says Amnesty International

Human rights organization Amnesty International announced Monday that it has gathered fresh evidence of indiscriminate attacks on civilians in western Myanmar amid an escalation in an ongoing armed conflict between the country’s military and the Arakan Army.

The evidence suggests that the Myanmar military burned villages and wounded and killed civilians in Rakhine in early September.

Friday, October 2, 2020

Rohingya refugees face continuous violence

Friday, 2 October 2020

Two Myanmar soldiers have confessed to committing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, giving more evidence of the genocide against the minority group.
Two personnel in Myanmar’s military have confessed to “exterminating” Rohingya Muslims. Human rights defenders believe that this public acknowledgement could substantiate the ongoing international genocide investigation at the International Court of Justice against Myanmar’s military establishment.

Myo Win Tun, 33, and Zaw Naoing Tun, 30, who belong to separate light infantry battalions, claimed they were given orders to “shoot and rape villagers” while raiding “kalar” villages – “kalar” is a derogatory term for Muslim Rohingyas.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

HRW asks Myanmar to end harassment of Rakhine media outlets

Financial Express
Published: September 01, 2020

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on Myanmar authorities to stop using criminal laws, website blocks, and licensing delays to severely restrict the two ethnic media outlets in Rakhine State.

The international rights organisation, in a statement on Tuesday, said the authorities have filed charges against Aung Marm Oo, chief editor of Development Media Group (DMG), under the rights-abusing Unlawful Associations Act, blocked access to the outlet’s English and Burmese language webpages, and failed to act on DMG’s application to renew the publishing license for its bimonthly print journal. Narinjara News, the other ethnic Rakhine media outlet, has also been blocked since March, the statement pointed out.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Rohingya Crisis: 3 years after Aug 2017, situation deteriorated in Rakhine

Dhaka Tribune
Humayun Kabir Bhuiyan 
August 29th, 2020
An aerial view shows burned down villages once inhabited by the Rohingya seen from the Myanmar military helicopters that carried the U.N. envoys to northern Rakhine state, Myanmar on May 1, 2018 Reuters 

UN also asks Myanmar to ensure participation of Rohingyas in upcoming elections in November

Three years after the violence that forced about 800,000 Rohingyas to flee from their homes in Rakhine, the situation has deteriorated and little has been done to create viable conditions for their safe return, a senior official of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has said.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

US concerned over situation in Rakhine

United News of Bangladsh . Dhaka
Aug 27,2020

The United States said it remained concerned over the killing of members of local communities and displacement of thousands in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, which undermines prospects for the voluntary return of Rohingyas and internally displaced persons and erodes prospects for peace.

‘In the face of escalating fighting in Rakhine state, we urge a cessation of violence, dialogue, renewed efforts to protect local communities, and unhindered access for humanitarian assistance,’ said US department of state spokesperson Morgan Ortagus on Tuesday.

Friday, August 28, 2020

'Safe Zones' in northern Rakhine: Best option to protect Rohingya

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Md Shahidul Haque

Weary Rohingya trudging from Myanmar's Rakhine state to Ukhia, BangladeshSyful Islam

In the wake of the mass exodus of the Rohingyas from the Northern Rakhine State of Myanmar from 25 August 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, while opening the border for them, made a call to the international community to create UN supervised ‘safe zones’ inside Myanmar for protection of all civilians irrespective of religion and ethnicity.

Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Five Muslim Candidates Rejected From Myanmar’s Election

The Irrawaddy
By Htun Htun
18 August 2020
The Rakhine State Election Sub-commission meets to determine the eligibility of proposed candidates. / Rakhine State Election Sub-Commission

Yangon—Five Muslim candidates, including four Rohingyas, in Rakhine State have been rejected by the state election sub-commission to run in the November general election due to the citizenship status of their parents.

Four Rohinyga candidates are from the Democracy and Human Rights Party (DHRP) and the fifth is an independent looking to run for a Buthidaung Township Lower House seat.

“They were rejected mainly because their parents and grandparents were not yet citizens when they were born,” said sub-commission secretary U Thurein Htut.

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Myanmar Bars Rohingya Candidate from Election, Activists Denounce Decision as 'Symptom of Ongoing Genocide'

August 12, 2020
Rohingya refugees are seen in a refugee camp.(Representational image: Reuters)
Three Rohingya-led parties had hoped to field at least a dozen candidates in November's vote, according to regional watchdog Fortify Rights.
A Rohingya Muslim has been barred from standing in Myanmar's upcoming election, in a decision decried by rights groups as discriminatory and a symptom of the "ongoing genocide" against the persecuted minority.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

Myanmar May Postpone Election in War-Torn Rakhine State: Official

Wire Service
By Shoon Naing
July 30, 2020
FILE PHOTO: Myanmar police officer poses for a photograph in Maungdaw, Rakhine July 9, 2019. REUTERS/Ann WangReuters

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar will postpone elections in parts of war-torn Rakhine state if the military declares them unsafe, a senior election official said on Thursday, prompting a backlash from ethnic parties with strong support in the region. 
"It is necessary to have peace and stability to hold elections," said Union Election Commission chair Hla Thein, adding that the army-controlled ministries of defence and home affairs would soon determine whether the region was stable.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Harrowing stories remain unheeded

MUNAWIR, a Rohingya man in his 20s, was at home in Sittwe, a district in Rakhine state of Myanmar, when his neighbourhood was attacked and houses there burnt by assailants. Eighteen people were killed in the ensuing massacre, including his two brothers.

Seeing his desperation, an agent later persuaded him to board a ship to Malaysia, promising him a better life and assuring that he did not have to pay anything.

However, once Munawir was on the small vessel, a gang approached his mother in Sittwe to demand 600,000 Burmese kyat (RM2,000) for his journey, which she fearfully paid. 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Myanmar uncovers Sino-Pak nexus in arms supply to two rebel groups in Rakhine

o-Pak nexus in arms supply to two rebel groups in Rakhine
Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury,
ET Bureau
Jul 18, 2020,
 New Delhi: Myanmar is believed to have discovered an alleged Sino-Pak axis that is supplying China made arms to two rebel groups in the country’s restive Rakhine province to target Indian assets including Kaladan multi modal project. The groups are also allegedly fuelling terror both in Myanmar and across the border in Bangladesh.

The nexus has been revealed following arrests by the authorities of Thailand along the Thai-Myanmar border. The Thai authorities shared details of the investigation with Myanmar’s security establishment, ET has learnt. The revelations came to light close on the heels of Myanmar Army's top brass expressing public displeasure against China's role in fuelling insurgency in the country.

Experts urge Rohingya-Rakhine Buddhists reconciliation

Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh

Changing attitudes to Rohingya by Buddhists, media paving way for reconciliation, Rohingya rights worker says
Experts at the first Rohingya-Rakhine online seminar Thursday urged reconciliation of minority Rohingya Muslims and Rakhine Buddhists to restore sustainable peace in Rakhine state in Myanmar.

“Interestingly we are seeing many Rakhine brothers and sisters, and Rakhine media changing their attitude towards us. It gives us an opportunity to start contemplating and aspiring to a Rohingya - Rakhine reconciliation,” Ro Nay San Lwin, co-founder of Free Rohingya Coalition said at the conference.

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

UN Human Rights Council 44 Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Myanmar

Thank you, Madame President.

Thank you Special Rapporteur for your update. We welcome you to the role and encourage Myanmar to work with you as you fulfil your mandate.

Across Myanmar, the indiscriminate targeting of civilians remains a military tactic. The physical and mental suffering those civilians face, including sexual violence, is deeply disturbing.

The Tatmadaw’s ‘four cuts’ strategy endangers lives disproportionately and causes lasting damage to property and livelihoods. This month in Rakhine, Tatmadaw ‘clearance operations’ saw villages shelled and burnt, with reports suggesting the displacement of at least 10,000 civilians.