By Aman Ullah
On Burma attaining independence on 4th January 1948, it ceased to be a part of the British Commonwealth which it left of its own choice. However, at that time the inhabitants of the country consisted of persons of indigenous, mixed and foreign stock. Citizenship was partly defined by the Constitution thereby assuring citizenship rights to the indigenous and mixed races, but the task of defining citizenship more completely was left to the parliament. Laws were promulgated by the Parliament from time to time to define citizenship and to provide for its acquisition and anyone who was not a citizen was classified as a foreigner.
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By Dr. Habib Siddiqui
The Rohingya people of Myanmar (formerly Burma) who mostly live in the western part – the Rakhine (formerly Arakan) state, bordering Bangladesh, are undoubtedly the most persecuted people on earth. Denied citizenship in the Buddhist majority country, the Rohingyas have simply become the most unwanted people in our planet. The nearby Bangladesh does not want the persecuted Rohingyas to settle there either. In desperate attempts to save their lives, many Rohingyas have become now the ‘boat people’ of our time!
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By Aman Ullah
Burma has laid out a controversial plan to offer citizenship to Rohingya Muslims, described by the UN as the world’s most persecuted minority, in exchange for registering their identities as Bengali.
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By Aman Ullah
Across the last two thousand years, there has been great deal of local vibrancy as well as movement of different ethnic peoples through the region. For the last millennium or so, Muslims (Rohingyas) and Buddhists (Rakhines) have historically lived on both side of Naaf River, which marks the modern border with Bangladesh and Burma. In addition to Muslims (Rohingyas) and Buddhists (Rakhines) majority groups, a number of other minority peoples also come to live in Arakan, including Chin, Kaman, Thet, Dinnet, Mramagri, Mro and Khami etc.
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Maungdaw, Arakan State: Five Arabic students were arrested by Burmese Border Guard Police (BGP) from Maung Nama Gyi village of Maungdaw north on October 10, at about 4:30 AM, while they were sleeping at the Maung Nama Madrasa, said Alam (not real name) said, on condition of anonymity. Continue reading “Five students arrested in Maungdaw north”
Maungdaw, Arakan State: A Rohingya villager was killed by a wild elephant at Kawar Bill (Kyigang Pyin) village on October 5 while looking the paddy field or harvest at night to give protection from destroying by wild animals, said the victim’s business partner from the locality.
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