Friday, March 14, 2014
March 13, 2014 12:08 p.m. ET
Burma has enjoyed a remarkable several years of economic and political opening, but it is now also suffering a far darker development—serious ethnic violence. Coordinated arson attacks and periodic massacres in the remote Rakhine State have flattened entire villages and left hundreds of Rohingya men, women and children dead since June 2012. More than 140,000 are relegated to miserable displacement camps and tens of thousands have fled by sea.
Western governments have spent the past two years trying to reconcile a brimming optimism about political reforms with harsh realities on the ground. Can the central government in Naypyidaw really be blamed for unrest in far-flung Rakhine State? The latest developments suggest the answer is yes and paint a dark picture of state-sponsored persecution.
Sunday, March 9, 2014
| March 4, 2014
A refugee association urges Putrajaya to play peacemaker for rival Myanmar associations.
PETALING JAYA: A local Rohingya association has urged the Malaysian government to mediate between various groups of Myanmar refugees in the country to end the distrust among them that has sometimes led to violence.
Mohamad Sadek, programme coordinator for the Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee, suggested that Putrajaya work with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to initiate dialogue between the different groups.
Sunday, March 2, 2014
International rights groups are calling for neighboring countries to
protect Rohingya Muslims fleeing Myanmar, where leaked documents
allegedly reveal state-sponsored persecution.
By Flora Bagenal, Correspondent / February 26, 2014
February 28, 2014
The international aid group Doctors Without Borders says it has been ordered to halt all operations in Burma, also known as Myanmar, following a controversy involving Rohingya Muslims.
The aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres has expressed its shock at the order to cease operations in Myanmar.
It said it was deeply concerned about the tens of thousands of people it was treating, particularly for HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB.
Alfian ZM Tahir | February 27, 2014
A Myanmar refugee group condemns last month's attempt to assassinate two visiting political leaders.
KUALA LUMPUR: A Myanmar refugee organisation has rejected the theory that Muslim activists were responsible in last month’s attempt to assassinate two visiting politicians from that Asean country.
Mohamad Sadek, programme coordinator for the Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC) in Malaysia, said he knew of no Rohingya (Myanmar Muslim) who was rash enough to carry out the attack and thereby endanger his relatives back home.
Furthermore, he told FMT yesterday, neither his organisation nor any individual Rohingya refugee had the resources or capacity to carry out an assassination mission.
“It would be suicide if we tried to assassinate them,” he said.
“Thank God no one was hurt. Imagine the retaliation in Myanmar if the two top politicians had been killed. Our relatives back home would also be killed, and many more will suffer from the revenge.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
By Shibani Mahtani
Feb. 25, 2014 12:35 a.m. ET
YANGON—A report released Tuesday alleges that the Myanmar government has in place official policies that deny Rohingya Muslims the same rights as others in the country, including population control measures and restrictions on their movements.
Released by Fortify Rights, a Southeast Asia-based human rights organization, the report also highlights other discriminatory policies applied to the Rohingya, including restrictions on marriage, childbirth and construction of places of worship. The group said the 79-page report, "Policies of Persecution," is based primarily on 12 leaked official documents and a review of public records.