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Showing posts with label Rakhine. Show all posts
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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Challenging Rakhine, military narratives

NEWAGE
Habib Siddiqui
Jun 26,2021
Warpait village, Rakhine, October 14, 2016… The Myanmar military’s campaign against the Rohingyas left hundreds of villages a smouldering pile of debris. — The Conversation/Ye Aung

OPPRESSION, marginalisation, violence and propaganda — none of it is new. What is new however is the mere scale, frequency and omnipresence of disinformation, especially when it is propagated by a powerful group that runs at the state level with the goal to eliminate a small minority that is different from the dominant group’s identity by race, ethnicity, language, religion, customs and culture. Nowhere in our time is this issue perhaps more acute than in Myanmar where the Rohingyas are victims of a carefully crafted genocidal programme that has become a national project there, enjoying full support from top to bottom of every rung and corner of the Buddhist society — from a military man in uniform to a monk in a saffron robe, from a peasant in the paddy field to a politician wearing a longyi.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Bangladesh abstains from voting against Myanmar

Prothom Alo 
Prothom Alo English Desk
Published: 20 Jun 2021, 
The United Nations logo is seen on a window in an empty hallway at United Nations headquarters during the 75th annual UN General Assembly high-level debate in New York, US, on 21 September 2020Reuters


The UN General Assembly on Friday took a rare step of calling on member states to “prevent the flow of arms” into Myanmar, which is a part of a non-binding resolution condemning the military coup in the violence-wracked country.

The resolution -- which did not go so far as to call for a global arms embargo -- also demands that the military “immediately stop all violence against peaceful demonstrators,” reports Reuters.

It was approved by 119 countries, with 36 abstaining including China, Myanmar’s main ally. Only one country, Belarus, voted against it. Bangladesh also abstained from voting.

Myanmar: Challenging Rakhine And Military Narratives About Rohingyas – Analysis

eurasiareview
Dr. Habib Siddiqui
June 21, 2021

Displaced Rohingya people in Rakhine State, Burma. Photo Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Wikipedia Commons.

Oppression, marginalization, violence, propaganda – none of it is new. What is new, however, is the mere scale, frequency and omnipresence of disinformation, especially when it is propagated by a powerful group that runs at the state level with the goal to eliminate a small minority that is different than the dominant group’s identity by race, ethnicity, language, religion, customs and culture. Nowhere in our time is this issue perhaps more acute than in Myanmar where the Rohingyas are victims of a carefully crafted genocidal program that has become a national project there, enjoying full support from top to bottom of every rung and corner of the Buddhist society – from a military man in uniform to a monk in a saffron robe, from a peasant in the paddy field to a politician wearing a longyi.

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Bangladesh seeks UN intervention to end Rohingya crisis

THE NATION
Anadolu
June 18, 2021

Bangladesh urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to help resolve the Rohingya crisis, saying deteriorating political situation in Myanmar is hampering the peaceful repatriation of refugees.

Bangladesh is currently hosting about 1.2 million Rohingya refugees in camps in the southeast coast of Cox’s Bazar. Uncertainty looms over their repatriation to Rakhine state following a military coup in Myanmar on Feb. 1.

Saturday, June 19, 2021

ED: How much longer will it take?

Dhaka Tribune
Tribune Editorial
June 18th, 2021

MAHMUD HOSSAIN OPU

We must address the root causes of the crisis, and the root lies in Myanmar

While nuance and diplomacy are no doubt crucial in international politics, should they supersede the needs of a people who have escaped indescribable pain and suffering, and wish nothing more than to go back home?

Unfortunately, when it comes to the Rohingya, the international community has been slow to move: The journey from silence to hesitant support to full-fledged condemnation has taken many powerful nations years to conclude, and this has allowed Myanmar to play dumb, break promises, delay, and worst of all, deny the Rohingya not only the right to return to their homeland of Rakhine, but even justice, refusing to acknowledge the atrocities and hold those responsible to account.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Geopolitics and the uncertain future of Rohingyas

prothomalo
Opinion
M Sakhawat Hossain
Published: 14 Jun 2021, 
Rohingya exodus from their homeland, making their way to Bangladesh Reuters

After the military coup in Myanmar, there had been talk of taking back the 1.1 million (11 lakh) or so Rohingyas who had been driven out of Rakhine (Arakan) and had taken shelter in Bangladesh. Such sentiment is no longer being heard. In fact, the military junta in Myanmar is speaking in quite the opposite tone. Their spokesperson recently said that the Rohingya issue is not on their priority list. This is because of pressure from the Rakhine nationalist leaders there.

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Myanmar conflict may bring ethnic groups together

The Daily Star
Mokbul Morshed Ahmad
June 12, 2021
Photo: Reuters
With the February 2021 military coup, Myanmar once again hit global media headlines. While the military junta continues to clamp down on pro-democracy protestors and the country is wracked with conflict and unrest, how will the changing political situation affect the Rohingya community in Bangladesh and in Rakhine State in Myanmar?

More than one-third of Myanmar's population is composed of ethnic minorities, who inhabit a vast frontier where the country's natural resources are concentrated. They have staged periodic insurgencies against the military, which has ruled the country for most of the past six decades. The National League for Democracy (NLD) is the only nationally popular political force in Myanmar, but it has a recent history of turning a blind eye to the persecution of ethnic minorities, especially in Rakhine. Although the party won a landslide re-election in November 2020, more than one million members of ethnic minorities were disenfranchised during the vote. The British, who colonised what was then known as Burma, called the country "a zone of racial instability".

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Genocide against Rohingyas not abating

The Daily Star
Diplomatic Correspondent
May 25, 2021
Says BROUK; junta leader cast doubt on return of refugees

The genocide against the Rohingyas shows no sign of abating in Myanmar, the Burmese Rohingya Organisation UK (BROUK) said in a new briefing yesterday.

It said the Myanmar military continues to subject the Rohingyas to a vicious pattern of abuse and extortion in the Rakhine State, where Rohingyas are kept in what amounts to an open-air prison, creating intolerable living conditions.

Since the start of this year, at least 15 Rohingya, including nine infants and young children, have died as a direct result of onerous and illegal travel restrictions preventing access to medical care, said BROUK President Tun Khin in a statement.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Rohingya Refugee Crisis Explained

The Knights News
BY ALIYAH ALI 
APRIL 14, 2021
The Rohingyas are a group of people who originated from Myanmar and have since fled to their neighboring Bangladesh for refuge. The Rohingyas, have been subject to an ethnic genocide in the predominantly Buddhist nation of Myanmar. They hail from the Rakhine state and are mostly Muslim. For many years, Rohingyas were left out of major elections, censuses, and unable to vote for several years prior. According to CNN, 87,000 Rohingyas left for Bangladesh on October 6, 2016, the first wave of the migration. This was sparked when a group of Rohingya men killed nine policemen at the Rakhine border, and the Myanmar military retaliated on the community.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

The Arakan Dream: The Search for Peace in Myanmar’s Rakhine State on the Verge of Civil War

TERRORISM MONITOR
Jack Broome
April 9, 2021

  Publication: Terrorism Monitor Volume: 19 Issue: 7

On March 23, the Arakan Army (AA)—an ethnic armed organization (EAO) based largely in Myanmar’s Rakhine State—finally released a statement condemning the military’s seizure of power in the February 1 coup. AA spokesperson, Khine Thu Kha, said that the AA was “together…with the people” and would “continue to go forward for the oppressed Rakhine people” (Dhaka Star, March 23).

Up until this point, the AA had held back from issuing any kind of response to the coup, despite an increasing number of EAOs having already declared their support for the civil disobedience movement (CDM). Some groups, such as the Kachin Independence Army (KIA), which is one of the AA’s alliance partners, have even begun to carry out attacks against the military in retaliation (Kachin News, March 12). Similarly, when the State Administrative Council (SAC), Myanmar’s new military government, announced on March 10 that it had removed the AA from the list of terrorist organizations, the rebel group made no formal acknowledgement of the move (The Irrawaddy, March 11).

Thursday, January 28, 2021

US hints at looking into Rakhine genocide, Rohingya repatriation: FM

Saturday, December 19, 2020

US Pledges to Continue Support for Myanmar’s Democratic Transition

The Irrawaddy
By NAN LWIN
18 December 2020

YANGON — The United States has pledged to continue its support for Myanmar’s democratic transition and discussed cooperation on Rakhine State development, including creating a better environment for the Rohingya, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

In a teleconference with Myanmar’s international cooperation minister, U Kyaw Tin, the outgoing deputy US secretary of state, Stephen Biegun, on Thursday, praised the Nov. 8 general election and discussed positive cooperation over Rakhine State, the ministry said.

The ministry said in a press release that U Kyaw Tin and Biegun discussed long-term cooperation in Rakhine State, including creating a better environment for refugees.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Over 2,000 houses destroyed by fire in Rakhine conflict

Narinjara
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 
 
Ein Soe Pru — Nearly 2005 houses were burnt during the two-year long war in Rakhine State and Paletwa township of Chin State, said a report released by Rakhine Ethnics Congress (REC).

Some of the houses caught fire from artillery shells but most were set on fire by the troops, added the report.

The reported damaged houses belong to eight villages under Buthidaung township (163 houses), 14 villages under Kyauktaw township (1275 houses ), 9 villages under Rathedaung township (69 houses), four villages under Mrauk-U township (210 houses) and one village under Minbya township (28 houses).

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

US voices concern on Bangladesh transfer of Rakhine Muslims

MYANMAR TIMES 

AFP
14 DEC 2020

Northern Rakhine refugees disembark from a Bangladesh Navy ship to the island of Bashar Char in Noakhali on December 4. Photo: AFP


The United States on Thursday voiced concern over Bangladesh's transfer of Northern Rakhine Muslim refugees to a low-lying island and said that any movement should be voluntary.

Bangladesh, which has taken in nearly one million refugees who fled a brutal offensive in neighboring Myanmar, has started the relocation of 100,000 of them from squalid camps on the mainland to Bhashan Char, a silt island frequently in the path of cyclones.

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Ceasefire Raises Hopes of Elections in Myanmar’s Rakhine State

THE I DIPLOMAT 

Sebastian Strangio
December 07, 2020


The most important obstacle – a ceasefire – is now in place, but many more challenges remain.

One least heralded developments to have taken place in Myanmar since the country’s election on November 8 is the lull in fighting in Rakhine State in the west of the country. Until last month, fighting between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army (AA), which is fighting for greater autonomy from the central government, had raged in Rakhine since 2018. During that time, it had killed or injured hundreds and forced some 226,000 people to flee their homes.


Sasakawa Yohei, Japan’s special peace envoy to Myanmar, helped broker the ceasefire between the Myanmar military and the Arakan Army.Credit: Flickr/ Palácio do Planalto

The conflict followed the army’s brutal assault on Muslim Rohingya communities in northern Rakhine, which caused thousands of civilian deaths and drove more than 700,000 people over the border into Bangladesh.

The fighting also prompted the Union Election Commission (UEC) to cancel the elections in nine townships of northern Rakhine State, in addition to other conflict-torn parts of Myanmar, claiming that these regions were “not in a situation to hold free and fair elections.” But now, an informal ceasefire between the AA and the Myanmar military, or Tatmadaw, has opened the door to supplementary elections in Rakhine, and beyond that, to the glimmer of a lasting solution to the civil war.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Myanmar’s Persecuted Rohingya Have an Unlikely New Ally

Vice World News 
23.11.20

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

REUTERS
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

AA
Md. Kamruzzaman
DHAKA, Bangladesh 
04.11.2020

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.

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