Coming to the defense of the persecuted is noble and not bullying

On Friday, December 27, 2019, a resolution titled “Situation of human rights of Rohingya Muslims and other minorities in Myanmar” was passed with an overwhelming majority of votes during the 74th session of UN General Assembly at its 52nd resumed meeting, held at the UN headquarters in New York. This resolution follows the UN’s Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar report (dated 22 October 2019) that declared Myanmar is failing in its obligations under the Genocide Convention to prevent, investigate and enact effective legislation criminalizing and punishing genocide.

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ARNO Press Release:UN to Myanmar: Stop the Violence

Arakan Rohingya National Organisation (ARNO)

Press Release: 30 December 2019

UN to Myanmar: Stop the Violence

ARNO welcomes the United Nations General Assembly Resolution condemning violence against the Rohingya.

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Arakan (Rakhine State): A Land in Conflict on Myanmar’s Western Frontier

Arakan, the present-day Rakhine State,1 represents the post-colonial failures of Myanmar in microcosm: ethnic conflict,2 political impasse, militarisation, economic neglect and the marginalisation of local peoples. During the past decade, many of these challenges have gathered a new intensity, accentuating a Buddhist-Muslim divide and resulting in one of the greatest refugee crises in the modern world. A land of undoubted human and natural resource potential, Arakan has become one of the poorest territories in the country today.

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Rohingya victims demand OECD investigate Telenor’s complicity in genocide

Today (December 16), Rohingya victims of Burma’s genocidal operations in Maungdaw, Arakan State, filed an official complaint to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on violations of its investment guidelines by Norway’s state-owned Telenor company, demanding an independent investigation into the use of Telenor infrastructure by Burmese security forces to carry out atrocities against Rohingya.

Alethankyaw killing field report cover

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Suu Kyi – the Bama Supremacist

An extraordinary event took place on Thursday (December 12, 2019) in The Hague, the Netherlands. An  International Court of Justice (ICJ) panel wound up the first phase of a legal process aimed at determining whether Myanmar committed an act of genocide against the Rohingya ethnic minority. It is the first step toward justice for the Rohingya people: our world’s longest-suffering and most persecuted people.

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Press Release: To the OECD Norway Contact Point:Complaint Concerning Use of Telenor Tower for Genocide in Rakhine State

To the OECD Norway Contact Point:

Complaint Concerning Use of Telenor Tower for Genocide in Rakhine State

Ms. Cathrine Halsaa
Ms. Bente Bakken,

December 16, 2019

The following complaint outlines serious breaches of OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (“the OECD Guidelines”) by Telenor and its Myanmar subsidiary, Telenor Myanmar, in relation to its activities in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. Specifically an incident in Alethankyaw, Maungdaw Township in August 2017 where a tower that is part of Telenor’s cellular network was used to aid the military as it carried out crimes against humanity against the local unarmed civilian population during a campaign of genocide. It is the aim of this complaint to have it thoroughly examined by the Norwegian National Contact Point (NCP) under the Specific Instance Procedure of the OECD Guidelines.

As the Norwegian government is the majority owner of Telenor, Norway has a particular obligation to investigate fairly and without bias Telenor’s connection to the killing in Alethankyaw. Many of the major humanitarian and human rights legal treaties that Norway is a signatory of, call on states to make sure that non-state actors adhere to the human rights obligations the treaties contain, including prohibitions on genocide and torture.

We, the Committee Seeking Justice for Alethankyaw, hope that Norway takes these obligations seriously.

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The “provisional measures” hearing The Gambia v Myanmar at the International Court of Justice


This briefing note focusses on the upcoming hearing between The Gambia and Myanmar on the narrow issue of “provisional measures,” set down for 10-12 December 2019 at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)1 and does not seek to address the wider, substantive, proceedings.

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