ROHINGYA: People who belong nowhere

By M. Mizanur Rahman and Tasfi Sal-sabil

REFERRING to statements by some residents and an expert, Aljazeera reported on October 25 that a growing sense of despair had caused a mass migration of at least 8,000 Rohingya Muslims from western Myanmar in the last two weeks. The number of people who have fled since communal violence broke out two years ago is more than 1,00,000. Usually, the popular destinations of these Rohingya people are Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, Pakistan and India. In the last few decades, thousands of Rohingyas migrated to Bangladesh from Myanmar.

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Rohingyas are full citizens of Myanmar

 By Fakhruddin Ahmed

ROHINGYA crisis has been weighing on the world’s conscience for decades.  The UN Human Rights Council lists Myanmar’s 800, 000 Rohingya Muslims among the world’s most persecuted minorities.  Residents of Myanmar for over 600 years, Rohingyas have been stripped of their Myanmar citizenship. Oppression and expulsion have been repeatedly perpetrated on them by Myanmar’s Buddhist majority for centuries.  An estimated 300,000 Rohingyas languish in Bangladeshi and Thai refugee camps.
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Changing dynamics in Myanmar impact Bangladesh’s geopolitics

By Zahedul Amin

On May 28, as the latest skirmish unfolded between Bangladesh’s Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) and Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP), leaving one BGB member dead, the uneasy relationship between the two neighbors again came to the fore. Although Bangladesh is mostly surrounded by India, it does share a short border with Myanmar, the importance of which has increased dramatically over the past decade. Despite the recent spate of unrest, Bangladesh is eager to resolve the simmering crisis, especially given Myanmar’s strategic importance as the gateway to China and ASEAN, and as a potential long-term supplier of natural gas.

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“I’d kill him” – Racist violence as state policy in Burma

By Andrea Gittleman

In some areas of remote Rakhine State in western Burma (officially the Union of Myanmar), mothers struggle to find medicine for their sick children, people avoid visiting clinics for fear of violence, and entire communities face serious illness and even death from preventable diseases. This black hole of medical care – created specifically to punish members of the minority Rohingya ethnic group – threatens millions of people in Rakhine State.
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Government strategy paper on Rohingyas

Let humanitarianism prevail

By C.R. Abrar

JUNE 20 marked the World Refugee Day. The day beckoned the fortunate ones who have a place to call home to reflect and ponder on those who cannot go back to their homes for fear of persecution. This day, therefore, provides an opportunity to engage in soul searching about how as a nation we should treat those who come to our land fleeing persecution.

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The Rohingya: A history of persecution

 By Ahmad Ibrahim

The UNHCR estimates that at the moment there could be as many as 500,000 unregistered Rohingya refugees inside Bangladesh. This number is in excess to the 25,000 that are registered refugees and are living in two of the camps provided by the UNHCR. What it means is that half a million people are living on Bangladeshi soil without any legal rights or provisions. They exist like ghosts in the wind because the government of Bangladesh does not recognise their presence.

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Bangladesh-Myanmar border crisis

By Mahmood Hasan

WHAT happened on 28 May at Naikhanchori on the Bangladesh Myanmar border was most unfortunate and totally unwarranted. Unprovoked firing by Border Guard Police (BGP) of Myanmar killed Nayek Md. Mizanur Rahman (43), a brave soldier of Border Guards of Bangladesh (BGB). Myanmar BGP opened fire without provocation near border pillar 52 at Naikkhanchhari of Bandarban district, wounding Mizanur. BGP then intruded into Bangladesh territory and took away injured Mizanur. Mizanur apparently died without medical attention at the hands of BGP.

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Is Rohingya Genocide In Burma Being Ignored?

By Tun Khin

Last week the London School of Economics hosted a conference on the Rohingya, with academics, legal experts and human rights advocates from all over the world attending. The United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Burma also addressed the conference.
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Proposed solution to enumeration – no race, no religious and no code

By Huson Salm

The immigration department of union of Myanmar has declared that the nationwide enumeration has approximately been collected except Kachine state and part of Rakhine state. Since then, government higher authorities have been interviewing with Burmese programs of Radio Free Asia and Voice of America that the enumeration process phase for Kachine state and north and central part of Rakhine state be extended for additional (8) weeks until the enumeration process accomplished to targeted destination.
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